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Taylor River and East River


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Willowfly Anglers
Three Rivers Resort
P.O. Box 339
130 County Road 742
Almont, Colorado  81210

(970) 641-1303
toll free: (888) 761-FISH

fish@willowflyanglers.com

Fishing Reports and River Flows

In the spring of 2014, all fishing reports and information will be posted on the Three Rivers Resort website. The site is currently under construction so check back soon for our new fishing pages: www.3riversresort.com. 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.


A Double on the Gunnison River
Alan caught a double on the Gunnison River with Willowfly Anglers Guide, Mark Mohney.

October 20, 2013 (final report for 2013 season)

Click here for the USGS real-time stream flows for the rivers below.

Taylor River Catch & Release (C&R - below the dam):
Small midges, nymphs, and Mysis Shrimp. Midges and some BWOs have been hatching.
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. Try small adult midge patterns, Griffiths Gnats, adult and emerger BWO patterns for dry fly action (18 -22).

Taylor River:
Midges and some BWOs have been hatching in the Taylor Canyon.
Flies: Various midge patterns and mayfly nymphs can be fished in tandem. Size 18 to 22 midges in black, red, olive, or brown can be trailed behind small mayfly nymphs. Good mayfly nymphs include micro mayflies, Juju Baetis, and Barr's BWO Emergers, and small Pheasant Tails (18-20). For dry fly action, you can fish small midges and BWO adult and emerger patterns.

For more information, check out the Taylor River report on Orvis.com

East River:
Midges and some BWOs are hatching.
Flies: Various small midge patterns and mayfly nymphs can be fished in tandem. Size 18 to 22 midges in black, red, olive, or brown can be trailed behind small mayfly nymphs. Mayfly nymphs like Barr's BWO Emergers, micro mayflies, and small Pheasant Tails are working well. Egg patterns are also working really well on both trout and salmon. Fish an egg up front with a midge or small mayfly nymph trailing behind. For dry fly action, fish small midges and BWO patterns (18-22).

Gunnison River:
Midges and some BWOs are hatching.
Flies: Fish tandem nymph rigs with a combination of small midges and mayfly nymphs. Size 18 to 22 midges in black, red, olive, or brown can be trailed behind mayfly nymphs like Barr's BWO Emergers, micro mayflies, Two-Bit Hookers, and small Pheasant Tails. Egg patterns can also work well on both trout and salmon. Fish an egg up front with a midge or mayfly nymph below it. For dry fly action, try fishing small midges or BWO patterns.

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.

male kokanee salmon


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