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Lincoln Hills  - Friday, Aug 10, 2018

Fishing Conditions: GREAT

Report Rating: GREAT

Fishing Trip Date: Friday, Aug 10, 2018

Friday, Aug 10, 2018
Quote(s) of the Day: There are like 20 fish in that run right there! This might be the best day fishing I've ever had! I hooked a monster down there! It is crazy beautiful up here.
This is such a beautiful place. Make sure to get some pictures of this river for me.
"The fishing turned on this afternoon!"
I can’t beleive that just happened!!

Fishing Highlights:

Contrary to the last few weeks, the morning started off really good - the water was cold but the midges were hatching in abundance and the fish were on the feed! Patty landed a solid 18" fish right off the bat near the bottom of Tunnel beat. Working our way through Tunnel with Don, Patty and Trent was a great experience; the river was accessible but just the right amount of water to provide for great trout habitat. Everyone hooked up with fish in the beach run - lots of fun double ups. Don got the streamer presentation dialed about half way up the canyon and hooked a couple of really nice bows. Trent played clean-up and leap frogged around us all day, and just about everytime I looked up he was hooked up! After a great lunch we resumed on the main ranch and just crushed fish all afternoon on all types of rigs - streamers, double nymph and dry/dropper. It was hard work but really fun to run between everyone netting fish. Thank you Patty, Don & Trent!Today was a great day to be on the water. The weather was perfect and the trout were pretty hungry as well. It was a little different day of fishing, we had Joe who had fished a couple times, but not really fly fished on a river doing a walk and wade style trip, so we worked on getting a good cast, good drift and every time he did he would get a trout to eat. We ran a nymph rig all day and the most successful setup was with an egg. Joe hooked and landed several trout on this set up. Conner and Brian were seasoned pros and they threw a dry dropper rig all day long. They caught numerous fish as well on all three bugs, and when the fishing slowed down they would change out and put an egg on, and it would pickup again. The water is on the downward trend and is crystal clear, so sight fishing was a big plus for the day. If we could see a fish, we could pretty much get it to eat. Now getting it into the net was a different game, and one that we didn't always win.Jon, David, and Chris joined us for a day of fly fishing today on Lincoln Hills property. The morning hours were a bit slow for us but we did stick some nice fish. Chris had a huge rainbow on in swirl hole and put up a great fight but the size 20 hook came out of her mouth. Bummer! After the lunch hour the fishing was on. Jon's first cast was a hook up on a nice rainbow. Chris stuck the biggest rainbow of his life measuring out at 23 1/2". David found fish in every hole he came to. Before the days end Jon went two for three big fish out of the last hole. He landed a 23" rainbow and a 20" rainbow with 18" of girth. Fatty! It was an awesome day on the water!By the early afternoon, Kevin and Susan had both dialed in their roll casts. After lunch they were back on ththe water and catching tons of fish! At one point they each hooked and landed their own fish at the same time: The classic double; with two beautiful and healthy rainbow trout!

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

Fishing Report By:

T.K. Connor - Guide Photo
T.K. Connor
Travis Jones - Guide Photo
Travis Jones
Colten Holschuh - Guide Photo
Colten Holschuh
Missing Photo
Ameen Hosain

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 60+ Temp: 56-59
Sky: Clear Flow: 41
Wind: Gusting Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 
Time on Water: 8 hours Number of Anglers: 12
Number Hookups: 314 Number Landed: 199

Best Fish

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 5 lbs 5 oz
Length: 22 inches
Girth: 13 inches
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female
Rainbow Trout Male Rainbow Trout Male

Reported Insect Hatchs

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Snow Midge

Color: Whitish

Size: 26/micro

Time: All Day

Insect Type: Stonefly

Insect: Yellow Sally

Color: Yellowish Olive

Size: 16

Time: PM

Insect Type: Terrestrial

Insect: Grasshopper

Color: Brownish Yellow

Size: 12

Time: PM

Recommended Flies

Fly: Biot Midge
Color: Dark Olive
Size: 20
Time: All Day
Biot Midge Biot Midge
Fly: Rs2 Emerger
Color: Blue Gray
Size: 18
Time: All Day
Rs2 Emerger Rs2 Emerger
Fly: Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail
Color: Brown Olive
Size: 16
Time: PM
Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail

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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