Colorado River Report July 3, 2024

Posted on 03 July 2024

Colorado River Report

July 3, 2024

FLOW: 9,620 CFS below Glenwood Springs

WATER CLARITY: High but beginning to drop and clear

OVERALL RATING: 5 out of 10

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Green Drakes 10-12Caddis 12-18, Golden Stoneflies 4-10, Hoppers 2-10, Blue Winged Olives 18-22, Midges 16-24, Salmonflies 4-8, Sculpins

THE LOWDOWN: Flows are generally down from our last report but daily rains have been keeping the river higher than we'd like with less-than-desirable color. We're still looking at muddy brown, but that iconic Colorado green shouldn't be too far off. We are beginning to see green drake mayflies at twilight. 

Most of you know that cloudy days are best, especially for a slow-release hatch. The Colorado is a big, brawling river- ideal for a drift boat but it can be accessed on foot. This river is a bit more of a quality than a quantity fishery, so be prepared to hook onto some pissed-off fish that will dump your reel in a few seconds.

Wade-fishers should exercise extreme caution this time of year, but popular wading spots include the confluence with the Roaring Fork, Dino Boat ramp (both above and below the ramp) and upstream of South Canyon rapid.


DRIES: H and L Variant 10-12, BDE Green Drake 10-12, Harrop's Cripple Green Drake 12, Missing Link Green Drake 12, Egg Laying Salmonfly 4-6, Egg Laying Golden Stone 8, Elk and Pearl Caddis 12-18, Improved Sofa Pillow 4-6, Chubby Chernobyl 4-8, Improved Sparkle Dun Baetis 18-22, Iwane's No Mercy Midge 22-24, Matthews' Improved Z Lon Midge 22-24, CDC Transitional Midge 18-20, Perfect Baetis 20-22, TC Custom BWO Sparkledun 20-22

NYMPHS: Bead Head Cranefly Larva 6-10, Bead Head Bubble Back PMD Nymph 6-10, 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, Tungsten Guide's Choice Hare's Ear 14-18, Cat Poop Stone 6-10, Jigged CDC PT 14-18, 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 are excited to be back on the 'Rado. Look for the best bite in the soft stuff.

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