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Where to Go South Platte River – Elevenmile Canyon

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Updated 10/25/2021

 Check out our Fall fishing forecast here!

The flows in the canyon are about normal for this time of year.

 The moss is declining a little making the fishing a little easier. With the moss volume in the river right now, shallow nymphing and the dry/dropper technique has been the most consistent.  If you do choose to nymph, it can be productive, just be prepared to clean your flies much more often.

From this point on, we would imagine that the flows in Elevenmile Canyon will match the outflows from Spinney Reservoir.  Expect to fish with a lot of other people. Please be respectful to other anglers and give them space.

Water temps are cooling with the nighttime temps getting well below freezing.

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

Tricos, baetis, and midges are the game right now. Sizes in #18-24. The terrestrial action is definitely winding down but you may get a sporadic rise on a warmer days. Think hopper, beetle, and ant patterns.

Recommended Patterns


Tricos, baetis, and caddis.
Miracle Midge #20-22, RS2 black and grey #18-22, Black Beauty #20-24, Pale Ale Midge #18-22, Top Secret Midge #20-24, Zebra Midges black and red #20-22, Blindside Midge #20-22, Money Midge #20-22, Buckskin Caddis #16-20, Red Midge Larva #18-20, Mercury Midge #20-24, Jujubee Midge #20-24, Juan's Sniper Baetis #20-24, Barr's BWO Emergers #20-22, Juan's Jedi Master #20-24, Pheasant Tail, RS2 grey and purple #18-22, Purple Haze #20-22, Red-Headed Stepchild #20-22, Cheesman Emergers #20-22, Stalcups Baetis olive and brown #20-22


Matthews Sparkle Dun #20; BWO and PMD #16-18, Comaparadun #24, Iwane Dun #22, Neils BWO #22, Almost Dun #22, Griffith's Gnat #20-26, Matt's Midge #22-24, Mole Fly #22-24, Juan's 180 trio, Smokejumpers #20-22. Amy's Ant all colors 12-14, Stubby Chubbies UV tan or UV purple #14-16, Hippy Stompers all color #12-16.


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