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Date 18-May-16
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Conditions : Colorado River: Warm weather is increasing the flows and decreasing the water clarity every day. The river is flowing at 2700 cfs near Kremmling and 5300 cfs near Dotsero. The river is rising 300 cfs – 400 cfs on average every 24 hours. The fishing is excellent with anglers having success with black and brown woolly buggers and lures. These dark colored patterns show the most contrast in off-colored water, helping the fish notice your fly or lure. Weighted, non-bead head, black woolly buggers are getting the most strikes for fly anglers. Salmon fly nymphs are starting to crawl around on the river bottom, but they have not yet emerged into flying adults. Black and brown rubber-legged stonefly nymphs and red San Juan worms are currently the most effective patterns for nymphing. The caddis hatch is strong near State Bridge and is moving upstream. The trout are selectively feeding on caddis dry flies, but anglers are having more success nymph fishing and throwing streamers at the banks. A lot of the fish will be holding only a couple feet off the river bank, while a majority will be only a couple inches from or directly under the bank. The water flows are high and fast, so use a heavy split-shot for both nymph and streamer fishing to get your flies down to the fish as quickly as possible. There are plenty of submerged bushes, logs, and sticks under the water surface and you will eventually get snagged, so use a 2x or 3x leader to avoid losing those expensive flies and lures. The fish are starting to spread throughout the river, so cover plenty of water and do not fish in one place for too long.

Reported by: Colorado D.O.W


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