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Date 19-Nov-13
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Conditions : Colorado River: 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.

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