Overall River Rating:

5/5

Eleven Mile Fly Fishing Report

Latest update 6/24/16- Elevenmile Canyon is fishing great right now. Flows are finally bumping up and will continue to rise over the coming weeks as Denver Water releases more flow from Elevenmile Reservoir. There is some incredible dry fly fishing opportunities up the canyon at the moment so do not forget the dry box! There are plenty of caddis and PMDs out and about and the fish are eating them with reckless abandon. Nymphing nymphs, pupa, and emergers in the morning and then switching to adult dry imitations of both insects will make for a productive day on the water. The canyon is seeing some serious pressure with the low flows (particularly the upper section nearest the dam), so don't be afraid to get out of the comfort zone and explore some new water. There is great fishing throughout the entire canyon and often times you can have the lower reaches all to yourself.

River Information

Eleven Mile Canyon is another very popular and productive spot to fish along the South Platte River. Approximately 2 hours from Denver, this tailwater section of river created from 11 Mile Reservoir, holds Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat trout. Fish numbers are very high in the first several miles below the dam and the river is abundant with aquatic bug life. This river sees some phenomal BWO, midge and PMD hatches providing exceptional dry fly fishing at times.  12"-18" fish would be considered average here, however fish much bigger than this are taken every year- especially within the first two miles of the dam. Given it's proximity to Denver, angling pressure can be quite high here, however the fish are typically still quite catchable. 



Hatches

Pheasant Tail

size 16-22

Tungsten JuJu Baetis

size 18-22

RS2

size 18-22 (blk, olv, gry)

Rainbow Warrior

size 18-22

Two Bit Hooker Nymph

size 18-20

Tungsten Poison

size 18-22

Mercury RS2

size 18-22

JuJuBee Midge

size 18-22

Barrs Emerger

size 16-22

Black Beauty

size 18-22

 

Summer: Mayflies, Caddis, Shrimp

Pheasant Tail

size 16-22

Tungsten JuJu Baetis

size 18-22

RS2

size 18-22 (blk, olv, gry)

Rainbow Warrior

size 18-22

Two Bit Hooker Nymph

size 18-20

Tungsten Poison

size 18-22

Mercury RS2

size 18-22

JuJuBee Midge

size 18-22

Barrs Emerger

size 16-22

Black Beauty

size 18-22

Fall: Baetis, Shrimp 

Pheasant Tail

size 16-22

Tungsten JuJu Baetis

size 18-22

RS2

size 18-22 (blk, olv, gry)

Rainbow Warrior

size 18-22

Two Bit Hooker Nymph

size 18-20

Tungsten Poison

size 18-22

Mercury RS2

size 18-22

JuJuBee Midge

size 18-22

Barrs Emerger

size 16-22

Black Beauty

size 18-22


Seasonal Conditions

With flows hovering just around 170cfs, 11-Mile Canyon should be fishing great for the foreseable future.  There should be consistant hatches of BWO's, Midges, Caddis and small Stones which will  have the fish feeding.  Attractor patters like Stimulators, Royal Wulffs and Humpy's will also work well, 
particularly as the fish begin to see bugs consistantly on the surface.  Nymphing will continue to be a productive method of fishing, primarily during midday when bug activity slows.  Mornings and evenings will offer the best dry fly fishing as air temps will be the coolest during this time of day.  
Riffles and faster moving water will be ideal spots to fish, especially when bugs are hatching.


River Access

11 Mile Canyon is best accessed via US Hwy 24 in Lake George. Once here, take Country Road 96. Stay to the right at the fork in the road. There is an entrance station which is manned during the day. A self service fee tube is also availble for after hours. The park is generally accessible year round.