Fishing Conditions: FAIR

Report Rating: FAIR
Crowd Rating: Not Crowded
Not Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Thursday, Feb 2, 2017

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 19- Temp: 36-39
Sky: Clear Flow: 138
Wind: None Clarity: Slightly Off
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: Water clarity has been slightly off with snow melting into the system but sight fishing is still your best bet at catching a fat carp!

Current Conditions at Downtown:

Try and time your trip to the DSP after a stretch of warm days because with warmer water temperature the carp in here will become more active. As is the case for all winter fly fishing, whether it's for trout or carp, finding the feeding fish is the key to your success. Target carp in the flats and wait for that open mouth and give a cast a few feet up river of the carp, giving small jigging style retrievals to your pattern. Crayfish and Leeches have been working the best, using 3 and 4x tippet.

No need to be on the water early, wait for the sun to come up in order to warm up the water temperature. 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 winter fly fishing in Colorado is great.  The fishing is fair.  Clear skies and 19- degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Slightly Off.

Likely Catch

Species: Carp
Weight: 4 lbs 7 oz
Length: 21 inches
Girth: 13 inches

Current Insect Hatches at Downtown


Recommended Flies for Downtown

Fly: Crayfish
Color: Light Olive Brown
Size: 8
Crayfish Crayfish
Fly: Bunney Leech
Color: Dark Brownish Black
Size: 12
Bunney Leech Bunney Leech

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 Downtown

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: 68 °F  <br/>Low: 50 °F <br/> Wind: 10 mph W
High: 68 °F
Low: 50 °F
Wind: 10 mph W
Wednesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 64 °F  <br/>Low: 33 °F <br/> Wind: 8 mph E
High: 64 °F
Low: 33 °F
Wind: 8 mph E
Thursday's Forecast
weather forecast: Light snow<br/> High: 40 °F  <br/>Low: 23 °F <br/> Wind: 10 mph N
Light snow
High: 40 °F
Low: 23 °F
Wind: 10 mph N