Gunnison Area Fishing Report
It has been a very dry year and fall temperatures are above normal but fishing has been good.
I good drift with long leader, light tippet and small flies is the key. Trout are spooky with the low flows and sunny days.
Plan your approach, move slow and site fish for trout when possible. A few salmon are left and the Browns will be spawning so egg patterns work well. As temperatures drop and trout become aggressive, fishing streamers in the morning and on cloudy days can be a blast! Fish the little stuff with 6x fluorocarbon the rest of the day.
The Taylor Catch and Release fishes similar to the rest of the area through the winter 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.
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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.
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.