Fishing Conditions: GREAT

Report Rating: GREAT
Crowd Rating: Somewhat Crowded
Somewhat Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 56-59 Temp: 36-39
Sky: Overcast Flow: 110
Wind: None Clarity: Stained
Precip: None Runoff: Yes 
(All Day)

Colorado Stream Update: Water is on the rise and fishing has been great

Current Conditions at Boulder Creek:

Flows have been on the rise as of late on Boulder creek and this can be expected as we make our way into summer. There is some great fishing to be had from now until runoff really sets in. Hopper dropper set-ups should definitely be one of your first looks. Chubbys, Stimulators, and Amy's ants are great surface flies and do a good job towing nymphs. Focus your efforts on soft seems and pockets where fish can break from faster water. PT's, Princes, and hare's ears are good selections right now. San juan worms as well, as the water gets more dirty. Further towards town and small streamers can turn nice trout.

As the weather warms the water is rising as well. Runoff is around the corner so hit your local streams around Denver/Boulder while you can! The key to catching fish is working the slow seams and holes. Try fishing a darker black or olive streamer.  The fishing is great.  Overcast skies and 56-59 degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Stained.

Likely Catch

Species: Brown
Weight: 2 lbs 4 oz
Length: 16 inches
Girth: 9 inches
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female
Brown Trout Male Brown Trout Male

Current Insect Hatches at Boulder Creek

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Black Midge

Color: Black

Size: 20

Time: PM

Insect Type: Caddisfly

Insect: Little Plain Brown Sedge

Color: Brown

Size: 18

Time: PM

Recommended Flies for Boulder Creek

Fly: Amy's Ant
Color: Green
Size: 12
Time: All Day
Amy's Ant Amy's Ant
Fly: Prince Nymph
Color: Brown
Size: 16
Time: All Day
Prince Nymph Prince Nymph
Fly: San Juan Worm
Color: Pink
Size: 16
Time: All Day
San Juan Worm San Juan Worm

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late May

Caddisflies

Insects: Little Sister Sedge
Color: Green to Greenish Brown
Dates: May 15 – Aug 30
Emergence: Afternoon & Evening
Size: 14-16
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 
Insects: Spotted Sedge
Color: Brownish Yellow
Dates: May 15 – Sep 30
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 10-12
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: Salmon Fly
Color: Black to Reddish Brown
Dates: May 15 – Jul 15
Emergence: 50-60° Water Late Morning on
Size: 4-8
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Small Western
Color: Brownish
Dates: May 15 – Jul 15
Emergence: 46-56° Water Temps
Size: 14-18
Spinner Fall: NA
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 

Terrestrials

Insects: Beetle
Color: Brownish to Black
Dates: May 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: All Day
Size: 10-18
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Black Ant
Color: Black
Dates: May 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 20-24
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Grasshopper
Color: Green to Brownish Tan
Dates: May 15 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 2-14
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Red Ant
Color: Red to Orangish
Dates: May 1 – Oct 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 


Current Conditions

Clouds
Currently: Overcast Clouds
Temperature:  40 F
Temp Max:  45 F
Temp Min:  30 F
Humidity: 89%
Wind: 23 NNE mph
Pressure: 1003
Snow Tuesday 9:00PM — 32 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 26 and 32 .
Wind: 6 WSW mph; Humidity: 98%;  Snow: 0.188 for next 3 hours.
Clouds Wednesday 6:00AM — 24 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 22 and 24 .
Wind: 17 W mph; Humidity: 91%; 
Clouds Wednesday 9:00AM — 34 
Expect scattered clouds with temperatures ranging between 34 and 34 .
Wind: 7 WNW mph; Humidity: 79%; 
Snow Wednesday 12:00PM — 40 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 40 and 40 .
Wind: 3 ESE mph; Humidity: 81%;  Snow: 0.875 for next 3 hours.
Snow Wednesday 3:00PM — 34 
Expect snow with temperatures ranging between 34 and 34 .
Wind: 9 ESE mph; Humidity: 96%;  Snow: 4.312 for next 3 hours.
Snow Wednesday 6:00PM — 33 
Expect snow with temperatures ranging between 33 and 33 .
Wind: 10 E mph; Humidity: 98%;  Snow: 3.75 for next 3 hours.
Snow Wednesday 9:00PM — 31 
Expect snow with temperatures ranging between 31 and 31 .
Wind: 9 E mph; Humidity: 98%;  Snow: 3.25 for next 3 hours.
Snow Thursday 6:00AM — 29 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 29 and 29 .
Wind: 14 ESE mph; Humidity: 99%;  Snow: 0.438 for next 3 hours.
Snow Thursday 9:00AM — 29 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 29 and 29 .
Wind: 14 ESE mph; Humidity: 98%;  Snow: 0.562 for next 3 hours.
Snow Thursday 12:00PM — 33 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 33 and 33 .
Wind: 16 ESE mph; Humidity: 98%;  Snow: 0.126 for next 3 hours.
Snow Thursday 3:00PM — 32 
Expect snow with temperatures ranging between 32 and 32 .
Wind: 12 E mph; Humidity: 98%;  Snow: 3.188 for next 3 hours.
Snow Thursday 6:00PM — 33 
Expect snow with temperatures ranging between 33 and 33 .
Wind: 5 WNW mph; Humidity: 99%;  Snow: 10.124 for next 3 hours.
Snow Thursday 9:00PM — 31 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 31 and 31 .
Wind: 16 W mph; Humidity: 90%;  Snow: 0.875 for next 3 hours.
Clear Friday 6:00AM — 26 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 26 and 26 .
Wind: 27 W mph; Humidity: 83%;