Reporter: Trout's Staff
Water Clarity: clear, but be watching the weather for any significant precipitation
Current Fishing Conditions:
April Fishing Conditions on the Upper Colorado River
The Upper Colorado is fishing better and better each day. Most anglers are floating the Pumphouse downstream, but don’t overlook the upper SWAs and public access points between Kremmling and Granby. The water is still cold at the start of the month, but the streamer bite is picking up and will continue to improve leading into runoff. Mid-day on the warmer days there have been decent hatches of BWO’s and a small presence of micro-stoneflies. Nymphing with stoneflies, eggs and san juan worms have been relatively productive.
Insects and Natural Food Sources
Baetis, stoneflies and midges will be the primary insects fish key in on this month.
Stonefly nymph patterns sz 8-16, Attractor Baetis nymphs and Emergers sz. 16-20, Attractor bead heads such as Copper Johns and Prince Nymphs sz. 12-16, eggs sz. 12-16, worm patterns sz. 12-14, streamers sz. 2-8, Pat's Rubber Legged 12-16, Tung Teaser 12-18, Guides Choice Hares Ear 12-16, Copper John 12-18.
The Colorado River is an amazing place to experience all the beauty that Colorado has to offer. From dramatic canyons to panoramic vistas, the Colorado has something for everyone. The mighty Colorado River starts in Rocky Mountain National Park and is Colorado’s largest watershed. There are over 100 miles of trout water and the river goes through some of the most scenic country in the United States. The Upper Colorado River runs from Windy Gap Reservoir, west of Granby) to the confluence of the Blue River near Kremmling. This section is Gold Metal water and closely follows Highway 40. The headwaters of the Colorado River are also accessible above Granby through Rocky Mountain National Park.
Current Hatches: BWO's, Baetis, Midges, Eggs, Worms, Winter Stones
Dries: Parawulff Adams 16-18, Parachute Adams 16-22, Pablo's Cripple 16-18, Gulper Special 16-20, Hackle Stacker 18-22 Nymphs: Pheasant Tail 16-20, Rainbow Warrior 18-20, Eggs 14-18, Rojo Emerger 18-22, Wired Stonefly 16-18, Winter Baetis 18-20 Streamers: Belly Ache Minnow, Belly Dancer Bullethead, Sculpzilla, Jaw Breaker Jig, Sculpin Leech
Tips & Tricks
Use smaller weights to methodically fish each level of the water collumn. Start high and work your way to deeper depths as to not spook all the fish right off the bat.