Colorado River Fly Fishing Report: May 29 2018

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Colorado River Fly Fishing Report

The fly fishing on the Colorado River has been excellent. The Salmonflies have marched their way up river and many trout are eating adult Salmonflies off the surface. This hatch is about over and it was an excellent year to fish it. If you head to the upper river near pump house you should be able to catch the last part of the hatch, but you better hurry. Water levels on the Colorado River are abnormally low for this time of year. We are usually seeing water levels around 3000 CFS instead of the 650 CFS which is current flow.  These lower flows combined with warmer weather have the water temperature reaching the mid 60’s. We recommend not fishing in the afternoon if water temps are reaching 65 degrees. Trout are going to have a long hot summer and we certainly do not want to put any more strain on them. Hopefully we start to see more water released from Reservoirs.


The streamer bite has been excellent with Black, White and Copper colored streamers working well. Fish are looking up so do not hesitate to throw dry dropper, especially in the shallow riffles. Salmonfly Patterns have been good during certain parts of the day but fish are also taking caddis and BWO’s off the surface. Under a bobber Pats (coffee & black), Guides Choice, squirmy, Barr’s BWO Emerger, Peeking Caddis, Black Rainbow Warrior & Pheasant Tails have all been hooking fish.