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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: Stained

Water Temperature:  Low 40’s

Hatches: Midges and blue-winged olives

14 Day Forecast: Look for  hatches of midges and blue-winged olives. The Colorado River is experiencing the initial onset of spring run off.

Tips and Other Information: Flows and clarity will vary greatly depending on warm weather trends. Currently the Colorado River has dropped a bit from a recent cold snap.  It’s hard to go wrong with a Pat’s Rubber Legs or an egg pattern trailed by variety of bead heads, flashy mayflies nymphs, or midge larvae (pupae). Look for the flow to spike again early this week and temperatures rise again. If the clarity becomes an issue, try a Pat’s Rubber Legs, Chamois Leech, Pink San Juan Worm, or a Pine Squirrel Leech as your lead fly and drop something flashy behind it.

Effective Patterns:  Pink, red, and earthworm brown San Juan Worms, #10  Pats Rubber Legs, #8 Halfback Nymph, #10 Bitch Creek, #8 Kaufmann Stone, #16-18 Copper John, #16-18 Rainbow Warrior, #18-20 Buckskins,  #20 Mercury Midge, 16-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #18 Chocolate Foam  Wing Emerger, and #18 Sparkle Wing RS 2.

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.