Pump House Recreation Area offers campsites with amenities, fishing access, and boat ramps to the general public.  For the wade fisherman Pumphouse holds miles of river both downstream, and upstream of the parking area.  Downstream of the parking area the Colorado River winds through a large meadow, featuring braids, riffles, and undercut banks.  Hiking upstream of the parking area will gradually lead the angler into the mighty Gore Canyon, which contains breathtaking spires, powerful rapids, and some first class trout fishing. 

For the float fisherman Pumphouse is the first viable put in for angling on the Upper Colorado.  Below Pumphouse there are miles upon miles of fishable river to be floated, and numerous boat ramps for loading and unloading.

The Colorado River in this area has very healthy and diverse aquatic insect life.  Prominent hatches include Giant Golden Stoneflies, Salmonflies, Yellow Sallies, Skwala Stoneflies, PMDs, Red Quills, Baetis, Tricos, and midges.  This diverse bug life provides the angler with both nymph, and dry fly fishing opportunities.  Streamer fishing can also be a productive technique here, as the Colorado contains baitfish such as sculpin, whitefish, and juvenile trout.




 IN STORE HOURS  7:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. MONDAY - WEDNESDAY | 7:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M THURSDAY - SUNDAY



Current Conditions:


River Flow (Cubic Feet Per Second): 

Flows seem to have leveled out between 800 - 900 CFS for the time being. 


Water Temperature (degrees F):

mid 50's through mid 60's 

(keep a thermometer with you and take a break from fishing if you see water temps above 65.  Trout often die after being handled at temperatures of 65 degrees and up)


Water Clarity:

Water clarity has been about 3' or better recently.


Current Food Sources:Terrestrials | Golden stoneflies | Yellow Sallies | Tricos | Drakes | PMDs | caddis | small fish, leeches, etc. | 


Flies to Try:

Guides Choice Dozen $24.99



 black, olive, or coffee Pat's Rubber Legs size 6 -10 | TDJ Golden Stone size size 8-16  | Tungsten Flashback Pheasant Tail or Hare's Ear size 14-18 | Charlie's Chronic Caddis  chartreuse size 14-16 | Tungsten Iron Sally  size 16 - 18 | Mercer's poxyback Micro stone size 14-18 | Euro Jig Nymph pale yellow size 16 | Schmidt's Trico Emerger 20 - 22 | 


 Crystal Stimulator orange, or yellow size 10-14 | CHUBBY  chernobyl olive, tan, and gold size 6-12 | Parachute Adam's size 16-22 | Elk Hair Caddis size 12-18, olive, brown, or black | Parachute Extended Body BWO  or PMD size 16-20 | CDC Trico Male Dun 22-24 |


 Galloup’s Dungeon in black olive or white | Barely legal white/olive | Sparkle Minnow olive | Home Invader tan or white | White Wooly Buggers size 8 - 12 | Articulated Goldie Slump Buster olive/black, olive, and natural size 2-6 | Leeches in wine or black


guide tip of the week:

The Colorado River is currently at a great flow to fish, and clarity has been just how we like it with about 4-5 feet of visibility.  Water temps are warming up and we are seeing more hatches including golden stoneflies, caddis, PMDs, Yellow Sallies, a few Blue Wings, and midges. Dry Flies, nymph rigs, and streamer fishing are all viable options at the moment. Dry fly fishing tight to banks, and in fast riffles has been especially fun recently.


Recent Media:

We love seeing and hearing about your outings as well. Send any fishing photos or stories  you want to share over to jacob@fishcolorado.com and we'll throw 'em up in the reports.

Jared Hawn is at it again, this time his clients were doing the catching, and Hawn was doing the rowing, and rigging....  We find it very cool how different two brown trout can look in the same stretch of river. 







Seasond guide Jared Hawn caught the "downswing" in flow prefectly on the Colorado River below Rancho Del Rio, stop by the shop and "bug" him for his "bug selection".


Usual suspect on our guide roster, Mike Wallace was also along for the action.



Recent History:


early june

Guide Trent Jones isn't bothered by the high water levels, and it looks like his clients had a great time floating the Upper Colorado last week!


Salmonflies are still hatching.....



Out guide Matt "Wheels" Weiler, caught some salmonflies in the act near Pumphouse Recreation area.  Also  take note of the water color/clarity in the background, its has been a nice fishy 1.5' - 2' recently.



John Spriggs, Cierra, and Trent Jones got out for some famed salmonfly action this week...Looks like they had a terrible time...










Our head guide Reed Ryan hoists a "grade A" rainbow trout specimen from the Lower C, taken on one of our shop custom flies.....the TDJ Golden Stone






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