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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: Excellent

Water Temperature:  Upper 40’s to low 50’s

Hatches: Midges, and blue-winged olives

14 Day Forecast: Look for above average flows and fair to good fishing for weeks to come. Anglers should plan for hatches of midges, and blue-winged olives.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are a still a bit high on the Williams Fork right.   Denver Water continues to lower the reservoir to conduct maintenance on the valves. Fishing has been fair as of late with the high water.  The biggest challenge is getting around and getting down to the fish. Anglers can expect to see hatches of midges and blue-winged olives.  It’s hard to go wrong with a San Juan Worm or egg pattern trailed by a #18 Buckskin and a #18-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail this time of year.  Anglers are picking up a few spawn-run brown trout.  The biggest catch has been resident trout in the 10-14 inch range.  Crowds have been extremely heavy as of late.

Effective Patterns:  #14 San Juan Worm, #18-20 Buckskin, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22  Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Jujabaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #18- 20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail,  #20-22  Sparkle Dun, #16 AK’s Red Quill, and size 24 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.