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Fishing Report

Fishing Report  3/27/20  by Patrick Blackdale, Willowfly Anglers Staff & Guide






















Taylor River Fishing Report

C&R: 80 CFS

Almont: 120 CFS

The Taylor River is fishing very well this winter at the C&R. This is due to good flows near 100 cfs, which gives fish more habitat to feed, hide, and  spawn. As the days get longer we will begin to see more rainbows come into the C&R public water to feed and reproduce. In my experience, pre-spawn fish are the highest quality fish we encounter all year long on the Taylor. It is important to treat these specimens with respect, as they are the parents of future generations of Taylor giants. Remember to play the fish as quickly as possible, and keep the fish submerged in your net after the fight. Photos should be quick, never removing the fish from the water for more than a few seconds. And remember, we are all anglers here for the same thing – to have fun on the water! If you need help netting a fish, or with a photo, someone around you will be glad to help. A little kindness on the water goes a long way!  And lastly, as we see big rainbows moving into shallow spawning redds, please resist any temptation to fish to these spawning beauties. You should focus on deeper water during this time to avoid fishing to spawning trout.

East River Fishing Report

Almont: 80 CFS

Look for the deep winter runs to nymph, careful to fish the entire run thoroughly from head to tail. If you nymph through a run without a bite, adjust your weight and go through again. Best bet is to always start light and then add weight from there. You are more likely to fool a trout with the flies going over its head, than snagging the bottom and causing a disturbance getting your flies out of the snag. The nice thing about early spring fishing is you know where the fish are, just find the slow deep stuff! Good spring flies include stonefly nymphs such as Copper Johns or 20-inchers, paired with a BWO nymph or a midge. Also don’t forget to check out the Roaring Judy ponds. Fish will chase down and eat small buggers and leeches. Also fun is fishing midge dries in the inlets. These fish can be picky but if presented correctly you can tempt a few fish to rise to your small dries.

Gunnison River Fishing Report

Gunnison: 200 CFS

The Gunnison River is fishable again and mostly free of ice. Look for the deep, slow pools, and focus on nymphing with a tandem nymph rig. A stonefly nymph is a great attractor in spring, as our stoneflies are molting and vulnerable right now. I like a Chartreuse copper john, or a 20-incher to mimic a freshly molted Stonefly nymph. Behind the lead fly, try a midge larva or BWO nymph: Miller’s D-Midge is a great choice in Red or Black.

Good luck and enjoy the fishing!




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