The day started off beautiful but we ended with a lot of rain in the afternoon. Flows are great right now on the creek and fishing is great. Jonathan spent the morning using a nymph rig to target some big fish in the riffles. Worms, WD-40's, and RS2's fooled most of the fish today. In the afternoon we switched over to a hopper dropper rig which seems to work pretty well for us. Overall it was a fantastic day with a fantastic group. Until next year Tight Lines.Another storybook day at Lincoln hills! From throwing dry flies to to stripping streamers we did a little bit of it all today with a steady supply of rain the river began to blow up in color and size so we decide to take advantage of this opportunity to throw some bigger patterns today like woolly huggers and larger streamers and when it came to nymphs we stuck to the bigger patterns like larger caddis larva or stoneflys. Lincoln hills is on fire right now the fish are feeding with no regards and Thomas and Will both definitely witnessed that today with both of them landing over 10 fish today with the highlight being Thomas Landing a really nice bow on a dry fly as so it touched the water!.The weather held out long enough for us today to get a good morning of fishing in. I fished with Jason and Larry and we started the morning with nymph setups. Larry was the first to put a beautiful rainbow in the net and went on to land a cutthroat and a brown as well. Jason had a lot of hook up first thing this morning but couldn't get one to stay on long enough for us to get it in the net. Jason made a great drift through a deep run and was rewarded with a very nice cutbow when his bobber went down. Lunch time came and when we went to get back on the river it was raining pretty good. Soon the weather cleared for a bit and the bugs started to come off in great numbers. We switched things up a bit and Jason threw a double dry and Larry swung some soft hackles. Both methods produced fish and we had a great hour or so of fishing, then the skies opened up again and the rain came down. The river turned off color and the fishing stopped. We decided it was a good time to go in.I had the opportunity to fish with Sam and Richard today. They were part of a large group of anglers that came up to fish on S. Boulder. The weather was great in the morning being over cast and cool. The flows were at 125 today so sight fishing was the name of the game. We fished hopper dropper to start off with, getting eats on soft hackle PT's, size 18 Pt's, and dirty french kiss. After lunch the rain the rain came in but we still caught fish on dries. Parachute Adams in size 12 worked as a good imitation for grey drakes that coming off. Sam put a nice rainbow in the net early, and Richard had two pigs on in the afternoon but we just couldn't seal the deal. Both coming off right at the net. The rain became more steady around 3:00 turning the river to mud, ending our day a little early. It was a great day on the river with a couple of great guys. Hope to be able to do it again soon. Townes and rob joined me for a day on Lincoln hills today. The fishing was lights out all day for the guys. Right when we stepped in Townes and rob were putting a bend in the rod. We took fish on dries and emerging insects. The highlight of the morning was watching Townes go to battle with a 24” female rainbow which made for a great photo and his biggest fish on the fly. After lunch fishing didn’t slow down. We had drakes come off with the cloud cover and rain. Rob took multiple fish on the nymph rig and Townes ran a dry dropper that took a lot of fish. Thanks for a great day fellas and see you again down the road! We had a great day at Lincoln Hills today on the river. We spent our morning on the Canyon Beat of the South boulder creek. Jeter and Michael were a blast to fish with, and we caught quite a few nice fish! Jeter has had some good fly fishing experience and seemed to know where to look for fish really well. Michael was out flyfishing for the first time ever and caught on really quickly, his first fish ever on the fly was an impressive 19'' and very healthy and strong. After we took a lunch break we moved up into the tunnel beat and had some great luck again in the afternoon with a few really nice Rainbow trout. Over all we had am amazing day and I hope to get out with Jeter and Michael again soon! With the flows coming down, Boulder creek is beginning to eat up, and the fishing is gettin better and better by the day! Today was Don’s first time with a fly rod and a day he won’t soon forget! It took him just a little while to learn how to cast and start making solid drifts over fish. After losing a couple trout Don set the hook on a nice rainbow and it took him for a couple blistering runs. With some finesse he brought the fish to the net. Don was all smiles with his first fish on the fly in the net. He went on to catch many more fish, and was a solid fisherman by the end of the day.It was another beautiful day to be on the river. Kevin started out the day putting a couple of wild browns in the net. Jim was having a good time throwing streamers and switched over to hopper/dropper rig. Right before lunch Kevin hooked into a very large rainbow but it broke off. Lunch was another fantastic set from Chef D. During lunch the clouds gathered and the rain fell. Everyone geared up as the rain continued to fall. The rain subsided and the hatches started.. the hopper/ dropper and dry fly action was great. The best part of the day was tossing double dry flies. The rain came back with a vengeance and discolored the river to the point that the trout were not eating. Overall it was another great day on the river.Ward, Jeff and I got to experience it all during our day on the water! Minks, Ospreys, big fish and rain showers! The morning started off with Ward getting back into the feel of the rod and after no time we had moved several fish with a hopper-dropper rig. Storm clouds started moving in on us before lunch, and fish seemed to be holding the bottom so we switched to nymph rig and Ward was able to put a few nice trout in the net. After a fantastic lunch, the rain moved in but the fish didn't mind! Jeff put a hurtin' on some trout with nymph rig throughout the entire afternoon. Ward cleaned up some nice fish both on dries and some emergers. Thanks for sticking it out through the rain gentlemen, I hope to fish with you both again!We had a great time on the water today. The weather was absolutely perfect in the morning when we fished the Placer beat of Lincoln Hills. The fish were bitting in the morning and we caught a lot of fish. Then the weather moved in and it rained hard. This caused the river to change to mud and the fishing really slowed down. Can't wait for this group to come back next year, we had a blast!
Lots of insects are on the water! This is some of the best fly fishing close to Denver right now. We are seeing regular hatches of Pale Morning Duns, Gray and Green Drakes, Mahogany Duns, Caddis, Yellow Sallies, and Golden Stones. The shallow riffles at Boulder River Ranch are bug factories this season! The late morning and early afternoon have been producing some outstanding dry fly fishing. It summer at Lincoln Hills, the big fish are on the feed and many big fish in the 4-6 pound class have been hooked and our fly fishing trips have been fantastic. Work the water in between major runs and riffles, sometimes the odd pocket will produce a trophy fish. Look for the caddis to start popping in the afternoon. It is grasshopper season! Fish are taking hoppers tight to the banks with reckless abandonment! Try an Amy’s Ant (size 10-12) or California Blonde (size 10-16) to fool hopper eating fish. Terrestrial’s have been the name of the game. Grasshoppers, ants, beetles, you name it! The fish are holding tight to the banks in search of bugs falling in the water. The fishing is fantastic.
Overcast skies and 60+ degree weather. The water temperature was between 56-59 degrees and Stained.