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Fishing Information

Colorado River - Kremmling to Catamount

COLORADO BASIN Fishing Report
Rating
4/5
Flow
1050 cfs
Wind
16 mph
Temperature
80 °F
High/Low
82/44
Weather @COLORADO BASIN - Updated July 18, 2020 - 11:32am

Current River Flow Updates

Latest update: 7/18/20 -- The Colorado at Kremmling is at 894 cfs. The Piney inlet is at 38.2 cfs. Flows and temperatures are healthy due to the influx of water coming out of the Blue river, however watch for a rise in afternoon temperatures as they are nearing 70 degrees at times, carry a thermometer with you and refrain from fishing this section when water temperatures exceed 70 degrees. Nymph rigs and hopper/dropper rigs are the most productive. This is really the time of year to be hopper dropper fishing. Chubbies or big attractors up top and then below - a stonefly patterns like pats rubber legs, wired stones, flashback Tungstones as your attractor, then try Prince Nymphs, Dirty Birds, UV Sallies and more. This is also a great time of year to try double dries close to the banks. Try a stimulator or caddis as your first fly and then a smaller PMD or parachute adams or maybe a small terrestrial. This can be super fun fishing!

River Information

This stretch of the Colorado is a very popular area for anglers to frequent, and for good reasons. We consider the Middle Colorado to be from the town of Dotsero, up through the Gore Canyon. This stretch offers anglers a good variety of waters to fish and also includes some float fishing options. The Pumphouse access is certainly a favorite location of many and parking here and hiking up into the Gore Canyon can be a great way to spend the day- particularly when the Salmonfly hatch is going. The river is fairly good sized here and wading anglers will, for the most part, be relegated to the bank. In true freestone fashion, this stretch of river offers anglers a wide variety of ways to catch its Rainbow, Brown trout and Rocky Mountain Whitefish.

Seasonal Conditions

The middle portion of the Colorado is fishable year round and many of the same tactics used on the lower river will work here as wellt. Like most rivers around the state, Spring through Fall will be most productive when the wide variety of aquatic insects that live here are most active. Stoneflies are a major part of a trout’s diet and the river sees some terrific dry fly fishing in mid-summer with Golden Stoneflies and the ever popular Salmonflies. Caddis and a smattering of mayflies will typically be found throughout the summer as well. The colder months will primarily be a nymphing game. Fishing the slower, deep pockets very thoroughly and diligently will be productive through the winter. Considering the size of fish swimming in this stretch, spending a little time throwing a streamer will always be worth a try as well.


RECOMMENDED FLIES

Winter/Spring: Midges, Baetis

Summer: Mayflies, Caddis, Terrestrials, Stoneflies, Streamers

Fall: Mayflies, Caddis, Terrestrials, Streamers

Additional River Information

Colorado River near Kremmling

COLORADO BASIN River Gauge View Detailed Information

  • Flow 1050 cfs
  • Wind 16 mph
  • Temp 80 °F
  • High/Low 82/44

Colorado River at Catamount Bridge

COLORADO BASIN River Gauge View Detailed Information

  • Flow 1150 cfs
  • Wind 16 mph
  • Temp 84 °F
  • High/Low 86/47

River access

The Colorado runs beneath State Highway 9 between Grand County Road 1 and Kremmling. A mile south of Kremmling, CR 1 also known as the Trough Road, heads west to State Bridge, about 25 miles away. The Trough Road follows the river much of that distance. At several points along the way anglers have access to public stretches of the stream. These spots include Pump House, the 3 miles below Ranch del Rio, state Bridge, Dotsero, and many exits through Glenwood Canyon.

Float Trip Options: there are multiple putin's from Pumphouse downstream to Dotsero. All the floats vary in length, and the time it takes to do each section will depend on what the flows are at.

  • Pumphouse to Radium - 4 miles
  • Radium to Rancho Del Rio - 5 miles
  • Rancho Del Rio to Statebridge - 4 miles
  • Statebridge to Two Bridges - 4 miles
  • Two Bridges to Catamount - 10 miles
  • Catamount to Burns - 5 miles (private take-out)
  • Burns to Pinball (private put-in)
  • Pinball to Cottonwood - 14 miles
  • Cottonwood to Dotsero - 6 miles

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