Colorado River Report 9-28-18

Posted on 28 September 2018

Colorado River Report 

September 28, 2018

FLOW: 1430 cfs in Glenwood Springs

WATER CONDITIONS:  Low and clear, but water temps are cooling off!

OVERALL RATING:  7 out of 10 

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Caddis adults, yellow sallies, PMD adults, emergers, spinners and nymphs, green drake nymphs, golden stonefly nymphs, caddis larva (free swimming and cased), cranefly larva, sculpins

THE LOW DOWN: The 2PM voluntary closures have been lifted! It's good to be fishing the Colorado some more again. If rain is in the forecast, there is a good chance you we will see it mud up pretty good, but as of now it is low and clear. Nymphing has proven to bring most success, using stones, princes, caddis, and PMD nymphs as leads and trailing small BWO patterns.  

Floating is optimal versus wade fishing, but you can find terrific wade spots at No Name, Dino Truck Stop and Newcastle.  

HATCHES: Golden Stones 6-10, Caddis 12-18, PMDs 14-18, BWOs 18-20, Yellow Sallies 14-16, Midges 18-24 

Appropriate Patterns  

NYMPHS: Prince 10-18, BLMs 18-20, Epoxy Back Stone 6-8, Cat Poop Stone 8-10, San Juan Worm 10, Halfback PMD 18-16, Pandemic PMD 18-16, 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

DRIES:  Split Flag PMD 16-18, Sparkledun PMD 14-18, Melon Quill PMD 16-18, Organza Rusty Spinner 14-18, Befus Para BWO 20-22, Perfect Baetis 18-22, Pearl and Elk Caddis 12-18, EthaWing Caddis 14-16, X2 Caddis 14-18, Biot Wing Midge 20, Hatching Midge 20, CDC Transitional Midge 20, Hi Vis Griffith's Gnat 18-20

HINTS: Search the riffles as many big fish are still sitting in shallow water waiting for a big meal to come to them.

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

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