Colorado River Fishing Report (Glenwood-Rifle)

Colorado River Fishing Report (Glenwood-Rifle)
June 22, 2024 manager
In River Reports

Colorado River –

Flow: 12,700 cfs/Glenwood Springs

Update: Flows are coming down dramatically after recent rains. We’re on the back end of runoff now and are poised for green drakes right around the Fourth of July – just like the old days! Be sure to book your float or wade guide now for some sensational post-runoff fishing!

Conditions: We’re well underway with runoff and water conditions have deteriorated with the recent warm weather and snowmelt. That said, some of the best fishing occurs immediately after runoff – so get your gear in order and be ready by the end of the month. Stoneflies, green drakes, caddis and PMDs will all be on the menu then. Shallow and heavy two-fly nymph rigs under a bobber is the go-to.  Dry/dropper setups are preferred during daytime hatches and overcast. Evenings often yield the most dry fly opportunities. Prior to dusk look for risers keyed in on caddis in fairly quick water. At dusk and into the late evening hours are when the drakes appear. Have a headlamp and plenty of Dry Shake at the ready. We’re almost there! Still haven’t booked your favorite (or new favorite) fishing guide yet? Give us a call – we’re filling up more each day. Most prefer to float this big river but adventurous anglers can certainly wade fish it in limited areas.

Feel free to call us for daily river conditions 970.963.5741



Dries: Chubby Chernobyls (tan/yellow/gold), PMXs (same), Tarantulas, Fat Alberts, Rogue Foam Stone (yellow/orange), Royal Wulff, H&L Variant, Drake Cripple, BDE Foam Drake, Hen Wing Drake, Foam Elk Hair Caddis (tan/brown), Rubber Leg Stimi (yellow/orange), Ginger Variant, Flag Dun PMD, Melon Quill, CDC Rusty Spinner

Nymphs: Jig Rubberlegs (black/coffee), Cheater Belly (brown/tan), Zirdles (tan/coffee), Tung 20Incher, BH ZugBug, Winged Drake Emerger, Jig Breadcrust, Jig FKA Prince, Tung Electric Caddis, Guides Choice, Soft Hackle PT, BH Swiss Straw Emerger, Split Case PMD, San Juan Worm (red/tan/brown)

Streamers: Goldie Articulated, Ebony Articulated, Double Bunny (white), Thin Mints, Jig Slum Lord (brown), Aggravator Prince, Wooly Bugger (black/white)