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The Gunnison River is fishing well in all sections with consistent hatches including Stoneflies, Drakes, BWO’s, and Caddis. The Taylor River is fishing well with lots of fishable wading access and great holding water. Taylor canyon is seeing good Drake, Stonefly, BWO, Caddis, and Midge hatches.
Taylor River Catch & Release (C&R – below the dam):
Flow Below Dam: 544 cfs
Caddis, 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: 743 cfs
Flies: Tandem nymph rigs which include Drakes, BWO’s, Stonefly nymphs, Caddis Pupa & Larva, and various midges. Good BWO nymphs include micro 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, Brassies, or the JuJubee Midge in olive or black. For dry fly action, you can fish BWO adult and Emerger patterns. Good choices include a BWO parachute extended body trailed by an RS2.
For more information, check out the Taylor River report on Orvis.com
Flow at Almont: 601 cfs
Anglers on the East are finding good success nymphing seems with 2-3 AB split shot.
Flies for the River: Sculpzilla (4-8), Pink San Juan Worm (12-18), Pats Rubberlegs (8-14), 20-inchers (8-12), Nitro Caddis Pupa (14-16)
Flies for the Ponds: Wooly Buggers , Globug (12-18), Griffiths Gnat (14-18), Parachute Adams (12-18)
Flow at Gunnison: 1.430 cfs
All sections are now floatable and hatches have been consistent. Midday water temps in the mid-50’s have given way to Drake, stonefly, caddis, BWO, and PMD hatches throughout the day along the Upper Gunnison.
Flies: Weighted streamers including Sculpzilla in black, white, and sunrise. Tandem nymph rigs have been effective in deep seems. Good lead flies: 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), Lafontaine’s Sparkle Pupa (16-18), RS2 gray (18-22), Brassie red (18-24).
For more information, check out the Gunnison River report on Orvis.com