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.




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Current Conditions:


River Flow (Cubic Feet Per Second): 

Flows have leveled out near 2000 CFS for the time being, we seem to be nearing peak run off for the season.


Water Temperature (degrees F): 

low 40's through mid 50's


Water Clarity:

water clarity has been 6" through 8" in the afternoon during the last several days 


Current Food Sources:

Salmonfly Nymphs,  golden stonefly nymphs, midges, Baetis, caddis larva, eggs, worms, small fish


Flies to Try:

Guides Choice Dozen $24.99



 black, olive, or orange Pat's Rubber Legs size 6 -10 | TDJ Golden Stone size size 10-16 | Bitch Creek size 6-10 | Tungsten Flashback Pheasant Tail size 14-18 | Tungsten Split case BWO size 18 | Black or purple Jig zebra Midge size 16-20 | Silverman's Sparkle Worm red or purple | Pegged Eggs Gold Roe, Peach PearlMontana Roe, or Ruby Roe |



 Crystal Stimulator orange, or yellow size 10-14 | Reed Ryan's Rouge Stone ChubbyParachute Adam's size 16-22 | Elk Hair Caddis size 12-18, olive, brown, or black | purple or regular Parachute Adams size 12-22 | Parachute Extended Body BWO size 16-22 |


 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:

Clarity on 5/21 was about 8" inches in the afternoon, and the most productive bugs of the day were Baetis imitations.  quite a few trout were found holding about 4-5 feet deep in the tail out areas below riffles.  In other news it could be a good idea to start fishing pockets close to the banks as well, as some large nymps have been seen congregating a few feet off the bank.



Recent Media:


As you can see the water is starting to get a bit more colored up, but so are the browns.  We will be checking back in soon with water clarity reports after the recent hot weather.




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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