Fishing Conditions: FAIR

Report Rating: FAIR
Crowd Rating: Somewhat Crowded
Somewhat Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Monday, Mar 18, 2019

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 40-43 Temp: 32-35
Sky: Clear Flow: 35
Wind: None Clarity: Slightly Off
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: Freeing up from ice, but not quite there

Current Conditions at Clear Creek:

Fishing up Clear Creek canyon remains fairly spotty as shelf ice is still present. Closer to Golden, the creek is much more fishable. There are smaller trout to be had on small midges and attractor nymphs such as SJ worms, or large PTs. There are rising fish is softer water during the high sun, but nymphing deep is the best option to find a fish. Don't over look the pocket water.

Opening up, but still a little locked up  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 fishing is fair.  Clear skies and 40-43 degree weather. The water temperature was between 32-35 degrees and Slightly Off.

Likely Catch

Species: Brown
Weight: 0 lbs 10 oz
Length: 12 inches
Girth: 4 inches
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female
Brown Trout Male Brown Trout Male

Current Insect Hatches at Clear Creek

None

Recommended Flies for Clear Creek

Fly: San Juan Worm
Color: Pink
Size: 16
Time: All Day
San Juan Worm San Juan Worm
Fly: Dorsey's Top Secret Midge
Color: Brown
Size: 20
Time: All Day
Dorsey's Top Secret Midge Dorsey's Top Secret Midge
Fly: Black Beauty
Color: Black
Size: 20
Time: All Day
Black Beauty Black Beauty

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 


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