Fishing Conditions: POOR

Report Rating: POOR
Crowd Rating: Somewhat Crowded
Somewhat Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Thursday, Mar 21, 2019

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 36-39 Temp: 36-39
Sky: Clear Flow: 37
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: Starting to free up

Current Conditions at Waterton:

The river is starting to open enough to fish some sections. Although spring is in the air, winter is still lingering. Focus on any open slow water and make sure your flies are on the bottom. Run an attractor pattern like an SJ worm or a leech and trail a midge behind it. Depth is crucial.

Bring some warm clothes, its cold outside! Spring is the time of year to view wildlife! Look for Bald Eagles, Mule Deer, Wild Turkeys and other interesting fauna throughout the South Platte River drainage.  The fishing is slow.  Clear skies and 36-39 degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 0 lbs 12 oz
Length: 12 inches
Girth: 5 inches
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female
Rainbow Trout Male Rainbow Trout Male

Current Insect Hatches at Waterton

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Black Midge

Color: Black

Size: 22

Time: PM

Recommended Flies for Waterton

Fly: Pheasant Tail
Color: Brown
Size: 18
Time: All Day
Pheasant Tail Pheasant Tail
Fly: Buckskin Worm
Color: White
Size: 18
Time: All Day
Buckskin Worm Buckskin Worm
Fly: Black Beauty
Color: Black
Size: 20
Time: AM
Black Beauty Black Beauty

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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