Fishing Conditions: GOOD

Report Rating: GOOD
Crowd Rating: Somewhat Crowded
Somewhat Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Friday, Sep 23, 2016

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 60+ Temp: 40-43
Sky: Clear Flow: 27
Wind: None Clarity: Slightly Off
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: Boulder Creek is flowing at 27 CFS in Boulder Canyon. Flows are ideal for a little dry and dropper fishing on Boulder Creek, look for lots of risers during early morning midge and BWO hatches.

Current Conditions at Boulder Creek:

The fish of Boulder Creek have seen a lot of pressure this year and are starting to get a little spooky. Stealth is key as you wade the river, fish longer 9 foot plus leaders and fine 5x-6x tippets. Dry & dropper rigs are the name of the game but if fish are not actively rising you can do a lot of damage with a shallow water nymph rig. Foam indicators, particularly the pinch on style are a great way to go when the water is low and clear. Good luck and enjoy one of Colorado's true treasures, Boulder Creek!

Try an egg pattern (size 16) trailed by a small midge or mayfly (size 18-20). The water is low and clear and fly fishing reports have been excellent. The fish have seen a lot of pressure this season and they are getting spooky. Use light tippet and longer leaders to avoid spooking fish. Use a light fly rod to make delicate presentations. A shorter three weight fly rod is the best tool for the job right now. The blue winged olive hatches are still bringing a lot of fish to the surface.  The fishing is good.  Clear skies and 60+ degree weather. The water temperature was between 40-43 degrees and Slightly Off.

Likely Catch

Species: Brown
Weight: 0 lbs 12 oz
Length: 12 inches
Girth: 4 inches
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female

Current Insect Hatches at Boulder Creek

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Black Midge

Color: Black

Size: 22

Time: AM

Insect Type: Mayfly

Insect: Blue Winged Olive

Color: Dark Blue Olive

Size: 22

Time: AM

Insect Type: Caddisfly

Insect: Micro Caddis

Color: Brownish Tan

Size: 18

Time: PM

Recommended Flies for Boulder Creek

Fly: Black Beauty
Color: Black
Size: 22
Time: AM
Black Beauty Black Beauty
Fly: Clown Shoe Caddis
Color: Brownish Tan
Size: 18
Time: PM
Clown Shoe Caddis Clown Shoe Caddis
Fly: Parachute Adams
Color: Gray Brown
Size: 20
Time: AM
Parachute Adams Parachute Adams

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late September

Caddisflies

Insects: Green Sedge
Color: Olive to Gray Brown
Dates: Jul 15 – Sep 30
Emergence: Morning & Afternoon
Size: 12-14
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Little Black Sedge
Color: Chocolate to Black
Dates: Jul 15 – Sep 30
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 16-18
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Micro Caddis
Color: Yellow, Orange or Brown
Dates: Jun 15 – Oct 15
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 20-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: October Caddis
Color: Orange Tan to Grayish Black
Dates: Sep 1 – Oct 30
Emergence: Shallows, Afternoon & Evening
Size: 8-10
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Spotted Sedge
Color: Brownish Yellow
Dates: May 15 – Sep 30
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 10-12
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 
Insects: Gray Drake
Color: Gray
Dates: Jun 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: Late Morning
Size: 14-16
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Mahogany Dun
Color: Reddish Brown to Blackish Brown
Dates: Sep 1 – Oct 31
Emergence: Early Afternoon
Size: 16-18
Spinner Fall: Late Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Micro Blue Winged Olive (BWO)
Color: Pale Olive Green to Blue Gray
Dates: Jun 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: Clouds & warmest part of day
Size: 22-26
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Red Quill
Color: Reddish Brown
Dates: Jun 15 – Sep 30
Emergence: Mid Morning
Size: 14-16
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Midges

Insects: Black Midge
Color: Blackish to Black
Dates: Apr 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 18-20
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
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: September Stone
Color: Reddish Brown with Orange belly
Dates: Aug 15 – Oct 31
Emergence: Early Afternoon to Evening
Size: 4-10
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Terrestrials

Insects: Beetle
Color: Brownish to Black
Dates: May 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: All Day
Size: 10-18
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Black & Red Ant
Color: Red & Black
Dates: Jul 1 – Sep 30
Emergence: All Day
Size: 18-20
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Black Ant
Color: Black
Dates: May 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 20-24
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Cricket
Color: Brownish Olive to Black
Dates: Jun 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: Twilight & Dusk
Size: 8-16
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Grasshopper
Color: Green to Brownish Tan
Dates: May 15 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 2-14
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Red Ant
Color: Red to Orangish
Dates: May 1 – Oct 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 


Weather for Boulder Creek

Current: 61 °F Clear Wind: 0 MPH N
Current Condtions

Clear

Temperature: 61 °F
Humidity: 68%
Wind: 0 mph N
Pressure: 14.81 psi
Cloud Cover: 0%
Friday's Forecast
weather forecast: Light rain shower<br/> High: 72 °F  <br/>Low: 54 °F <br/> Wind: 5 mph WNW
Light rain shower
High: 72 °F
Low: 54 °F
Wind: 5 mph WNW
Saturday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 76 °F  <br/>Low: 54 °F <br/> Wind: 6 mph SSE
Sunny
High: 76 °F
Low: 54 °F
Wind: 6 mph SSE
Sunday's Forecast
weather forecast: Partly cloudy<br/> High: 75 °F  <br/>Low: 48 °F <br/> Wind: 8 mph SE
Partly cloudy
High: 75 °F
Low: 48 °F
Wind: 8 mph SE