Colorado River Report

Colorado River Report
June 9, 2022 manager
In River Reports

Colorado River –

Flow: 8,350 cfs/Glenwood Springs

Conditions: We’re pretty much at peak runoff right now which means that the river will start to rapidly drop and hopefully clear up enough just in time for the green drake hatch. Besides green drakes, anglers should also expect to see golden stones, PMDs and caddis. Overcast days will now yield the best midday hatches with evenings providing the best dry fly opportunities. Fishing the right water (soft/slow) and keeping your fly in it is of more importance than fishing the right fly due to the high water. The streamer bite has certainly picked up with the majority of fish holding near the banks. Anglers have been chompin-at-the-bit for the river to become fishable — we’re almost there! Stay tuned…

What people really want to know though is when will the green drake hatch begin? Probably here in another 10-14 days. For more details, be sure to read Kirk Webb’s blog article on Fishing Green Drakes In The Roaring Fork Valley here: Green Drakes Part 1

Dries: Adams Wulff, Royal Wulff, H&L Variant, Comparadun Drake, CDC Parachute Drake, Colorado Hen Wing Drake, Chubby Chernobyls, Dry Humpers, Tarantulas, PMXs, Stimi ChewToys, Foam Elk Hair Caddis, Egg Laying Caddis, E/C Caddis, Renegades

Nymphs: Rubberleg CheaterBelly Stones, Jig CopperJohn Green, 20Inchers, Point Drake, DAs Jiggy Olive, Crown Jewel Drake, Stalcups Drake Emerger, SanJuan Worms, Princes, BH Electric Caddis, Breadcrust Caddis, Gum Drops, Rock Grinders

Streamers: Jig Mini Bugger, Thin Mint, P3 Bugger, Double Bunny, Gongas, Dungeons, Jig Sparkle Minnow