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Lincoln Hills  - Saturday, Jul 28, 2018

Fishing Conditions: EXCELLENT

Report Rating: EXCELLENT

Fishing Trip Date: Saturday, Jul 28, 2018

Saturday, Jul 28, 2018
Quote(s) of the Day: “I’ve got a story to tell you guys”!
Man, those are some large fish in there.
I love the finesse of presenting a dry fly
That’s a huge cutthroat!
Great day on the river!
The fish were on the feed!

Fishing Highlights:

Day two of two today. What a day we had today. The morning started off a little slow just like yesterday but once he water heated up a little bit we were into fish. Dan took his first rainbow of the day out of a tight pocket. Gary hooked a nice fish on his first cast, popped off and then another ate it on the swing. As we worked up river we found some nice fish in the typical holding water. Before lunch Dan had a great eat, hook set and then the lunch broke on the fly line. Weird. We watch the line move up river about 20 feet or so. We tied on a new rig and I told Dan and Gary “watch this”. Dan pulled out the phone and took a video of me grabbing the free floating line and fighting this fish with my hand acting as the rod. As we get closer to getting the fish to the net Dan’s line is floating in the water Hooked up on a cutty. That was a first for us all! In the afternoon we took a bunch of fish in different run. Brian landed a great 24” now! Thanks for another great day fellas! Today was day two with Scott and Bruce and we had to work hard to get some fish in the net this morning. They were extremely selective on the flies. They would hit something, then they wouldn't hit it again, so we spent a lot of time changing out bugs to try and keep the hits coming. Bruce was the fish to hook a fish today with a nice brown to the net. Scott finally got some eats on this dry fly presentations and we ended the morning on a high note. After lunch fished much better for us. We had a small window of drakes and PMDs hatch and we quickly took advantage. We put several fish in the net during this time frame, but when the bugs disappeared, so did our strikes. We ended the day a little early as everyone was getting a little sore and tired from the two good days on the river. It turned out to be a good call, as we got to the cars just as the rain started to come in.Andy was really focused on perfecting his dry fly presentation. He is a great study and was able to apply a lot of what I was able to teach him. His last fish of the trip, I explained what he would need to do to present his dry fly to some very selective trout. I went up stream to help William and watched as he applied the lessons of the day and caught a beautiful rainbow on his own. So rewarding for me to see one of my anglers learn and apply so much in such a short amount of time. Was a great day fishing dry flies and William also caught some great fish on a dry in between calls he had to take.We did some big fish hunting today. Glenn and Gary once again put some big trout in the net. Several rainbows and one cutthroat broke the 20 inch mark.Mike and Matt were a pleasure to fish with and thoroughly enjoyed the day. After spending the previous day with FFGS guide Randy Pruitt these guys had the basics down. Matt was able to get on some really nice fish early on, his first fish was a football! Mike followed that up with a 23 in rainbow trout that came unhooked just as I netted him! We were able to fish nymphs, dry droppers and even some double dry flies later on in the day. Matt even caught a nice 25 in "Tommy" fish with just my net! The dry fly fishing was exceptional

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

Fishing Report By:

Colten Holschuh - Guide Photo
Colten Holschuh
Travis Jones - Guide Photo
Travis Jones
Missing Photo
Adam Wells
Patrick Duane - Guide Photo
Patrick Duane
Missing Photo
Joe Hubbard
Scott McCaslin - Guide Photo
Scott McCaslin

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 60+ Temp: 56-59
Sky: Clear Flow: 61
Wind: Gusting Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 
Time on Water: 8 hours Number of Anglers: 13
Number Hookups: 269 Number Landed: 163

Best Fish

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 6 lbs 0 oz
Length: 24 inches
Girth: 14 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)

Color: Yellow

Size: 18


Insect Type: Mayfly

Insect: Gray Drake

Color: Grayish Brown

Size: 14


Insect Type: Stonefly

Insect: Yellow Sally

Color: Yellow

Size: 18


Recommended Flies

Fly: Juju PMD
Color: Yellow
Size: 18
Juju PMD Juju PMD
Fly: Black Beauty
Color: Brown
Size: 20
Black Beauty Black Beauty
Fly: Purple Prince
Color: Purpleish Black
Size: 18
Purple Prince Purple Prince

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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