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!
Water Temperature: High 30’s to low 40’s
Hatches: Midges and a sporadic blue-winged olive or two
14 Day Forecast: Look for sporadic hatches of midges and blue-winged olives. The best fishing is between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Look for trout to be holding in the slow deep runs and pools where they can obtain the largest quantity of food, while expending the least amount energy. Stay away from fast riffles and runs as these areas tend to have fewer fish.
Tips and Other Information: Fishing on the Colorado River is improving, but still challenging due to ice cold water temps. Winter is far from over in Middle Park. In the meantime, target the slow, deep runs, looking for suspended fish that are eating pupae and Baetis nymphs. Egg midge (Baetis nymph) combos have been the most effective as of late. It never hurts to think outside the box from time to time and throw a big stonefly nymph as a lead fly and trail a couple midges. Fishing is best between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Look for the midge hatches to intensity and the trout to begin spreading back out into the riffles soon. Look for some sporadic Baetis in the weeks to come and the fish to begin spreading back out into the riffles. Until then, target the winter water with precise dead drifts and look for extremely subtle strikes…
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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.