The Blue Quill Angler
14 Day Forecast: Look for sporadic hatches of midges. Prepare for low flows and technical fishing.
Tips and Other Information: Fishing at the Dream Stream is fair right now with the recent cold snap. Anglers should prepare themselves for sporadic hatches of midges and look for the occasional fish eating adults in the slower runs, deeper pools and tailouts. Nymphing with midge larvae and pupae is your best bet right now, however. Target the transitional zones that funnel into the deeper runs and pools. The best fishing is between 10:00 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the water warms up a few degrees. I would concentrate your efforts between the barns and the dam where the water is a few degrees warmer than the lower river.
Effective Patterns: #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayers Mini Leech, #20-24 Medallion Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22 Jujubee Midge, #22 Minute Midge, #22 Tube Midge, #22-24 Black Beauty, #20-22 Red Larva, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20-26 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20-24 Griffith Gnat, #22-24 Matts Midge, #22-26 Parachute Adams.
The Blue Quill Angler
Flow: 98 cfs
Water Temperature: Low to mid 40s
14 Day Forecast: Look for low flows and technical fishing until Spinney Reservoir fills.
Tips and Other Information: Flows were bumped two days ago which is great news! Anglers willing to work hard and cover water are catching a decent number 8-16 inch rainbows, cut-bows, and the occasional brown. There are a still plenty of lake-run fish in the system. Make sure you pinch your barbs and watch your step in the shallow riffles to avoid stepping on redds. Crowds are extremely heavy, so plan accordingly. There are plenty of opportunities to catch trout with surface offerings in the slower pools and tailouts. Its hard to go wrong with a size 24-26 Matts Midge or Parachute Adams to fool these risers.
Effective Patterns: # 20 Manhattan Midge, #18 Micro Egg, #18-22 Mercury Pheasant Tails, #18-20 Buckskins, #20-22 Barr Emergers, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Flashback Black Beauty, #20-22 Minute Midge, #20-22 Tube Midge, #20-22 Chironoflash, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-22 Foam Wing Chocolate Emerger , #20-26 Parachute Adams, #18 Griffith Gnat, and #20-22 Matts Midge
Royal Gorge Anglers
Its definitely the winter season on the South Platte now. Overnight lows in South Park have conditions pretty frosty until around 10am. Standard bug fare and techniques for the winter season...Midges with some lingering Tricos, and nymphing will most definitely be your best method.
Flowrate above Elevenmile Reservoir: 80 cfs
Its Midge game on all sections of the South Platte. The Fall and Winter fishing on these sections is a small bug game for the most part. Productivity will be best subsurface, but do be prepared with hatch matchers. Technical indicator nymph rigs and tight-line euro rigs will be your best bet with long leaders and light tippet. Definitely fun to have a streamer rod on had for any migratory fish as well, so keep that in your wheelhouse. **We have not seen heavy hatch activity on the Dream Stream since the big storm in early September, however that should resolve itself with time.