We’ve had some decent snow recently and cold temps, and the fishing season is winding down. With the warm afternoons lately, we’ve actually had snow-melt fill the rivers some and get the fish moving. This trend won’t last long though.
Steve caught a nice brown this afternoon at the C&R on a small mayfly emerger. Cold, rain, hail, and wind created some challenges, but the hatch came off and the fish were actively feeding.
The PMDs continue to hatch on the Taylor, especially up at the C&R on cloudy/rainy days. The last week or so has been cold and wet up there, with very good dry fly fishing.
We are moving into late summer and the dog days of August, and fishing during this drought will become even more challenging. The rivers are low and will continue to drop, and we will likely see hot and dry days ahead. In addition, there are plans to drop the flow out of Taylor Reservoir on about 8/15 and then again on 9/1. The current release schedule for the Taylor is as follows:
- Aug 1-15: 230 cfs
- Aug 16-31: 200 cfs
- Sept 1-15: 150 cfs
- Sept 16-30: 150 cfs
The low flows on the Taylor River and the East River, as the East continues to drop, could result in flows on the Gunnison River of well under 300 cfs. Anglers should monitor water temperatures closely and take care of the fish. The rivers should cool by early September, if not sooner, and though the water will be very low, conditions should improve as a result.
The summer hatches have really kicked in and trout are looking up. This is a great time to fish dry flies in shallow riffles and places where the river drops off a shelf into deeper water.
Early season is an excellent time to fish small creeks. The small streams are loaded with beautiful wild trout, and they are on the feed. It’s a beautiful time of year to get up in the mountains and enjoy the scenery and wildlife.
Peri and I spent a couple of days out at Redstone, and we fished the Crystal River there. The weather was beautiful and we had fun catching these pretty rainbows, along with some browns and cutbows.
There have been some good hatches of both midges and BWOs recently, especially on the cloudy/rainy days. Fish were sipping bugs in the foam lines all day today.
Fished the East River in the Gunnison Valley with Jake and Moose over the weekend and caught some nice rainbows on big stonefly nymphs. Also floated the Gunnison River with Moose and Colleen and had a great streamer day. Fishing is excellent during the pre-runoff time.
Spring is here and so are the first mayflies. Blue-Winged Olives have been hatching on the rivers for a while now with the warm weather we’ve had. Fishing small Baetis nymphs and emergers has been very productive prior to the BWO hatch, especially in the riffles.