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: Good

Water Temperature:  High 30’s to low 40’s

Hatches: Midges and a sporadic blue-winged olive or two

14 Day Forecast: Look for sporadic hatches of midges and blue-winged olives. The best fishing is between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Look for trout to be holding in the slow deep runs and pools where they can obtain the largest quantity of food, while expending the least amount energy. Stay away from fast riffles and runs as these areas tend to have fewer fish.

Tips and Other Information: Fishing on the Colorado River is improving, but still challenging due to ice cold water temps. Winter is far from over in Middle Park. In the meantime, target the slow, deep runs, looking for suspended fish that are eating pupae and Baetis nymphs.  Egg midge (Baetis nymph) combos  have been the most effective as of late.  It never hurts to think outside the box from time to time and throw a big stonefly nymph as a lead fly and trail a couple midges. Fishing is best between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Look for the midge hatches to intensity and the trout to begin spreading back out into the riffles soon. Look for some sporadic Baetis in the weeks to come and the fish to begin spreading back out into the riffles. Until then, target the winter water with precise dead drifts and look for extremely subtle strikes…

Effective Patterns:  #18-20 Buckskins,  #22 Mercury Midge, #24 Black Beauties, #18-20 Mercury Pheasant Tail, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, # 20-22 Chocolate Foam  Wing Emerger, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Griffith Gnat, and #24-26 Parachute Adams