Current Conditions

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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.

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.