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Where to Go South Platte River – Elevenmile Canyon

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Updated 7/21/2021

 The flows in the canyon are pretty decent right now. From this point on, we would imagine that the flows in 11 mile canyon will match the outflows from Spinney reservoir.  Expect to fish with a lot of other people. Be mindful of water temps and please be vigilant in not fishing at water temps of 66 degrees and higher. This is lethal to the fish.  Its best to fish early and then leave early.

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

Tricos are showing up, caddis, baetis, and midges are the game right now. Sizes in 18-24 are the go-to's. Don't overlook the terrestrial game, as that is starting to be super effective!


Effective Patterns


Tricos, baetis, caddis
Miracle midge, RS2 black, 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, Barrs emergers, 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. Amy's ant 12-14, stubby chubbies, hippie stompers.


Matthews sparkle dun (20), BWO AND PMD (16-18) Comaparadun (24), Iwane Dun (22), Neils BWO (22), Almost Dun (22), Griffiths gnat (20-26), Matt's Midge (22-24), Mole Fly (22-24) Juans 180 trio, smokejumpers


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