The mighty Colorado is one of our favorite rivers here at Minturn Anglers, this unbelievable watershed is packed with big views, big rapids, and big fish. from Gore Canyon all the way down to Glenwood Canyon, each stretch of river has something unique and special to offer.


  • #10-14 Chubby Chernobyl Tan
  • #14-18 Crack Back PMD Emerger
  • #12-18 Elk Hair Caddis Tan or Peacock
  • #12-18 Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail
  • #16-18 PMD Parachute
  • #6 Galloup's Barely Legal Olive/Yellow

Report Date:  July 2nd , 2020

The Upper Colorado is a stretch of river that starts around Pumphouse and meanders West through Radium, Rancho Del Rio and State Bridge. Beautiful scenery awaits along with ample opportunities to hook into some amazing rainbow and brown trout. Recent releases on the Blue River have bumped the flows on the Colorado up for the time being.  Flows are prime for float fishing, and a little on the high side for wading, though there is still good access around the boat ramps.

The fishing has been heating up on the Upper Colorado!  PMDs Caddis and Sallies are all still on the menu.  A tandem dry fly rig with a Caddis or Yellow Sally followed by a PMD is a good bet if you see fish rising.  Otherwise, a light nymph rig or hopper-dropper in the riffles and near the bank should do the trick.  Look for water at about walking speed with a little bit of chop on the surface, and try targeting the troughs below gravel bars, as well as braids and right below islands. Warming water temps have caused the streamer bite to die down a little bit, but if you focus on low light times or colder days, success can still be had.

Expect to see crowds out for the 4th of July weekend, especially between Pumphouse and State Bridge, and remember to use proper boat ramp etiquette and social distancing.  Stop by or give us a call for more info!

Colorado River Access Points

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