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.
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.