I have been busy wrapping up the season and just got back from a nice vacation in Scotland. So no fishing photos but this is a classic photo of Eilean Donan Castle in the Highlands. It was an awesome trip!
It’s been a big snow year so far, with lots of storms rolling in off the west coast and slamming the Sierras and the Rockies. I have never seen so much snow in Gunnison. Needless to say, I have not fished in a long time, since Thanksgiving actually. The photo below is from an avalanche at the Taylor River C&R section. The county had to clear it out and this photo got passed around shortly after, which was around mid January or so. The Taylor Canyon road was actually closed several miles below the C&R for quite a while. I don’t know what this means for runoff yet, but I would plan on big water this season.
Conway Bowman and his film crew paid us a visit at Taylor River Lodge this season and filmed several days of fishing in our area. You can view video clips and photos from the episode on The Outfitters website here. Eleven guides Ian Havlick and Colleen Farrell are featured throughout.
Doug Dillingham’s new book, Fly Fishing the Gunnison Country, is a must-read if you’re planning to fish in the Gunnison Valley. It’s great to have a new fly fishing guide for our area written by a local with extensive knowledge of our rivers, streams, and high mountain lakes. Anyone who has ever fished here or plans to fish here should have this book. You can find Doug’s new book in local fly shops, or contact Doug at DriftingDrake@q.com.
The Gunnison Valley has been in a deep freeze after the recent snow storms. It got down to 32 below zero yesterday morning. The snow is good news for skiers and also for the rivers come spring. The ski resort in Crested Butte is reporting a 5-foot base. The snowpack in the high country is looking good so far. Looking forward to a warm-up though!
The Gunnison River at North Bridge on Christmas Day. Merry Christmas all you trout. I know you’re in there.
The scene out back this morning…20 below zero.
We’re getting a pretty good series of storms here in the Colorado Rockies this week, just in time for Christmas. Got about a foot of snow here at the house in Gunnison so far, and it’s snowing right now. Looks like another storm coming Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Not a lot of fishing going on right now!
We finally got the spring storm we have all been waiting for. Looks like about 8 inches of fresh snow out back here at my house this morning. Hopefully the mountains got a couple of feet or more. This should help the snowpack and water content up high, and it will be good for the rivers. This cold snap will also delay run-off. Maybe we’ll see a more “normal” time frame for snow-melt and run-off now, which will set us up for good flows this summer.