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Gunnison Area Fishing Report

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.



above Parlin 

About a 45 minute drive from the shop.

High plains meandering trout water.

Lake Fork of the Gunnison

Gate View

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

NOAA 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.