Fishing Conditions: FAIR

Report Rating: FAIR
Crowd Rating: No one Around
No one Around

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 36-39 Temp: 32-35
Sky: Clear Flow: 91
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: Pine Valley Ranch remains a solid option for those in the Denver/Metro area

Current Conditions at North Fork Public:

As winter weather sets in, this section of public water remains a good option for the Denver/Metro area. Nymphing is the way to go here but unlike the previous few weeks, trout are focused on small patterns. Black beauties, top secrets, and jujubee midges are all working well. The takes are getting more and more subtle so as your strike indicator goes down river keep your eyes focused below the indicator for flashes or movement and that will be your cue to set the 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. The fish are eating midges and we are even seeing the occasional rise to an adult midge. To imitate a midge cluster try using a Griffith’s Gnat (size 18-24).  The fishing is fair.  Clear skies and 36-39 degree weather. The water temperature was between 32-35 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 1 lbs 0 oz
Length: 14 inches
Girth: 6 inches
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female
Rainbow Trout Male Rainbow Trout Male

Current Insect Hatches at North Fork Public

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Black Midge

Color: Black

Size: 24


Recommended Flies for North Fork Public

Fly: Black Beauty
Color: Black
Size: 22
Black Beauty Black Beauty
Fly: Jujubee Midge
Color: Blackish Purple
Size: 22
Jujubee Midge Jujubee Midge
Fly: Dorsey's Top Secret Midge
Color: Brownish Tan
Size: 22
Dorsey's Top Secret Midge Dorsey's Top Secret Midge

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: Mostly Cloudy
Temperature: 40.3 F (4.6 C)
Feels Like: 37 F (3 C)
Heat Index: NA
Humidity: 36%
Wind: From the East at 4.3 MPH Gusting to 5.8 MPH
Pressure: 30.17
UV: 3.0
partlycloudy Saturday: Sun and clouds mixed. High near 40F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.
nt_partlycloudy Saturday Night: Partly cloudy skies. Low around 30F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.
partlycloudy Sunday: Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 51F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.
nt_partlycloudy Sunday Night: A few clouds from time to time. Low 31F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.
snow Monday: Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming cloudy with periods of snow later in the day. High 43F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 70%. Snowfall around one inch.
nt_snow Monday Night: Snow in the evening will give way to lingering snow showers overnight. Low 17F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 80%. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches.
snow Tuesday: Snow showers before noon. Becoming partly cloudy later. High 26F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 50%.
nt_partlycloudy Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy skies. Low 13F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.