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:  High  50’s to low 60’s on upper, mid to high 60’s on the lower

Hatches:  Look for reliable hatches of caddis, PMD’s and green drakes.

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

Tips and Other Information: Run off has peaked and the river is dropping quickly. Water temps are a major concern on the lower river. Were already seeing temps in the mid to high 60’s. Be mindful of the water temps and only fish in the mornings. Once the water temp hits 67 degrees, the angling community is asking everyone to do a “voluntary no fish” to protect the resource. Right now anglers are seeing incredible caddis hatches on the Colorado. PMD’s and drakes have also made their appearance.

Effective Patterns:  Pink, red, and earthworm brown San Juan Worms, #10  Pats Rubber Legs, #8 Halfback Nymph, #10 Bitch Creek, #8 Kaufmann Stone, #8 Orange Stimulator, #8 Foamulator, #8 Clarks Stonefly, #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.