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
Long, light leaders/tippets are the winter-time go-to at Paco and that holds true for this week, as well. The bigger fish are picky, but catchable. You must see them before they see you. Be stealthy and patient. Take the time to observe. A good dead drift right to these fish is a must.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Uncompahgre River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
RIGS Adventure Co

Water flow: 44.1

Visibility: 50 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 50 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Early morning and late afternoon - Nymphing

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) and Leech patterns (#10-16) in black/brown, olive, and rust.

Fish species: Rainbow, Brown, Snake River Cutthroat

Fishing season: Year - round

Nearest airport: Montrose Airport

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) red and black midges are always consistent producers, especially for Paco's pickier fish. Small white or black streamers catch several smaller rainbows. However, dead drifting a Hell Razor leech or Mini Leech above a midge is effective for more quality fish.

7-Day Forecast

Rain and snow are in the forecast for this week, but warmer temperatures are here to stay. Take advantage of the coming spring and enjoy some much-needed time on the water. BWO's have started to show up on the lower Uncompahgre, so buggy activity is coming soon!

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