Fishing Conditions: FAIR

Report Rating: FAIR
Crowd Rating: Not Crowded
Not Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Sunday, Dec 15, 2019

Weather & Water Conditions

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

Colorado Stream Update: Winter is here to stay

Current Conditions at Waterton:

Where there is open, deep water there are fish to find. There is some ice beginning to build so target the warmest part of the day. A good nymph-fished at the right depth should do the trick. Survey soft water, current breaks, and shelves. Flies like Princes, 20-inchers, and Hare's ears all are good choices for beneath. Tow a more selective pattern off the back like an RS2 or JuJu baetis. Don't be afraid to strip a streamer! Small streamers in olive and black have been finding some good fish.

Winter fishing conditions are in effect  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 4 oz
Length: 15 inches
Girth: 6 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: 20

Time:

Recommended Flies for Waterton

Fly: Black Beauty
Color: Black
Size: 22
Time: 
Black Beauty Black Beauty
Fly: Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail
Color: Brown
Size: 18
Time: 
Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail
Fly: Brassie
Color: Rusty Red
Size: 20
Time: 
Brassie Brassie

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Early April

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 
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: 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 
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 


Current Conditions

Clouds
Currently: Overcast Clouds
Temperature:  35 F
Temp Max:  41 F
Temp Min:  21 F
Humidity: 27%
Wind: 39 W mph
Pressure: 1015
Clear Monday 5:00PM — 31 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 29 and 31 .
Wind: 39 NNW mph; Humidity: 39%; 
Clouds Monday 8:00PM — 25 
Expect scattered clouds with temperatures ranging between 24 and 25 .
Wind: 14 W mph; Humidity: 48%; 
Clouds Monday 11:00PM — 24 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 23 and 24 .
Wind: 15 SW mph; Humidity: 51%; 
Clouds Tuesday 2:00AM — 22 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 22 and 22 .
Wind: 14 SW mph; Humidity: 54%; 
Clouds Tuesday 5:00AM — 21 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 21 and 21 .
Wind: 8 WSW mph; Humidity: 55%; 
Clouds Tuesday 8:00AM — 23 
Expect few clouds with temperatures ranging between 23 and 23 .
Wind: 28 N mph; Humidity: 42%; 
Clouds Tuesday 11:00AM — 23 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 23 and 23 .
Wind: 57 N mph; Humidity: 45%; 
Clouds Tuesday 2:00PM — 23 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 23 and 23 .
Wind: 55 NNE mph; Humidity: 47%; 
Clouds Tuesday 5:00PM — 22 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 22 and 22 .
Wind: 34 NNE mph; Humidity: 49%; 
Clouds Tuesday 8:00PM — 20 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 20 and 20 .
Wind: 16 N mph; Humidity: 53%; 
Clouds Tuesday 11:00PM — 18 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 18 and 18 .
Wind: 6 NNW mph; Humidity: 57%; 
Clear Wednesday 2:00AM — 16 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 16 and 16 .
Wind: 13 SW mph; Humidity: 57%; 
Clear Wednesday 5:00AM — 14 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 14 and 14 .
Wind: 20 SW mph; Humidity: 53%; 
Clear Wednesday 8:00AM — 18 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 18 and 18 .
Wind: 22 SW mph; Humidity: 43%; 
Clear Wednesday 11:00AM — 33 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 33 and 33 .
Wind: 10 S mph; Humidity: 26%; 
Clear Wednesday 2:00PM — 41 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 41 and 41 .
Wind: 12 NE mph; Humidity: 27%; 
Clouds Wednesday 5:00PM — 33 
Expect scattered clouds with temperatures ranging between 33 and 33 .
Wind: 7 N mph; Humidity: 36%; 
Clouds Wednesday 8:00PM — 31 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 31 and 31 .
Wind: 10 SSW mph; Humidity: 40%; 
Clouds Wednesday 11:00PM — 30 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 30 and 30 .
Wind: 14 SW mph; Humidity: 56%; 
Clouds Thursday 2:00AM — 27 
Expect scattered clouds with temperatures ranging between 27 and 27 .
Wind: 17 SW mph; Humidity: 57%;