Colorado River Report

Colorado River Report
July 16, 2022 manager
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Colorado River –

Flow: 2,530 cfs/Glenwood Springs

Conditions: The water is quickly dropping and warming. Early mornings have easily yielded the best and most responsible time to fish. Fishing tapers off by the early afternoon anyhow. We encourage anglers to carry a stream thermometer and to stop fishing when temperatures meet or exceed 68’f. Water clarity has varied this past week with rains frequently blowing out and muddying up the river. Fly patterns should be downsized now as the big bugs of early summer have moved on. Think along the lines of PMDs, caddis and yellow sally’s in 14-18s with the occasional hopper and rubberlegs bite. Many of the fish have moved off of the banks and into midriver where the oxygen content is higher. Streamer fishing has been slow overall with the early morning hours yielding your best opportunities. In general, the better fishing has been taking place along the Roaring Fork and other higher elevation waters. Maybe just go carp fishing…?

Dries: Chubby Chernobyls, Dry Humpers, Tarantulas, Peach Carnage Hopper, PMXs, Stimi ChewToys, Foam Elk Hair Caddis, Egg Laying Caddis, E/C Caddis, Renegades, Rusty Spinner, Melon Quill, Silhouette Dun PMD, Pink Sparkleduns

Nymphs: Rubberlegs, CheaterBelly Stones, Princes, BH Electric Caddis, Breadcrust Caddis, Split Case PMD, Halfback PMD, Panty Dropper PMD, Pheasant Tails, Sunkin Spinner Rusty, Perdigons, Frenchies

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