Fishing Conditions: EXCELLENT

Report Rating: EXCELLENT
Crowd Rating: Somewhat Crowded
Somewhat Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Friday, Jan 18, 2019

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 28-31 Temp: 44-47
Sky: Overcast Flow: 144
Wind: None Clarity: Slightly Off
Precip: Snow Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: The South Platte through Denver is a fantastic winter destination

Current Conditions at Downtown:

With a flow sitting at 144 cfs and the water temps hovering around 43 degrees, the DSP is in great shape right now. Trout are actively feeding on caddis and midge patterns in faster moving riffles and the carp here are slurping up leech and crawfish patterns-- which makes for some fun fishing! The crowds are a bit thick-- the secret is out on winter fishing here-- but there is plenty of open fishable water if you look.

An egg makes a great point fly during the winter months. Use a bright colored but small San Juan worm in red or pink to help you see where your flies are drifting. Look for fish rising during the warmest part of the day.  The fishing is fantastic.  Overcast skies and 28-31 degree weather. The water temperature was between 44-47 degrees and Slightly Off.

Likely Catch

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 2 lbs 0 oz
Length: 17 inches
Girth: 8 inches
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female
Rainbow Trout Male Rainbow Trout Male

Current Insect Hatches at Downtown


Recommended Flies for Downtown

Fly: Caddis Emerger
Color: Dark Olive
Size: 18
Caddis Emerger Caddis Emerger
Fly: Crayfish
Color: Reddish Brown
Size: 8
Crayfish Crayfish
Fly: Bunney Leech
Color: Blackish
Size: 16
Bunney Leech Bunney Leech

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late January


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 

Current Conditions

Currently: Partly Cloudy
Temperature: 44.4 F (6.9 C)
Feels Like: 44 F (7 C)
Heat Index: NA
Humidity: 41%
Wind: Calm
Pressure: 30.15
UV: 0.0
partlycloudy Saturday: Partly cloudy. Lows overnight in the low 30s.
nt_partlycloudy Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 31F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
partlycloudy Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy. High 54F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
nt_partlycloudy Sunday Night: Partly cloudy skies. Low 32F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
chancerain Monday: Mostly sunny in the morning. Increasing clouds with showers later in the day. High 51F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
nt_snow Monday Night: Cloudy with rain and snow in the evening. Snow showers late. Low 23F. Winds N at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 100%. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.
clear Tuesday: Sun and a few passing clouds. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 33F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.
nt_partlycloudy Tuesday Night: A few clouds. Low 16F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.