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Fishing Report

Fishing Report December 12th – by Patrick Blackdale, Willowfly Anglers Staff & Guide

Fishing Report Taylor Rainbow

A Beautiful Taylor Rainbow!

Fishing in the Gunnison Country is slowly turning the corner toward winter conditions. Ice is developing along the rivers so pick your spots very carefully to stay safe. Expect fishing to be best midday, from 11am to 3pm. Hatches right now consist of midges and sporadic BWO’s. This is a very uncrowded time to fish and can produce some of the best fish of the season!



Taylor River Fishing Report

The catch and release section (C&R) on the Taylor is fishing well from 11am – 4pm with hatches near midday to include midges and sporadic BWO’s.

In Taylor canyon effective patterns include a JuJu Midge (22) or a black/grey sparkle wing RS2 (20).

Fish are in deeper water for the cold months now. Once you find the deep holes adjust your weight and depth until you start to find the fish. Typically trout are just above the bottom when water temps are low.

East River Fishing Report

The East River is low water but still fishing well in the deepest runs. Smaller flies with longer leaders tend to work better now, as the water is low and clear. Expect to see BWO’s, and midges.

Gunnison River Fishing Report

The Gunnison River has been fishing well with beatis nymphs and midge larva throughout midday. Smaller flies with longer leaders tend to work better now, as the water is low and clear. Expect to see midges and sporadic BWO’s. Good nymphs right now are Zebra midges (20-22) and JuJu Midges (20-22). Dry Fly action has been sporadic but can be great fun midday into the afternoon. Look for the slick tailouts of runs for rise forms. A size 18-22 Griffith’s Gnat or Parachute Adams will do the job.


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Check out our Orvis Fishing Reports here:

Taylor River

Gunnison River

Orvis Reviews


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Willowfly Guide Eric Grand with a great Bull Elk!



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