Fishing Season: Year Round (Prime: March 1 - October 31)

Colorado River - CO

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Roaring Fork Anglers's Tip of the Week

Fish can now be found in seam lines and choppy riffle water that has good depth (at leas 3Ft.) as well as deep pools. Starting to see a better midge hatch in afternoons and that will continue to get stronger.

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Map of Colorado River

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5-Day Outlook as of 2/27/24

Typical winter fishing conditions with midday best time to fish.

Techniques & Tips as of 2/27/24

Through the day nymphing is best with Cased Caddis and Midge nymph patterns worked 4 ft. deep.

Local Species Available Year Round (Prime: March 1 - October 31)

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Roaring Fork Anglers's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail Natural 16-18
Higa's S.O.S. Olive 16-18
Micro Egg Orange 16-14
TH Duracell Jig Purple 18-16
Flashback Pheasant Tail Natural 18-16
Buckskin Natural 16-14
Ian's Crunchy Caddis Natural 14-16
Bead Head Brassie™ Copper 20-18
Zebra Midge Black 20-18
Rojo Midge Red 20-18

Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail

Wet fly patterns don't get any better than this.

Roaring Fork Anglers's Recommended Gear

Description: About Colorado River

The Colorado River flows for many miles through the state of Colorado, a large portion of which is prime trout habitat. The Lower Colorado included in these reports begins at Dotsero and ends at the town of Rifle, which could be considered the lowest end of prime trout fishing. This length encompasses some 40 river miles in western Colorado that meanders through wide mountain valleys and numerous canyons, including the spectacular Glenwood Canyon, until it becomes a large, sprawling western river winding its way amongst the hay fields and cattle ranches. Within this lower stretch, there are nearly 15 small tributaries and 2 large rivers (Eagle and Roaring Fork rivers) that enter the Colorado changing its identity as it picks up volume. Rainbow trout and Brown trout, some of exceptional size, dominate the trout population, however; Cutthroat trout exist throughout the entire length, especially in close proximity to a tributary. The size of the river combined with large swaths of private property make this an ideal river for floating by raft or drift boat. In Glenwood Springs and upstream into Glenwood Canyon the bike path runs for 13 miles adjacent to the river making for ample public access via walk-wading.

Nearest Airport:

Eagle County Airport & Garfield County Airport


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Best Time to Fish:

10AM to 3PM and 6:30 to dark

Best Stretch:

Glenwood Springs, New Castle and Silt

Best Access:

Grizzly Creek and No Name exits in Glenwood Canyon, Devereaux Road in Glenwood Springs, Dinosaur to New Castle areas