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Lincoln Hills  - Friday, Jul 27, 2018

Fishing Conditions: GREAT

Report Rating: GREAT

Fishing Trip Date: Friday, Jul 27, 2018

Friday, Jul 27, 2018
Quote(s) of the Day: "What a great place to spend a couple of days fishing and enjoy the outdoors".
“Wow that light struck close!”
You should have told that lady that we didn't enjoy looking at her house while we fly fished.
The fish are feeding like crazy!
That’s a big fish.
We had had some great takes from fish holding tight to the bank.

Fishing Highlights:

The best part of the day was the afternoon. We were at the last hole and only had a few minutes left. On the 3rd cast our purple chubby fly was taken by a nice sized rainbow just as the fly was sinking. It was the best fish of the day. While my client was holding the fish for a picture it manage to wriggle of of his hands and splash back into the river. I noticed a tail under an undercut rock and when I looked again it was gone. I reached under the rock and felt the tail of the trout. I gently grabbed the tail and slowly pulled the clean rainbow out of his hiding spot and got him back into the net for a great pic and story.Day one of two in the books for Brian, Gary, and dan today on Lincoln Hills. The fishing was a slow start but once we started seeing midges and Pmd’s coming off the fish were active. Brian did very well all day with a dry dropper rig taking dis on both the dry and subsurface insect. Dan started hitting some really nice fish on a nymph rig and put 5 fishin the net real quick. Gary was right behind with a few nice fish before lunch. After lunch we switch tactics to dry droppers. Dan took his very first trout on a dry which is always great. As we were making our way up river, lightning hit really close to us so we took shelter for a little bit to let it pass. As we got back to fishing Gary put the smack in fish swing a soft hackle through beach run. It was a great day on the water. Back at it tomorrow. Scott hadn't fly fished for a few years, so it took some time to knock the old rust off. However, once he got his casts in order, he started to turn fish on his dry fly rig. Bruce was the first to hook and land a fish in the morning and it was a nice little cutthroat. The morning the fish were a little picky on the flies and the presentation. The afternoon was a whole different story. We probably missed 40 fish in the afternoon as they came up to engulf the dry flies. Scott got the largest fish of the day with a great presentation of a hippy stomper along the bank. Bruce had a strong afternoon as well with some great drifts. His misses were epic though as the fly would streak past us a record speeds and send us into a fit of laughter. Overall the day was good and the weather held out just long enough.It was a great day with William and Andy. The PMDs, Drakes and Yellow Sallies were everywhere and the fish were active and feeding great! Was one of those very special days. We fished drys to big fish. Doesn’t get any better.Glenn and Gary landed rainbows over 20 inches. We fooled some tricky fish today.

  The fishing is great.  Partly Cloudy skies and 60+ degree weather. The water temperature was between 56-59 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Fishing Report By:

Randy Pruitt - Guide Photo
Randy Pruitt
Colten Holschuh - Guide Photo
Colten Holschuh
Travis Jones - Guide Photo
Travis Jones
Missing Photo
Adam Wells
Patrick Duane - Guide Photo
Patrick Duane
Scott McCaslin - Guide Photo
Scott McCaslin

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 60+ Temp: 56-59
Sky: Partly Cloudy Flow: 70
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: Rain Runoff: No 
Time on Water: 8 hours Number of Anglers: 13
Number Hookups: 300 Number Landed: 178

Best Fish

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 8 lbs 0 oz
Length: 23 inches
Girth: 18 inches
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female
Rainbow Trout Male Rainbow Trout Male

Reported Insect Hatchs

Insect Type: Mayfly

Insect: Early Pale Morning Dun (PMD)



Time: PM

Insect Type: Mayfly

Insect: Gray Drake



Time: PM

Insect Type: Stonefly

Insect: Yellow Sally



Time: PM

Recommended Flies

Fly: Amy's Ant
Time: All Day
Amy's Ant Amy's Ant
Fly: Parachute PMD
Time: PM
Parachute PMD Parachute PMD
Fly: Parachute Adams
Time: PM
Parachute Adams Parachute Adams

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late January


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


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

Weather for Lincoln Hills

Current: 22.8 F (-5.1 C) Partly Cloudy Wind: Calm

Current Conditions

Currently: Partly Cloudy
Temperature: 22.8 F (-5.1 C)
Feels Like: 23 F (-5 C)
Heat Index: NA
Humidity: 91%
Wind: Calm
Pressure: 30.08
UV: 0
chancesnow Friday: Chance of snow showers early. Lows overnight in the upper teens.
nt_chancesnow Friday Night: Snow showers this evening. Becoming partly cloudy later. Low 19F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 40%.
partlycloudy Saturday: Partly cloudy and windy. High 36F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
nt_partlycloudy Saturday Night: Windy and partly cloudy early. Mostly cloudy with diminishing winds later at night. Low 28F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
partlycloudy Sunday: Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 47F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.
nt_partlycloudy Sunday Night: Partly cloudy. Low near 30F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.
snow Monday: Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming cloudy with a mix of rain and snow later in the day. High 37F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precip 90%. About one inch of snow expected.
nt_snow Monday Night: Snow in the evening will taper off and give way to cloudy skies overnight. Low 13F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 90%. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.

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