Colorado River
Lower (Below Dotsero)

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Oct 07 The Blue Quill Angler

Clarity: Good

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

Tips and Other Information:

The Colorado River has shaped up nicely and is currently fishing well. The leaves are peaking now, and the brown trout spawn is beginning. Anglers can expect to see a strong midge hatch in the morning, followed by Tricos, then a reliable olive hatch in the afternoon. In the slower pools and tailouts, the dry fly fishing has been very good.

Note: Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Denver Water are conducting a stream restoration project on the Williams Fork River (below the reservoir to the confluence of the Colorado) that will begin on October 1, 2019 and last 4 to 6 weeks. Expect heavy equipment in the river, low flows, and muddy water for several weeks. I am told they will begin working at 7:00 a.m. each morning and continue working throughout the day, so plan accordingly. I would highly recommend another location, as the fishing will be poor with the muddy water. This will also affect the clarity on the Colorado River for miles. Your best bet is to fish Pumphouse or above the confluence of the Williams Fork in Lone Buck, Paul Gilbert, etc.

Effective Patterns: #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20 Mercury Midge, #22 Black Beauty, #20 Red Larva, #20 Manhattan Midge, #22 Stalcups Baetis, #14-16 San Juan Worm, #20-22 Juju Baetis, #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #18-20 Mercury Pheasant Tail, #20-24 RS 2, #18-20 Buckskin, #18-20 Sparkle Dun, and #22-26 Parachute Adams.

This report was written by The Blue Quill Angler:

Sep 26 Kirks Flyshop

The Colorado River has retreated a lot from the peak. Flow is 1150 CFS, The fishing has been great with lots of nice rainbows and browns. Still some real nice dry fly action. The bald eagles have all hatch and flying about above heads.

This report was written by Kirks Flyshop:
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