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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: Good

Water Temperature:  Low 40’s

Hatches: Midges

14 Day Forecast: Look for sporadic hatches of midges. The fish are beginning to move into their winter lies!

Tips and Other Information: The Colorado River is fishing fair right now with the low flows.  Fishing has been slow in the mornings, but improves mid-day when the midges come off.  Egg-midge combos have been the best rig as of late. There have been a few risers in the slower pools and tailouts as of late.

Effective Patterns:  #18-20 Buckskins,  #24 Black Beauties, #18-20 Mercury Pheasant Tail, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, # 20-22 Chocolate Foam  Wing Emerger, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Sparkle Dun, and #24-26 Parachute Adams

Notes:  There are several moose in the area so keep your wits about you at all times! These animals are dangerous and unpredictable so keep an eye out for them!

Pat Dorsey’s Fishing 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: 414 cfs Parshall and 735 near Kremmling

Clarity: Fair

Water Temperature:  Low to mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges, sporadic blue-winged olives, and a caddis or two

14 Day Forecast: Look for the onset of spring run-off.  Clarity will change based on warm weather trends. Look for hatches of midges, blue-winged olives and sporadic caddis.

Tips and Other Information: The Colorado River is fishing fair to good in the Parshall area, especially for trout in the 8-12 inch range.  The numbers have been decent, but the majority of the fish are between 8-14 inches. Anglers can expect to see sporadic hatches of midges, with the densest hatches mid day.  It’s hard to go wrong with egg-midge combos this time of year.  Some of my favorites include: Mercury Midges, Top Secrets, Black Beauties, and red Larva trailed off a Hot Tail Flash Egg. The water is off-colored, but that can become a distinct advantage at times. Don’t be afraid to throw a Pat’s Rubber Legs as your lead fly and trail some flashy midges behind it. It the clarity deteriorates, fish with Chamois Leeches, Pink San Juan Worms and other brightly-colored flies. The clarity will change based on warm weather trends.

Effective Patterns:  #18 Hot Tailflash Egg, #8 Pat’s Rubber Legs, #14 Pink Worm, #10 Chamois Leech, #18-20 Buckskin, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Mercury Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22 Minute Midge, #22-24 Sparkle Dun, #24-26 Parachute Adams, and #22-24 Griffith Gnat.