Colorado River Report 1-31-18

Posted on 31 January 2018


FLOW: 1340 cfs in Glenwood Springs

WATER CONDITIONS:  Pretty good considering it's January.  Mild weather has helped this fishery stay viable.

OVERALL RATING:  5 out of 10.  This can change depending on conditions!


THE LOW DOWN: The Colorado can fish very well through January depending on weather.  High and bright sunny days aren't as good as the warm and cloudy ones as a general rule.  Streamers and small nymphs have been fishing well, and it won't be long until we start seeing some huge midges hatching on this big river.  

Like the Roaring Fork, the slush factor will be present following cold nights, but when it stays above 25 degrees the river has been in pretty good shape the next day. Please give spawning beds a wide berth.

HATCHES: Midges 18-24

Appropriate Patterns  

NYMPHS: Prince 16-18, BLMs 18-20, Tung Bead Baetis 18-20, Biot Baetis 18-20, RS2s 20, Polywing Emerger 18-20, Imposters 20-22, Assassins 20-22, Freestone Emerger 20, Biot Midge 20-22

DRIES:  Biot Wing Midge 20, Hatching Midge 20, CDC Transitional Midge 20, Hi Vis Griffith's Gnat 18-20

STREAMERS: Carlton Banks, Meat Gazers, Circus Peanuts, Sculpzillas, Willy White Shoes, Weir's Sculpin, Splendors 

HINTS: Cover all the water you can until you figure out where the fish are holding.

Link to the USGS Real Time Flow Chart for the Colorado River 

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