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Fishing Report

Fishing Report September 10/14  by Patrick Blackdale, Willowfly Anglers Staff & Guide

Cebolla in the fall

Fall Browns


Taylor River Fishing Report

C&R: 202 CFS

Almont: 229 CFS

The Taylor River is still fishing well this week, with BWO’s and Midges hatching in the afternoons. Nighttime temps have cooled off into the teens, so mornings are best fished with streamers or nymphing tandem rigs to include an attractor and a midge larva. For a fall attractor I prefer a floss SJW in red or orange. For a midge larva I’ve been fishing a Bling Midge, tan (sz 24). Many trout are seeking deeper water now, so look for slower pools. On warm afternoons you can expect fish to push into riffles and feed on BWO emergers such as a Mercury RS2 (sz 20) or a Darth Baetis (size 20). Please be aware that brown trout are Spawning now, so be careful not to trample Redds. A Spawning Redd is an area of shallow, lighter-colored gravel where trout spawn. Please do not fish to spawning fish! The future of our precious resource relies on their success.

East River Fishing Report

Almont: 75 CFS

The East River at Roaring Judy SWA is fishing OK this week. Colder nighttime temps slow down bug activity on this freestone stream. You can expect some midge and BWO activity on warmer afternoons, but probably not prolific hatches. My rig of choice right now would be a double-nymph rig to include a Blowtorch, black (sz 16), and a Bling Midge, tan (sz 24). If you are looking for Kokanee Salmon, the Roaring Judy is not the place to fish for them this year. Head downstream to the Gunnison for some Kokanee action. Remember that the ponds and the East River downstream of the pond outlet are CLOSED to fishing until November.

Gunnison River Fishing Report

Gunnison: 300 CFS

The Gunnison River is settling into its late-fall conditions nicely this year, with some remaining hatches of BWO’s and Slate Drakes. Midges also begin to play a big role in trout’s diet this time of year. The best fishing window right now is from noon to 5pm, during the warmest hours of the day. Nymphing remains the most productive method, however you can have opportunities with dries and streamers as well. A few go-to patterns for me lately: Psycho Mayfly Rusty (sz 16), Two-Bit Hooker, Red (sz 14) Magic Fly, Rusty (sz 20).

If you are looking to catch some Kokanee Salmon, you can find them in the deepest runs from Blue Mesa to Almont. Here is a blog I wrote awhile back about fishing for Kokanee Salmon:

Fly Fishing the Salmon Run in Gunnison, Colorado

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