Colorado River Report 5-2-23

Posted on 02 May 2023

Colorado River Report 5-2-23

FLOW: 8470 cfs

WATER CLARITY: Blown out and volume has tripled this week

OVERALL RATING: 1 out of 10

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT:  Blue Winged Olives 18-22, Midges 16-24, Caddis 14-18 (still sporadic), Sculpins

THE LOWDOWN: The Colorado River is big and brown for the time being, we should see it begin to clear by mid-June. A cold snap (especially evenings) might clear it up a bit, but after mid-May it will be in full runoff mode.

Keep in mind that annual spawning closures with be in effect in a few creek mouths (Grizzly, Canyon and Elk creeks), they are well-posted and last from March 15th to May 31st. (See Below) 

APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:                                                         

DRIES: Missing Link Caddis 16-18, Lawson's EZ Caddis 16-18, Outrigger Caddis 14-16, Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, Perfect Baetis 20-22, TC Custom BWO Sparkledun 20-22, HOH CDC Thorax BWO, HOH Hanging Midge 20-22, HOH CDC Spent Midge 22-24

NYMPHS: Iron Lotus 16-18, Double Down CDC PT 16-18, Purple Darth Baetis 20-22, Foam Top BMW RS2 18-22, Griffin's Twenty Incher 10-14, Cat Poop Stone 6-10, Jigged CDC PT 16-18, San Juan Worm 10, Perdigons 16-18, Copper Johns 16-18, BTS Baetis 20-22, Freestone Emerger 20-22, Roy's Biot Baetis Emerger 18-20

STREAMERS: Double Dirty Hippy 4, Dali Lama 4, Autumn Splendor 4-8, Carlton Banks 4, Stott's Ziwi 4, Stott's Conehead Ziwi 4

HINTS: We may need to patient with the Colorado, the visibility has been next to nothing as of late.

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