Colorado River Report 7-4-22

Posted on 04 July 2022

Colorado River Report 

July 4, 2022

FLOW: 3360 CFS in Glenwood Springs

WATER CONDITIONS: Runoff is over, but most days the "big river" has been off-color with low visibility.

OVERALL RATING:  7 out of 10 if clean, 1 out of 10 if muddy

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Caddis, BWOs, Green Drakes, Golden Stoneflies, Pale Morning Duns, Craneflies, Midges

THE LOW DOWN:  The twilight green drake hatch is getting started and will improve in the coming weeks. Midday hatches of caddis, PMDs, Yellow Sallies and golden stoneflies are already commonplace. As we talk about on the Roaring Fork Report, the fish seem to prefer muted green drake patterns this year versus the usual high-vis suspects.

Recent monsoonal trends have added quite a bit of color to the Colorado, but there are some opportunities after dry and cool days.

HATCHES: Green Drakes 10-12, Caddis 14-18, Yellow Sallies 16, Golden Stoneflies 4-10, BWOs 18-22, Pale Moring Duns 14-18, Midges 16-22

Appropriate Patterns  

DRIES: HOH Hackled Green Drake 12, Hairwing Drake 12, Sparkledun Green Drake 12, Last Chance Green Drake Cripple 12, Chubby Chernobyl 6-10, Amy's Ant 8-10, Hairy Sallie 16, Hackle Dun PMD 16-18, Quigley Sparkle Flag PMD 16-18, Missing Link Caddis 16-18, Olive Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Hackle Dun Baetis 20-22, CDC Comparadun Baetis 20-22, CDC Transitional Midge 20-22, Griffiths Gnat 18-22, Sprout Midge 20-22, HOH Spent Midge 20-22, Hatching Midge 20-22. 

NYMPHS: Cat Poop Stonefly 4-10, Zirdle Bug 6-8, Twenty Incher Nymph 12-16, Spanish Perdigon 18, TNT Jigged BWO Nymph 18-20, BLMs 18-20, Tung Bead Baetis 18-20, Roy's Biot Baetis Emerger18-20, RS2s 20, Polywing Emerger 18-20, Imposters 20-22, Freestone Emerger 20, Roy's Biot Midge Emerger 20-22 

STREAMERS: Double Dirty Hippy sz 2, Hansen's Meal Ticket sz 4, Home Invader sz 2, Conehead Zuddler 4-8, Devourer of Souls sz 4, Galloup's Dungeon sz 2

HINTS: Keep an eye on overnight temps/rain and take advantage when this river clears. The fish are piled up deep for the most part!

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