Water flow: 2310 CFS
Visibility: 6 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 54 Degrees F
Water condition: Moderately Turbid
Best time of day to fish: Noon to 3pm and 6pm to dark
Best stretch: Glenwood Springs, New Castle and Silt
Best access point: Grizzly Creek and No Name exits in Glenwood Canyon, Devereaux Road in Glenwood Springs, Dinosaur to New Castle areas
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Blue-Winged Olives Midges March Brown
Fish species: Trout
Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: March 1 - October 31)
Nearest airport: Eagle County Airport & Garfield County Airport
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 4X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 5 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: PowerTaper WF Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Streamer Stripper Sink Tip Fly Line
The Colorado River flows for many miles through the state of Colorado, a large portion of which is prime trout habitat. The Lower Colorado included in these reports begins at State Bridge and ends at the town of Rifle, which could be considered the lowest end of prime trout fishing. This length encompasses some 80 river miles in western Colorado that meanders through wide mountain valleys and numerous canyons, ...
including the spectacular Glenwood Canyon, until it becomes a large, sprawling western river winding its way amongst the hay fields and cattle ranches.
Within this lower stretch, there are nearly 20 small tributaries and 2 large rivers (Eagle and Roaring Fork rivers) that enter the Colorado changing its identity as it picks up volume. Rainbow trout and Brown trout, some of exceptional size, dominate the trout population, however; Cutthroat trout exist throughout the entire length, especially in close proximity to a tributary.
The size of the river combined with large swaths of private property make this an ideal river for floating by raft or drift boat. In Glenwood Springs and upstream into Glenwood Canyon the bike path runs for 13 miles adjacent to the river making for ample public access via walk-wading.
Shallow nymphing rig has been the ticket through the day. There are fish rising mid-afternoon which will present dry fly opportunities.
Afternoon Caddis hatches continuing, river to remain off color with some early runoff occirring.