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Vail Valley Anglers

Reporter: Ray Kyle

Report Date: September 15, 2017

Current Conditions: We've seen some afternoon storm roll through, however the Upper C has cleared up for the most part and in prime shape to float or wade fish. Morning and evening are the prime times to fish. Nymphing continues to be the most productive method. Use nymphs with flash if the water is stained. The afternoons and into sunset have been proving to be productive dry fly fishing. Hopper, small caddis, bwo, and trico patterns have all been producing on top as well as beneath the surface. Hopper fishing is really picking up and a hopper dropper set up is the way to go. Small (size 20-22) midge patterns have been a great dropper fly. Prestentation is everything so be sure to seek out the seams and get the drift in the slower part of the seem. Streamer fishing is really starting to pick up and they have been hooking big fish.

Guide Tip: Hopper dropper time!

Hatches: Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, Caddis, PMD's

Recommended Flies: NYMPHS: Pat's Rubber Legs Golden 8-12, Tung Rubber Leg Hares Ear 10-16, Iron Lotus 16-18, Barr Emerger PMD 16-18, Tungsten Pheasant Tail 14-16, Twenty Bomb 10-12, Silverman's Epoxy Sally, Tung Yellow Sally 14-18, Ultra Pupa 14-16, Black RS2 16-18, Olive Two Bit Hooker 16-18

DRIES:  Elk Hair Caddis 16-18, Pearl and Elk Caddis 16-18, Clacka Caddis 14-16, Foam Caddis 16-18, Peacock PMX 10-16, Hackle Stacker 18-22, Extended Body BWO 18-22, Adams Parwulff  #10-16,  , Noble Chernobyl Hopper, Mini Hot Garcia Yellow 14-16, Yellow Stimulator 14-16, Found Link 16-18, Foam Hoppers

STREAMERS: Home Invaders, Leadeye Bugger Black, Autumn Splendor, Cheech Leech, Barely Legal, Gonga, Baby Gonga, Sex Dungeon



The Colorado River originates in Rocky Mountain National Park.  We generally fish the sections from Gore Canyon to the town of Rifle bridge.  The Colorado is generally a wider and slower river with some faster canyon stretches and  excellent hatches and beautiful scenery along the river corridor.  The sections below Glenwood Springs are the first to be available in the early season for float fishing.  As the spring gives way to summer the focus shifts from Glenwood Springs and Dotsero, upstream to State Bridge and just below Gore Canyon and the Pumphouse boat launch.  The Colorado offers more remote stretches of water and  a slower pace to the day with an opportunity to view wildlife and unique geology along the way.

Select the updated graph for a larger version. River Levels


Other Information
The fishing on the Colorado is good every month of the year. We provide Guided Fishing Trips Daily, even throughout the winter. Let us show you some tips to catching fish by hiring a guide for the day.