A nice wild brown trout from a small creek.
May 30, 2020
The rivers in the Gunnison Valley will continue to rise with runoff for the next couple of weeks or so. Tailwaters (Taylor River) and some smaller creeks are in good shape and continue to fish well.
Fishing opportunities include nymphing the deeper runs with big stonefly nymphs and small mayfly patterns and midges. Good stonefly nymphs include Pat’s Rubber Legs and 20-Inchers in sizes 6 to 10. For mayfly nymphs, try Two-Bit Hookers, Pheasant Tails, Micro Mayflies, Barr’s BWO Emergers, RS2s, and JuJu Baetis in sizes 16 to 20. Zebra Midges and midge larva and emerger patterns in various colors, sizes 18 to 22, can be trailed behind a mayfly nymph or stonefly nymph. Streamers can also work well, especially when the water is off-color. I like the black Sculpzilla, size 8 (go to size 4 when the rivers are up). And for early dry fly fishing, there are BWOs and caddis hatching, along with some small stonefiles.