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Reporter: Ray Kyle
Report Date: July 21, 2017

Current Conditions
The Colorado's flows have dropped and the Upper C is at a great float level.  Float Fishing is great from Pumphouse down to Catamount however heavy afternoon rainstorms have blown out the river some days. Wade fishing is possible however use caution as the river is still flowing pretty fast. Nymphing continues to be the most productive however the fish are starting to look up and several are being caught on dries. The afternoons and into sunset have been proving to be very productive dry fly fishing. With caddis dries being the winner. Hatches are Yellow Sallies, Caddis, Red Quills, and sparse BWO's on cloudy days. Prestentation is everything so be sure to seek out the seams and get the drift in the slower part of the seem. Streamer fishing can be very productive as well.  

Guide Tip: Try using a double dry rig for double the fun!

Hatches: Stoneflies, Red Quills, Yellow Sallies, and Caddis

Recommended Flies:

NYMPHS: Pat's Rubber Legs Blk/Brw 6-10, Tung Rubber Leg Hares Ear 10-16, Iron Lotus 16-18, Barr Emerger 16-18, Tungsten Pheasant Tail 14-16, Squirmy Worm 14, Bitch Creek 6-10, Twenty Bomb 10-12, Silverman's Epoxy Sally, Tung Yellow Sally 14-18

DRIES:  Elk Hair Caddis 16-18, Pearl and Elk Caddis 16-18, Clacka Caddis 14-16, Foam Caddis 16-18, Peacock PMX 8-16, 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

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.