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.

Runoff is just around the corner so be sure to get a few more beautiful spring days on the water. Steamers are a fantastic way to move large trout during the higher water.  The key to catching fish is to read the water and predict just where the fish will be holding.   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 March

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 

Midges

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 


Weather for Roaring Fork

Current: 28 °F Clear Wind: 11 MPH WNW
Current Condtions

Clear

Temperature: 28 °F
Humidity: 74%
Wind: 11 mph WNW
Pressure: 14.84 psi
Cloud Cover: 0%
Wednesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Fog<br/> High: 47 °F  <br/>Low: 17 °F <br/> Wind: 5 mph SE
Fog
High: 47 °F
Low: 17 °F
Wind: 5 mph SE
Thursday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 50 °F  <br/>Low: 25 °F <br/> Wind: 4 mph S
Sunny
High: 50 °F
Low: 25 °F
Wind: 4 mph S
Friday's Forecast
weather forecast: Patchy light rain<br/> High: 45 °F  <br/>Low: 19 °F <br/> Wind: 6 mph S
Patchy light rain
High: 45 °F
Low: 19 °F
Wind: 6 mph S