Colorado River Report 6-20-20

Posted on 20 June 2020


June 20, 2020

FLOW: 4500 cfs in Glenwood Springs

WATER CONDITIONS: Starting to clean up and drop nicely


FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Baetis, Midges, Green Drakes, Yellow Sallies, PMDs, caddis, sculpins

THE LOW DOWN: The Colorado River is cleaning up quick, and the main event right now is the Green Drake hatch, which has settled into the stretch between Dino Boat Ramp upstream into the lower Roaring Fork.

Daytime drakes are hatching too, in addition to Yellow Sallies, Caddis, PMDs and Golden Stones. Nymphing has been good out there, think stones, drakes and PMDs when it comes to choosing your offerings. 

The streamer bite is hit or miss, best on the windy and cloudy days.


HATCHES: Baetis18-20, Midges 16-22, Green Drakes 10-12, Yellow Sallies 16, PMDs 14-18, Golden Stoneflies 6-8, Caddis 12-18

Appropriate Patterns  

DRIES: H and L Variant 10-12, Royal Wulff 10-12, Mini Hot Yellow Sally16, Hackle Stacker PMD 14-18, Melon Quill 16-18, Rogue Foam Golden Stone 6-8, Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, Lawson's EZ Caddis 16-18, Parachute Adams 18-20, Red or Yellow Humpy 16-18, CDC Transitional Midge 20-22, Griffiths Gnat 18-22, Sprout Midge 20-22, HOH Spent Midge 20-22, Hatching Midge 20-22. 

NYMPHS: Pandemic PMD Nymph 16-18, Halfback PMD 14-18, Prince 16-18, 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, Copper John Red 14-18, San Juan Worm 10

HINTS: If the fish aren't eating deep, shallow up those nymph rigs and see if they're suspended.

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