Gunnison Area Fishing Report

June 9th, 2020

Expect the dry fly fishing to really turn on this week as the rivers start tp drop.

Golden Stones, PMD's, Caddis and Green Drakes will all be on the menu soon!


May 27, 2020

Gunnison County is officially open to visitors today as is Cottonwood Pass. Lodging, dining and activities will slowly start reopening.

June could be the best fishing of the year after a very dry spring. Runoff has been at very gradual pace compared to the past several years.

Get ready for some great hatches of Drakes, Stones, Pale Morning Caddis, Duns, Yellow Sallies, etc. Fishing these nymph patterns now can be very productive.

Call ahead for a bakers dozen!

Cinco de Mayo Report May 5, 2020

Near record temperatures the last 2 weeks of April made for great streamer fishing and the locals have been spending lots of time floating the Gunnison. Cooler days and freezing night time temps back to freezing have leveled and cleared the the Gunnison as well. Pat's Rubber Legs, Runt Stones, Worms, Caddis Larva and Blue Wing Olive Nymphs are working well. Here are a few favorites.

Gunnison County is now open to 2nd Home Owners after a self quarantine when they get here. The Counties plan to reopen to all visitors with limitations is May 28th which is in line with much of the State. As always you can always visit the county site for the most updated amendments and regulations (link below April 3rd Report).

Click the Gold Box to link to see all my patterns, colors, sizes & more. Order from my store or feel free to call in an order.

April 3 Report, 2020

It's true!

Over 2,000,000 Acres of Public Lands Open Only to Residents of Gunnison County, 0r 118+ Acres per person. Or as we like to tease Ski Patrol "Closed For Us".

This was the 5th amended Public Health Order issued and valid through April 30.

Click on the link below to check  on any future amendments.

We are still able to offer pick up or delivery for our locals and 24/7 for the world on our eBay store.

Stay well, best fishes!

"Today is your day!

Your mountain is waiting.

So... get on your way."

- Dr. Seuss

April 3 Report, 2020

Open this weekend for curbside or delivery. It’s going to be a great weekend on the rivers, go fish!
Don’t forget to purchase your 2020 Colorado Fishing License on line:

March 31 Report 2020

Get your streamer box ready!

Warmer temps, sunshine and a little dirty rising water should make the fish feisty.

Starting today, fly photos will link them to our eBay store. All of our streamer patterns are on line.

LOCALS! Click the "Free Local Pick Up" option!" for no shipping charge!

March 28 Report 2020

Tina & I took a little photo safari yesterday.

We drove up Taylor Canyon to Taylor Reservoir then down stream to Blue Mesa Reservoir.

After Gunnison the river had a little color but crystal clear everywhere else.

Day & Night time temperatures have not gotten much above freezing & not much sun either.

Fishing should really heat up with the temperatures mid week.

We were hard pressed to find a dozen fishermen on the river in 40 miles of great water.


Still a while til ice out.
Damn Snow
Everywhere there's signs!
Empty upper stretch Saturday.
Two fishermen at the C & R.
Sweet tracks!
Don't get used to it!
Just above average snowpack so far.
Middle Taylor
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Winter Report 2020

March is an exciting time! Most of the below zero temperatures are over and the rivers start to ice out and open up. Use extreme caution when fishing on or near ice! Ice shelves can collapse with you on them, also keep an eye out for small to large icebergs  floating down river.

Trout are still holding in the deeper runs and waiting for smaller nymphs and midges to come to them. Fine tippet and leaders help with a stealthy presentation and natural drift for the small flies. Water temperatures will be in the 30's for some time and the large nymphs just don't like to come out from the rocks until things warm up. Zebra Midges, RS-2's, Juju Bees, pheasant tails, BWO nymphs and two bit hookers all between size 18 & 26 can be used anywhere in the valley for the month of March. It's early for the rainbows to start spawning but leading with an egg pattern is a great way to attract the trout.

Coming out for Spring Break? Contact us about a guided fishing trip, beginners always welcome!

Tight lines,



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.

Taylor River

at Almont

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.

East River

at Almont

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.

Gunnison River

in Gunnison

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.

Taylor River

Below Taylor Dam

This River Gauge is located right below the dam on the Hog Trough. Winter Flows can be as low as 50 CFS. Peak spring flows can be as high as 1,200 CFS.

Ohio Creek 

in Gunnison

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.

Gunnison River

at McCabes Lane

The last gauge on the Gunnison before Blue Mesa Reservoir.


Taylor River

above Taylor Reservoir

This gauges the upper 20+ miles of the Taylor above Taylor Reservoir. A beautiful meandering river above 10,000'.

Lake Fork of the Gunnison

at Gateview

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. 

Gunnison River

East Portal

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.



About a 45 minute drive from the shop.

High plains meandering trout water.

More Colorado River Flows

This is a great site if you are into the river flow history for the last 100+ years in Colorado. Plenty of graphs and tables.

Gunnison Weather

For local weather and forcasts.


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.

June 24, 2020

There are few days on the Gunnison that you get to see everything hatching at the same time. BWO's, PMD's, Stoneflies, caddis, Yellow Sallies and Green Drakes.

You should have been here yesterday!

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