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Posted on 14 August 2019
August 14, 2019
FLOW: 4770 cfs in Glenwood SpringsWATER CONDITIONS: Big but dropping, now we are now below 5,000 CFS
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10 Conditions are challenging but steadily improving every day
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Caddis adults, pupa and larvae, BWO adults, emergers and nymphs, midges, golden stonefly adults and nymphs, PMD nymphs and adults, worms, craneflies
THE LOW DOWN: This is shaping up to be a big water year in the Roaring Fork Valley, which is actually a blessing considering the drought conditions we've been experiencing over the last 20 years.
Wading the Colorado is still a bit challenging, mostly because finding soft water has been tough. Flows are big but many people are starting to float the "big river" again. Daytime hatches consist of yellow sallies, caddis, PMDs and a few BWOS.
Nymphs of note this week are sunken spinners, San Juan Worms and beaded princes, swissies and pheasant tails. If streamers are your thing, utilize a sink tip and get that streamer down in the zone quickly.
HATCHES: Caddis 14-18, BWOs 18-20, PMDs 16-18, Midges 16-22, Yellow Sallies 16, Golden Stones 6-10
Appropriate Patterns NYMPHS: Stott's USD Green Drake Nymph 12, Twenty Incher 10-14, Prince 10-18, 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, 2o Incher 1-14, Poxyback Green Drake 10, Tungsten Bruised PMD 16-18, Halfback PMD Emerger 14-18, Copper John Red 14-18, Cat Poop 8-12, San Juan Worm 10DRIES: Egg Laying Golden Stone 8, Henry's Fork Golden Stone 8-10, Sparkledun Green Drake 10-12, H and L Variant 10-12, Garcia's Mini Hot Yellow Sally 16, Hairy Sally 16
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