Fishing Conditions: FAIR

Report Rating: FAIR
Crowd Rating: Not Crowded
Not Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Monday, Mar 13, 2017

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 48-51 Temp: 36-39
Sky: Clear Flow: 74
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: Pine Valley Ranch is starting to heat up which makes it an ideal destination for those wanting to stick close to Denver.

Current Conditions at North Fork Public:

This section of the North Fork of the S. Platte is almost completely ice free and the water temps are in the high 30s, which has generated more insect activity and has the trout on the feed. Small Copper Johns always work here, despite the fact that there are not a lot of baetis in the drift quite yet. The main insect fish seem to be targeted on are small Snow Midges, which are reddish in color, so red Rojo Garcia's are a great imitation to bring to the river. Even though we've passed into March and spring is on the mind, look for these trout in traditional winter holding spots-- deep and slow water! Also, there are more Stoneflies in this river than you'd think so using a Girdle Bug as a lead fly on your nymph rig works great as an attractor but it will also bring a couple trout to net here and there as well.

Not too terribly crowded on the river today. The North Fork is finally ice free on the public sections and we are landing some better than average fish.  The fishing is fair.  Clear skies and 48-51 degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 1 lbs 10 oz
Length: 14 inches
Girth: 5 inches
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female

Current Insect Hatches at North Fork Public

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Snow Midge

Color: Reddish

Size: 24

Time:

Recommended Flies for North Fork Public

Fly: Garcia's Rojo Midge
Color: Red
Size: 22
Time: 
Garcia's Rojo Midge Garcia's Rojo Midge
Fly: Girdle Bug
Color: Brown
Size: 14
Time: 
Girdle Bug Girdle Bug
Fly: Copper John
Color: Brown
Size: 20
Time: 
Copper John Copper John

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late March

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 

Midges

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 


Weather for North Fork Public

Current: 19 °F Overcast Wind: 19 MPH NW
Current Condtions

Overcast

Temperature: 19 °F
Humidity: 62%
Wind: 19 mph NW
Pressure: 14.76 psi
Cloud Cover: 100%
Sunday's Forecast
weather forecast: Patchy moderate snow<br/> High: 40 °F  <br/>Low: 18 °F <br/> Wind: 5 mph SSW
Patchy moderate snow
High: 40 °F
Low: 18 °F
Wind: 5 mph SSW
Monday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 43 °F  <br/>Low: 22 °F <br/> Wind: 5 mph SW
Sunny
High: 43 °F
Low: 22 °F
Wind: 5 mph SW
Tuesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Moderate or heavy snow showers<br/> High: 41 °F  <br/>Low: 25 °F <br/> Wind: 6 mph SSE
Moderate or heavy snow showers
High: 41 °F
Low: 25 °F
Wind: 6 mph SSE