Fishing Conditions: FAIR

Report Rating: FAIR
Crowd Rating: Very Crowded
Very Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Sunday, Mar 19, 2017

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 56-59 Temp: 40-43
Sky: Clear Flow: 81
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: Look for spring flows to raise to 150-250 cfs before fishing here really heats up.

Current Conditions at Blue River Below Dillon:

After a long winter of low, clear flows these trout are quite weary of any type of presentation--good or bad. As soon as water is released from Dillon Reservoir, and flows bump to the 250 cfs range, look for these beauties to spread out and get more comfortable and feed on larger offerings than size 22 patterns. As it is now, its still 6x tippet with small midge patterns and small strike indicators. Fish are holding very close to the bank so before you step into the river watch and observe, as you can definitely find a 7 pound trout six inches away from the bank!

The weather is warming up outside and it is beginning to look like spring again! Time to head to Colorado‚Äôs western slope for some of the first fly casts of the year. Try fishing various sizes and colors of egg patterns to fool hungry fish. The key to catching fish is to read the water and predict just where the fish will be holding.   The fishing is fair.  Clear skies and 56-59 degree weather. The water temperature was between 40-43 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 4 lbs 8 oz
Length: 17 inches
Girth: 9 inches
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female

Current Insect Hatches at Blue River Below Dillon

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Snow Midge

Color: Brown Olive

Size:

Time:

Recommended Flies for Blue River Below Dillon

Fly: Disco Midge
Color: Red
Size: 22
Time: 
Disco Midge Disco Midge
Fly: Egg
Color: Peach
Size: 18
Time: 
Egg Egg
Fly: Garcia's Rojo Midge
Color: Black
Size: 22
Time: 
Garcia's Rojo Midge Garcia's Rojo Midge

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 Blue River Below Dillon

Current: 27 °F Clear Wind: 0 MPH NW
Current Condtions

Clear

Temperature: 27 °F
Humidity: 54%
Wind: 0 mph NW
Pressure: 14.81 psi
Cloud Cover: 0%
Wednesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Moderate snow<br/> High: 33 °F  <br/>Low: -9 °F <br/> Wind: 9 mph W
Moderate snow
High: 33 °F
Low: -9 °F
Wind: 9 mph W
Thursday's Forecast
weather forecast: Freezing fog<br/> High: 37 °F  <br/>Low: 17 °F <br/> Wind: 5 mph SW
Freezing fog
High: 37 °F
Low: 17 °F
Wind: 5 mph SW
Friday's Forecast
weather forecast: Moderate or heavy snow with thunder<br/> High: 34 °F  <br/>Low: 9 °F <br/> Wind: 9 mph ESE
Moderate or heavy snow with thunder
High: 34 °F
Low: 9 °F
Wind: 9 mph ESE