Author: Tucker Ladd
With runoff is full swing, and a day off to hit the water, I was a bit concerned that any and all tailwaters near the front range would be a crowded mess. With few other options, and a strong desire to chase some trout, I opted to hit up 11-Mile Canyon knowing that there are plenty of other options if all else failed. Upon arrival at 11-mile around 8:30am, my worst fears were proven true with countless vehicles heading up the canyon for a day of fishing. Not wanting to endure a day of combat fishing, I retreated downstream to the Happy Meadows section of the South Platte. There I was pleasant greeted to great looking water, minimal crowds, and trout feeding aggressively all day.
Happy Meadows on the South Platte River. An often overlooked section of public water.