Colorado River Report 4-10-19

Posted on 10 April 2019

Colorado River Report 

April 10, 2019

FLOW: 2700 cfs in Glenwood Springs

WATER CONDITIONS: Starting to yo-yo, clear one day and blown the next

OVERALL RATING:  7 out of 10 when clear, 2 out of 10 on the muddy days.  Conditions are all over the place this week as we warm up and see a bit of mud coming in here and there.

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: BWO adults, emergers and nymphs, Midges, golden stonefly nymphs, caddis larva 

THE LOW DOWN: Fishing on the Colorado is heating up! We have now seen the first wave of BWOs and have been fishing excellent midge hatches for the last month. If you find foam, you know you are in a good spot, clusters of midges are sitting ducks. 

It still can be a little hit or miss depending on the weather, and we have already seen a few days of blow out. A 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 here, are you ready?

Make sure to check the real-time flow graphs below or give the shop a call for updated conditions and water clarity. 

HATCHES: BWOs 18-20, 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: Collett's Para BWO 18-20, Hackle Dun Baetis 20-22, BWO Sparkledun BWO 18-20, 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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