Colorado River –
Flow: 4,050 cfs/Glenwood Springs
Conditions: We’re on the backend of runoff now with good to great water conditions and happy fish. The time to float and fish the river is now before the heat of August kicks in and the fishing tapers off. 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 higher water. Fish are slowly pushing off the banks as flows recede. The streamer bite has picked up as the fish are now accustomed to looking-up for food. Anglers have been chompin-at-the-bit for the river to become fishable — we’re there!
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