Ten Mile Creek flows from Freemont Pass down to Copper Resort, where it meets with West Ten Mile Creek, and continues to to flow east through Ten Mile Canyon to Dillon Reservoir. North Tenmile Creek is another fishable tributary that drains into 10 Mile Canyon near Frisco from the Gore Range. This water holds a nice population of brookies, browns, rainbows, and cutthroat trout. Small dryflies, nymphs, and streamers can all hook fish here, the summer months can provide excellent dry-dropper fishing.
River Flow (Cubic Feet Per Second):
150 cfs and dropping at Ten Mile Inlet
Water Temperature (degrees F):
Low 40's through 50's
Very clear most of the time, but can get off color with rain storms and on really warm days.
Current Food Sources:
| Stoneflies | caddis larva | baetis nymphs/emergers/adults | midge larva/pupa/adults | worms, small fish, leeches etc. |
Flies to Try:
Bead Head Pheasant Tail Nymph size 14-20 | TDJ Golden Stone 16-20 | Bead Head Hare's Ear Nymph size 14-20 | San Jaun Flash Worm Red | JuJu Sally size 16-20 | UV midge chocolate size 18-22 | Sparkle Wing RS2 size 18-22
| Parachute Adams size 14-22 | Elk Hair Caddis yellow size 14-18 | Solitude Midge black size 18-22 |
| Slump Busters | Sculpzillas | Hot Head Squirrel Leeches |
guide tip of the week:
Fishing well through the town of Frisco all the way to Copper and above even though flows are high. Find the soft (slow) water and you will find the fish. The inlet can provide good oppurtunities for beginners. The stretches above frisco are bit more difficult to fish, but contain great pocket water for tossing single dry flies, and dry dropper rigs. Just below Copper Resort anglers will find more open stretches of creek which offer easier casting, and slower moving runs.
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5/21/21: Guide Jack Specht took a day to fish Ten Mile Creek and found success in the upper sections near Copper Mountain. Small midge and stonefly patterns were the key to success. Hot flies for the day included the TDJ Golden Stone #16-20, Tungsten Yellow Sally # UV Midge #20-22, Gray Sparkle Wing RS2 20-22.
Local angler Beau Baynum has been taking advantage of the pocket water in the middle stretches of 10 Mile Creek...