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.

April 21st, 2016

Charlie Myers SWA "Dream Stream" below Spinney Reservoir

General Conditions

There are some really good lake run fish in the system, despite dismal Spring flows. Look for warmer temperatures to increase feeding activity within the resident and lake fish population. In addition we have seen some BWO hatch activity from the fence down, and have seen some relatively good dry fly fishing in the middle section. Please be aware of spawning fish, and DO NOT FISH TO FISH THAT ARE ACTIVELY SPAWNING. Redds are easy to recognize (light patches of clean gravel), please do not wade on them or fish to fish on them!

Suggested Techniques

We suggest a variety of nymphing methods until you find rising fish on midges, and then switching to a dry/ emerger rig. Expect 80% or more of the activity to be subsurface.

Elevenmile Canyon below Elevenmile Reservoir

General Conditions

Its still Winter Fishing on this section of the Platte. Being a Tailwater, you can have productive days any day even if it is very cold. However, look for warm days to increase bug activity and fish movement. Things are definitely focused on the lifecyle of the Midge right now, and don't expect that to change anytime soon....

Suggested Techniques

We suggest a variety of nymphing methods until you find rising fish on midges, and then switching to a dry/ emerger rig. Expect 80% or more of the activity to be subsurface.