Fishing Report: Deckers
South Platte River
In the winter months near Kremmling on the Upper Colorado River, fly fishing can be challenging due to colder water temperatures and more sluggish fish.
However, there are several effective fly patterns to consider:
Midges: These insects are a staple during winter. Opt for midge patterns like Zebra Midges, Disco Midges, Mercury Midges, or RS2s in sizes ranging from #18 to #24.
Blue-Winged Olives (BWOs): These may hatch during warmer periods. Carry patterns like Sparkle Duns, Parachute Adams, or Pheasant Tails in sizes #18 to #22 to imitate BWOs.
Scuds and Sowbugs: These aquatic insects are available year-round and can be effective in winter. Patterns like Scud patterns, RS2s, or Hare's Ear Nymphs in smaller sizes (#16 to #20) can mimic them well.
Egg Patterns: As trout may be focusing on eggs drifting downstream from spawning fish, egg patterns in various colors (#12 to #18) can attract attention.
Streamers: Larger fish might respond to streamers, even in colder weather. Woolly Buggers or small articulated patterns in natural colors can be enticing.
As always, adaptability is crucial when fly fishing. Observe the water and the behavior of the fish. Present your flies naturally and consider adjusting depth and retrieval rates to match the fish's activity level.
The Colorado River begins its journey in Rocky Mountain National Park and heads west offering anglers several opportunities to sample this great stream. Near the small community of Granby is the confluence of the Fraser River. At this point the river is a meandering, meadow stream flowing through lush ranchland and the river remains this way until it hit Byers Canyon. Byers Canyon is only about 3/4 mile long and this section is tough to negotiate, especially during higher flows. Below Byers Canyon the river is “as good as it gets” with many access points including Paul Gilbert, Lone Buck, Kemp-Breeze, Sun Set Ranch, Powers Unit, Reeder Creek and the Pump House to Radium stretch. The Colorado is lined with cottonwood trees and willows and is a dry fly paradise. Anglers can expect to catch a mixed bag of both browns and rainbows. The regulations in this area are flies and lures only and all fish must be returned to the water immediately.
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 something for everyone!