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Kokanee Salmon are making their way up the Gunnison and the river continues to fish great for Trout as well. Hopper dropper rigs have been the way to go from a boat. The Taylor River is fishing well with lots of fishable wading access and great holding water. BWO, PMD and Midges are hatching throughout the canyon.
Taylor River Catch & Release (C&R – below the dam):
Flow Below Dam: 341 cfs
PMD’s, Midges and BWOs have been hatching and Mysis shrimp are abundant.
Flies: Various midge patterns 18-24, Mysis Shrimp 18-22, Jujubee Midge 20-24, Dennis Miller’s D-Midge 18-20, Brassie 20-22, Black Beauty 20-24, KF Flasher 20-22, Red Disco Midge 18-22, Barr’s BWO Emergers 18-20, Juju Baetis 18-20, RS2 18-22. Try small adult midge patterns, Griffiths Gnats, adult and Emerger BWO patterns for dry fly action (18 -22) Egg patterns, Trout Beads, San Juan Worms 12-16.
Flow at Almont: 405 cfs
Flies: BWO Parachute Extended Body (16-20), Elk Hair Caddis Black (12-14). Tandem nymph rigs which include BWO’s, Stonefly nymphs, Caddis Pupa & Larva, and various midges. Good BWO nymphs include micro mayflies, psycho mayflies, Juju Baetis, Barr’s BWO Emergers, and small Pheasant Tails (18-20). Good stonefly patterns include Pat’s Rubberlegs (8-12), and 20-inchers (8-12). Good caddis Pupa patterns are Lafontaine’s sparkle pupa and the Nitro caddis pupa. Good midge patterns include Miller’s D-Midge, small Brassies, or the JuJubee Midge in olive or black.
For more information, check out the Taylor River report on Orvis.com
Flow at Almont: 163 cfs
Anglers on the East are finding good success with dry-dropper rigs in shallow riffles and small pockets, along the banks, and dry-emerger rigs during hatches.
Flies for the River: Prince Nymph (12-16), RS2 (18-22), Sculpzilla (4-8), Two-Bit Hooker Red (18-20), Micro Mayfly (18-20), Pats Rubberlegs (8-14), 20-inchers (8-12), Nitro Caddis Pupa (14-16), RS2 Gray (18-22)
Flies for the Ponds: Beetle patterns, Wooly Buggers , Globug (12-18), Griffiths Gnat (14-18), Parachute BWO Ext. Body (12-18)
Flow at Gunnison: 563 cfs
All sections are fishing well with midday water temps in the mid-50’s. BWO, and PMD hatches are consistent along the Upper Gunnison with the occaisional Stonefly and Caddis.
Flies: Chubby Chernobyl Royal (8-10), Micro Mayfly (16-20). Sparkle Wing RS2 gray (18-22), Copper John Red (16-18), Weighted streamers including Sculpzilla in Olive, Western Coachman (10-14), Tandem nymph rigs have been effective in deep seems. Good lead flies: Prince Nymph (12-16), Soft Hackle Pheasant Tails (12-16), Pats Rubber Legs (8-12), 20-Incher (8-12), Beaded San Juan Worm (8-12). Dropper flies: Two-Bit Hooker in black, olive, or red (16-20), Black Copper John (12-16), Nitro Caddis Pupa (16-18), RS2 gray (18-22).
For more information, check out the Gunnison River report on Orvis.com