Fishing the Gunnison Valley
This part of the Colorado Rockies is truly a fly fisher's paradise, with pristine rivers and spectacular mountain scenery. Cast for Rainbows, Browns, Brookies, and Cutthroats on private water on the Taylor River or chase wild trout and native cutthroat on the Gunnison River, the Taylor River, the East River or many of the small creeks in the valley. Choose Gunnison for your next fly fishing adventure!
Not only are these rivers some of the best in the state but the surrounding scenery is beautiful and our skilled guides will be by your side to share their wealth of local knowledge. Whether you are a lifelong angler or a novice, our guides will meet you wherever you are in your skill set - intuitively choosing the appropriate flies, giving tips when necessary and helping you land impressive catches all day long.
Choose from walking and wading, floating or lake fishing depending on your preferences.
August 19, 2017
The Gunnison flows have started to drop, holding around 850cfs. Reports have continued that the lower river has been quite slow, although a few fish are still happy to eat a fly. The evening bite continues with hatches of Caddis Flies coming in the late afternoon. The hatches are especially consistent after the afternoon rain storms. There have also been reports of a few big stone flies. We have been using mainly small flies on the river during the day. Sizing nymphs down to 16-18 sizes are producing well thrown under a larger dry indicator. As the days start to get shorter, and average temps start to drop, be on the lookout for the hopper fishing to kick in.
There have also been early reports of Salmon making their way in the lower stretches of the river.
The Taylor has fished well this week. Mid-day fishing has been better, but the afternoon and evening bite has been great. Water levels are stabilized at 400cfs, and reports are flows will be bumped down soon. This water drop should help create more pocket water fishing. Flows are still quite strong and caution needs to be taken for novice waders. This week we have seen some solid hatches between 11 am and 2 pm. In this hatch we have seen Red Quills, a few Stone Flies, Caddis Flies, PMD’s and a surprising sight of Green Drakes. In the evening a heavy Rusty Spinner fall is getting a lot of happy fish to the surface to eat dries. Throwing a #14 Rusty Spinner should do the trick to rising fish. Throwing tandem dries with a spinner and a midge can be a good tactic for the C&R as well.
Small streams in valley:
The smaller streams in the valley are fishing quite well. They are however susceptible to the afternoon rain storms being blown out. The small streams will fish well for a while until the water levels get too low, and they heat up. Flies used are pretty simple. A combination of caddis, hopper, or attractor dry flies will work just fine. If you want to use a dropper fly, use a pheasant tail or small attractor nymph. Keeping it simple is the name of the game on the small streams.