Blue Stream Fly Fishing
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Colorado River - Dotsero - Colorado

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midge Warmest part of the day 18-22 Black Beauty, Zebra Midge
February Midge Warmest part of the day 18-22 Black Beauty, Zebra Midge, WD-40
March Midge, Blue Winged Olive Monday and Thursday, Afternoon 18-22, 16-20 Zebra Midge, BWO Thorax
April Blue Winged Olive Puffy clouds, rain, snow 16-20 BWO Thorax, BWO CDC Emerger
May Caddis Afternoons, Evening 14-18 X-Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis
June Stonefly, Caddis Early morning, Evenings 8-12, 14-18 Pat's Rubber Leg, Elk Hair Caddis
July Green Drake, PMD Afternoon, Evening 10-14, 14-18 Green Drake Cripple, PMD Thorax
August PMD, Trico Morning, Afternoon 16-20, 18-24 PMD Thorax, Trico Spinner
September Mahogany Dun, BWO Late Afternoon, Evening 16-20 Parachute Adams, BWO Thorax
October Midge, BWO Warmest part of the day 18-22, 16-20 Black Beauty, BWO Thorax
November Midge, BWO Warmest part of the day 18-22, 16-20 Zebra Midge, BWO Thorax
December Midge Warmest part of the day 18-22 Black Beauty, Zebra Midge

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

Dotsero in Colorado is a haven for fly fishing enthusiasts, bestowing its visitors with a myriad of compelling spots along the Colorado River teeming with a variety of fish species. Here are a few top spots:

  • State Bridge: Fly-fishing at State Bridge gives you an opportunity to catch brown trout and rainbow trout on attractively secluded waters.
  • Two Bridges: Accessibility is the highlight of this spot. Trout are abundant in this section of the river, making it ideal for both novices and experienced anglers.
  • Upstream Dotsero: If you are in pursuit of larger trout, especially the Colorado River Cutthroat, this section is apt for you. It’s also less crowded.
  • Catamount Bridge: This spot sits on a sweeping bend of the river, offering a high potential for trout fishing owing to deeper water depths and perfect hiding spots for the fish.

Best Access Points

The Colorado River, specifically at Dotsero, offers some of the best spots for fly-fishing. Here are some of the topaccess points:

  • Cottonwood Island: Just downstream Dotsero, Cottonwood Island offers a diversity of fish species from trout to suckerfish.
  • Shoshone Rapids: This section of the river has fast moving water and the fish here tend to be more aggressive and plentiful.
  • Glenwood Canyon: This location is relatively accessible and provides great views as you fish. Access from here is easy via the Glenwood Springs exit on I-70.
  • Two Rivers Park: Located right at the confluence of the Roaring Fork River this spot is sure to provide some exciting fishing.
  • State Bridge: The area has campgrounds and offers wadeable access and varied species to catch.

These locations promise not only great catches, but also stunning backdrops to enjoy while fishing.

Local Fish

  • Brown Trout: They are the most common type of Trout in the Colorado River, with variations in hues and sizes.
  • Rainbow Trout: Known for their natural beauty and fighting spirit, they are another major target for fly fishers.
  • Cutthroat Trout: Named for the distinctive red coloration on their lower jaws, these species are indigenous to the Colorado River.
  • Brook Trout: They are not native to Colorado but a popular target due to their aggressive feeding tendencies and beautiful colors.
  • Mountain Whitefish: A native fish species in Colorado that is often overlooked by fly fishermen, but provides great sport.
  • Pike: Fly fishing for Pike is a thrilling experience, as this predator fish is known for its impressive strength and explosive strikes.
  • Arctic Grayling: A cold-water fish native to North America. They are not common in the Colorado River, but some sections do hold them, providing a rare and exciting catch.
  • Largemouth Bass: Although more commonly targeted by spin fishermen, they are a fun and challenging fish to catch on the fly.

About The River

Have you ever been awe-struck by the expanse of the Colorado River? It’s origin, a quaint town named Dotsero, nestled within Colorado’s Rocky mountains, is undoubtedly a sight to behold. Embarking on its journey from 2105 meter altitude, the river snakes its way approximately 1450 miles until it merges with the Gulf of California.

  • Initially, the river was an essential lifeline for native cultures like the Hohokam, Pueblo, and Mojave tribes.
  • The next wave of vibrant history arrived with the Spanish explorers in the 16th century, followed by the Americans who tapped it’s potential for irrigation and as a transportation route during the California Gold Rush.

Today, the Colorado River‘s imprints can be witnessed in the form of the magnificent Grand Canyon, and its use in providing water and hydroelectric power to seven US and two Mexican states. Its story complements the land it ripples through, creating a natural harmony that’s nothing short of extraordinary.


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