Pat Dorsey’s Stream Report: Colorado River

Fishing the Colorado River should be on everyone’s bucket list. Whether you’re a walk/wade fisherman or prefer float-fishing, this river has it all!

Current Conditions:

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature:  Upper 40’s to low 50’s

Hatches: Midges, and blue-winged olives

14 Day Forecast: Look for above average flows and fair to good fishing for weeks to come. Anglers should plan for hatches of midges, and blue-winged olives.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are a still a bit high on the Williams Fork right.   Denver Water continues to lower the reservoir to conduct maintenance on the valves. Fishing has been fair as of late with the high water.  The biggest challenge is getting around and getting down to the fish. Anglers can expect to see hatches of midges and blue-winged olives.  It’s hard to go wrong with a San Juan Worm or egg pattern trailed by a #18 Buckskin and a #18-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail this time of year.  Anglers are picking up a few spawn-run brown trout.  The biggest catch has been resident trout in the 10-14 inch range.  Crowds have been extremely heavy as of late.

Effective Patterns:  #14 San Juan Worm, #18-20 Buckskin, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22  Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Jujabaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #18- 20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail,  #20-22  Sparkle Dun, #16 AK’s Red Quill, and size 24 Parachute Adams.

Notes:  There are several moose in the area so keep your wits about you at all times! These animals are dangerous and unpredictable so keep an eye out for them!