Fishing Conditions: POOR

Report Rating: POOR
Crowd Rating: Not Crowded
Not Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Saturday, Mar 18, 2017

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 60+ Temp: 36-39
Sky: Clear Flow: 1520
Wind: None Clarity: Off-Color
Precip: None Runoff: Yes 
(5 hours starting at 1PM)

Colorado Stream Update: We need colder weather and another good winter storm here on the Western Slope, otherwise we'll be looking at run-off in mid-April.

Current Conditions at Lower Colorado:

The lower section of the Colorado near Glenwood Springs is already in the beginning process of run-off as the high day and night time temps here have the snow melting and turning the water extremely off-color. During this early spring melt, trout are keyed in on large patterns. Think SJ Worms, 20 Incher Stone Flies, Golden Stone Flies, Prince Nymphs and large Hare's Ears. Even a well placed streamer is occasionally moving trout. Look for trout to be stacked in slow pocket water along the banks as the river continues to rise and turn off-color during these warm days.

The weather is warming up outside and it is beginning to look like spring again! The Frying Pan, Blue River below Dillon, Williams Fork and Taylor are all flowing at good fishable levels. Steamers are a fantastic way to move large trout during the higher water.   The fishing is slow.  Clear skies and 60+ degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Off-Color.

Likely Catch

Species: Brown
Weight: 2 lbs 3 oz
Length: 15 inches
Girth: 6 inches
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female

Current Insect Hatches at Lower Colorado

None

Recommended Flies for Lower Colorado

Fly: Wooly Bugger
Color: Brown Olive
Size: 10
Time: 
Wooly Bugger Wooly Bugger
Fly: 20, Incher
Color: Brownish Yellow
Size: 14
Time: 
20, Incher 20, Incher
Fly: San Juan Worm
Color: Red
Size: 16
Time: 
San Juan Worm San Juan Worm

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 Lower Colorado

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: Sunny<br/> High: 49 °F  <br/>Low: 15 °F <br/> Wind: 5 mph SE
Sunny
High: 49 °F
Low: 15 °F
Wind: 5 mph SE
Thursday's Forecast
weather forecast: Patchy rain possible<br/> High: 53 °F  <br/>Low: 25 °F <br/> Wind: 4 mph SSE
Patchy rain possible
High: 53 °F
Low: 25 °F
Wind: 4 mph SSE
Friday's Forecast
weather forecast: Patchy light rain<br/> High: 46 °F  <br/>Low: 19 °F <br/> Wind: 7 mph S
Patchy light rain
High: 46 °F
Low: 19 °F
Wind: 7 mph S