If you’re a weekend warrior, bless your heart. The Colorado has been packed full of fisherman and float tubers. Best time to fish the Upper C are weekdays as you can avoid the crowds a little bit. With that being said, the fish have responded well to the large crowds and have been feeding on smaller mayflies and midges.

A few sporadic PMD hatches have been seen coming off mid day and the fish have taken note. Your size 18 PMDs have been producing fish along with the smaller BWO and midge patterns. Tiny and shiny is a good rule of thumb. Biot PMDs, and Redemption BWOs have been producing good fish. Not a bad time to be wading or floating the Colorado.


  • #18-22 Cluster MIdge
  • #18-22 Baetis Lite Olive
  • #16-18 Tungsten Quill Body Baetis Dark
  • #20 Sprout BWO
  • #16 Egg Roe Orange
  • #16-18 Two Bit Hooker Olive

Report Date:  January 12, 2020

The snow is everywhere now and the upper river sections from Pumphouse down to the Dotsero confluence areas are, for the most part locked up with ice. With that being said, we have some great full day floating options on the lower river, West of Glenwood Springs around New Castle, Silt and Rifle.  Give us a call for more details on full day float fishing options. Our guides are passionate and creative. What more could you ask for.

Obviously sub-surface nymph tactics are the most productive, followed by the chasing of streamers, but warmer temps towards the West promote some hatching bug options so dont shy away from tossing a dry or 2 midday. We are still seeing  hatches of bwo’s and midges (#22-24) on the lower sections all the way down to silt.


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