Fishing Information

Colorado River - Windy Gap to Kremmling

117 cfs
0 mph
30 °F
Weather @COLORADO BASIN - Updated March 30, 2024 - 2:06am by OpenWeather

Current River Flow Updates

Latest update: 10/23/23

The Colorado at Windy Gap is at 140 CFS. Traditional nymphing rigs will be your best tactic as well as small streamers. Don't be afraid to lead with bigger bugs such as larger stones, Golden stones, eggs, and worms in sizes #8-12. Caddis #12-16. Small midge/emerger/baetis patterns ranging from #18-22 should be effective as trailers. Caddis #16-20, Parachute Adams size #18-24, and Griffiths Gnats #20-24 have been our choice for dries.

Historical River Flow

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 117 cfs
  • Wind 0 mph
  • Temp 30 °F
  • High/Low 27/44

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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