Current Conditions

Recent Reports

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:

Flows: 2757 cfs Parshall and 3610 near Kremmling

Clarity: Off-colored due to spring run-off

Water Temperature:  Low to mid 50’s

Hatches: Midges, blue-winged olives, yellow sallies, and caddis

14 Day Forecast: Look for spring run-off to prevail.

Tips and Other Information: The Colorado River is blown out!  We will keep you updated as things change.

Effective Patterns:  #6-8 Stonefly nymphs, #14 San Juan Worms, #18 Buckskins, #16 Graphic Caddis, #18 Hot Tailflash Egg, #8 Pat’s Rubber Legs, #14 Pink Worm, #10 Chamois Leech, and an assortment of large bead heads

About the Colorado River

Water & Fishing Conditions for the Colorado River from The Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen, CO

With origins in the Rocky Mountain National Park, the Colorado River is admired by everyone from veterans who are well acquainted with this iconic waterway to beginners who have yet to see it in person. We think you’ll agree that a fly fishing trip on the Colorado River is a must. As the Colorado makes its way down and heads west, there are a variety of great places for anglers to find out why this stream is so well renowned. Near the mountain town of Granby, you’ll find the confluence of Fraser River. Here, the river is a beautiful meandering meadow stream flowing through lush ranchland. It remains this way down to Byers Canyon where, for about a mile, the water can be difficult to navigate, particularly at times of higher flow. Just below the canyon, the Colorado River is ‘as good as it gets’ with a variety of access points including Paul Gilbert, Lone Buck, Kemp-Breeze, Sun Set Ranch, Powers, Reader Creek, and the Pump House to Radium stretch.

What to Expect When Fly Fishing on the Colorado River

Through here, the cottonwood and willow lined banks offer a dry fly paradise. Go fly fishing here, and you’ll likely catch a variety of brown and rainbow trout. There’s also a chance that you’ll hook a native Colorado River Cutthroat. Only flies and lures are allowed in this area and all fish must be returned to the water immediately. Check out the current fishing conditions which are reported frequently by our expert guides, then contact us at The Blue Quill Angler to book your next fly fishing trip on the famous Colorado River right in the heart of Colorado.