Current Conditions

Colorado River – Near Kremmling

Flow: 456 ft3/s
Temp: 25 °F
Wind: 7 MPH NW
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Colorado River – Below Glenwood Springs

Flow: 1220 ft3/s
Temp: 12 °F
Wind: 12 MPH W
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Colorado River – Near Dotsero

Flow: N/A
Temp: 30 °F
Wind: 9 MPH W
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Colorado River – Below Corral Creek

Flow: N/A
Temp: 25 °F
Wind: 7 MPH NW
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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:

Clarity: Excellent

14 Day Forecast: Look for sporadic hatches of midges. Prepare for low flows and technical fishing.

Tips and Other Information: The best stretch to fish the Colorado River during the winter is below the confluence of the Williams Fork down to the first bridge. Anglers should prepare themselves for sporadic hatches of midges and look for the occasional fish eating adults in the slower runs, deeper pools, and tailouts.  The Parshall Hole is a great place to look for rising fish during the winter that are keying on midge-adults. Nymphing with midge larvae and pupae is your best bet right now, however.   Target the transitional zones that funnel into the deeper runs and pools.  The best fishing is between 11:00 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the water warms up a few degrees.

Effective Patterns:  #20-24 Medallion Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22 Jujubee Midge, #22 Minute Midge, #22 Tube Midge, #22-24 Black Beauty, #20-22 Red Larva, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20-26 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20-24 Griffith Gnat, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, #22-26 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.