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Fishing Report

Professional Guide Nathan Rigsby with a Blue Mesa Lake Trout through the ice.

Fishing Report Feb 17th – by Patrick Blackdale, Willowfly Anglers Staff & Guide


Winter fishing continues to be productive both on the river and through the ice. As more consistent storms develop in the forecast we anticipate good insulating clouds which means feeding trout! Also the stonefly molt is on, so bigger nymphs like pats rubberlegs and 20-inchers sizes 6-10 are getting crushed right now.



Taylor River

Jay Hill with a beautiful winter Rainbow

I fished a few spots in Taylor Canyon this week and had success on stonefly nymphs. The catch and release section (C&R) on the Taylor is fishing well from 12pm-4pm. This is the warmest part of the day and offers up some blue wing and midge hatches and actively feeding trout.

Keep your rigs simple right now. Stonefly nymphs sizes 6-10, Midges, Pheasant tails, and RS2’s in the 20-22 range are all working with 5x tippet. Long Leaders of 10′ or more combined with small clear or white indicators are a good choice.  Avoiding big, bright indicators is smart as these fish are wary in this low, clear water.

Most fish are holding up in the deeper, slower water so focus your efforts in these pools with good drifts to actively feeding fish. Please remember to remove gloves before handling fish, as this protects their important slime layer. Quick photos and keeping the fish wet as much as possible will keep the fishery healthy for everyone to enjoy.

East River

I fished the East River at Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery this week and it was slow until later in the afternoon. Stonefly nymphs in the size 10 range seemed to be the ticket. A red zebra midge or JuJu Beatis would be a good option on the rig as well. Not much ice at all on the river and easy access to the ponds. Conventional anglers have had success with spoons and kastmasters in the ponds with a very slow retrieve.

Gunnison River

A plump Taylor River trout

The upper Gunnison from Almont to Blue Mesa is pretty free of ice now and anglers are finding nice trout munching on stonefly nymphs (6-10), san juan worms, egg patterns, and midges. Focus on deeper pools and you will find the fish.

Ice Fishing

Ice has been slow to develop on Blue Mesa this season, but safe ice is growing and overall the fishing has been good for brown trout and rainbow trout. Anglers are finding success on PK flutter Fish and Castmasters tipped with Meal Worms or Wax Worms.  Some Lake trout can be caught in the upper basin using white tube jigs tipped with sucker meat.



Remember that fishing on the East River and at the Catch & Release section of the Taylor continues all winter with some of the biggest fish of the year caught in the off season.  Call the shop to book a half day guided walk/wade trip this winter. We provide all the gear including waders, boots, rods, reels, and flies.


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