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: Fall is here! Lower flows and stealth approaches are key right now. Look for hatches of Blue Wing Olives, Midges, and Sporadic caddis

Tips and Other Information: Flows are low on the Colorado River with the low snowpack and lack of rain. Williams Fork Reservoir is at 68% capacity so look for minimal releases until the lake fills. Anglers should prepare themselves for hatches of midges and blue wing olives.  The best fishing is between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. and we have been seeing some decent streamer action on cloudy days. Baetis patterns and midge emergers have been the ticket as of lately. Being stealthy is going to be key right now as these fish can be spooked easily from the clear water. Fishing a tungsten bead pheasant tail or pats rubber leg followed by a chocolate foam wing, manhattan midge, egg, or juju baetis have been the ticket on the colorado.

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.