Colorado River Report 3-18-19

Posted on 18 March 2019

Colorado River Report 

March 18, 2019

FLOW: 1240 cfs in Glenwood Springs

WATER CONDITIONS: Slightly off color. 

OVERALL RATING:  6 out of 10 

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: BWO nymphs, Midges, Stones. 

THE LOW DOWN: Fishing on the Colorado is heating up! We have now seen the first wave of the mighty midgezillas. We are talking some BIG midges, no need for the size 24's, #16-20 will get the job done. If you find foam, you know you are in a good spot, clusters of midges are sitting ducks when trapped in the foam. 

It still can be a little hit or miss depending on the weather, and we have already seen a few days of blow out. But little color in the water can prove to bring some excellent nymph fishing. We are already busting out stones and worms as lead flies, while trailing your smaller baetis and midge offerings. Spring is knocking on the door, are you ready?

Make sure to give the shop a call for updated conditions and water clarity. 


HATCHES: Midges 16-22 

Appropriate Patterns  

NYMPHS: Prince 10-18, BLMs 18-20, San Juan Worm 10, 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: Morgan's Para Midge 20, 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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