Fishing Conditions: GOOD

Report Rating: GOOD
Crowd Rating: Somewhat Crowded
Somewhat Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 56-59 Temp: 40-43
Sky: Clear Flow: 204
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: With the higher water here the trout have been feeding heavily on large patterns.

Current Conditions at North Fork Public:

Big flies are on the menu at Pine Valley Ranch! Pat's Rubber Legs, 20 Inchers, Girdle Bugs. San Juan Worms, and Crane Fly Larva are all bring trout to net. With the right conditions-- warm over cast days-- BWOs are popping off in good numbers too in which case RSIIs and Parachute Adams are working great. Pine Valley Ranch offers some fine fly fishing without all the crowds that are had at Deckers and Cheesman Canyon so it's definitely an option worth exploring.

We are catching some larger than average rainbows and lots of smaller browns. The North Fork is finally ice free on the public sections and we are landing some better than average fish. Fly fishing reports have been fair to good. The flows are higher than normal but you can still sight fish to many of the trout.  The fishing is good.  Clear skies and 56-59 degree weather. The water temperature was between 40-43 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 1 lbs 7 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: Mayfly

Insect: Blue Winged Olive

Color: Brown Olive

Size: 18

Time:

Recommended Flies for North Fork Public

Fly: 20, Incher
Color: Brownish Tan
Size: 14
Time: 
20, Incher 20, Incher
Fly: San Juan Worm
Color: Brown
Size: 16
Time: 
San Juan Worm San Juan Worm
Fly: Sparkle Wing Rs2
Color: Gray Green
Size: 18
Time: 
Sparkle Wing Rs2 Sparkle Wing Rs2

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 North Fork Public

Current: 5 °F Overcast Wind: 22 MPH NNW
Current Condtions

Overcast

Temperature: 5 °F
Humidity: 60%
Wind: 22 mph NNW
Pressure: 14.75 psi
Cloud Cover: 100%
Sunday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 40 °F  <br/>Low: 29 °F <br/> Wind: 10 mph W
Sunny
High: 40 °F
Low: 29 °F
Wind: 10 mph W
Monday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 45 °F  <br/>Low: 29 °F <br/> Wind: 7 mph W
Sunny
High: 45 °F
Low: 29 °F
Wind: 7 mph W
Tuesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Patchy light snow<br/> High: 41 °F  <br/>Low: 25 °F <br/> Wind: 4 mph WNW
Patchy light snow
High: 41 °F
Low: 25 °F
Wind: 4 mph WNW