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Fishing Report

Fishing Report May 20th – by Matt Galvez, Willowfly Anglers Staff & Guide

Things are changing daily right now on the Gunnison, East, and other freestones. In general flows are coming up quickly and water clarity depends on temperatures.

Taylor River Fishing Report

It’s spring runoff and the water is getting big. Flows at the Catch and Release are at 550 and going up daily. Midges, baetis nymphs and emergers, mysis shrimp, and eggs are all fooling fish right now. As always at the C&R, your persistence will pay off. Important note, if you fish trout beads, PLEASE keep the barbless hook close (1 inch) to the bead. Also rainbows ARE SPAWNING now through May, so please be mindful of spawning beds and DO NOT fish to spawners. There are plenty of fish feeding off of beds!

Cold weather in the valley will extend our runoff but at the same time slow down the rivers and clear up the water a bit. The Taylor River is up and water is tea-colored. There are big fish to be found in the canyon but they’ll mostly still be in lazy water. Some pocket water is starting to hold fish, and that trend will only continue over the next few weeks. Stonefly nymphs, worms, midges, and egg patterns should get a few good ones to the net!

East River Fishing Report

The East River is high and off-color and has grown in flow significantly over the past week. If fishing the East, expect the fish to be avoiding the heavy water. Fish the slow pools with attractor nymphs like a Squirmy worm or an egg pattern on the rig. Swinging a streamer like a double gonga could also be effective with the turbid water.

Gunnison River Fishing Report

The Gunnison is healthy with flows currently around 2600 cfs. It’s good to be back on the river with plenty of water and fish for all! As flows continue to increase, expect fish to be holding in soft water looking for worms and big stonefly nymphs. Streamer fishing can produce some great fish too. Baby Gonga/Rainbow and a Make it Rainbow/White have been good streamer choices. Stop in the shop to talk fishing and see some new fly patterns for 2019.

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