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:

Flows: 352 cfs Parshall and 1150 near Kremmling

Clarity: Good

Water Temperature:  Mid to upper 50’s

Hatches: Midges, pale morning duns, yellow sallies, and caddis

14 Day Forecast: Look for excellent fishing and reliable hatches of pale morning duns, yellow sallies, and caddis.

Tips and Other Information: The Colorado River is fishing good to excellent. Flows are a fuzz high on the lower river, but they are shaping up nicely.  In Parshall, conditions are ideal. Anglers can expect to find reliable hatches of pale morning duns, yellow sallies, and caddis.  Nymphing with caddis larvae, pupae, PMD nymphs, and yellow sallies nymphs has been producing some nice fish. Dry fly enthusiasts are finding their fare share of surface feeders in the soft water margins near the stream bank, back channels, and slower pools and tailouts. Effective dries include #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #16 Mathews Sparkle Duns (PMD’s), and #14-16 Yellow Stimulators. Bring plenty of Deep Woods Off, the mosquitoes are really, really bad!

Effective Patterns:  #14 San Juan Worms, #18 Buckskins, #16 Graphic Caddis,  #8 Pat’s Rubber Legs, #16-18 Split Case PMD, #16 Pheasant Tail, #16-20 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #16 Mercer’s Trigger Nymph, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #16 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, #16 Yellow Humpy, and #16 Yellow Stimulator

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.