Fishing Report Updated August 25, 2022
This Boulder River fishing report is valid August 8 through early September.
The Boulder River has now dropped too low to float except in ultralight rafts, so crowds downstream from Natural Bridge have plummeted. Hopper-dropper rigs should be all you need until fall hatches begin in early September. Downstream of Mcleod, irrigation drawdowns and hot weather might mean avoiding fishing in late afternoon, though so far even the lower Boulder has been running under 70 degrees even on the hottest days. The forks and above Mcleod should stay under 65 no matter what.
Note that areas in the National Forest (upper mainstem and West Fork) will likely be more crowded than usual, particularly with guides. Regulations changes due to the flood mean most outfitters can now guide this area, even those without permits. This regs change will revert to normal on September 5.
We are unlikely to post another Boulder report until early September, since we don’t have an ultralight raft (yet) and so won’t guide here again until April or May.