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 April

Caddisflies

Insects: American Grannom
Color: Bright Green to Greenish Brown
Dates: Mar 1 – May 15
Emergence: Early Morning & Afternoon
Size: 10-14
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 

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: 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 
Insects: Skwala Stone
Color: Dark Brown to Yellow Olive
Dates: Mar 1 – May 15
Emergence: 38-47° Water Temps, Late afternoon and evening. Riffles and bankwater near foliage.
Size: 6-12
Spinner Fall:
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 


Weather for Roaring Fork

Current: 30 °F Light snow Wind: 22 MPH SW
Current Condtions

Light snow

Temperature: 30 °F
Humidity: 93%
Wind: 22 mph SW
Pressure: 14.62 psi
Cloud Cover: 100%
Monday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 59 °F  <br/>Low: 38 °F <br/> Wind: 8 mph SW
Sunny
High: 59 °F
Low: 38 °F
Wind: 8 mph SW
Tuesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Partly cloudy<br/> High: 50 °F  <br/>Low: 32 °F <br/> Wind: 7 mph W
Partly cloudy
High: 50 °F
Low: 32 °F
Wind: 7 mph W
Wednesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 54 °F  <br/>Low: 32 °F <br/> Wind: 5 mph WSW
Sunny
High: 54 °F
Low: 32 °F
Wind: 5 mph WSW