Colorado River –
Flow: 980 cfs/Glenwood Springs
Conditions: Low and clear (green) water for the Colorado. Due to the rivers lower elevation, fishing can often be better down here due to the additional warmth. Perhaps the biggest draw here is the quality of fish that can be caught – averaging over 14 inches. While widely known as a fickle fishery, winter can yield some of the best and most reliable fishing of the entire year. Midges are the name of the game as far as hatches go but stoneflies are also becoming more active. Winter has settled in with most fish being found in the deeper pools and seams. While nymphing is certainly the most productive, dry fly anglers are still finding pods of risers during late afternoons when warmth and cloud cover is present.
Dries: Roy’s Special Emerger, CDC Adult Midge, Griffith Gnats, Trailing Shuck Midge, Sprout Midges, CDC Sparkledun BWO, Purple Haze, Parachute Adams, CDC RS2’s
Nymphs: Rubberlegs, 20 Inchers, Princes, San Juan Worms, Perdigons, Rain Drops, Rainbow Warriors, Zebra Midges, Two Bit Hooker, BTS Baetis, Pheasant Tail, Micro Mayfly, Sparklewing RS2, Biot Emergers Gray/Black, Frenchie, Jig Tung Tied Baetis, Buckskin, Disco Midge
Streamers: Gongas, Dungeons, Sculpilicious, Sculpzilla, Winter Warlock, Sculpinator, Thin Mint