Gunnison Area Fishing Report
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 15 Report, 2020
Lunch Special Today was Kokanee Salmon Fry.
The Roaring Judy Hatchery let loose millions of them last night, (think Thanksgiving for trout).
The trout should be on the fry bite for a few more days.
White and Natural Sculpzillas Size 4 for the deep runs & 8 for the shallows.
April 3 Report, 2020
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.
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!
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.