Fishing Report

Anglers can enjoy fishing in the Ridgway area year round. See the fishing report below for general information for our rivers and streams for this time of year. For a detailed fishing report for each of the rivers, please visit the RIGS Fishing Report.

rainbow trout
A very nice rainbow trout on the Gunnison River.

March 22, 2017

The weather has warmed up and the fish are moving. This is a good time to get out on the river. We have a higher than average snowpack, so we may be looking at a big run-off. Hopefully we’ll have a better handle on run-off predictions by April/May.

During the warm part of the afternoons, we’ll see small midges hatching on some of the rivers. If fish are sipping, try a size 18 to 22 mole fly (brown or gray), or a small parachute pattern or Griffith’s Gnat. In general, nymphing will be the most productive now through spring. For nymph fishing, try a tandem nymph rig using a combination of small mayfly nymphs and midges (or use an egg pattern or San Juan Worm up front with a small mayfly nymph or midge trailing). Good mayfly nymphs include Barr’s BWO Emergers, Two-Bit Hookers, Copper Johns, Juju Baetis, Micro Mayflies, and Pheasant Tails. For midges, fish small (size 18-22) black, zebra, olive, brown, cream, or red midge larva and emerger patterns.

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