Colorado River Report 10-13-18

Posted on 13 October 2018

Colorado River Report 

October 13, 2018

FLOW: 1700 cfs in Glenwood Springs


OVERALL RATING:  6 out of 10 

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: BWO's, Trico's, caddis adults, PMD adults, emergers, spinners and nymphs, golden stonefly nymphs, caddis larva (free swimming and cased), cranefly larva, sculpins

THE LOW DOWN: The Colorado has been some great fishing, the recent rainfall as created some color, but hopefully should clear in a day or two.  Nymphing has proven to bring most success, using stones, worms, princes, caddis, and PMD nymphs as leads and trailing small BWO patterns.  

The streamer fishing this time year can bring great rewards, especially with the browns getting ready for spawn. With that said please avoid fishing on or around any spawning redds. 

***Be mindful of all creek closures for spawning starting Oct. 1st. Grizzly Creek, No Name Creek, and Canyon Creek! 

HATCHES:  Caddis 12-18, PMDs 14-18, BWOs 18-20, Midges 18-24 

Appropriate Patterns  

NYMPHS: Prince 10-18, BLMs 18-20, Epoxy Back Stone 6-8, Cat Poop Stone 8-10, San Juan Worm 10, Halfback PMD 18-16, Pandemic PMD 18-16, 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:  Split Flag PMD 16-18, Sparkledun PMD 14-18, Melon Quill PMD 16-18, Organza Rusty Spinner 14-18, Befus Para BWO 20-22, Perfect Baetis 18-22, Pearl and Elk Caddis 12-18, EthaWing Caddis 14-16, X2 Caddis 14-18, Biot Wing Midge 20, Hatching Midge 20, CDC Transitional Midge 20, Hi Vis Griffith's Gnat 18-20

HINTS: Using sink tips with your streamers! Can be make or break sometimes to getting in the strike zone. 

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

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