Colorado River Report 3-8-19

Posted on 08 March 2019

Colorado River Report 

March 8, 2019

FLOW: 1510 cfs in Glenwood Springs

WATER CONDITIONS: Off color, crystal and fork are running dirty. 

OVERALL RATING:  4 out of 10 


THE LOW DOWN: The Colorado is clear and cold.  Nymphing has proven to bring most success, using Princes or worms as leads and trailing small BWO and midge patterns.

We're starting to see some better midge hatches out there, the big ones are revving their engines, it's go time!  Often we see the larger midges hatching later in the afternoon as things warm up.  Find a pod of rising fish and show 'em who's boss!

Winter fishing on the Colorado can be hit or miss. No need to get on the river early, the warmer part of the day seems to be the best fishing.  

The streamer fishing this time year can bring great rewards, especially on overcast days.

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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