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Some Kokanee Salmon are still 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. BWOs, slate drakes, and Midges are hatching throughout the canyon.
Taylor River Catch & Release (C&R – below the dam):
Flow Below Dam: 151 cfs
Midges and BWOs have been hatching midday to early evening and Mysis shrimp are always on the menu.
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: 252 cfs
Flies: BWO Parachute Extended Body (16-20), Craven’s Molefly (18-22), Charlie Boy Hopper Tan (10), Tandem nymph rigs which include BWO’s and various midges. Good BWO nymphs include micro mayflies, psycho mayflies, Juju Baetis, Barr’s BWO Emergers, and small Pheasant Tails (18-20). Good midge patterns include Miller’s D-Midge, small Brassies, and the JuJubee Midge in olive or black.
For more information, check out the Taylor River report on Orvis.com
Flow at Almont: 101 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. The Ponds are off limits until the end of the month due to Salmon rearing.
Flies for the River: Hare’s Ear (14-18) Prince Nymph (12-16), Sculpzilla (4-8), Two-Bit Hooker Red (18), Micro Mayfly (18-20), RS2 Gray (18-22)
Flow at Gunnison: 387 cfs
All sections are fishing well with midday water temps in the mid-50’s. BWOs are hatching midday to late afternoon with the occasional slate drake
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