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Fishing Report

Fishing Report September 16th – by Patrick Blackdale, Willowfly Anglers Staff & Guide

Fishing in the Gunnison Country is very good right now in the main drainages. Fall fishing is in full swing with cooler nighttime temps and beatis hatches keeping the trout well fed. Water temps are down to good levels again and the wade access is great. We do start seeing some bigger browns coming out of the woodwork this time of year as they are beginning to think about spawning.  Kokanee Salmon are making their way into the Gunnison from Blue Mesa now. Look for deep runs to target these fun landlocked salmon with attractors such as Squirmy worms and red Copper Johns.


Taylor River

The catch and release section (C&R) on the Taylor is fishing well from 10am – 8pm with various hatches throughout the day to include BWO’s, PMD’s, and midges.

In Taylor canyon most of the trout’s diet will be BWO’s, midges, and stoneflies, so a barr’s BWO emerger (20) or a black/grey sparkle wing RS2 (20) will be an effective dropper. Pats rubberlegs (12) can also be a deadly dropper right now.

Fish are pretty spread out on the Taylor right now, from deep slow pools to faster riffles. 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

The East River is low water but still fishing well in the pockets and deeper buckets and runs. Focus your fishing time in the morning to let the fish rest during the heat of the day!

Gunnison River

The Gunnison River has been fishing well with beatis nymphs and dries throughout most of the day Valley. Smaller flies with longer leaders tend to work better in September, as the water is low and clear. Expect to see BWO’s, tricos, and a few caddis and PMD’s. Dry fly action has been sporadic from mid-morning through the afternoon, but better on cloudy days. If you are fishing deeper runs, an egg pattern is a good idea as the Kokanee Salmon are dropping eggs on their run upstream. Some of the nicest browns and rainbows we catch all season come from within and behind salmon pods!





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