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Fishing Information

Colorado River - Windy Gap to Kremmling

369 cfs
3 mph
77 °F
Weather @COLORADO BASIN - Updated June 28, 2022 - 5:06pm by OpenWeather

Current River Flow Updates

Latest update: 6/22/22 --

The Colorado at Windy Gap has decreased to 424 CFS. Traditional nymphing rigs will be your best tactic as well as small streamers. Don't be afraid to lead with bigger bugs such as larger stones, Golden stones, eggs, and worms in sizes #8-12. Caddis #12-16. Small midge/emerger/baetis patterns ranging from #18-22 should be effective as trailers. Look for blue-winged olive hatches on cloudy days.

Historical River Flow

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 369 cfs
  • Wind 3 mph
  • Temp 77 °F
  • High/Low 47/78

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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