Uncompahgre River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fly Fishing Map of Uncompahgre River, CO
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Uncompahgre River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Not much change here. Extremely low flows so small midges will be your go-to. Fishing sizes 22-26 midge and baetis patterns have been successfully putting fish in the net. Leading with a micro leech pattern is a good bet throughout the fall and into the winter. Using 5x and 6x fluorocarbon will allow you to be stealthy and present your flies naturally.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Uncompahgre River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
RIGS Fly Shop & Guide Service

Water flow: 34.7

Visibility: 50 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 47 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Mid morning to late afternoon

Best stretch: The 1.5 miles of tailwater below Ridgeway Reservoir (Pa-co-chu-puk).

Best access point: The Pa-co-chu-puk turn, off of hwy 550.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Midges (#20-26), Baetis/BWO imitations (#20 and smaller), Caddis, Drakes, Cahills

Fish species: Rainbow, Brown, Snake River Cutthroat

Fishing season: Year - round

Nearest airport: Montrose Airport

Person Fishing in a stream

Uncompahgre River Description

Ridgway State Park is located four miles north of Ridgway and 26 miles south of Montrose, Colorado. As late as mid-July, the north face of the San Juan Mountains still holds snow and as it melts, it eventually flows into Lake Como north of Silverton, at 12,221 feet in southwestern Colorado. From here, the Uncompahgre is born and runs north 75 miles to enter the Gunnison River in Delta. The Park holds many ...

Techniques & Tips

Small (#20-26) olive, red, and black midges are always consistent producers, especially for Paco's more selective fish. Dead drifting a leech or worm above a midge or smaller baetis is effective as well. Get those flies down in the water column, the fish are hanging low.

7-Day Forecast

Sight fishing for bigger fish has been effective although, the fish are selectively feeding. You have to be stealthy! Fishing is picking up as temperatures are rising and fishing is getting better. Beautiful days this week get out and fish.


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