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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:  High  50’s to low 60’s

14 Day Forecast: Look for  hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, Tricos, and Red Quills.

Tips and Other Information: Flows are getting low on the Colorado River, especially near Parshall (134 cfs).  If you pick and choose your spots however, anglers are still catching plenty of nice fish despite the low water.  Anglers should prepare themselves for hatches of midges, blue winged olives, red quills, and Tricos. Egg midge (Baetis nymph) combos are an excellent strategy right now. If you look for them, you’ll find plenty of rising fish in the slower pools and tailouts.

Effective Patterns:  #16 San Juan Worm, #18-20 Buckskin, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20 Rainbow Warrior,  #20-22 Mercury Midge, #18-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20-22 Chocolate Foam  Wing Emerger,  #16-20 Parachute Adams, #24 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico Comparadun, #16-18 Ak’s Red Quill, #20-22 Matt’s Midge, and #20-22 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun.

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.