A nice wild brown trout from a small creek.
July 11, 2020
The rivers in the Gunnison Valley have dropped significantly during the past couple of weeks, and the water is lower and warmer than normal. Fishing is good right now, with all the summer hatches kicking in a bit early as a result of the warmer water temps. We’re dealing with drought conditions and really need some rain. We’ll all need to watch water temps in the afternoons now and be sure to not stress out the fish.
Fishing opportunities include nymphing with small mayfly patterns and midges. Good mayfly nymphs include 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. For dry fly fishing, Green Drakes and PMDs are hatching, along with stoneflies, caddis and BWOs. Various Green Drake adult and emerger patterns sizes 10 to 12, along with PMD patterns sizes 14 to 16, are working well. Fishing a big Green Drake up front with a PMD emerger trailing behind is a good rig during hatch times.