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Lincoln Hills  - Friday, Apr 26, 2019

Fishing Conditions: GREAT

Report Rating: GREAT

Fishing Trip Date: Friday, Apr 26, 2019

Friday, Apr 26, 2019
Quote(s) of the Day: I think this rainbow is bigger than the salmon I've caught! Definitely the most and biggest fish I've seen in one day ever!
This is so much fun!
"This is the best post lunch time fishing I have ever had"!
Great times, new techniques and loads of fun with Bob and Paul
Man this place is beautiful!
I cant believe how many fish are on here
Wow, this place is amazing!
Great day at Lincoln hills!
I wasn't gonna come up because I didn't think I could do this... Man I am sure glad my wife talked me into coming.
“That was a cool dry fly eat!”
I can't think of a single thing that would make this day better

Fishing Highlights:

Today was a highlight reel from the very beginning. Jason, Scott and I were lucky to start the morning off high up in the canyon on the Deadwood Placer beat. We fished the shallow riffles hoping to find fish spread out, but soon realized they were holding in the deep haunts of fast runs. The water is just beginning to show signs of run-off and it was the perfect shade off-color. Various attractor nymphs produced a few dozen gorgeous fish in a short time. It was really cool to see Jason land a bruiser 20" bow and shortly after Scott raised the bar with a solid 25" river monster. In one run Jason grand-slammed - pretty sweet. The water continued to rise throughout the day, the wind calmed down and the sunny afternoon allowed for more fish-catching mania. The lower ranch also fished really well in the afternoon - fish were elevated picking off caddis, bwo's and midges. Scott couldn't keep the fish off his line in the deep plunges while Jason caught some hogs on streamers. I met David this morning to get ready for a great day of fly fishing on South Boulder Creek. We couldn't have asked for better weather, plenty of sunshine and warm temps. We started our day fishing a nice plunge pool that ended up producing some spectacular rainbow trout! As we worked our way up river, we found numerous areas holding some very large trout that were ready to fight. Throughout the morning we landed over 15 beautiful trout, many close to 20". We made our way back to the clubhouse at noon for an amazing lunch prepared by Chef D and shared our fish stories with the rest of the group. After lunch we got rite back to it! David and I found a great spot to fish on boulder river ranch that produced tons of beautiful rainbow trout with a lot of acrobatic of energy! We had such an amazing day of fishing today. Thank you for coming out David, you were a natural with the fly rod, and I look forward to fishing with you again!The early spring fishing remains incredible at Lincoln Hills. The water has started a upward trend running at 76 today. Paul and Daniel started the day off with dry dropper rigs. It took all of ten minutes before Daniel put his first of many in the net. Paul was next with his first couple of fish as well. The fish were coming up and taking the dry on a regular basis. The fishing was amazing all morning. Paul went to a nymph rig right before lunch and had great success with it.Those two kept me running back and fourth all morning.After a great lunch by chef D we were ready for the afternoon bite.Daniel and Paul picked up right where they left off. The afternoon fishing was every bit as good as it was in the morning. Dry dropper or nymph rig it did not seem to matter they were on the feed. This was the first time I had the opportunity to fish with Paul and Daniel .I hope it was not the last. Thanks to the both of you for a great time today. Hope to see you soon.Enjoyed the sunshine, learned new nymphing techniques and tweaked some old habits to make both Bob and Paul more efficient on the river.Flows had come up over night and they were sitting around 80cfs. The water was slightly off color and looked fantastic. Steve and Sean had experience fishing so we got straight to it. Fishing started off a little slow but once 10am rolled around we starting putting fish after fish in the net. Orange eggs were the fly of the day without a doubt. We had multiple doubles throughout the day. Sean and Steve were a pleasure to get to know and fish with. Steve had to leave a little early so I spent some one on one time with Sean who caught a fish on the fly he tied himself. Thanks for a great day guys. Like last year the fishing was great at Lincoln hills fly fishing club. With the ice starting to break free in the high country we are starting to see the first signs of runoff and That means the fishing has been through the roof at the club the last few weeks. With the higher water coming in we are starting to see fish spread out all over the river. Today we focused on the outside seams of the river and in any boulder piles that we encountered, that proved to be the ticket with us landing fish in almost every section that we crossed stoneflies played a big part today with the fish really keying in on bigger patterns, that with ample weight will bring many fish to the net.Justin and Matt were a pleasure to fish with today. Matt had some experience in fly fishing and was catching fish in no time. Justin had been fly fishing before but just needed some refreshing and it didn't take long to get a fish to the net. After Matt got a few nice fish to the net he was ready to mix it up, we went to a hopper dropper setup. This setup did not fail and Matt got one of his personal best trout at 24". We took a little break for chef D to cook us some fabulous food and to relax for a bit, then we were back on the river. After lunch I taught Justin how to throw a streamer and it worked so well I tied one on for Matt and that was how they ended the day. These guys were fishy dudes and and we had a blast!I met up with Andrew and Matt for what would be a great day up at Lincoln Hills! We started the morning with a short introductory for the day and got right to it! We were able to land over 50 fish which you cant really beat! The highlight of the day was definitely throwing streamers through every run! What a day!Joe was worried that he wasn't gonna be able to fish with his physical ailments, but we worked together and got him on some fish. The water had bumped overnight due to the start of the run off season, but it was a good thing. It started to spread the fish out and we found fish in typical summer holding spots. This made for a great time and Joe did awesome! He landed several fish with his best being a beautiful rainbow. Fish were feeding well on about anything you threw at them. We caught fish on dries and nymph rigs both through out the day. I had the pleasure of fishing with brad and Dave today. After some quick refreshers from last year Brad was into fish all morning and stayed hooked up all morning. Today was Dave’s first time on the ranch and was a quick study. Dave ran a dry dropper all morning and took fish on both the dry and droppers. The highlight of the morning was Dave and brads double up on two nice 2lb rainbows, which made for a great photo! The afternoon brought solid action. Brad was hooking and landing nice fish. Dave’s big rainbow came out of floating rock whole in a deep nymph rig which put up a great fish. Thanks for a great time on the water guys! The conditions were ideal for Cliff, Paul and I during our day on the water. The fellas proved this immediately with a double-up and a set of rainbows were in the net. This continued to be the case throughout the morning, as we caught several more fish, a couple that Cliff did a fantastic job sight-fishing to. After lunch we fooled a few fish on the surface with hopper-dropper rigs. The day was complete when Paul landed a rainbow taping at 21''x14''. Truly a great day, and many memories made.

  Switch to dries and emergers when you see fish suspended just below the surface or actively rising. 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.  Fly fishing is good but the water is cold! Be sure and bring a quality pair of waist high waders and studded boots! A wading staff may be of use during this high water season.  The fishing is great.  Clear skies and 56-59 degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Slightly Off.

Fishing Report By:

T.K. Connor - Guide Photo
T.K. Connor
Missing Photo
Mark Ahmadi
Stacy Ferguson - Guide Photo
Stacy Ferguson
Missing Photo
Orion Vogeler
Mike Sherer - Guide Photo
Mike Sherer
Missing Photo
Langston Oxendine
Missing Photo
Joe Hubbard
Missing Photo
Reid Eakins
Travis Jones - Guide Photo
Travis Jones
Colten Holschuh - Guide Photo
Colten Holschuh
Missing Photo
Conor Henricks

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 56-59 Temp: 36-39
Sky: Clear Flow: 70
Wind: Gusting Clarity: Slightly Off
Precip: None Runoff: Yes 
(All Day)
Time on Water: 8 hours Number of Anglers: 20
Number Hookups: 560 Number Landed: 389

Best Fish

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 6 lbs 4 oz
Length: 25 inches
Girth: 17 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: 24

Time: AM

Insect Type: Mayfly

Insect: Blue Winged Olive

Color: Dark Blue Olive

Size: 18

Time: PM

Insect Type: Caddisfly

Insect: American Grannom

Color: Brownish Tan

Size: 16

Time: PM

Recommended Flies

Fly: Pheasant Tail
Color: Brownish Olive
Size: 16
Time: All Day
Pheasant Tail Pheasant Tail
Fly: San Juan Worm
Color: Red
Size: 14
Time: All Day
San Juan Worm San Juan Worm
Fly: 20, Incher
Color: Dark Brownish Black
Size: 12
Time: All Day
20, Incher 20, Incher

Lincoln Hills Friday, Apr 26, 2019 Fishing Trip Photos

Great day on the river with The Flyfisher Guide Service
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Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late May


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


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


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


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


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: 56 F Clear Sky Wind: 13 NNE mph

Current Conditions

Currently: Clear Sky
Temperature:  56 F
Temp Max:  68 F
Temp Min:  40 F
Humidity: 23%
Wind: 13 NNE mph
Pressure: 1009
Clouds Saturday 9:00PM — 42 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 31 and 42 .
Wind: 20 W mph; Humidity: 66%; 
Clouds Sunday 6:00AM — 28 
Expect scattered clouds with temperatures ranging between 25 and 28 .
Wind: 11 W mph; Humidity: 69%; 
Clouds Sunday 9:00AM — 40 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 40 and 40 .
Wind: 4 S mph; Humidity: 47%; 
Snow Sunday 12:00PM — 41 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 41 and 41 .
Wind: 15 ESE mph; Humidity: 61%;  Snow: 0.312 for next 3 hours.
Snow Sunday 3:00PM — 37 
Expect snow with temperatures ranging between 37 and 37 .
Wind: 12 E mph; Humidity: 87%;  Snow: 4.375 for next 3 hours.
Rain Sunday 6:00PM — 37 
Expect moderate rain with temperatures ranging between 37 and 37 .
Wind: 9 NE mph; Humidity: 96%;  Rain: 4.563 for next 3 hours.
Rain Sunday 9:00PM — 34 
Expect light rain with temperatures ranging between 34 and 34 .
Wind: 5 NW mph; Humidity: 98%;  Rain: 2 for next 3 hours.
Rain Monday 6:00AM — 33 
Expect light rain with temperatures ranging between 33 and 33 .
Wind: 5 NE mph; Humidity: 99%;  Rain: 0.188 for next 3 hours.
Rain Monday 9:00AM — 37 
Expect light rain with temperatures ranging between 37 and 37 .
Wind: 11 ENE mph; Humidity: 94%;  Rain: 0.125 for next 3 hours.
Rain Monday 12:00PM — 38 
Expect light rain with temperatures ranging between 38 and 38 .
Wind: 12 E mph; Humidity: 96%;  Rain: 1.313 for next 3 hours.
Rain Monday 3:00PM — 44 
Expect moderate rain with temperatures ranging between 44 and 44 .
Wind: 17 SE mph; Humidity: 77%;  Rain: 3.562 for next 3 hours.
Rain Monday 6:00PM — 43 
Expect moderate rain with temperatures ranging between 43 and 43 .
Wind: 5 WNW mph; Humidity: 83%;  Rain: 5.563 for next 3 hours.
Snow Monday 9:00PM — 34 
Expect snow with temperatures ranging between 34 and 34 .
Wind: 17 WNW mph; Humidity: 89%;  Snow: 3.625 for next 3 hours.
Snow Tuesday 6:00AM — 27 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 27 and 27 .
Wind: 18 W mph; Humidity: 88%;  Snow: 1.062 for next 3 hours.

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