Fishing Conditions: GOOD

Report Rating: GOOD
Crowd Rating: Somewhat Crowded
Somewhat Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 52-55 Temp: 36-39
Sky: Partly Cloudy Flow: 1450
Wind: None Clarity: Stained
Precip: None Runoff: Yes 
(All Day)

Colorado Stream Update: The water is high but the fish are feeding - Still watch out for Redds and Spawning fish!

Current Conditions at Roaring Fork:

The Raring Fork has seen the first wave off run-off, with higher flows and stained water. The clarity is not completely shot, and fishing has been good, if you can get your flies down. Larger flows require heavy rigs to get flies into proper feeding columns. Nymphs like Princes, gurdle bugs, leeches and worms are all great options for larger point. Olive and black midges have been producing fish with consistency. Focus efforts to side of major currents, in the softer water. Some fish have been caught looking up on small midge and BWO patterns. Streamers are not a bad idea either, but make sure to be getting flies down deep.

For best results try fishing heavily weighted stonefly nymphs. Big stoneflies like a 20 incher or a Girdle Bug are producing strikes left and right. For a good chance at hooking a big fish try dead drifting mayfly patterns. Be sure and watch your step as the fish are beginning to spawn and eggs can be found throughout the river. Three fly nymph rigs are producing lots of nice fish. A guide favorite has been a stonefly to an egg, followed by a midge. The weather has been warm and the water is beginning to rise.  The fishing is good.  Partly Cloudy skies and 52-55 degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Stained.

Likely Catch

Species: Cutbow
Weight: 2 lbs 4 oz
Length: 18 inches
Girth: 9 inches
Cutbow Female Cutbow Female
Cutbow Male Cutbow Male

Current Insect Hatches at Roaring Fork

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Black Midge

Color: Black

Size: 22

Time: PM

Insect Type: Mayfly

Insect: Blue Winged Olive

Color: Olive Brown

Size: 20

Time: PM

Recommended Flies for Roaring Fork

Fly: Girdle Bug
Color: Brown
Size: 8
Time: All Day
Girdle Bug Girdle Bug
Fly: Blue Winged Olive Emerger
Color: Olive
Size: 16
Time: All Day
Blue Winged Olive Emerger Blue Winged Olive Emerger
Fly: Adams
Color: Brown Olive
Size: 20
Time: PM
Adams Adams

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:  42 F
Temp Max:  52 F
Temp Min:  30 F
Humidity: 92%
Wind: 13 WSW mph
Pressure: 1005
Clouds Tuesday 9:00PM — 34 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 34 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%;