Reporter: Trout's Staff
Water Clarity: clear, but be watching the weather for any significant precipitation
Current Fishing Conditions:
December Fishing Conditions on the Upper Colorado River
The Upper Colorado is fishing well at the start of the month, though you will likely want to get your last trips in up there before the deep freeze sets in on Grand County. Fish are holding in the deep runs and tailouts, generally avoiding the riffles by now. Fishing is best in the morning through mid-day.
Insects and Natural Food Sources
Baetis, Midges, eggs, small stoneflies.
Beadhead Baetis imitations sz. 16-20, Beadhead and non-beadhead thread midges sz. 18-22, Micro stonefly patterns sz. 12-16, egg patterns sz. 12-14, small streamers, 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.