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:

14 Day Forecast: Voluntary FISHING CLOSURE! Watch out for water temps! Afternoon fishing has been tough and anglers are asked to fish other locations until water temps improve. As they release more water out of the lower Blue, that will help temps on the Upper Colorado below Kremmling. Until then, plan on fishing super early if you make it up there and knock off midday when the temps are at their highest. Look for sporadic hatches of midges, PMDs, caddis and blue-wing olives.

Tips and Other Information: Flows are low on the Colorado River with the low snowpack and lack of rain.  Williams Fork Reservoir is at 91% capacity so look for minimal releases until the lake fills. Anglers should prepare themselves for hatches of caddis, yellow sallies, and pale morning duns.  The best fishing is between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. The angling community ask for your help and quit fishing once the water temperature reaches 65 degrees. Flow should improve once Williams Fork Reservoir fills. Pray for rain and a great monsoon season!

Effective Patterns: #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20 JujuBaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #18-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, #20 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Comparadun, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #20-26 Parachute Adams.