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

14 Day Forecast:Look for hatches of midges and blue-winged olives. Look for the clarity changes based on warm weather trends

Tips and Other Information:The Colorado River is shaping up nicely. There is still a touch of color around the Parshall area, but the river is fishing good. Flows are perfect right now on the Colorado in and around the Parshall area.  Williams Fork Reservoir is 100 percent full, so look for Denver Water to match incoming flows.  It’s hard to go wrong with a San Juan Worm or Pat’s  Rubber Legs trailed by a Buckskin or Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail right now. A Sparkle Wing RS 2 is another great option.  For dry flies, a Mathew’s Sparkle Dun (PMD) or Elk Hair Caddis is a good choice. The mosquitoes are really bad right now, so wear long sleeved shirts and bring plenty of Deep Woods Off. The good news is if you’re willing to battle the bugs, you’ll enjoy some solitude and good fishing. The lower river is a bit  high for the walk wade angler, but very good for drift fishing. Look for pale morning duns, yellow sallies, and caddis to be the main hatches right now.

Effective Patterns: #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #18-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #14 earthworm brown San Juan Worm, #8-10 Pat’s Rubber Legs, 16-18 Mercury Caddis, #18 Buckskin, #20-22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #16 Barr’s PMD Emerger, #16 Trigger Nymph, #18-20 Jujubaetis, #16 Sparkle Dun, #14 Yellow Stimulator, #16 Parachute PMD, and #14 Elk Hair Caddis.