The Colorado River from Pumphouse to Rancho del Rio is going off! Streamflow is flying at 1600 cfs (that’s cubic feet per second) and is receeding slowly, making for wicked fishing conditions. Fish are taking nearly anything that’s thrown at them – from nymphs to dries.
Suggested nymph patterns include Psycho Prince, Pat’s Rubber Legs, San Juan Worm and Yellow-Sally Nymphs. Dry patterns to try are hoppers, Chernoble Ants, Stimulators and Caddis patterns.
Wade fishing is minimal with the best option being at the put-in by Pumphouse. Best access is by raft or dory. Fishing out of a boat also provides the opportunity to pound the bank with streamers and terrestrials.
On my last guide trip, we brought many fish to boat, but the ability to pull off and wade fish around the islands was also productive. Fish of the day were browns and rainbows, 14 to 18 inches.
Overall, the Colorado is a great half-day, full-day or multi-day trip with many camping options. Highly recommended through October – weather permitting.