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Boulder River Ranch  - Saturday, Nov 11, 2017

Fishing Conditions: EXCELLENT

Report Rating: EXCELLENT

Fishing Trip Date: Saturday, Nov 11, 2017

Saturday, Nov 11, 2017
Quote(s) of the Day: "That fish came up and slammed the dry fly!"
Dennis landed an amazing cutthroat. Prettiest fish of the year.

Fishing Highlights:

The mornings have been a little chilly early on. If you can stay warm the first hour, the rest of the time it is beautiful. There was a little ice when we started, but it didn't take long for it to disappear. We started off with dry dropper rigs in the shallow water and didn't switch all day. The fish were taking the droppers early on. In the afternoon Dale and Norman were met with lots of fish coming up for the dries on top. The fishing was amazing all day. Dale and Norman had me running back in fourth constantly netting fish. Dry fly fishing in November you have got to love it.The fish went on the feed as the water warmed up in the afternoon. We even had takes on dry flies. What a great way to wrap up the season.


  Do yourself a favor and get to Colorado’s mountains! The leaves are changing, the elk are bugling, and big brown trout are on the move! After a whole season of pressure the fish are getting spooky. Stealth is the name of the game so walk softly and keep a low profile. The lower flows and clear water means it’s time for smaller flies, longer leaders, and lighter tippets.  Make sure to not expose yourself too much in an effort to avoid spooking fish. The brown trout are dropping eggs and the other fish are eating them with reckless abandonment. Our professional fly fishing guides suggest fishing an egg pattern (size 16) dropped down to a mayfly imitation such as a pheasant tail (size 18). Dry and dropper rigs are fooling a lot of fish. Bundle up its cold out there! The days are getting shorter and fish are going into winter feeding habits. For best results plan on getting on the water around 10 am. Usually the bite is good until 2-3 pm.  The water is low and clear, dry dropper set ups have been consistently producing.  The fish are beginning to stack up. Concentrate your efforts on the river’s riffles and deep long holes. The water is looking good and is flowing low and clear. The sight fishing has been great. The water is getting low and the weather is getting cooler every day, better make one last voyage to the water! Only a few weeks left to catch!  The fishing is fantastic.  Clear skies and 48-51 degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Fishing Report By:

Stacy Ferguson - Guide Photo
Stacy Ferguson
Scott McCaslin - Guide Photo
Scott McCaslin

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 48-51 Temp: 36-39
Sky: Clear Flow: 30
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 
Time on Water: 8 hours Number of Anglers: 4
Number Hookups: 78 Number Landed: 60

Best Fish

Species: Cutthroat
Weight: 4 lbs 0 oz
Length: 21 inches
Girth: 15 inches
Greenback Cutthroat Female Greenback Cutthroat Female
Greenback Cutthroat Female Greenback Cutthroat Female

Reported Insect Hatchs

None

Recommended Flies

Fly: Brassie
Color: Brown Olive
Size: 22
Time: All Day
Brassie Brassie
Fly: Matuka
Color: Tan
Size: 12
Time: All Day
Matuka Matuka
Fly: Black Beauty
Color: 
Size: 22
Time: All Day
Black Beauty Black Beauty

Boulder River Ranch Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 Fishing Trip Photos

Norman and Dale spent a chilly fall day fishing at Lincoln Hills Fly Fishing Club.
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Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late November

Mayflies

Insects: Gray Drake
Color: Gray
Dates: Jun 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: Late Morning
Size: 14-16
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group
Insects: Micro Blue Winged Olive (BWO)
Color: Pale Olive Green to Blue Gray
Dates: Jun 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: Clouds & warmest part of day
Size: 22-26
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: 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

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: Cricket
Color: Brownish Olive to Black
Dates: Jun 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: Twilight & Dusk
Size: 8-16
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group


Weather for Boulder River Ranch

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