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Lincoln Hills  - Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Fishing Conditions: GOOD

Report Rating: GOOD

Fishing Trip Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Quote(s) of the Day: Toughest day I've ever had on Lincoln Hills, but where else can you go and fish in high water and still catch big beautiful fish?

Fishing Highlights:

It's high water fishing right now on Lincoln Hills. Lots of weight, finding the soft water pockets and eddies, approaching the river with stealth so you don't spook the fish lying next to the banks in the soft seams and lots and lots of patience. Bryan hunted the fish in the soft water today and worked hard to get into locations that others had not visited recently and it paid off for him. Paul was beginner who is a quick study and it paid off with several nice trout to the net. Sam used his years of fishing knowledge to get into some nice fish and put a couple really nice fish in the net. Today was a mixed bag of flies... They didn't seem to be keyed in on one pattern... so fish what you got, when they stop hitting it, change it up and try again. Right now is a good practice of fishing patience.

The rainbow and cut-bow in our waters have begun spawning. Fish egg patterns imitating both fresh (red eggs) and dead eggs (pale pinkish eggs). Concentrate your efforts on the biggest and deepest holes in the river.  With the water running fast the fish are clinging to the bottom so be sure and bring lots of split shot and heavily weighted flies. Eggs! Make sure to bring an assortment of egg patterns like Glo Bugs and Nuclear Eggs in an assortment of different colors and sizes. Be careful out there! Here comes the water, even most tail water streams outside of Denver are running dangerously high! To better your odds of hooking trout try nymph fishing with a three fly rig. To fish effectively find the bottom of the river and then fish up. Remember the fish are holding deep, to fish effectively cover the water thoroughly.  The fishing is good.  Clear skies and 60+ degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Stained.

Fishing Report By:

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Travis Jones

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 60+ Temp: 36-39
Sky: Clear Flow: 650
Wind: None Clarity: Stained
Precip: None Runoff: Yes 
(All Day)
Time on Water: 8 hours Number of Anglers: 3
Number Hookups: 43 Number Landed: 21

Best Fish

Species: Cutthroat
Weight: 4 lbs 0 oz
Length: 23 inches
Girth: 8 inches
Greenback Cutthroat Female Greenback Cutthroat Female
Greenback Cutthroat Female Greenback Cutthroat Female

Reported Insect Hatchs

None

Recommended Flies

Fly: Egg
Color: Golden Nugget
Size: 14
Time: All Day
Egg Egg
Fly: San Juan Worm
Color: Early Girl
Size: 14
Time: All Day
San Juan Worm San Juan Worm
Fly: Prince Nymph
Color: Brown
Size: 12
Time: All Day
Prince Nymph Prince Nymph

Lincoln Hills Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Fishing Trip Photos

Great time fishing South Boulder Creek with the Flyfisher Guide Service
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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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