December 27, 2020
FLOW: 15 CFS in Carbondale, 45 CFS in Redstone and above
WATER CONDITIONS: The river is quite low in Carbondale
OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges
THE LOW DOWN: Flows are low and clear and ice is starting to accumulate, but it still looks good around Carbondale. The upper river is beginning to ice up a bit, plus the areas that stay in the shade.
Most of you know this is the river to find some solitude, many visitors are focused on the world-renowned Fryingpan, Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers.
No need to overthink this river, find some of the pools and runs and show them your favorite smaller attractor flies.
HATCHES: Midges 18-26
NYMPHS: Copper John 18-20, Tung Pheasant Tail 16-20, Prince Nymph 16-18, Jerome Baetis 18-20, JuJu Baetis 18-22, Neon Nightmare 20-22, Sparkle Pupa 14-18, San Juan Worm 10
DRIES: Griffith's Gnat 20-22, Parachute Adams 16-20, Stimulator 18, TC Sparkledun BWO 18-22
HINTS: Don't ignore the shallow riffles, they are often loaded with sculpins and insects.