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The Gunnison Valley has seen some moisture and cooler temps recently resulting in variable fishing conditions depending on where you are. The Gunnison has continued to fish well and the Taylor catch and release area has also been good on these cloudy days. Taylor Reservoir is also fishing well for Pike in the shallows.
Taylor River Catch & Release (C&R – below the dam):
Flow Below Dam: 155 cfs
Midges and some BWOs have been hatching and Mysis shrimp.
Flies: General midge patterns 18-24, Mysis Shrimp 18-22, Jujubee Midge 20-22, 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: 346 cfs
Flies: Various midge patterns and mayfly nymphs can be fished in tandem. Size 18 to 22 midges in black, red, olive, or brown can be trailed behind small mayfly nymphs. Good mayfly nymphs include micro mayflies, Juju Baetis, and Barr’s BWO Emergers, and small Pheasant Tails (18-20). For dry fly action, you can fish small midges and BWO adult and Emerger patterns, red and chartreuse Copper Johns, 20 inchers, Stonefly patterns 12-18.
For more information, check out the Taylor River report on Orvis.com
Flow at Almont: 528 cfs
The East River is running slightly turbid and fishing can be difficult. Use caution if you choose to wade. Your best bet is to fish at the Roaring Judy Hatchery Ponds or head to another river.
Flies for the River: Streamers in sizes 4-8, Attractor Nymphs, Egg patterns, San Juan Worms, Pats Rubber Legs, Mayfly nymphs.
Flies for the Ponds: Wooly Buggers, Egg patterns, Parachute Adams 12-16
Flow at Gunnison: 828 cfs
The Gunnison River is fishing well above Tomichi creek and below Riverway. Anglers are finding good success in the Wilson’s/Coopers area. Beatis hatches are fairly consistent as we roll into some warmer nights the next few days. As we begin runoff please use caution while wading the Gunnison. Typically the Gunnison is best fished from a boat.
Flies: Various stonefly patterns, midge patterns, and mayfly nymphs can be fished in tandem. Size 18 to 22 midges in black, red, olive, or brown can be trailed behind small mayfly nymphs. Good lead flies include San Juan Worms in red and hot pink, or egg patterns in chartreuse. Good mayfly nymphs include Two-bit hookers, Black Copper Johns, Micro Mayflies, Juju Baetis, Barr’s BWO Emergers, and RS2’s (18-22). For dry fly action, you can fish small midges and BWO adult and Emerger patterns.
For more information, check out the Gunnison River report on Orvis.com