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Where to Go South Platte River – Elevenmile Canyon

Current Reports

Updated 5/4/2021

Denver Water said they would begin increasing the flows in the canyon by the end of April, but as of today that has not happened. These fish sure could use some more water.

The lower flows have provided some good dry fly activity, in the right stretch on the right day. If you don't see rising fish, move up or down the river.

The canyon is fishing fair right now. Gin clear and spooky fish.

Fishing will be its usual technical form in the canyon with the current flows.

Both baetis and midges are the game right now, and will be for quite some time. Sizes in 18-28 are the go-to's. But don't overlook bigger bugs like scuds, eggs, leeches and small (thin) worms


Effective Patterns:


Eggs (18), Mayer's mini leach in black, purple, brown (18)
Miracle midge, Black Beauties, pale ale, top secret, zebra midges, Blindside midge, Money midge, buckskins, red larva, Mercury midge, Juju midge, all in sizes 20-26.
Sniper baetis, Jedi Master, pheasant tails, RS2 (grey and purple), purple haze, red headed stepchild, Cheesman Emergers, Barr's emerger in BWO, Stalcups baetis, all in sizes 18-28


Matthews sparkle dun (20), BWO Comaparadun (24), Iwane Dun (22), Neils BWO (22), Almost Dun (22), Griffiths gnat (20-26), Matt's Midge (22-24), Mole Fly (22-24)


Fish the down and across method with very slow retrievals. Light colored flies are doing best.

Elevenmile Canyon is our local gem. Any seasoned angler will agree that the South Platte River in Elevenmile Canyon is the place to go for unparalleled beauty. Elevenmile Canyon is also the place to go if you just want to catch a fish. Per mile this stretch of river seems to consistently hold more fish than any other river within an hour's drive from Colorado Springs. It is the place to go where you stand the best chance to get into one of the various beautiful species of trout that call the South Platte River home.

If you needing some extra help, Angler's Covey is the only full service fly shop with a permit to guide in Elevenmile Canyon and our Orvis-Endorsed guide would be happy to set up a trip for you.

Elevenmile Canyon is also a great winter fishing destination because it is a tailwater. A tailwater fishery is where a river comes out below a dam; consequently, during the winter months the water temps are just warm enough to stay relatively ice-free all year. If you can find a spot in the upper stretch of the canyon where the winter sun hits the water, you can find feeding fish. This time of year can be the most productive for solitude-seeking anglers who aren't afraid of using light tippets and very small flies.

This is an area we specialize in and are permitted to guide, so give us a shout if you have any questions or if you are interested in allowing one of our Orvis-Endorsed guides show you how best to conquer South Platte River – Elevenmile Canyon.

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Directions - 37.1 miles - 46 Minutes

  1. Head west on US-24 W/Cimarron St/Midland Expy toward S 21st St go 36.3 miles.
  2. Turn left in Lake George on Co Rd 96, go 1.1 mile, follow river into canyon