Report Date: August 20th, 2018
The Colorado is fishing great as we currently have decent water temperatures and plenty of hatches. Both hopper dropper and 3 – bug inline nyphimg has been very effective. Watch for those trico hatches as they have been coming off a lot on the Colorado early to mid morning. A great dry fly rig would be a big elk hair caddis up front and a small trico spinner fly behind it. Good luck everyone.
Salmon fly’s have still been hanging on, hatching in the canyon sections and the fish have been looking up to eat the big dry fly’s in low water this year. The water just recently came up on the Colorado adding flow and stain to the river. Since the flow leveled back out the fishing has improved. Dry dropper technique can be very effective when the fish are looking up. try streamer or indicator fishing if the action on top is slow. For nymphs use an indicator and adequate weight to get down to the fishes level. basic attractor patterns like pats rubber legs, hares ears, BWO imitations, soft hackles and pheasant tails are all effective.
The Colorado has been a sleeper fishery. Those in the know have been having some fun and keeping it hush. Double streamer rigs through the canyon and below the canyon flats are a must. Stick to fishing the Pumphouse stretch with eggs, worms and small BWO’s. Don’t forget that dry fly stick for below the hot tub above Radium. It’s not just dinkers eating on the surface. The spawn has started so please please please STAY OFF THE REDDS and watch where you walk!
Colorado River Access Points