Fishing Conditions: POOR

Report Rating: POOR
Crowd Rating: Somewhat Crowded
Somewhat Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Monday, Jan 30, 2017

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 52-55 Temp: 32-35
Sky: Clear Flow: 12
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: The water is extremely low here but there are feeding trout to be found in the shallow riffles down river of Santa Fe and C-470

Current Conditions at Below Chatfield:

Trout here are feeding on small midges but takes are tough to come by right now. With the cold snap that the area is coming out of and the low flow, other South Platte tailwater sections are better options to fish right now.

Try a tandem nymph rig. The low and clear winter water makes for excellent sight fishing conditions. Make sure bring a quality pair of glasses to cut the glare from the snow and sun.  The fishing is slow.  Clear skies and 52-55 degree weather. The water temperature was between 32-35 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 1 lbs 10 oz
Length: 13 inches
Girth: 5 inches
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female

Current Insect Hatches at Below Chatfield

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Black Midge

Color: Almost Black

Size: 26/micro


Recommended Flies for Below Chatfield

Fly: Biot Midge
Color: Charcoal
Size: 22
Biot Midge Biot Midge
Fly: Jujubee Midge
Color: Greenish Tan
Size: 22
Jujubee Midge Jujubee Midge
Fly: Garcia's Rojo Midge
Color: Black
Size: 22
Garcia's Rojo Midge Garcia's Rojo Midge

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late February


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: 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 


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 

Weather for Below Chatfield

Current: 56 °F Partly cloudy Wind: 14 MPH SSW
Current Condtions

Partly cloudy

Temperature: 56 °F
Humidity: 15%
Wind: 14 mph SSW
Pressure: 14.72 psi
Cloud Cover: 75%
Tuesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 67 °F  <br/>Low: 49 °F <br/> Wind: 9 mph W
High: 67 °F
Low: 49 °F
Wind: 9 mph W
Wednesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 67 °F  <br/>Low: 33 °F <br/> Wind: 10 mph ENE
High: 67 °F
Low: 33 °F
Wind: 10 mph ENE
Thursday's Forecast
weather forecast: Light snow<br/> High: 43 °F  <br/>Low: 24 °F <br/> Wind: 9 mph N
Light snow
High: 43 °F
Low: 24 °F
Wind: 9 mph N