Colorado River Report 6-19-17

Posted on 19 June 2017

Colorado River Report 

June 19, 2017

FLOW: 13,500 cfs 


OVERALL RATING: 1 out of 10

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Caddis, Midges, Blue Winged Olives, PMD and green drake nymphs, Sculpins, Juvenille Rainbows, Cranefly larva

THE LOW DOWN: The Colorado has just a bit of water in it this time of year with full runoff conditions.  On the other side of this argument is the fact that we should be seeing the famous twilight green drake hatch start down here sooner than later.  Check out some of the soft spots here and there in the late afternoons on foot- you might see the first drake hatch of the year despite the big water.

HATCHES: Caddis 16-18, BWOs 18-20, Midges (1 pm-4pm) sz 18-24

Appropriate Patterns  

NYMPHS: Prince 16-18, BLMs 18-20, 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, San Juan Worm 10, Cat Poop Stone 4-12, Prince Nymph 10-18 

DRIES: Pearl and Elk Caddis 16-18, Lawson's EZ Caddis 16-18, Biot Wing Midge 20, Hatching Midge 20, CDC Transitional Midge 20, Colletts Para-BWO 18-20, Improved Sparkledun BWO 18-20

STREAMERS: Carlton Banks, Meat Gazers, Circus Peanuts, Sculpzillas, Willy White Shoes, Weir's Sculpin, Splendors 

HINTS: Get your green drake fly box stocked!  Replace those headlamp batteries and refill those dry shake bottles.  It's nearly go-time!

Link to the USGS Real Time Flow Chart for the Colorado River 

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