Fishing Conditions: FAIR

Report Rating: FAIR
Crowd Rating: Somewhat Crowded
Somewhat Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 48-51 Temp: 40-43
Sky: Overcast Flow: 6500
Wind: Gusting Clarity: Off-Color
Precip: None Runoff: Yes 
(All Day)

Colorado Stream Update: Water is up, and off color but there are still fish to be found

Current Conditions at Lower Colorado:

The lower Colorado has begun to see run-off. Flows have been increasing steadily as of late, the water clarity has turned. There is some prime fishing to be had from now until the water is completely shot. Deep nymph rigs with gurdle bugs, worms, and other larger point flies followed by midge and BWO offerings have been producing. Be sure to adjust depth and survey multiple water columns to find feeding fish. Darker streamers in olive, black, and brown are always a good way to turn some fish with higher water.

Runoff has hit and the water is high and dirty but fish can still be caught. Look for fish to hold in the slowest seams and bends in the river. Steamers are a fantastic way to move large trout during the higher water.  Despite the high water the bugs are still active we are even seeing fish rising in some of the slower eddies and seams and fishing trips have been superb.  The fishing is fair.  Overcast skies and 48-51 degree weather. The water temperature was between 40-43 degrees and Off-Color.

Likely Catch

Species: Brown
Weight: 3 lbs 0 oz
Length: 17 inches
Girth: 9 inches
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female
Brown Trout Male Brown Trout Male

Current Insect Hatches at Lower Colorado

Insect Type: Stonefly

Insect: Salmon Fly

Color: Black

Size: 10

Time: PM

Insect Type: Caddisfly

Insect: Little Plain Brown Sedge

Color: Brown

Size: 16

Time: PM

Recommended Flies for Lower Colorado

Fly: Girdle Bug
Color: Brown
Size: 12
Time: All Day
Girdle Bug Girdle Bug
Fly: San Juan Worm
Color: Pink
Size: 14
Time: All Day
San Juan Worm San Juan Worm
Fly: Wooly Bugger
Color: Black
Size: 2
Time: All Day
Wooly Bugger Wooly Bugger

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

Thunderstorm
Currently: Thunderstorm
Temperature:  43 F
Temp Max:  52 F
Temp Min:  30 F
Humidity: 92%
Wind: 13 WSW mph
Pressure: 1005
Clouds Tuesday 9:00PM — 35 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 35 and 35 .
Wind: 8 S mph; Humidity: 86%; 
Clouds Wednesday 6:00AM — 31 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 31 and 31 .
Wind: 6 SE mph; Humidity: 84%; 
Clouds Wednesday 9:00AM — 40 
Expect scattered clouds with temperatures ranging between 40 and 40 .
Wind: 10 S mph; Humidity: 70%; 
Snow Wednesday 12:00PM — 46 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 46 and 46 .
Wind: 14 SW mph; Humidity: 61%;  Snow: 0.125 for next 3 hours.
Clouds Wednesday 3:00PM — 50 
Expect scattered clouds with temperatures ranging between 50 and 50 .
Wind: 14 SSW mph; Humidity: 51%; 
Clouds Wednesday 6:00PM — 49 
Expect scattered clouds with temperatures ranging between 49 and 49 .
Wind: 12 SW mph; Humidity: 56%; 
Clouds Wednesday 9:00PM — 37 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 37 and 37 .
Wind: 3 NE mph; Humidity: 79%; 
Clouds Thursday 6:00AM — 33 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 33 and 33 .
Wind: 15 ENE mph; Humidity: 80%; 
Clouds Thursday 9:00AM — 51 
Expect scattered clouds with temperatures ranging between 51 and 51 .
Wind: 20 E mph; Humidity: 56%; 
Clouds Thursday 12:00PM — 55 
Expect scattered clouds with temperatures ranging between 55 and 55 .
Wind: 33 S mph; Humidity: 48%; 
Rain Thursday 3:00PM — 46 
Expect light rain with temperatures ranging between 46 and 46 .
Wind: 20 WSW mph; Humidity: 70%;  Rain: 2.125 for next 3 hours.
Rain Thursday 6:00PM — 47 
Expect light rain with temperatures ranging between 47 and 47 .
Wind: 35 SW mph; Humidity: 53%;  Rain: 0.687 for next 3 hours.
Snow Thursday 9:00PM — 36 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 36 and 36 .
Wind: 11 S mph; Humidity: 76%;  Snow: 0.375 for next 3 hours.
Clear Friday 6:00AM — 30 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 30 and 30 .
Wind: 8 SE mph; Humidity: 84%;