Reporter: Trout's Staff
Water Clarity: clear, but be watching the weather for any significant precipitation
Current Fishing Conditions:
March Fishing Conditions on the Upper Colorado River
The Upper Colorado River above Gore Canyon is ice free at the start of the month. This includes the State Wildlife and Public Access points between Kremmling and Granby. Fish will be moving around the system a lot in search of warmer water, spawning substrate and comfortable holding water. Look for most fish to be in deeper runs and tailouts by and large and will feed best in the middle part of the day. Drifting stonefly patterns, flashy baetis patterns and eggs in the holding water should yield some good results. As the water continues to warm, stripping streamers can also be an exciting way to round out your day. Weather in Grand County can be tough in March so be sure and check road and weather conditions before you head up.
Insects and Natural Food Sources
Baetis, stoneflies and midges will be the primary insects fish key in on this month. Baitfish and eggs will also become staples especially a few weeks after the water opens up.
Attractor Baetis nymphs and Emergers sz. 16-20, Smaller flashy stonefly patterns sz 10-16, flashy Midge Patterns sz. 18-22, eggs sz. 12-16, worm patterns sz. 12-14, streamers sz. 2-10, 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.