August Water in May on the Colorado River

Following a winter of drought, there was virtually no runoff this spring. It’s troubling to think what’s ahead for the season. Nevertheless, last Friday’s fishing was very satisfying. The giant salmon flies hadn’t made it up to the ranch yet – we saw one adult all day – and nothing else was hatching, so that made the go-to rig a big streamer with an egg pattern trailing. The fish, mostly rainbows, liked both. Here is some of the action that my host had. I long-released  a cock  rainbow that easily went 24 inches. He made two spectacular jumps – sorry I can’t play fish and film at the same time.