Fishing Information

Colorado River - Windy Gap to Kremmling

261 cfs
4 mph
33 °F
Weather @COLORADO BASIN - Updated April 03, 2020 - 10:55am

Current River Flow Updates

Latest update: 4/3/20 -- Flows below Williams Fork Reservoir are at 70.7 cfs then at Kremmling are around 682 cfs. There is open water below the Williams Fork and the Colorado has been good below the confluence. Look for sections above Williams Fork to drop their ice if they haven't already. I'm seeing a 162 cfs below Windy Gap Reservoir, so that could mean the river has freed of ice. Nymph rigs are going to be the most effective on the Colorado. Stoneflies and eggs are going to be productive attractor patterns. Below that we are dropping small midge patterns. Try Mighty Midges, Rainbow Warriors, Desert Storms, Black Beauties and more. Streamers can also be a productive method. Look BWO hatches and for some outstanding midge hatches.

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 261 cfs
  • Wind 4 mph
  • Temp 33 °F
  • High/Low 55/26

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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