Fishing Conditions: FAIR

Report Rating: FAIR
Crowd Rating: Very Crowded
Very Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Friday, Jan 18, 2019

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 19- Temp: 32-35
Sky: Overcast Flow: 56
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: Snow Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: The Taylor is best fished from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm-- in other words, the warmest parts of the day

Current Conditions at Taylor:

No need to be on the water early right now cause it's just too damn cold! The river is open and flowing right below the dam but it ices up down river so keep that in mind. Trout are feeding on a steady diet of (very) small baetis and midges so rig up accordingly. Our best patterns have been size #22 white disco midges and size #22 dark-olive zebra midges. 6x fluorocarbon tippet is working fine enough but if you do spot a piggy down size to 5x fluorocarbon. This may not make sense at first glance-- aren't the big boys more spooky? Yes they are. But you'll never get an 8 pounder in on 6x and if you do you'll have to fight him to near death. 5x fluorocarbon is small enough, yet strong enough to get the really big boys hooked and landed in a responsible manner.

Make sure you are getting a good drag free drift in order to hook fish. Tiny tippets and small midge and mayfly patterns are hooking the most fish. Use a long 9’ or 10’ rod to get the most control out of your nymph rig. The low and clear winter water makes for excellent sight fishing conditions. Make sure bring a quality pair of glasses to cut the glare from the snow and sun.  The fishing is fair.  Overcast skies and 19- degree weather. The water temperature was between 32-35 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Brown
Weight: 2 lbs 0 oz
Length: 17 inches
Girth: 7 inches
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female
Brown Trout Male Brown Trout Male

Current Insect Hatches at Taylor


Recommended Flies for Taylor

Fly: Disco Midge
Color: Red
Size: 22
Disco Midge Disco Midge
Fly: Wd 40
Color: Chocolate
Size: 22
Wd 40 Wd 40
Fly: Tungsten Zebra Midge
Color: Brownish Olive
Size: 22
Tungsten Zebra Midge Tungsten Zebra 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: Clear
Temperature: 16.9 F (-8.4 C)
Feels Like: 17 F (-8 C)
Heat Index: NA
Humidity: 58%
Wind: Calm
Pressure: 30.71
UV: 0
partlycloudy Saturday: Partly cloudy. Lows overnight -5 to -1F.
nt_partlycloudy Saturday Night: Some clouds. Low -3F. Winds light and variable.
partlycloudy Sunday: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 27F. Winds light and variable.
nt_mostlycloudy Sunday Night: Partly cloudy during the evening followed by cloudy skies overnight. Low 6F. Winds light and variable.
snow Monday: Cloudy. Snow likely in the afternoon. High 26F. E winds shifting to WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 70%. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches.
nt_snow Monday Night: Variably cloudy with snow showers. Low near 5F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.
clear Tuesday: Sun and a few passing clouds. High 22F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.
nt_clear Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy. Low -9F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.