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.
Reporter: Ray Kyle
Report Date: July 17, 2018
Current Conditions:The current water conditions are causing the water temperatures to rise too high to fish in the afternoon. Any temperature above 68 degrees can/will kill trout, especially if they are stressed (ie, hooked and fought). Bring a thermometer with you to take temperature readings. Please limit your fishing to the morning and be off the water by noon to ensure our trout populations stay healthy and alive. We are seeing great bug life on the Upper C. The caddisflies, yellow sallies, and PMDs are all in play and fish are taking them on the surface. The hopper dropper setup is great for surveying both the top and the lower water columns. Use caddis, yellow sally and PMD emerger patterns that have a beadhead on them to get them down. Streamers are working on cloudy days or if the water is stained.
Guide Tip: Hopper dropper setups are working great with tungsten beaded nymphs.
Hatches: Caddis, Yellow Sallies, and PMDs
NYMPHS:Tungsten Torpedos 14-16, Guides Choice Hare’s Ear 14-16, Nitro Pupa 14-16, Z Wing Caddis 14-16, Iron Sally 16-18, Tungsten Yellow Sally 14-16, Silvermans BH Epoxy Sally 14-16, Flashback Pheasant Tail 16-18
DRIES: Elk Hair Caddis 14-16, Front End Loader 14-16, Foam Caddis Tan/Black 14-16, Clacka Caddis 14-16, PMX 12-16, Stimulator 12-16, Chubby Chernobyl 10-12, Patriot 14-16
STREAMERS: Autumn Splendor, Cheech Leech, Barely Legal, Gonga, Baby Gonga, Sex Dungeon, Motor Oil