Colorado River Report May 2020
Posted on 01 May 2020
FLOW: 4330 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Be sure to click the link at the bottom of this report for real-time flows on the Colorado. We have limited access to computers due to Covid-19 and are not able to update our reports as often as you would usually see.
WATER CONDITIONS: Starting to blow out after hot days but look for it to yo-yo a bit until mid-month when runoff begins in earnest.
OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 10 but this can vary from day to day. Warm nights yield great days after!
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Baetis, Midges, caddis, sculpins
THE LOW DOWN: COVID-19 Update: The health and well-being of our guests and employees is of utmost importance. We will be closed beginning 3/15 until further notice. We will use that time to reassess future opening dates. Please keep an eye on our social accounts for updates.
FYI- Two Rivers Boat Ramp in Glenwood Springs is closed until April, so plan accordingly!Fishing is still allowed in Colorado, but here are some suggested guidelines:
- Anglers are encouraged not to travel far to fish, try to stay close to home.
- Travel by yourself or only those in your household
- Floating is discouraged right now in regards to Covid guidelines
- Maintain social distancing guidelines on the river
Like the lower Roaring Fork, the Colorado is pretty darn spectacular. Blue Wings are hatching heavily now and we are seeing blanket caddis hatches. Streamers and nymphs have been deadly, and if you can find some soft water midday, you'll find some risers here and there. This week fishing in the sun has been better than the shade, although usually we say the opposite.
If you don't float, check out the wade fishing accesses in Glenwood Springs and Dino Boat Ramp. We are warming up quickly around here, so get after it while it lasts!
HATCHES: Baetis18-20, Midges 16-22, Caddis 14-18
DRIES: Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, Lawson's EZ Caddis 16-18, Parachute Adams 18-20, Red or Yellow Humpy 16-18, CDC Transitional Midge 20-22, Griffiths Gnat 18-22, Sprout Midge 20-22, HOH Spent Midge 20-22, Hatching Midge 20-22.
NYMPHS: Prince 16-18, 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, Copper John Red 14-18, San Juan Worm 10
HINTS: If the fish aren't eating deep, shallow up those nymph rigs and see if they're suspended.
Link to Real Time Flows: