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Fishing Information

Colorado River - Windy Gap to Kremmling

COLORADO BASIN Fishing Report
Rating
5/5
Flow
750 cfs
Wind
18 mph
Temperature
50 °F
High/Low
51/21
Weather @COLORADO BASIN - Updated July 03, 2020 - 2:14pm

Current River Flow Updates

Latest update: 7/3/20 -- Flows below Windy Gap are at 261 cfs. Flows below Williams Fork Reservoir are at 84.1 cfs and flows at Parshall are at 335.3 cfs and then Kremmling are at 1020 cfs. The Colorado is dropping and the water temperatures have been warming to ideal temps for all kinds of bugs to hatch. We are seeing Caddis, Stoneflies, PMD's, Drakes, Beatis and more. This is a great time to fish this area! Nymph rigs and hopper/dropper rigs are going to be the most effective right now. Try a Chubby Chernobyl with large Stoneflies, Mayfly patterns, Caddis Patterns, worms, eggs dropped below. Try Mighty Midges, Rainbow Warriors, Desert Storms, Black Beauties and more. Streamers can also be a productive method this time of year.

River Information

Our great state's namesake river rarely disappoints and offers anglers the chance to catch large Rainbow and Brown trout. The upper section- between Windy Gap Reservoir and Kremmling- sees abundant bug life and has earned a Gold Metal rating due to it's thriving fish population. This freestone river offers ample public access and year round fishing.

Seasonal Conditions

While the Colorado is fishable year round, the summer time, and it's abundant insect hatches are definitely what attracts many anglers to this river. Come late June, PMDs and Caddis certainly do their part in getting the trout interested, but it is the Stoneflies- particularly Salmonflies- that really get both the fish and fisherman excited. It's tough to beat spending a summer day throwing a 3" long dry fly to rising fish. Nymphs and Streamers will consistently put fish in the net here as well throughout the year.

Additional River Information

Colorado River at Windy Gap (Chimney Rock)

COLORADO BASIN River Gauge View Detailed Information

  • Flow 750 cfs
  • Wind 18 mph
  • Temp 50 °F
  • High/Low 51/21

River access

This section of River stretches from Windy Gap Reservoir (west of Granby) west to the confluence with Troublesome Creek (east of Kremmling). This section is Gold Metal wateryear-roundand US Hwy 40 follows the Colorado for this section. You can also fish the headwaters of the Colorado River in Rocky Mountain National Park above Granby.

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