Fishing Reports and River Flows
The fishing reports and river flows are
updated on a regular basis during the season (April through October).
Weather and fishing conditions can change rapidly this high in the
Rockies, so be sure to check for the latest updates or give us a call
before planning your trip to the area. The latest flows and specific
hatches for our rivers are listed below. Visit
USGS on the web for real-time river flow data for Colorado and Gunnison County.
Doug had a really fun day on our private lease on Cebolla Creek with
Willowfly Anglers Guide, John Bocchino. He had great dry fly action
and even saw a moose!
Click here for the USGS real-time stream flows for the rivers
Taylor River Catch & Release (C&R - below the dam):
Small midges, nymphs, and Mysis Shrimp. Midges and BWOs are hatching, and fish will feed in the film and on the surface.
Flies: general midge patterns 18-24, Mysis Shrimp 18-22, Jujubee
Midge 20-22, Dennis Miller's D-Midge 18-20, Brassie 20-22, Black
Beauty 20-24, KF Flasher 20-22, Red Disco Midge 18-22, Barr's BWO
Emergers 18-20, Juju Baetis 18-20. Small adult
midge patterns, Griffiths Gnats, adult BWO patterns, and RS2s for dry fly action
Midges, caddis, and BWOs have been hatching throughout Taylor
Various small midge patterns and mayfly nymphs can be used behind an egg or stonefly
nymph. Size 18 to 22 midges in black, red, olive, or brown can be
trailed behind a size 14 to 18 egg (roe, cheese, or peach color)
or size 6 to 8 stonefly nymph (Pat's Rubber Leg Stonefly Nymph,
20-Incher). Mayfly nymphs can be used as well. Try micro
mayflies, Juju Baetis, and Barr BWO Emergers (18-20). Streamers
are also working.
You can fish a variety of sizes (4-10) and colors (black, white,
olive, brown, natural). Try a Sculpzilla, Muddy Buddy, and Wooly
Bugger patterns. For dry fly fishing, try adult midge patterns and BWOs
(18-20), and caddis (14-18).
For more information, check out the
Taylor River report on Orvis.com
The East River will drop and clear over
the next two weeks. You can find fish in the pools and eddies on
the section of river near the Roaring Judy Hatchery. Look for
midges, caddis, and BWOs to hatch late morning and early
Flies: Various small
midge patterns and small mayfly nymphs can be used in tandem with an egg or stonefly nymph. Size
16 to 20 midges in black, red, olive, or brown can be trailed
behind a size 14 to 16 egg (roe, cheese, or peach color) or size 6
to 8 stonefly nymph (Pat's Rubber Leg Stonefly Nymph, 20-Incher).
Baetis nymphs, like micro mayflies, Pheasant Tails, or black
Copper Johns (size 18-20) are also working. Small adult midge patterns and Griffiths Gnats, or a size 20 RS2
with an upright wing or adult BWO pattern or caddis, can be used for dry fly action. Streamers
are also working well, especially when the water is off-color. Fish a variety of
sizes (4-10) and colors (black, white, olive, brown, natural).
Good patterns include Sculpzilla, Muddy Buddy, and Western
Midges, caddis, and BWOs are hatching, and the stoneflies, PMDs,
and Green Drakes will be hatching soon on the lower river. We have
early reports of the main hatches already.
small midge patterns and mayfly nymphs can be trailed behind an
egg pattern or stonefly nymph. Size 18 to 22 midges in any color
(black and red are good), and Baetis nymphs in size 18 to 20 are
working well. Try Barr's BWO Emergers, black Copper Johns, or
micro mayflies. Good stonefly nymphs include Pat's Rubber Leg Stonefly
Nymph and 20-Incher patterns, size 6 to 8. Orange scud patterns size 14 -16 are also
working well. Small adult midge patterns, caddis, and BWOs can be used for dry fly
action during the hatch if you see rising fish. When the big
stoneflies and mayflies hatch, fish adult stonefly patterns like
the Rogue Foam Golden Stone (size 8), PMD patterns (size 14-16),
and Green Drake emergers and adults (size 10-12). Streamers can also
be effective, especially if the water is stained. You can fish a variety of sizes (4-10) and colors (black, white,
olive, brown, natural) for streamers. Try a Sculpzilla, Muddy
Buddy, and Western Coachman.
For more information, check out the
Gunnison River report on Orvis.com
Kokanee Salmon Run (August 1 - October 31):
Kokanee are a land-locked form of sockeye salmon. Each April, 2-inch kokanee fry are
released from Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery into the East River. Their overnight
journey takes them down the East to the Gunnison River and onto
Blue Mesa Reservoir, where they typically spend two or three
years. In late August, the salmon begin their trek back to the
hatchery and the run usually lasts through October. Division of
Wildlife personnel spawn the salmon at the hatchery, taking
3,000,000 to 10,000,000 eggs per year. Catch & release fishing for
kokanee is allowed on the Gunnison River and East River from
August 1st through October 31st. The run normally peaks
around mid September.