Early Summer fishing has been very productive on the Dream Stream! BWO activity is strong now with nymphs, emergers, and adults on cloudy days. Midge lifecycle activity is still major driver for catching fish, and we've seen some sporadic Caddis activity on warm days. All in all, this section is a great option for some Spring Fun!
Flowrate above Elevenmile Reservoir: 117 CFS
Flowrate is low, however, with strong snowpack we very well may see Denver Water Board begin to release a bit more water to make room for upcoming Spring runoff. Expect conditions to be low and clear through the Spring.
Its a BWO and Midge lifecycle focus on all of the South Platte sections right now. Our guides will run a variety of attractor nymphs including anything from San Juan Worms to Guides Choice Hares Ears in combination with Blue Wing larva and emerges. When you see some Adults on the water, but no fish up, focus on your merger deep or in the mid-water column, but if there is no hatch evident stick with your nymphs. Fishing to smaller stocked fish with BWO adults is fun now too.
The lower access to this section is now open and with decent flowrate, there are some lake fish in the system, along with some nice resident fish. This section doesn't get fished heavily as compared to the Dream Stream, so it is always a nice option. In addition, you will find strong BWO activity on warmer overcast days.
Flowrate above Spinney Reservoir: 439 CFS
Clarity: Slightly Turbid
We love flows around 100-250cfs on this stretch, so if we can get back to that level and as long as clarity maintains, this section will fish well. We don't expect alot of water on this stretch this Summer as Denver Water Board will be focused on filling Antero Reservoir.
Its the typical late Spring mindset on all of these South Platte Sections. Blue Winged Olive and Midge lifecycle activity is the major driver for feeding, and we've yet to see any real Caddis, PMD or Trico activity. Nymphing will be your best method and focus on heavy structure at these flows...
The canyon has been a very productive early spring fishery. Colder overcast days aren't great on this stretch simply due to the fact that the sun doesn't get to the water to get bugs active, but when you get sun...it can be alot of fun! Fish can always be caught on Midge Lifecycle patterns and attractor nymphs, and look for increasing BWO lifecycle activity.
Flowrate near Lake George: 79.5 CFS
Flowrate is low, but typical for this time of year in the canyon. This is a fine level for the bug activity right now, as most of the fish will be found in deeper tailouts and heavy structure. Expect for this flow to maintain or slightly decrease until the Spring. Typically releases in the Canyon will match or come close to releases out of Spinney Reservoir on the Dream Stream in the winter.
Its a Midge lifecycle focus on all of the South Platte sections right now. Our guides will run a variety of attractor nymphs including anything from San Juan Worms to Guides Choice Hares Ears in combination with midge pupa or larva. When you see some Midge Adults on the water, but no fish up, focus on your Midge Pupa deep or in the mid-water column, but if there is no hatch evident stick with your midge larva. There are also a few lingering Trico Spinnerfalls and some localized Blue Winged Olive lifecycle acitivity, so keep those bugs handy.