Fishing Conditions: FAIR

Report Rating: FAIR
Crowd Rating: Not Crowded
Not Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Monday, Mar 20, 2017

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 60+ Temp: 40-43
Sky: Clear Flow: 133
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: Water temperatures on the DSP are in the mid-40s which has BWOs and midges hatching all over the place!

Current Conditions at Downtown:

As the water temps here hover in the mid-40s, BWOs and Midges are hatching throughout the day. There are so many insects flying around that our guides had to bat them away from their faces! This also means the trout here are feeding on a healthy diet of insects that are emerging through the water column. Prince Nymphs, Copper Johns, and Pheasant Tails are great lead patterns on a nymph rig while RSIIs, Biot BWO Emergers and Top Secrets are great at imitating emerger patterns. Target faster riffles right now as these urban trout are seeking out more oxygenated water as the water temp rises.

Not too terribly crowded on the river today. Flows have been stable and nymph fishing with small midges and mayflies is the name of the game. Fly fishing reports have been fair to good.  The fishing is fair.  Clear skies and 60+ degree weather. The water temperature was between 40-43 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 1 lbs 2 oz
Length: 13 inches
Girth: 5 inches
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female

Current Insect Hatches at Downtown

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Black Midge

Color: Light Black

Size: 24

Time:

Insect Type: Mayfly

Insect: Blue Winged Olive

Color: Dark Olive

Size: 20

Time:

Recommended Flies for Downtown

Fly: Sparkle Wing Rs2
Color: Gray
Size: 20
Time: 
Sparkle Wing Rs2 Sparkle Wing Rs2
Fly: San Juan Worm
Color: Brown
Size: 16
Time: 
San Juan Worm San Juan Worm
Fly: Purple Prince
Color: Brown
Size: 18
Time: 
Purple Prince Purple Prince

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 Downtown

Current: 46 °F Overcast Wind: 4 MPH NW
Current Condtions

Overcast

Temperature: 46 °F
Humidity: 73%
Wind: 4 mph NW
Pressure: 14.72 psi
Cloud Cover: 100%
Sunday's Forecast
weather forecast: Patchy light rain with thunder<br/> High: 55 °F  <br/>Low: 38 °F <br/> Wind: 6 mph SE
Patchy light rain with thunder
High: 55 °F
Low: 38 °F
Wind: 6 mph SE
Monday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 66 °F  <br/>Low: 40 °F <br/> Wind: 4 mph SW
Sunny
High: 66 °F
Low: 40 °F
Wind: 4 mph SW
Tuesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 66 °F  <br/>Low: 40 °F <br/> Wind: 6 mph S
Sunny
High: 66 °F
Low: 40 °F
Wind: 6 mph S