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Fishing Report

Fishing Report April 18th – by Patrick Blackdale, Willowfly Anglers Staff & Guide

 

This happy client caught several rainbows over 20 inches on the Taylor River!

 

 

Pre-Runoff fishing continues to produce good fishing as we see air temp highs in the 50’s and 60’s in Gunnison. The streamer bite has been solid on the Gunnison as CPW recently released the Kokanee Salmon fry into the river. The Taylor River is fishing well with dry fly opportunities on warmer cloudy days.

 

 

Taylor River

Lighter colored gravel in shallow water indicates a redd.

The Taylor River below Taylor Park just bumped up to 150 cfs from 99 cfs. The catch and release section (C&R) on the Taylor is fishing well from 12pm-5pm. This is the warmest part of the day and offers up some blue wing and midge hatches and actively feeding trout. There are Rainbows on Redds now so PLEASE let them spawn in peace and focus your fishing efforts on deeper fish. Also please be careful when wading not to trample these redds. If you are unsure of what a redd (Spawning Bed) looks like, it is a shallow gravel area with lighter colored gravel. This is where trout pair up to deposit and fertilize eggs. It is important to leave these trout alone if we want fish to keep reproducing successfully!

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 – 6x tippet. Long Leaders of 12′ 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

Fish are still in winter holes on the east. Focus on deeper slow pools with midge larva and bwo nymphs and you will find some feeding fish. The ponds can fish well with wooly buggers or small dries such as griffiths gnats. Or for the conventional angler a kastmaster with a slow retrieve can bring nice trout to hand.

Gunnison River

Professional guide Audrey Morris on the Gunnison River last summer. Nice weather has us ready for summer.

The upper Gunnison from Almont to Blue Mesa is free of ice and anglers are finding nice trout using white streamers, stonefly nymphs (6-10), midges (20-22), bwo nymphs (18-20), san juan worms, & egg patterns. Focus on deeper pools and you will find the fish.

 

 

 

This is a great time to think about hiring a guide as the rivers are uncrowded this time of year! We provide all the needed gear on our guide trips including waders, boots, rods, reels, tackle, and a lunch on full day trips. Call the shop to book any day of the week! 970-641-1303

 

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