Gunnison Area Fishing Report

March 28th, 2021

A mild winter and very warm spring temperatures has made for great early fishing!

Most of the local river gauges are still showing "ICE" because of the small amount of ice shelfs on the edges, but there is plenty of accessible water to fish. Mid-day to late afternoon is fishing best nymphing in the deeper runs and some good afternoon midge hatches. Streamer fishing is turning on when the water turns off color with the late afternoon snow melt. 

The Taylor Catch and Release fishes similar to the rest of the area through the spring plus the Mysis Shrimp.

Size 18-24; RS-2's. WD-40's, JuJu Bee's, Zebra Midges, Cheeseman Emergers, Barr's Emergers, BWO's, Hitching Midges, Parachute Midges, Mole Flies, Miracle Nymphs, Parachute Midges, Midge Larva, Black Beauties, Soft Hackles.

Egg patterns are working well, just watch out for the Rainbows spawning beds.


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.

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