Colorado River Report 7-11-17

Posted on 11 July 2017

July 11, 2017

FLOW: 4940 cfs 

WATER CONDITIONS:  Really shaping up nicely, and we are seeing an explosion of bugs in the evenings.

OVERALL RATING:  7 out of 10.  This big river is usually not quite on the menu this early, but it is already fishing very well.

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Golden stoneflies, caddis, midges, Blue Winged Olives, PMDs, green drakes, sculpins, juvenille rainbows, cranefly larva

THE LOW DOWN: The Colorado has really been improving visibility-wise and fishing-wise.  We are seeing hatches of drakes, caddis, sallies and PMDs.

HATCHES: Green drakes 10-12, caddis 16-18, BWOs 18-20, midges 18-24, yellow sallies 14-16, PMDs 14-18, golden stones 6-10

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: H and L Variant 10-12, Royal Wulff 10-12, 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: If you are on foot, move a bunch to fish this big water effectively.

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

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