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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: 473 cfs Parshall and 1420 near Kremmling

Clarity: Good

Water Temperature:  Mid to upper 50’s

Hatches: Midges, caddis, red quills, and Tricos

14 Day Forecast: Look for excellent fishing and reliable hatches of Midges, caddis, red quills, and Tricos

Tips and Other Information: The Colorado River is fishing good to excellent. Flows are a fuzz high on the lower river (for the walk wade angler).  In Parshall, conditions are ideal. Anglers can expect to find reliable hatches Midges, caddis, red quills, and Tricos.  Nymphing with caddis larvae, pupae, mayfly emergers 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 , and #AK’s Red Quill. 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

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.