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Lincoln Hills  - Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Fishing Conditions: GREAT

Report Rating: GREAT

Fishing Trip Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Quote(s) of the Day: That fish had no intention of stopping!

Fishing Highlights:

I was met by a moose in the parking lot this morning. After a couple of quick pictures ,she slowly walked through the lake on her way. The sun was out with nice temperatures for us this morning.Roger was the first with a couple of nice fish to the net. Jim started up river a little. Just as we were releasing Roger fish, Jim called me for a picture with a nice twenty one inch rainbow. Ray wasn't far behind with a couple of nice fish of his own. We caught fish on streamers, dry droppers and nymph rigs today. Seemed like the fish were a bit sick of the rainy weather as well. The afternoon was about the same. With the high water it is critical to find the soft seems. It was a great day to be on the water.

This is some of the best fly fishing in Colorado! For best results start nymphing with small imitations using hook sizes 18-22.  Switch to dries and emergers when you see fish suspended just below the surface or actively rising. Fly fishing is good but the water is cold! Be sure and bring a quality pair of waist high waders and studded boots! Midges and Mayflies are the name of the game. Try nymphing with proven patterns like the Zebra Midge, Barr’s Emerger, Pheasant Tail, Hare’s Ear, and Pandemic Mayfly! Late spring temperatures are running high around Denver and the surrounding Western Slope. Get in some time right now before the water begins to blow out! Be careful out there! Here comes the water, even most tail water streams outside of Denver are running dangerously high! Wading is difficult but the fishing is still good. A wading staff may be of use during this high water season. To better your odds of hooking trout try nymph fishing with a three fly rig. Try fishing a streamer with a leech or small prince nymph trailed behind. Here comes the water for Denver! Lots of water is coming down from the mountains! Fast current, off color water and lots of debris makes seeing your indicator difficult.  Try using a large Thin-a-ma-bobber in a bright color. The large size will keep your flies suspended and the bright color such as orange or red should be easy to see in the raging river! To fish effectively find the bottom of the river and then fish up.  The fishing is great.  Clear skies and 60+ degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Slightly Off.

Fishing Report By:

Stacy Ferguson - Guide Photo
Stacy Ferguson

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 60+ Temp: 36-39
Sky: Clear Flow: 660
Wind: None Clarity: Slightly Off
Precip: None Runoff: Yes 
(All Day)
Time on Water: 8 hours Number of Anglers: 3
Number Hookups: 45 Number Landed: 35

Best Fish

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 4 lbs 0 oz
Length: 21 inches
Girth: 14 inches
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female

Reported Insect Hatchs

Insect Type: Caddisfly

Insect: Great Gray Spotted Sedge

Color: Gray Brown

Size: 18

Time: PM

Recommended Flies

Fly: San Juan Worm
Color: Pink
Size: 16
Time: All Day
San Juan Worm San Juan Worm
Fly: Caddis Emerger
Color: Brownish Tan
Size: 16
Time: PM
Caddis Emerger Caddis Emerger
Fly: Rs2 Emerger
Color: Charcoal Gray
Size: 18
Time: AM
Rs2 Emerger Rs2 Emerger

Lincoln Hills Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Fishing Trip Photos

Jim, Ray and Roger spent a beautiful day of fly fishing at Lincoln Hills Fly Fishing Club.
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Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late May

Caddisflies

Insects: Little Sister Sedge
Color: Green to Greenish Brown
Dates: May 15 – Aug 30
Emergence: Afternoon & Evening
Size: 14-16
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
Insects: Spotted Sedge
Color: Brownish Yellow
Dates: May 15 – Sep 30
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 10-12
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: Salmon Fly
Color: Black to Reddish Brown
Dates: May 15 – Jul 15
Emergence: 50-60° Water Late Morning on
Size: 4-8
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group
Insects: Small Western
Color: Brownish
Dates: May 15 – Jul 15
Emergence: 46-56° Water Temps
Size: 14-18
Spinner Fall: NA
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

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: Black Ant
Color: Black
Dates: May 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 20-24
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group
Insects: Grasshopper
Color: Green to Brownish Tan
Dates: May 15 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 2-14
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group
Insects: Red Ant
Color: Red to Orangish
Dates: May 1 – Oct 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group


Weather for Lincoln Hills

Current: 42.6 F (5.9 C) Clear Wind: From the SW at 4.0 MPH Gusting to 5.0 MPH

Current Conditions

clear
Currently: Clear
Temperature: 42.6 F (5.9 C)
Feels Like: 40 F (5 C)
Heat Index: NA
Humidity: 63%
Wind: From the SW at 4.0 MPH Gusting to 5.0 MPH
Pressure: 30.14
UV: 0
clear Thursday: Sunny to partly cloudy. High 71F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.
nt_clear Thursday Night: A clear sky. Low 46F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.
clear Friday: Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 73F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.
nt_clear Friday Night: Clear skies. Low around 50F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.
partlycloudy Saturday: Sunshine early then becoming cloudy later in the day. High 76F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.
nt_partlycloudy Saturday Night: Some clouds early will give way to generally clear conditions overnight. Low 49F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
clear Sunday: Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 74F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
nt_partlycloudy Sunday Night: Some clouds early will give way to generally clear conditions overnight. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 46F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

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