Fishing Conditions: GREAT

Report Rating: GREAT
Crowd Rating: Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Thursday, Feb 9, 2017

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 48-51 Temp: 36-39
Sky: Clear Flow: 70
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: It's not much of a secret but 11 Mile Canyon is fishing great right now!

Current Conditions at 11 Mile Canyon:

Surprisingly, there is open water from Springer Gulch campground all the way up to the dam right now so you have plenty of space to beat the crowds. When deciding where to fish in the canyon, choose the sunniest sections of river as that's where you'll find feeding fish. As for fly selections, it's small and smaller than that. Lead with a brown SJ Worm and trail with one to two #22 midge patterns like Black Beauties, Top Secrets, and Bling Midges. Takes are extremely subtle here, as they are state-wide right now, so the more sight fishing you can do the more productive your day will be.

Tiny tippets and small midge and mayfly patterns are hooking the most fish. Use three different midge patters. Try a black Zebra Midge (size 20-24) or a Money Midge (size 20-24). Use a bright colored but small San Juan worm in red or pink to help you see where your flies are drifting.  The fishing is great.  Clear skies and 48-51 degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Cutbow
Weight: 3 lbs 11 oz
Length: 22 inches
Girth: 9 inches
Cutbow Female Cutbow Female
Cutbow Female Cutbow Female

Current Insect Hatches at 11 Mile Canyon


Recommended Flies for 11 Mile Canyon

Fly: San Juan Worm
Color: Brown
Size: 16
San Juan Worm San Juan Worm
Fly: Black Beauty
Color: Black
Size: 22
Black Beauty Black Beauty
Fly: Disco Midge
Color: White
Size: 22
Disco Midge Disco Midge

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late February


Insects: Chocolate Brown Midge
Color: Brown to Chocolate
Dates: Feb 15 – Dec 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 20-22
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Snow Midge
Color: Gray to Charcoal
Dates: Jan 1 – Dec 31
Emergence: Warmest part of day
Size: 24-28
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 


Insects: Micro Black
Color: Dark Brown to Black
Dates: Jan 1 – May 15
Emergence: 38-44° Water Temps Heat of Day
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Weather for 11 Mile Canyon

Current: 32 °F Partly cloudy Wind: 21 MPH SW
Current Condtions

Partly cloudy

Temperature: 32 °F
Humidity: 40%
Wind: 21 mph SW
Pressure: 14.84 psi
Cloud Cover: 75%
Tuesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 45 °F  <br/>Low: 28 °F <br/> Wind: 15 mph W
High: 45 °F
Low: 28 °F
Wind: 15 mph W
Wednesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 49 °F  <br/>Low: 25 °F <br/> Wind: 15 mph WSW
High: 49 °F
Low: 25 °F
Wind: 15 mph WSW
Thursday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 34 °F  <br/>Low: 15 °F <br/> Wind: 14 mph WNW
High: 34 °F
Low: 15 °F
Wind: 14 mph WNW