Arkansas River Colorado Fly Fishing ReportSouth Platte River, Colorado Fly Fishing ReportSouth Park Reservoirs Colorado Fly Fishing Report, Spinney, Antero Reservoir

The South Platte River below Spinney Mountain Reservoir is one of the most famous tailwater fisheries in North America. Located about 2 hours southwest of Denver in the area known as South Park, this relatively short meadow stretch of the Platte is a year-round fishery and produces some of the largest trout in the state during annual spring (Rainbow and Cutthroat trout) and fall (Brown trout and Kokanee Salmon) spawning runs out of Elevenmile Reservoir, some into the mid two digits weight wise. The resident fish are no joke either, consistently reaching sizes over 18 inches. This is an amazing stretch to fish when the action is good, but it is fairly technical water and can be a true challenge at times even for an experienced angler.
Elevenmile Canyon starts just below Elevenmile Reservoir. Although the reservoir is situated on the open/ windy plateau of South Park; Elevenmile Canyon a completely different scenario all together with pine and fir trees, tremendous rock outcroppings, and gorgeous plunge pools. The installation of changes in DOW regulations since 2001 have improved and preserved this fishery. Elevenmile Canyon is now artificial flies and lures only, and catch and release, for the four miles below the dam (to Springer Gulch). This fishery proves to be one of the most consistent tailwater fisheries in the state day in and day out.

August 27th, 2016

Charlie Myers SWA "Dream Stream" below Spinney Reservoir

General Conditions

Tricks still rule the morning on this fishery, and productivity has been very consistent! Expect for things to slow a bit on the dry fly front after the spinner fall is over (at about noon), however fish can be caught deep nymphing throughout the day.

Suggested Techniques

We have seen hatches of Tricos, PMDs, Yellow Sallies and small Caddis on this stretch...all of which occur at different times throughout the day. Our guides focus on those hatches when fish are keyed on the surface or on emergers. If you aren't on a keyed hatch, nymphing various attractor nymphs along with PMD Trico nymphs will be productive in deeper riffles and tailouts.

Elevenmile Canyon below Elevenmile Reservoir

General Conditions

Trico activity is setting the tone right now in the canyon. Mornings and evenings have features great spinner falls, with strong activity in the subsurface film and middle water column throughout the day.

Suggested Techniques

We have seen hatches of Tricos, PMDs, Yellow Sallies and small Caddis on this stretch...all of which occur at different times throughout the day. Our guides focus on those hatches when fish are keyed on the surface or on emergers. If you aren't on a keyed hatch, nymphing various attractor nymphs along with PMD Trico nymphs will be productive in deeper riffles and tailouts.