Fishing Report

Report for week of: August 9, 2014

Barbara Steel brings a nice Brown to hand while fishing with guide Dave Pinkerton

Barbara Steel brings a nice Brown to hand while fishing with guide Dave Pinkerton

The Main summer insect hatches have made their way through the Gunnison drainage, but we are still experiencing good bug activity  on many of our creeks and rivers.  This is an excellent time to start fishing terrestrials ( grasshoppers, ants, beetles).  You can also find some sporadic PMD’s and Green Drakes hatching high on the Taylor River.

Taylor River Catch & Release (C&R – below the dam):
Small midges, nymphs, and Mysis Shrimp. Midges and some BWOs have been hatching, Egg patterns and/or Trout Beads.
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. Try small adult midge patterns, Griffiths Gnats, adult and Emerger BWO patterns for dry fly action (18 -22) Egg patterns/Trout Beads 12-16.

Taylor River:
The Caddis are hatching early morning and evening.  Green Drakes and PMD’s are hatching mid day and have been seen as high as mile marker 16 on county road 742.  Water conditions are excellent and we are seeing a mid-day temperature of 54 degrees.
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

East River:
The flows have dropped on the East River and the fishing is great. Green Drakes size 10-12, PMD’s size 16-18 mid day and caddis size 10-16  in the evening.

Gunnison River:
The Green Drakes are making there way up the Gunnison along with PMD’s. Conditions are excellent for a float fish.
Flies: Big Stoneflies, Caddis Fly’s, Green Drake’s, Streamers

For more information, check out the Gunnison River report on


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