Fishing Report

Gunnison River Rainbow Trout. See more photos on the blog.

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.

December 14, 2017

The cold weather has arrived but we’re all waiting on the snow. We have mostly small midges hatching on the various rivers in our area now. If fish are sipping small bugs, try a size 20 to 22 Mole Fly (gray, olive or brown), or a small parachute pattern or Griffith’s Gnat. For nymph fishing, try a tandem nymph rig using a combination of small mayfly nymphs and midges. San Juan Worms and egg patterns are also working well. Good mayfly nymphs include Barr’s BWO Emergers, Two-Bit Hookers, Copper Johns, Juju Baetis, Micro Mayflies, and small Pheasant Tails. For midges, fish small (size 20-24) black, zebra, olive, brown, cream, or red midge larva and emerger patterns. Watch for spawning brown trout this time of year. Anglers should stay off the redds and leave the spawning trout alone.

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