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
Small midges (always) #20-24 and smaller worms, eggs and leeches (10-16). If there are adults Caddis around try skating a Caddis dry like the Elk Hair Caddis in the slack water areas. The takes can be very exciting. Terrestrial season is slowing but don't be afraid to tie on a hopper and fish it along the grassy banks and in some of the slower water.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Uncompahgre River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
RIGS Adventure Co

Water flow: Approx. 44

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). The River below the park, below Cow Creek, is experiencing early spring runoff so water clarity is way down from there through the town of Montrose.

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

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Midges (#20-24),Baetis/BWO imitations (#20 and smaller) and Leech patterns (#10-16) in black/brown 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

Midge/Baetis/BWO nymphs and emerger imitations subsurface have been good producers. Don't forget to throw in some small leech, scud, egg and worm patterns as they are always worth a shot.

7-Day Forecast

Flows have been lowered significantly recently again, with that said Fishing has been good at Paco and looks to stay that way. Pink Cahill's have been the ticket but are slowing! Get out on the river and enjoy! The CPW stock a good number of large cutthroat earlier this spring. Rainbows and Cuttthroat up to 28" and even a Cutbow could be had! .

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