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
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Most gauges are frozen through the winter and start to thaw out in March & April.
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.