THREE RIVERS WINTER FLY FISHING REPORT
Until Mid-December the Taylor Reservoir may still be fished with sections of Blue Mesa Reservoir staying open until mid-January. The Roaring Judy Hatchery ponds sometimes also stay open until mid-January. You can use Rapalas, and lures such as Castmasters, or Dare Devils, or try bouncing jigs off the bottom. These are all available at WalMart or Gene Taylor’s. Bait fishing with worms, sucker meat, and Power Bait or Salmon Eggs is also effective.
Salmon fishing is over!!
Trout Fishing: The East and Gunnison rivers are now too iced up to fish. The Taylor can be fished from the C&R (Catch & Release section) down to around the Cold Springs campground section. Most people are nymph fishing the deeper pools, at Cold Springs and Lottis on the Upper Taylor. Once it snows up in the canyon you may have to snowshoe into those areas to fish. The C&R is fishable all the time but can be pretty cold mid-December until early February. Nymphs that are working everywhere except the C&R are: 20 Inchers, Red 2 Bit Hookers, Prince nymphs and Micro Mayflies ( drawers 6,7,8). The C&R flies and other nymph patterns are: FB Pheasant Tail size 20-24, D-Midge size 18-20, Juju Midge red size 20, Zebra Midge black size 18-22, Barr’s BWO Emerger size 20-24, Sparkle Wing RS2 size 20-22, Mysis Shrimp size 18-20, San Juan Worm, GloBug Egg size 18.
Spring Fishing on the iced over sections of the main rivers usually opens up around St. Patricks Day and gets really good in April.