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Colorado River

Though the Colorado never shows itself in Steamboat, fly fishermen find the drive to Kremmling to be well worth the time and effort as the stretch of river offers superb fishing.

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  • Gore Canyon section of the Colorado River is a great access point.
  • Summer, fall and early winter are the top windows of opportunity.
  • Salmonflies, caddis, stoneflies and streamers are a must. 
  • Brown trout Rapalas and other minnow imitations will work well.
  • Review special artificial only regulations in the Kremmling area.

Accessing The Colorado From Steamboat

Driving southeast from Steamboat on Interstate 40, anglers will find great fishing near Kremmling. Here the river begins to get bigger as it pulls in all the feeder creeks on its way southwest. With an average width of 15 to 30 yards, the river is still very manageable. 

Time To Try Your Luck

In a stretch like Gore Canyon, spring runoff can make the Colorado nearly unfishable and unsafe. Target the stretch of the river in mid- to late June or later. From April to June depending on the year, leave this area to the rainbows and browns. 

Trout Get Hungry For Big Bugs

Usually near the middle to the end of runoff, Gore gets red hot. Salmonflies begin hatching and it always brings anglers out from far and wide. Tie on something like a Kaufmann's stone. Otherwise try streamers, Rapalas or spinners with orange and black in them and be ready for a big bite.   

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