THINKING ABOUT THE COLORADO RIVER
Jon Spiegel
Spring is rapidly approaching. Fly fishermen begin to wonder where are active fish and hatching bugs. The Colorado River is a great place to start. There are numerous access points to wade fish this great river.

The first area is Windy Gap which is not too far from Granby and is often overlooked. This section is small, but can have some great dry fly fishing later in the season. There are some great runs.

The next access is Hot Sulphur to Lone Buck. This is one of the bigger areas on the upper Colorado. There is a lot of diverse water to be found. An angler can find anything from pocket water in Byers Canyon to runs and riffles on Beaver Creek. It is one of the most popular areas because of its easy access. This is a great place for an angler to find the most popular stone fly, the Salmon fly. The Lone Buck area also offers some fantastic camping. The campsites are right on the river.

The Kemp/Breeze access is one of the best. It offers some of the best fishing on the upper Colorado. This is also where the mighty Williams Fork river feeds the Colorado. The confluence hole is one of the most sought after holes. An angler can fish this year round. The Williams Fork also fishes real well in the spring, summer, and fall. The confluence has some fantastic blue wing olives.

Sunset access doesn't get fished too much, because it is out of the way. The only way to this access is by taking a short hike down to the river. This area mainly fishes well in the summer months. The trout here always seem to rise to a well presented dry fly.

The Colorado mainly yields brown trout. The effect of whirling disease has had a major effect on the rainbows. If an angler does happen to catch a rainbow, it's like finding gold. You can expect to find trout between 6 and 20+ inches. The Colorado River offers plenty of room for an angler to wade and explore. It is a great place to fish and has bounced back well from the devastation of whirling disease.