Gunnison Area Fishing Report
June 13, 2021
The rivers in the Gunnison Valley peaked this week and are now falling quickly. This is the beginning of the best 4 to 6 weeks of the summer as we are in an extreme drought.
The Gunnison is getting clearer every day and the fish are starting to look up. Dries are tan caddis sizes 12-16, golden stones & salmonflies sizes 6-12, yellow sallies 14-16. Also doing very well on double nymph rigs of caddis, stones, sallies, pmd's and drakes. The streamer bite has been off and on but worth trying through the day.
We still have a couple of guided trips available in June & July is filling up quickly.
Here is the gauge of the Gunnison River in Gunnison this morning.
Current Gunnison County River Flows
Click on the "Real Time Flow" button to open river flows in a new page.
Most gauges are frozen through the winter and start to thaw out in March & April.
There are 21 miles of the Taylor River between the Reservoir and our shop where the Taylor joins the East river to form the Gunnison River. The .4 miles of the Catch & Release, C & R, aka Hog Trough is the most famous and pressured. There is a little over 10 more miles of public water with great fishing, mostly in the lower and middle stretch.
The East River begins 38 miles north at Emerald lake in the Maroon Bells Wilderness. The East River joins the Taylor River here at the fly shop to form the headwaters of the Gunnison River. Most of the East is private except for the Roaring Judy State Wildlife Area 4 miles north of the fly shop. There is also many miles of skinny water above Crested Butte andGothic.
The Gunnison River is the largest tributary of the Colorado River and is 180 mile long. We primarily guide the 20 miles of the Upper Gunnison River from the fly shop to Blue Mesa Reservoir.
Not very much public water to fish on the Ohio Creek until you get up high enough where the willows crowd the creek. When the Ohio is on the rise or over a few hundred CFS the Gunnison River below is muddy.
Lake Fork of the Gunnison
The Lake Fork starts 50+ miles upstream above this gauge and flows into Blue Mesa Reservoir.. The rivers source is Sloan Lake above the largest natural lake in Colorado, Lake San Cristobal above Lake City.
This gauge is after Blue Mesa, Crystal & Morrow Point Reservoirs before entering the Black Canyon. Helpful for planning fishing trips into the Black Canyon and the Gunnison River Gorge.
Because elevations in Gunnison County vary greatly (High 14,285 Feet. Low , 5,880 Feet) hatch times vary greatly as well. Insects hatch first at the lower elevations, as water temperatures warm the hatches continue into the high country. The Green Drake Hatch (largest mayfly of the year sizes 10-12) starts above Blue Mesa Reservoir in early June and finishes above Taylor Reservoir in Late July or mid August.