Colorado River Report 5-18-19
Posted on 18 May 2019
Colorado River Report
May 18, 2019
FLOW: 7700 cfs in Glenwood Springs (Check out the link below to the real-time video camera on the river in Glenwood!)
WATER CONDITIONS: Brown-Town
OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 10 Conditions are all over the place this week as we warm up and see the river getting bigger and muddier
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Caddis adults, pupa and larvae, BWO adults, emergers and nymphs, midges, golden stonefly nymphs
THE LOW DOWN: Fishing on the Colorado is slowing down as we ease in to runoff. We have now seen the first wave of caddis and have been fishing BWO and midge hatches for the last month. If you find foam, you know you are in a good spot, clusters of midges are sitting ducks.
A little color in the water can prove to bring some excellent nymph fishing, a lot of color will not. 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: Caddis 14-18, BWOs 18-20, Midges 16-22
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: Foam Body Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, 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: Use 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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