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Lincoln Hills  - Friday, May 17, 2019

Fishing Conditions: GREAT

Report Rating: GREAT

Fishing Trip Date: Friday, May 17, 2019

Friday, May 17, 2019
Quote(s) of the Day: 22'' on the dot
"This is the most trout I have caught fly fishing"!
"Look at THAT guy!"
Man, that water is cold!
"This is a great opportunity to get outside and really enjoy what Colorado has to offer. It is even better when we are catching good sized trout".
Strange Colorado weather!
Wow, this place is amazing!
Haroun and Jereme: Is that snow? It's ok the fishing is good.
Beautiful day to be up at Lincoln Hills!
I cant believe this weather!
“The water looks fantastic.”
Being up here on the water is amazing because we can unplug from the city, meet new friends and feel our soul rejuvenate.

Fishing Highlights:

Although our time was short, Buddy put the beat down on some fish. Water has started to run high on South Boulder Creek, and fish have been forced into any slow water available. As soon as we were able to get into a fishy spot, the catching began. It wasn't long before Buddy dunked a 22'' rainbow trout. After that it was on, Buddy put 4 nice fish in the bag and before the weather got nasty.It has been a while since I have seen a couple of guys with this much enthusiasm .Gerard and Charlie were ready to fish today. They were the first on the water this morning, ready to send shockwaves throughout the valley. It did not take long either .Charlie being a Cowboy fan, got the first shot. It took him all of five minutes to hook his first fish. Gerard was not very far behind him with his first fish as well. The whole morning went just like that. With the flows coming up to 325 overnight I was kind of worried how that might effect the fishing. The fishing was amazing all morning. With hysterical laughter, story telling and good old hazing we had an absolute blast fishing together. The afternoon started off right where we left off the fishing stayed incredible for the both of them all day. I never thought I would be matched with my own excitement for fly fishing until today. Charlie and Gerard I would like to thank you for one of the most memorable days I have ever had.After lunch as the water cleared up we managed to find some feeding fish in the shallows. a Euro style approach yielded two nice 'bows .This was Chico's first time up at Lincoln Hills and first time fly fishing. After a quick instruction, we got to fishing. It took us a little time to find the fish but once we did it was game one. Chico did a fantastic job casting. The first fish of the day was a beautiful little rainbow trout who ate an egg pattern. After we got the first fish out of the way we started getting into the bigger fish. The snow and sleet started coming down hard but Chico pushed through it and landed 3 more fish. It was a pleasure spending the morning teaching Chico the fundamentals of fly fishing.The day started off with sunny weather but after only a hour you could see the dark clouds rolling in. Paschal started hooking into trout right away. We had 2 large fish that instantly took us into the faster water. All we could do was watch as our line went downstream. We focused on a section of calmer water that producing many fish. The best part of the day was hooking fish almost at our feet. Paschal did this several times and it was always unexpected. We took a break to grab our jackets and we dealt with the cold front that was moving in as best as we could. We ended up not fishing for too long but we put double digits in the net.Had a great day showing my new friends Ike and Swirvine the finer points of catching trout on S. Boulder creek today. Ike, an eighth grade teacher and Swirvine, a full time college student at CU, took time off from their busy schedules to come and hang out on the river. The weather wasn't on it's best behavior, the morning started off sunny and a little chilly. But by lunch mother nature bared her teeth and let us have it, with wind, rain, sleet, and snow, It was Colorado at it's finest. The flows are steadily rising on a daily basis, today's flows were at 325 cfs. Water temps are still very cold, in the mid-thirty's. Nymph fishing still seems to be the best method to fish, San Juan worms and egg patterns worked well, and saw some action on streamers too. Fishing has been tough but if you're willing to brave the elements, the river will give you your reward. I only had a short time on the river with Osa and man did we make the best of it! This was Osas first time fly fishing but he was a great listener and in no time was hooking into some really beautiful fish. Osa was late to the party and the weather moved in after lunch so we had to make the most of what little time we had on the water. Osa managed to get 8 fish to the net in an hour and a half, well done. Cant wait for these guys to come back next year!Haroun, Jereme, and Anthony worked on tighline euronyphing strategies, keeping the line off the water and being able to reads the water on their own. After some tutoring and small tweaks Haroun, Jereme and Anthony all were catching fish. The weather was pretty cold in the morning but got nice in the afternoon and the fish complied. Worms, stoneflies and perdigons were the ticket for the day.I met up with Abraham and Seth on a beautiful morning up at Lincoln Hills as part of The Brothers On The Fly. This was Abraham's 1st time and Seth's 3rd time. With the water at Lincoln Hills getting higher as runoff starts, we spent most of our day looking for deep water and slower seams where fish would be holding. We worked hard to find fish and had great success with running a deep nymph rig through the deeper pools with stonefly and caddis imitations. Great day guys!Another fly fishing brothers event is in the books! This year was no different we enjoyed great food, great fishing and most importantly great fellowship. The flows on SBC have jumped to 350cfs and we starting to see the beginning of a much needed run off. With that being said we took advantage of the higher water and influx of food in the system and threw some junk! Worms, eggs, stoneflys and small streamers were a big part in pulling fish, the river has swollen up the banks leaving fish plenty of room to hide and take cover in tighter places. We didn't have a lot of fish but every fish we caught was at least 16 inches. But the highlight of the day was a nice 21in. Cut Tyson landed on a eurorig in the famed hole 3 rocks.The weather took a turn and a chill was in the air. Fishing was not impacted at all. The bite was on and the fish are aggressive. Flows are up as well, but that only seemed to make the day better. Hanging out with Chris and the boys today was a real treat. Everyone was eager to get on the water and despite cold, rainy/snowy weather, we charged the water with hopeful intent. The boulder river ranch beat fished slow in the morning but started to really heat up around the middle of the day and Chris was able to hook dozens of fish and land a few really beautiful rainbows. It was really cool to see the progression of skill throughout the day, from learning to cast, control the drift, detecting strikes and landing fish. We had the pleasure of finishing up the day at the bridge hole; those fish sure are smart but we figured out the technical drift with a little BWO nymph and hooked up on some lunkers! Thank you "O" for a great day of fishing and conversation.












  The fishing is great.  Overcast skies and 52-55 degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Stained.

Fishing Report By:

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Conor Henricks
Stacy Ferguson - Guide Photo
Stacy Ferguson
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Ben Johnston
Mike Sherer - Guide Photo
Mike Sherer
Randy Pruitt - Guide Photo
Randy Pruitt
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Alan Dunlap
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Joe Hubbard
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Orion Vogeler
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Reid Eakins
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Langston Oxendine
Cody Deguelle - Guide Photo
Cody Deguelle
T.K. Connor - Guide Photo
T.K. Connor

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 52-55 Temp: 36-39
Sky: Overcast Flow: 325
Wind: None Clarity: Stained
Precip: Rain Runoff: Yes 
(All Day)
Time on Water: 8 hours Number of Anglers: 17
Number Hookups: 273 Number Landed: 163

Best Fish

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 5 lbs 11 oz
Length: 24 inches
Girth: 0 inches
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female
Rainbow Trout Male Rainbow Trout Male

Reported Insect Hatchs

None

Recommended Flies

Fly: San Juan Worm
Color: Red
Size: 14
Time: AM
San Juan Worm San Juan Worm
Fly: Girdle Bug
Color: Brownish Yellow
Size: 12
Time: AM
Girdle Bug Girdle Bug

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late June

Caddisflies

Insects: Great Gray Spotted Sedge
Color: Gray Green to Olive Brown
Dates: Jun 1 – Jul 15
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 10-12
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group
Insects: Little Plain Brown Sedge
Color: Brown to Chocolate
Dates: Jun 15 – Aug 30
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 14-16
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group
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: Little Western Dark Sedge
Color: Dark Brown
Dates: Jun 1 – Aug 15
Emergence: Mid Day
Size: 16-18
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group
Insects: Micro Caddis
Color: Yellow, Orange or Brown
Dates: Jun 15 – Oct 15
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 20-22
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: Brown Drake
Color: Dark Brown to Blackish
Dates: Jun 15 – Jul 15
Emergence: Evening
Size: 10-12
Spinner Fall: Late Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group
Insects: Callibaetis Speckled Dun
Color: Tannish Olive to Olive Gray
Dates: Jun 1 – Aug 30
Emergence: Cloudy, Late Morning
Size: 14-16
Spinner Fall: Late Afternoon
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group
Insects: Early Pale Morning Dun (PMD)
Color: Olivish Yellow to Yellowish Pink
Dates: Jun 1 – Sep 15
Emergence: Mid Morning to Early Afternoon
Size: 16-22
Spinner Fall: Late Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group
Insects: Gray Drake
Color: Gray
Dates: Jun 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: Late Morning
Size: 14-16
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group
Insects: Iron Blue Quill
Color: Light Olive Tan to Blue Gray
Dates: Jun 1 – Aug 15
Emergence: Warmest part of day
Size: 20-22
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group
Insects: Late Pale Morning Dun (PMD)
Color: Creamish Olive to Yellowish
Dates: Jun 15 – Jul 15
Emergence: Early Morning
Size: 16-18
Spinner Fall: After Afternoon
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group
Insects: Micro Blue Winged Olive (BWO)
Color: Pale Olive Green to Blue Gray
Dates: Jun 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: Clouds & warmest part of day
Size: 22-26
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group
Insects: Red Quill
Color: Reddish Brown
Dates: Jun 15 – Sep 30
Emergence: Mid Morning
Size: 14-16
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group
Insects: Slate Winged Drake
Color: Brown to Slate Gray
Dates: Jun 15 – Aug 1
Emergence: Early Afternoon
Size: 16-12
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: Western Green Drake
Color: Dark Olive
Dates: Jun 1 – Aug 1
Emergence: Cloudy, 1-4 pm
Size: 8-12
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: Giant Golden
Color: Brownish Yellow
Dates: Jun 1 – Aug 1
Emergence: Follows Salmonflies
Size: 14-18
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group
Insects: Micro Yellow
Color: Greenish Yellow to Yellow
Dates: Jun 1 – Aug 30
Emergence: 46-54° Water Temps Morning
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
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: Yellow Sally
Color: Pale Yellow to Pinkish Yellow
Dates: Jun 15 – Aug 30
Emergence: Morning to Early Afternoon
Size: 2-8
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: Cricket
Color: Brownish Olive to Black
Dates: Jun 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: Twilight & Dusk
Size: 8-16
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: 64 F Shower Rain Wind: 21 WSW mph

Current Conditions

Rain
Currently: Shower Rain
Temperature:  64 F
Temp Max:  75 F
Temp Min:  52 F
Humidity: 68%
Wind: 21 WSW mph
Pressure: 1016
Rain Sunday 9:00PM — 53 
Expect light rain with temperatures ranging between 47 and 53 .
Wind: 2 SW mph; Humidity: 96%;  Rain: 2.312 for next 3 hours.
Clouds Monday 6:00AM — 43 
Expect scattered clouds with temperatures ranging between 42 and 43 .
Wind: 15 W mph; Humidity: 79%; 
Rain Monday 9:00AM — 56 
Expect light rain with temperatures ranging between 56 and 56 .
Wind: 1 SSW mph; Humidity: 59%;  Rain: 0.125 for next 3 hours.
Rain Monday 12:00PM — 59 
Expect light rain with temperatures ranging between 59 and 59 .
Wind: 8 E mph; Humidity: 65%;  Rain: 2.313 for next 3 hours.
Rain Monday 3:00PM — 46 
Expect moderate rain with temperatures ranging between 46 and 46 .
Wind: 7 SE mph; Humidity: 94%;  Rain: 6.812 for next 3 hours.
Rain Monday 6:00PM — 50 
Expect moderate rain with temperatures ranging between 50 and 50 .
Wind: 2 WSW mph; Humidity: 84%;  Rain: 4.063 for next 3 hours.
Rain Monday 9:00PM — 44 
Expect light rain with temperatures ranging between 44 and 44 .
Wind: 6 WNW mph; Humidity: 93%;  Rain: 1.5 for next 3 hours.
Clouds Tuesday 6:00AM — 40 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 40 and 40 .
Wind: 19 W mph; Humidity: 91%; 
Clouds Tuesday 9:00AM — 54 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 54 and 54 .
Wind: 10 WNW mph; Humidity: 63%; 
Rain Tuesday 12:00PM — 58 
Expect light rain with temperatures ranging between 58 and 58 .
Wind: 7 WNW mph; Humidity: 59%;  Rain: 2.063 for next 3 hours.
Rain Tuesday 3:00PM — 55 
Expect moderate rain with temperatures ranging between 55 and 55 .
Wind: 13 WNW mph; Humidity: 73%;  Rain: 4.625 for next 3 hours.
Rain Tuesday 6:00PM — 51 
Expect light rain with temperatures ranging between 51 and 51 .
Wind: 16 W mph; Humidity: 78%;  Rain: 1.813 for next 3 hours.
Rain Tuesday 9:00PM — 44 
Expect light rain with temperatures ranging between 44 and 44 .
Wind: 26 W mph; Humidity: 88%;  Rain: 1.562 for next 3 hours.
Clouds Wednesday 6:00AM — 42 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 42 and 42 .
Wind: 30 W mph; Humidity: 83%; 

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