Colorado River –
Flow: 2,240 cfs/Glenwood Springs
Conditions: The river reopened to fishing on August 26th – unfortunately the river is too discolored to fish as water visibility has been ranging from 6-12″ inches. When the river clears here’s what anglers should expect – Attractor nymph patterns like rubberleg stoneflies, worms, princes etc will all catch some fish. PMDs and psuedocleons (small fall BWOs) and small caddis are hatching. I’d expect the dry fly fishing to pick-up once the clarity improves. That said, this is the time of year for hoppers/chubbys to actually produce some fish instead of just serving as a strike indicator. The streamer bite should be fairly decent as the fish haven’t been pressured for several months now coupled with the water cooling and the brown trout getting horny. The reopening of the river should help spread out the float traffic now that the Roaring Fork won’t be taking all of the abuse. Have fun and be safe this fall!
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