Salmonfly Update, Colorado River Saturday Night June 1, 2013
June 02nd, 2013
After a couple of cool days and some rain through the middle part of this past week, the weather has rebounded quite nicely this weekend. There are still plenty of adults hanging around along the stream banks and the fish are keying in on them, particularly late in the afternoon as they take to the air. While the numbers of nymphs staging along the banks is waning, there are still a few left yet to emerge from the river this year.
As has been the trend over the past several days, the morning has been a little slow to start, with the best action early coming on nymph patterns. Things will build as the temperatures climbs. Most days we start to see the first surface activity late in the morning getting fairly consistent by 2-3 in the afternoon and continuing into evening.
River conditions continue to improve as cold weather slowed what run-off was making it’s way into the river dramatically. Clarity is pushing 30 inches at times and stream flows have dropped to just about 500 cfs by Saturday night. That’s getting a little bony for running a hard boat down the river but, it can be done, just keep an eye out for sleepers. As for wade fishing, this low level allows for easy access and plenty of places to cross the river.
Crowds on Saturday were mixed. While there was a lot of wade traffic from the boat ramps at Pumphouse on down into the upper reaches of little Gore Canyon, float fishing seemed to be much thinner than last weekend.
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