Fishing Conditions: GOOD

Report Rating: GOOD
Crowd Rating: Somewhat Crowded
Somewhat Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Saturday, Jan 14, 2017

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 48-51 Temp: 36-39
Sky: Clear Flow: 32
Wind: Gusting Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: Boulder Creek is fishing best in sections that receive the most sun-light.

Current Conditions at Boulder Creek:

As mentioned above, the more sun the creek gets the better it will fish. With that being said, fishing in town has been far more productive than through the canyon. Brown and pink San Juan Worms are the perfect lead fly on your nymph rig right now-- this is true of all trout, but during winter months their metabolism slows down drastically so they're not eating as much as they would during warmer seasons. So, drifting a high protein meal like a San Juan, can a lot of times induce a take or at worst get their attention to the smaller midges trailing behind it. Again, this tactic works on all of Colorado's waters, but especially so here on Boulder Creek. As far as midge patterns go, keep it simple! Red and black Zebra Midges are working very well behind your SJ Worm. If you follow my sage advice and stay in town, start behind or near the library on Arapahoe and work every deep pool you find through town.

Fishing has been best from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and fly fishing trips have been catching lots of trout. Use a bright colored but small San Juan worm in red or pink to help you see where your flies are drifting. The fish are eating midges and we are even seeing the occasional rise to an adult midge.  The fishing is good.  Clear skies and 48-51 degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Brown
Weight: 1 lbs 2 oz
Length: 14 inches
Girth: 5 inches
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female

Current Insect Hatches at Boulder Creek

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Snow Midge

Color: Reddish

Size: 24


Recommended Flies for Boulder Creek

Fly: Tungsten Zebra Midge
Color: Black
Size: 22
Tungsten Zebra Midge Tungsten Zebra Midge
Fly: Tungsten Zebra Midge
Color: Red
Size: 22
Tungsten Zebra Midge Tungsten Zebra Midge
Fly: San Juan Worm
Color: Brown
Size: 16
San Juan Worm San Juan Worm

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late January


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 Boulder Creek

Current: 43 °F Sunny Wind: 0 MPH N
Current Condtions


Temperature: 43 °F
Humidity: 36%
Wind: 0 mph N
Pressure: 14.53 psi
Cloud Cover: 0%
Thursday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 47 °F  <br/>Low: 33 °F <br/> Wind: 8 mph W
High: 47 °F
Low: 33 °F
Wind: 8 mph W
Friday's Forecast
weather forecast: Partly cloudy<br/> High: 41 °F  <br/>Low: 24 °F <br/> Wind: 3 mph SW
Partly cloudy
High: 41 °F
Low: 24 °F
Wind: 3 mph SW
Saturday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 38 °F  <br/>Low: 27 °F <br/> Wind: 4 mph S
High: 38 °F
Low: 27 °F
Wind: 4 mph S