Colorado River Fishing Report- July 16, 2020-Vail & Beaver Creek , CO

March Brown on Streamer

 Colorado River Fishing report for: July 16, 2020

Great dry fly and Terrestrial conditions!

Arguably the most famous river in the state, the Colorado River is also probably the most diverse fishery as well. The sections of the Colorado we fish/guide start above the Kremmling area and extends to the Rifle area west of Glenwood Springs roughly 80 plus miles of floatable and wade able river. Many miles of the upper Colorado make its way through some of the most scenic areas that you can access only by boat or hiking in. Large Browns and Rainbows as well as some native Colorado River Cutthroats.  The Colorado is a great Terrestrial river during the warmer Summer months when big fish are looking for a Grasshopper falling from the banks.  Spring and Fall is Streamer season on the “C”, that’s when we like to throw large double streamer rigs on 6-7wt rods for the big Pre-spawn browns.  If you are mystified by the whole streamer program, then it’s time to get on board by taking advantage of our off-season guide rates and get out with us.

7/16/2020-  The Flows are back on the rise which is what we need to cool off the fishery and keep the bugs going! Caddis, Yellow sallies, Black Stoneflies, PMD’s are hatching throughout the day.  It’s Hopper season on the Colorado! The Colorado is the Float guides river of choice right now.

Recommended Patterns:  Barr BWO #16-22 ,Tan Elk Hair Caddis (12-16), Yellow/Royal PMX (10-14), Golden Stone nymphs (10-14) Peacock crystal Stimi (12016), Patriot (12) #14, Light Cahill (#12-14) Pats Rubber Legs (8-14), Eggs,Copper John’s Red/zebra/Chart. (12-16) Chubby Chernobyl’s Purple, Gold (#4-8) Chernobyl Ants Tan (#4-8) Amy’s Ant Red/Olive (#6-8) Dave’s Hopper (Dave’s Not Here Man!)


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