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October 2, 2018The rivers in the Gunnison Valley are very low due to the severe drought we’ve had this season. This has had an extremely negative impact on storage levels in our reservoirs, so we’ll see minimal flows this winter. The flow from Taylor Reservoir has been cut to 50 cfs, and it will remain at this level through the winter months. We had a very busy summer with a lot of pressure on the rivers and the fish during some very tough conditions. Anglers need to continue to take good care of the fish this fall. Spawning trout should be left alone and anglers need to avoid stepping on their redds.We currently have BWOs hatching on the rivers, along with Red Quills and Grey Drakes. The Taylor River is fishing fairly well with these mayfly hatches throughout the canyon and up at the C&R stretch. Peak time for the mayfly hatches has been from about 12 PM to 3 PM (give or take), and it has been best on cloudy/rainy days. Dry fly fishing will wind down soon, so it’s a good time to get out there and fish the hatches.For dry fly fishing, fish BWO ermergers and adults (18-22), Red Quills (14-16), and Grey Drakes or Parachute Adams (14). For nymph fishing, try combinations of mayfly nymphs and emergers, and midges. Good mayfly nymphs include Barr’s BWO Emergers, Two-Bit Hookers, Copper Johns, Juju Baetis, RS2s, Micro Mayflies, and small Pheasant Tails, sizes 16-20. Small midge larvae and emergers can be trailed behind a mayfly nymph. Try various colors in sizes 18 to 22. Fall is also a good time to throw streamers and look for big trout. Standard patterns like Sculpzillas and Slump Busters in sizes 4 to 8, in various colors (black, natural, olive), can get fish moving.The salmon run is on in the Gunnison Valley. Anglers typically get out early in the mornings to get on the deep pools where the salmon stack up. Trout are in there with the salmon and feeding on eggs. It’s a good time to nymph with an egg pattern up front with a small mayfly nymph or midge trailing.
-John Bocchino (Colorado Fishing Manager)