Fishing Conditions: GREAT

Report Rating: GREAT
Crowd Rating: Crowded
Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 40-43 Temp: 36-39
Sky: Clear Flow: 395
Wind: None Clarity: Stained
Precip: None Runoff: Yes 
(3 hours starting at 12PM)

Colorado Stream Update: Bugs are moving, fish are eating, and anglers are eager

Current Conditions at Roaring Fork:

The Roaring fork is fishing solid, and the feel of spring is in the air. Nymphing small stonefly patterns, larger PT's and hares ears produces fish regularly. Fishing during the warmest part of the day is most productive, however this is also when the crowds are around. Focus on deep seems and eddy's as fish are still mostly being found lower in the water column. With the warmer weather the water clarity has been slightly stained.

The weather is warming up outside and it is beginning to look like spring again! For best results try fishing heavily weighted stonefly nymphs. Our guides suggest productive patterns like the Zebra Midge or Money Midge. Runoff is just around the corner so be sure to get a few more beautiful spring days on the water.  The fishing is great.  Clear skies and 40-43 degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Stained.

Likely Catch

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 1 lbs 8 oz
Length: 17 inches
Girth: 6 inches
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female
Rainbow Trout Male Rainbow Trout Male

Current Insect Hatches at Roaring Fork

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Black Midge

Color: Black

Size: 20

Time: PM

Recommended Flies for Roaring Fork

Fly: Girdle Bug
Color: Brownish
Size: 16
Time: All Day
Girdle Bug Girdle Bug
Fly: 20, Incher
Color: Brownish
Size: 16
Time: All Day
20, Incher 20, Incher
Fly: Buckskin Caddis
Color: Whitish
Size: 18
Time: All Day
Buckskin Caddis Buckskin Caddis

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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