Current Conditions

Colorado River – Near Kremmling

Flow: 932 ft3/s
Temp: 64 °F
Wind: 4 MPH W

Colorado River – Below Glenwood Springs

Flow: 3230 ft3/s
Temp: 52 °F
Wind: 4 MPH S

Colorado River – Near Dotsero

Flow: 1930 ft3/s
Temp: 61 °F
Wind: 4 MPH E

Colorado River – Below Corral Creek

Flow: 1930 ft3/s
Temp: 64 °F
Wind: 4 MPH W

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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:

Clarity: Stained

Water Temperature:  High  50’s to low 60’s on upper, mid to high 60’s on the lower

Hatches:  Look for reliable hatches of caddis, PMD’s and green drakes.

14 Day Forecast: Look for  hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, and caddis. The Colorado River is experiencing the initial onset of spring run off.

Tips and Other Information: Run off has peaked and the river is dropping quickly. Water temps are a major concern on the lower river. Were already seeing temps in the mid to high 60’s. Be mindful of the water temps and only fish in the mornings. Once the water temp hits 67 degrees, the angling community is asking everyone to do a “voluntary no fish” to protect the resource. Right now anglers are seeing incredible caddis hatches on the Colorado. PMD’s and drakes have also made their appearance.

Effective Patterns:  Pink, red, and earthworm brown San Juan Worms, #10  Pats Rubber Legs, #8 Halfback Nymph, #10 Bitch Creek, #8 Kaufmann Stone, #8 Orange Stimulator, #8 Foamulator, #8 Clarks Stonefly, #16-18 Copper John, #16-18 Rainbow Warrior, #18-20 Buckskins,  #20 Mercury Midge, 16-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #18 Chocolate Foam  Wing Emerger, and #18 Sparkle Wing RS 2.

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.