Fishing Conditions: GREAT

Report Rating: GREAT
Crowd Rating: Somewhat Crowded
Somewhat Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Thursday, Mar 16, 2017

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 52-55 Temp: 40-43
Sky: Clear Flow: 471
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: With the warm weather the valley has received over the past week the Roaring Fork is on fire right now!

Current Conditions at Roaring Fork:

From Basalt down through Glenwood Springs, the RF is fishing exceptionally well right now. There are a tremendous amount of Golden Stoneflies in the drift so 20 Inchers and Two-Tone Golden Stonefly patterns are great lead flies on your nymph rig. Trail your Stonefly pattern with smaller Prince Nymphs and Two-Bit Hookers, which do a good job of imitating Baetis insects. We've also seen decent BWO hatches on warm days. Expect good BWO hatches to continue as long as the warm weather holds up-- remember the water temperature needs to heat up to the low-mid 40s for the Baetis to really start hatching through the water column. #18 BWO Comparaduns and Parachute Adams are getting those surface feeders to net on overcast days.

The fishing is great.  Clear skies and 52-55 degree weather. The water temperature was between 40-43 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 3 lbs 6 oz
Length: 17 inches
Girth: 7 inches
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female

Current Insect Hatches at Roaring Fork

Insect Type: Mayfly

Insect: Blue Winged Olive

Color: Light Olive Brown

Size: 18

Time:

Recommended Flies for Roaring Fork

Fly: 20, Incher
Color: Brownish Yellow
Size: 12
Time: 
20, Incher 20, Incher
Fly: Blue Winged Olive
Color: Olive Gray
Size: 18
Time: 
Blue Winged Olive Blue Winged Olive
Fly: Prince Nymph
Color: Dark Brown
Size: 18
Time: 
Prince Nymph Prince Nymph

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late May

Caddisflies

Insects: Little Sister Sedge
Color: Green to Greenish Brown
Dates: May 15 – Aug 30
Emergence: Afternoon & Evening
Size: 14-16
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Little Tan Short Horn Sedge
Color: Dark Brown to Yellow
Dates: Mar 1 – Aug 30
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 14-16
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Spotted Sedge
Color: Brownish Yellow
Dates: May 15 – Sep 30
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 10-12
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Mayflies

Insects: Blue Winged Olive
Color: Light Olive Brown to Brown Olive
Dates: Mar 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: Clouds & warmest part of day
Size: 16-18
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Western Black Quill
Color: Purplish Black to Grayish Brown
Dates: Apr 1 – Jun 30
Emergence: Mid Morning
Size: 14-12
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Midges

Insects: Black Midge
Color: Blackish to Black
Dates: Apr 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 18-20
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
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: Micro Black Midge
Color: Blackish to Black
Dates: Mar 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: Morning
Size: 22-26
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 

Stoneflies

Insects: Salmon Fly
Color: Black to Reddish Brown
Dates: May 15 – Jul 15
Emergence: 50-60° Water Late Morning on
Size: 4-8
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Small Western
Color: Brownish
Dates: May 15 – Jul 15
Emergence: 46-56° Water Temps
Size: 14-18
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Winter Black
Color: Black Brown to Reddish Olive, Mottled Brown
Dates: Apr 1 – Aug 15
Emergence: Cold Mountain Streams and Small Ponds
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Terrestrials

Insects: Beetle
Color: Brownish to Black
Dates: May 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: All Day
Size: 10-18
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Black Ant
Color: Black
Dates: May 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 20-24
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Grasshopper
Color: Green to Brownish Tan
Dates: May 15 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 2-14
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Red Ant
Color: Red to Orangish
Dates: May 1 – Oct 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 


Weather for Roaring Fork

Current: 50 °F Clear Wind: 12 MPH SSW
Current Condtions

Clear

Temperature: 50 °F
Humidity: 34%
Wind: 12 mph SSW
Pressure: 14.81 psi
Cloud Cover: 50%
Sunday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 65 °F  <br/>Low: 38 °F <br/> Wind: 4 mph SE
Sunny
High: 65 °F
Low: 38 °F
Wind: 4 mph SE
Monday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 67 °F  <br/>Low: 41 °F <br/> Wind: 3 mph SSE
Sunny
High: 67 °F
Low: 41 °F
Wind: 3 mph SSE
Tuesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 68 °F  <br/>Low: 41 °F <br/> Wind: 4 mph SSE
Sunny
High: 68 °F
Low: 41 °F
Wind: 4 mph SSE