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The Colorado River is unmatched for it’s beautiful landscapes, deep canyon walls, and eager trout all in one place.  If you are going to fly fish Colorado, this is one place that you have to experience, to believe that such a place exists.

We typically fish the Colorado river from the “Radium” put in all the way down to “Two Bridges” river access point about 20 miles downstream.  What you see in between, will leave you breathless.  Fly shops in Colorado come from miles away to bring their clients to the holy grail of float fishing.

One of the best qualities of the “Upper C” is that there can be such diversity of stream habitat from one hole to the next.  There are countless large riffle/runs perfectly suited for nymph fishing with an indicator and 50 feet downstream, calm flats ideal for throwing dry flies.  For the streamer fisherman, you can fish it all with great productivity for medium to some very large trout willing to chase the fly.

The most popular float is a four mile trip from Pumphouse to Radium.  Here the river is dominated by riffle/runs in the upper section followed by a deep and swift canyon section inhabited by rainbows and browns, some well over twenty inches.  There are also a few overnight campsites right on the water and even a natural hot spring turned into a hot tub made of rocks.  Many a guide looks forward to the “hot tub” as an excellent place to enjoy the “scenery”.

From Radium to Rancho del Rio the river widens and slows considerably, making this 5 mile float  excellent for dry fly and streamer action, especially in the evening.  From there at Rancho and all the way past State Bridge, the Colorado narrows again and provides the angler with all sorts of interesting water to fish all the way down to Two Bridges take out.

Wade fishing the Colorado is best done from Pumphouse upstream into Gore canyon where, at times, the wading angler can have relative solitude to cast the line.  Whether by boat or boot, landing a large wild trout on the Colorado River is only surpassed by one thing, the scenery.

10/29/13

Pumphouse to Two Bridges has been the spot this month for streamers, dries and nymphs. Let the fish tell ya which style they prefer. Watch for fish feeding actively subsurface from 11am to 4pm. A good rig can always start with a small beadhead prince nymph followed by midges of your choice. When the bobber goes down, the music goes up! If you prefer a top water take, midges and baetis behind a big cluster midge has been fishing exceptionally well. As far as streamers are concerned, the action has been hit or miss but when it’s on… it’s on! 

9/3/13

 

(4/5 stars)

 

With flows over 1300 c.f.s the Colorado has been fishing very well. Even with the recent rains clarity has been consistently good as well. The higher water is stirring up a lot of grass, so fishing streamers and dries has been best. Recommended Flies:

Olive Sculpzilla’s, Schroeders Hoppers and X2 Caddis.

8/19/13

Despite recent afternoon and night time rains clarity has not been an issue the past week. You will see pretty much every type of bug on the water these days, so keep changing flies until you find the producer du jour. Recommended Flies: Peg Worms, Molting Stones and flash bang midges.

3/5 stars this week!

7/31/13

WE FINALLY HAVE SOME WATER!!! Flows are up over 1200cfs and our river looks the way she should finally. Much needed rain and good flows coming from the Blue River have dropped water temps significantly and the fishing has been awesome. While a drastic change in water temps will mess with a hatch or two it makes the fish and our guides VERY happy. Concentrate your efforts from State Bridge – Pumphouse for the best fishing, wade or float.

 

Tricos, Sallies, Red Quills, Pmds and terrestrials are abundant and lots of fish are suspended in the riffles eating emergers and adults. Keep an eye out for some of the bigger Golden Stones and Hoppers as they have been around in the last week.

 

The lower Colorado below Glenwood Springs has been off color the last 10 days or so but can still fish well with some color. This is your streamer option right now especially from a boat, but we all know the fish on the lower stretch don’t mind mud.

 

7/25/13

 

WE FINALLY HAVE SOME WATER!!! Flows are up over 1000cfs and our river looks the way she should finally. With most of our much needed water coming from the Blue River the water temps have dropped significantly. While this will mess with a hatch or two it makes the fish and our guides VERY happy. Concentrate your efforts from State Bridge – Pumphouse for the best fishing, wade or float.

Sallies, Red Quills, Pmds and terrestrials are abundant and lots of fish are suspended in the riffles eating emergers and adults. Keep an eye out for some of the bigger Golden Stones as they should be making their presence know soon.

The lower Colorado below Glenwood Springs is also a great option right now especially from a boat, but an afternoon thunderstorm can make her run red so call ahead.

 

7/16/13

A bump in flows gave us some much needed water this week but we desperately need more. The fishing remains very good but we are keeping a close eye on afternoon water temps until we receive our summer water. Concentrate your efforts from State Bridge – Pumphouse for the best fishing, wade or float.

Sallies, Red Quills, Pmds and terrestrials are abundant and lots of fish are suspended in the riffles eating emergers and adults. Keep an eye out for some of the bigger Golden Stones as they should be making their presence know soon.

The lower Colorado below Glenwood Springs is also a great option right now especially from a boat.

Rating 4/5

Flies: Nymphs: Pat’s Rubber Leg and other stones #2 – #12, eggs, midge larva and midge pupas (red, black, olive, gray, even yellow) #14 – #20, uv midges #16 – #22 (olive, black, red, purple, etc), soft hackle and other pheasant tails #16 – #22, biot midges #18 – #22, merc flashback RSII #20 – #24, jujubaetis #18 – #22, drowned rusty spinner #16 – #22, rainbow warriors #16 – #20, barr bwo emerger #16 – #22, soft hackle and guides choice hare’s ear #16 – #22, formerly, flash, and rubber leg princes #16 – #20, WD Flashy (black, olive, brown) #20 – #22.

Dries: Clark’s Sofa Pillows and Orange Stimis #6-10, PMD Emergers, Ants & Beetles

Streamers: sculpzillas, slumpbusters, sex dungeon, etc

 

 

By | 2012-05-09T00:00:00+00:00 May 9th, 2012|Colorado River, Fishing Reports, Western Slope|