Fishing Conditions: GOOD

Report Rating: GOOD
Crowd Rating: Somewhat Crowded
Somewhat Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Thursday, Apr 13, 2017

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 52-55 Temp: 40-43
Sky: Clear Flow: 2220
Wind: None Clarity: Slightly Off
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: Float trips and walk wading are both working on the Lower C through mid-April.

Current Conditions at Lower Colorado:

The weather is the the biggest indicator of how well your day will go on the Lower Colorado. The warmer the day, the more snow melt will enter the water and make it off-colored. As the water becomes more and more off-colored it's important to use big and ugly patterns like Girdle Bugs and Golden Stoneflies and then trail those with small baetis patterns. Streamers are you best bet at moving the larger fish in this section of the C-- Zoo Cougars and Zonkers working the best.

The bugs are moving around, look for stoneflies crawling towards the banks.  For best results try fishing heavily weighted stonefly nymphs. Blue Winged Olive mayflies and an assortment of other small brown and olive mayflies are everywhere! The weather has been warm and the water is beginning to rise.  The fishing is good.  Clear skies and 52-55 degree weather. The water temperature was between 40-43 degrees and Slightly Off.

Likely Catch

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 4 lbs 0 oz
Length: 17 inches
Girth: 8 inches
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female

Current Insect Hatches at Lower Colorado

Insect Type: Mayfly

Insect: Blue Winged Olive

Color: Greenish Brown

Size: 18

Time:

Recommended Flies for Lower Colorado

Fly: Barr's Cranefly Larva
Color: Light Olive Tan
Size: 14
Time: 
Barr's Cranefly Larva Barr's Cranefly Larva
Fly: 20, Incher
Color: Brown Olive
Size: 14
Time: 
20, Incher 20, Incher
Fly: Zoo Cougar
Color: Reddish Brown
Size: 10
Time: 
Zoo Cougar Zoo Cougar

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late April

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 
Insects: Western Black Quill
Color: Purplish Black to Grayish Brown
Dates: Apr 1 – Jun 30
Emergence: Mid Morning
Size: 14-12
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: 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 
Insects: Winter Black
Color: Black Brown to Reddish Olive, Mottled Brown
Dates: Apr 1 – Aug 15
Emergence: Cold Mountain Streams and Small Ponds
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 


Weather for Lower Colorado

Current: 14 °F Clear Wind: 6 MPH N
Current Condtions

Clear

Temperature: 14 °F
Humidity: 92%
Wind: 6 mph N
Pressure: 14.81 psi
Cloud Cover: 0%
Sunday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 50 °F  <br/>Low: 36 °F <br/> Wind: 5 mph S
Sunny
High: 50 °F
Low: 36 °F
Wind: 5 mph S
Monday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 45 °F  <br/>Low: 29 °F <br/> Wind: 6 mph WSW
Sunny
High: 45 °F
Low: 29 °F
Wind: 6 mph WSW
Tuesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 52 °F  <br/>Low: 34 °F <br/> Wind: 7 mph W
Sunny
High: 52 °F
Low: 34 °F
Wind: 7 mph W