Colorado River
Middle (Pumphose to Dotsero)

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  1. Prince Nymph  

  2. Zebra Midge  

  3. Leech  

  4. BWO  

  5. Parachute BWO  

  6. San Juan Worm  

  7. Baetis Nymph  

  8. Pheasant Tail  

  9. Black Beauty  

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Recent Guide Reports

Apr 17 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 4/5

Colorado River Report

April 17, 2019
FLOW: 2700 cfs in Glenwood Springs (Check out the link below to the real-time video camera on the river in Glenwood!)
WATER CONDITIONS: Starting to yo-yo, clear one day and blown the next
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10 when clear, 2 out of 10 on the muddy days. Conditions are all over the place this week as we warm up and see a bit of mud coming in here and there.
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Caddis adults, pupa and larvae, BWO adults, emergers and nymphs, midges, golden stonefly nymphs
THE LOW DOWN: Fishing on the Colorado is heating up! We have now seen the first wave of caddis and have been fishing excellent BWO and midge hatches for the last month. If you find foam, you know you are in a good spot, clusters of midges are sitting ducks.

It still can be a little hit or miss depending on the weather, and we have already seen a few days of blow out. A little color in the water can prove to bring some excellent nymph fishing. We are already busting out stones and worms as lead flies, while trailing your smaller baetis and midge offerings. Spring is here, are you ready?

Make sure to check the real-time flow graphs below or give the shop a call for updated conditions and water clarity.
HATCHES: Caddis 14-18, BWOs 18-20, Midges 16-22

Appropriate Patterns
NYMPHS: 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
DRIES: Foam Body Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, Collett's Para BWO 18-20, Hackle Dun Baetis 20-22, BWO Sparkledun BWO 18-20, Morgan's Para Midge 20, Biot Wing Midge 20, Hatching Midge 20, CDC Transitional Midge 20, Hi Vis Griffith's Gnat 18-20
HINTS: Use sink tips with your streamers! Can be make or break sometimes to getting in the strike zone.

https://www.coloradowebcam.net/camera/glenwood-springs-webcam-west-glenwood

This report was written by Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen: http://www.taylorcreek.com
(970) 920-1128

Apr 16 The Blue Quill Angler

Clarity: Excellent

14 Day Forecast: Look for intermittent hatches of midges.

Tips and Other Information: Its still winter in Grand Country, so dont be fooled by spring-like conditions on the Front Range. Your best option is to target the Parshall area to the confluence of the Williams Fork. Dead drifting tiny midge larvae and pupae in the slow, deep pools is your best bet right now. Matts Midge, Parachute Adams, and Griffith Gnats are fooling a few fish on the surface during the height of the hatch. The Parshall Hole is a good place to find midging fish for the next several weeks. The Williams Fork is a good option right now as well.

Effective Patterns: #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Pearl Jam, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20 Pale Olive Midge Larva, #22-24 Black Beauty, #22-24 Bling Midge, #22-24 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Minute Midge, #22-24 Jujubee Midge, #22-24 Matts Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #24-26 Parachute Adams.

This report was written by The Blue Quill Angler: http://www.bluequillangler.com
303-674-4700

Apr 14 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 2/5

In the last week, flows on this section of the Colorado saw a decent increase, that was sustained over several days, before retreating below pre-spike levels. As such, a variety of larger bug life has been kicked up providing additional food sources. Trout are keyed in on comparatively larger flies like stoneflies, worms and eggs. Lead with any of the aforementioned patterns followed by one or two smaller midge/baetis flies when nymphing. Water clarity is poor so youre going to want to throw some flash their way and provide plenty of weight. While we generally suggest using light indicators like yarn, go with a thingamabob as youll need to apply plenty of weight to your rig. Streamers are heating up, especially when fished from a boat. Similar to nymphing, throw some flash their way.

Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday (Afternoon), Thursday & Saturday

Go to flies:

Surface - Parachute Adams (#20-24), Sparkle Dun (#22-24), Griffiths Gnat (#22-24), Amy's Ant (#10-12).

Subsurface - Pat's Rubber Leg (#12), San Juan Worm, Hare's Ear (#18 - 20), Olive RS2 (#20-24), Psycho Prince Nymph (#18 -20), Pheasant Tail (#18-22), Stalcups Baetis (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Black Beauties (#20-22), Zebra Midge (#20-22).

Streamers - white Sparkle Minnow (#6), black Wooly Bugger (#4-5), Cheech Leech (#6)



This report was written by FlyCast River Forecast: https://www.flycastusa.com/

Apr 12 Kirks Flyshop

The Colorado River is ice free and is now fishing great.

This report was written by Kirks Flyshop: http://www.kirksflyshop.com
(970) 577-0790

Apr 10 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 4/5

Colorado River Report

April 10, 2019
FLOW: 2700 cfs in Glenwood Springs
WATER CONDITIONS: Starting to yo-yo, clear one day and blown the next
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10 when clear, 2 out of 10 on the muddy days. Conditions are all over the place this week as we warm up and see a bit of mud coming in here and there.
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: BWO adults, emergers and nymphs, Midges, golden stonefly nymphs, caddis larva
THE LOW DOWN: Fishing on the Colorado is heating up! We have now seen the first wave of BWOs and have been fishing excellent midge hatches for the last month. If you find foam, you know you are in a good spot, clusters of midges are sitting ducks.

It still can be a little hit or miss depending on the weather, and we have already seen a few days of blow out. A little color in the water can prove to bring some excellent nymph fishing. We are already busting out stones and worms as lead flies, while trailing your smaller baetis and midge offerings. Spring is here, are you ready?

Make sure to check the real-time flow graphs below or give the shop a call for updated conditions and water clarity.
HATCHES: BWOs 18-20, Midges 16-22

Appropriate Patterns
NYMPHS: 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
DRIES: Collett's Para BWO 18-20, Hackle Dun Baetis 20-22, BWO Sparkledun BWO 18-20, Morgan's Para Midge 20, Biot Wing Midge 20, Hatching Midge 20, CDC Transitional Midge 20, Hi Vis Griffith's Gnat 18-20
HINTS: Using sink tips with your streamers! Can be make or break sometimes to getting in the strike zone.

https://www.coloradowebcam.net/camera/glenwood-springs-webcam-west-glenwood

This report was written by Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen: http://www.taylorcreek.com
(970) 920-1128

Apr 08 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 4/5

Colorado River Report

April 8, 2019
FLOW: 1900 cfs in Glenwood Springs
WATER CONDITIONS: Starting to yo-yo, clear one day and blown the next
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10 when clear, 2 out of 10 on the muddy days. Conditions are all over the place this week as we warm up and see a bit of mud coming in here and there.
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: BWO adults, emergers and nymphs, Midges, golden stonefly nymphs, caddis larva
THE LOW DOWN: Fishing on the Colorado is heating up! We have now seen the first wave of BWOs and have been fishing excellent midge hatches for the last month. If you find foam, you know you are in a good spot, clusters of midges are sitting ducks.

It still can be a little hit or miss depending on the weather, and we have already seen a few days of blow out. A little color in the water can prove to bring some excellent nymph fishing. We are already busting out stones and worms as lead flies, while trailing your smaller baetis and midge offerings. Spring is here, are you ready?

Make sure to check the real-time flow graphs below or give the shop a call for updated conditions and water clarity.
HATCHES: BWOs 18-20, Midges 16-22

Appropriate Patterns
NYMPHS: 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
DRIES: Collett's Para BWO 18-20, Hackle Dun Baetis 20-22, BWO Sparkledun BWO 18-20, Morgan's Para Midge 20, Biot Wing Midge 20, Hatching Midge 20, CDC Transitional Midge 20, Hi Vis Griffith's Gnat 18-20
HINTS: Using sink tips with your streamers! Can be make or break sometimes to getting in the strike zone.

This report was written by Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen: http://www.taylorcreek.com
(970) 920-1128

Apr 07 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 2/5

The middle section of the Colorado is in great shape and is producing some decent fish. Flows continue to rise gradually allowing for safe (relatively speaking) passage behind the oars. With increasing flows, worms, eggs and stoneflies are making for great lead flies while midge and baetis are getting the job done when followed behind. Water clarity is somewhat tainted so dont hesitate to throw a little flash their way. Flashback Pheasant Tail nymphs and red Copper Johns have produced consistent results. Streamers are becoming an increasingly great option, especially on warm and cloudy days. They are particularly effective when fished from the boat, but can produce from the banks as well. Strong midge and BWO hatches are occurring throughout the day, but only cast to rising trout.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Thursday & Sunday

Go to flies:

Surface - Parachute Adams (#20-24), Sparkle Dun (#22-24), Griffiths Gnat (#22-24), Amy's Ant (#10-12).

Subsurface - Pat's Rubber Leg (#12), San Juan Worm, Hare's Ear (#18 - 20), Olive RS2 (#20-24), Psycho Prince Nymph (#18 -20), Pheasant Tail (#18-22), Stalcups Baetis (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Black Beauties (#20-22), Zebra Midge (#20-22).

Streamers - white Sparkle Minnow (#6), black Wooly Bugger (#4-5), Cheech Leech (#6)



This report was written by FlyCast River Forecast: https://www.flycastusa.com/

Apr 03 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 4/5

Colorado River Report

April 3, 2019
FLOW: 1240 cfs in Glenwood Springs
WATER CONDITIONS: Starting to yo-yo, clear one day and blown the next
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: BWO adults, emergers and nymphs, Midges, golden stonefly nymphs, caddis larva
THE LOW DOWN: Fishing on the Colorado is heating up! We have now seen the first wave of BWOs and have been fishing excellent midge hatches for the last few weeks. If you find foam, you know you are in a good spot, clusters of midges are sitting ducks when trapped in the foam.

It still can be a little hit or miss depending on the weather, and we have already seen a few days of blow out. A little color in the water can prove to bring some excellent nymph fishing. We are already busting out stones and worms as lead flies, while trailing your smaller baetis and midge offerings. Spring is here, are you ready?

Make sure to give the shop a call for updated conditions and water clarity.
HATCHES: BWOs 18-20, Midges 16-22

Appropriate Patterns
NYMPHS: 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
DRIES: Collett's Para BWO 18-20, Hackle Dun Baetis 20-22, BWO Sparkledun BWO 18-20, Morgan's Para Midge 20, Biot Wing Midge 20, Hatching Midge 20, CDC Transitional Midge 20, Hi Vis Griffith's Gnat 18-20
HINTS: Using sink tips with your streamers! Can be make or break sometimes to getting in the strike zone.

This report was written by Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen: http://www.taylorcreek.com
(970) 920-1128

Apr 01 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 2/5

Sustained higher flows and mild air temps have made for improved fishing conditions. The ice is largely gone and its really starting to feel like spring. Floating the needle eye is now an option. Although it will take an experienced oarsmen to navigate. Water clarity is decent, but is somewhat off colored. Were seeing strong midge hatch activity and sporadic BWOs so be prepared to fish some dries. Surface feeding has been minimal for most of the day, but can be surprisingly strong upon hatch activity and mild weather. The nymph and streamer rigs will be your primary fishing styles, but be conscious of actively rising trout in the late morning and early afternoons. Improved flow and hatch activity will justify larger flies. We recommend leading with a comparatively larger stonefly like the Pats Rubber Legs, egg or worm followed by one or two smaller (#18-20) midge or baetis patterns.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Thursday (afternoon), Friday

Go to flies:

Surface - Parachute Adams (#20-24), Sparkle Dun (#22-24), Griffiths Gnat (#22-24), Amy's Ant (#10-12).

Subsurface - Pat's Rubber Leg (#12), San Juan Worm, Hare's Ear (#18 - 20), Olive RS2 (#20-24), Psycho Prince Nymph (#18 -20), Pheasant Tail (#18-22), Stalcups Baetis (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Black Beauties (#20-22), Zebra Midge (#20-22).

Streamers - white Sparkle Minnow (#6), black Wooly Bugger (#4-5), Cheech Leech (#6)



This report was written by FlyCast River Forecast: https://www.flycastusa.com/

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