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: Stained

Water Temperature:  Low 40’s

Hatches: Midges and blue-winged olives

14 Day Forecast: Look for  hatches of midges and blue-winged olives. The Colorado River is experiencing the initial onset of spring run off.

Tips and Other Information: Flows and clarity will vary greatly depending on warm weather trends. Currently the Colorado River has dropped a bit from a recent cold snap.  It’s hard to go wrong with a Pat’s Rubber Legs or an egg pattern trailed by variety of bead heads, flashy mayflies nymphs, or midge larvae (pupae). Look for the flow to spike again early this week and temperatures rise again. If the clarity becomes an issue, try a Pat’s Rubber Legs, Chamois Leech, Pink San Juan Worm, or a Pine Squirrel Leech as your lead fly and drop something flashy behind it.

Effective Patterns:  Pink, red, and earthworm brown San Juan Worms, #10  Pats Rubber Legs, #8 Halfback Nymph, #10 Bitch Creek, #8 Kaufmann Stone, #16-18 Copper John, #16-18 Rainbow Warrior, #18-20 Buckskins,  #20 Mercury Midge, 16-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #18 Chocolate Foam  Wing Emerger, and #18 Sparkle Wing RS 2.