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.


Current Conditions:

River Flow: 

Pumphouse is sitting around 680 cfs. Flows are fluctuating due to warmer temperatures and pre runoff conditions 

Water Temperature:

Upper 40's

Water Clarity:

Water clarity has been around 3'-4'. On warmer days expect this to worsen. 

Current Food Sources:  

stonefly nymphs | caddis larva | Fall Baetis | midges | eggs | small fish, leeches, etc. | 


Flies to Try:

Guides Choice Dozen $24.99


 black, olive, or coffee Pat's Rubber Legs size 8 - 12 | Mercer's poxyback Micro stone dark size 14-18 | TDJ Golden Stone size size 14-16  | Tungsten Flashback Pheasant Tail or Hare's Ear size 14-18 | Sparkle wing RS2 grey or olive size 18-22 | Tungsten Psycho BWO olive or black size 20 | Zebra midge black, purple, or olive 18-22 | Chocolate Foam Wing size 18-22 |  


Parachute Adam's size 16-22 | Elk Hair Caddis size 12-18, olive, brown, or black | Parachute Extended Body BWO size 16-22 | CDC Baetis Dun size 18-22 | Morgan's CDC Midge 20-24 | Snowshoe Midge size 18-22 |


Baby Gonga in Brown Trout colors | Barely legal white/olive or grey/white | Sparkle Minnow sculpin, white, brownie, or craw | 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 at Pumphouse is opening up and fishing well. Expect fish to be holding in deep runs and slow tailouts. On warmer days, we have been occasionally catching fish in shallower riffles. Keep an eye on flows as water calrity will diminish as we slowly move into runoff season. Using larger bugs when water clarity is low will help you find more fish. Large Pat's Rubber Legs, worm patterns and large zebra midges are all good choices.  If water clarity remains clear, use small stonefly, midge, and baetis patterns. 

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.

Blasting off into guides day off...


This stellar speciman of a brown trout took a size 20 olive Physco May...




Midges are on the Menu in the Colorado River...If you have ever wondered why trout each such tiny insects it is because they are often available in very large numbers.


Late September....


A few of the shop guys took a day off to float a couple miles on the Colorado.... size 18-20 bead head baetis imitations caught the most fish this day....









8/12/20 - Jared Hawn is at it again, this time his clients were doing the catching, and Hawn was doing the rowing, and rigging.... 







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       


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