Fishing Conditions: GOOD

Report Rating: GOOD
Crowd Rating: Very Crowded
Very Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Saturday, Feb 18, 2017

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 44-47 Temp: 36-39
Sky: Clear Flow: 86
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: The Taylor's C&R section is slowly coming back to life after last month's massive avalanche.

Current Conditions at Taylor:

Mother Nature gave us quite a large avalanche in the C&R section of the Taylor last month which led to a good amount of fish kill, but since then the river has rebounded and is fishing quite well as a matter of fact. Despite losing some of those massive 25" hogs to the avalanche, there is a silver lining-- those trout that survived have less competition for food and are feeding heavily right now so within two years or so you'll be seeing the massive 25-30" piggies in there that you're accustomed to seeing. In the meantime, it is absolutely essential you're using a 9 foot leader with 6x Fluorocarbon tippet. These are some educated trout up here so using 5x or monofilament tippet just won't get the job done. Stick to fishing above the C&R bridge up to the dam using: Barr's Emergers, RSIIs, Top Secrets, and JuJu Baetis and you'll have yourself one heck of a day. One last note, don't use any pattern larger than a size 22 hook!

No need to be on the water early, wait for the sun to come up in order to warm up the water temperature. Fishing has been best from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and fly fishing trips have been catching lots of trout. Tiny tippets and small midge and mayfly patterns are hooking the most fish. 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 fishing is good.  Clear skies and 44-47 degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Cutbow
Weight: 5 lbs 10 oz
Length: 22 inches
Girth: 11 inches
Cutbow Female Cutbow Female
Cutbow Female Cutbow Female

Current Insect Hatches at Taylor

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Chocolate Brown Midge

Color: Brownish Olive

Size: 24


Insect Type: Mayfly

Insect: Blue Winged Olive

Color: Dark Olive

Size: 22


Recommended Flies for Taylor

Fly: Dorsey's Top Secret Midge
Color: Brown
Size: 26/micro
Dorsey's Top Secret Midge Dorsey's Top Secret Midge
Fly: Rs2 Emerger
Color: Gray
Size: 24
Rs2 Emerger Rs2 Emerger
Fly: Blue Winged Olive Emerger
Color: Gray Brown
Size: 24
Blue Winged Olive Emerger Blue Winged Olive Emerger

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 Taylor

Current: 32 °F Partly cloudy Wind: 0 MPH N
Current Condtions

Partly cloudy

Temperature: 32 °F
Humidity: 78%
Wind: 0 mph N
Pressure: 14.84 psi
Cloud Cover: 25%
Tuesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 44 °F  <br/>Low: 26 °F <br/> Wind: 3 mph NNW
High: 44 °F
Low: 26 °F
Wind: 3 mph NNW
Wednesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 42 °F  <br/>Low: 18 °F <br/> Wind: 7 mph SW
High: 42 °F
Low: 18 °F
Wind: 7 mph SW
Thursday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 24 °F  <br/>Low: 7 °F <br/> Wind: 12 mph W
High: 24 °F
Low: 7 °F
Wind: 12 mph W