A pretty wild trout. See more photos on the blog.
July 23, 2019
The rivers in the Gunnison Valley continue to drop and clear but we’ll have high water for a while. This should provide good water levels through summer and into fall. The Gunnison River is still running strong but fishing has really kicked in now with good bug activity. The Taylor River is also running high and can be a challenge to fish in some areas. Anglers should always be careful wading the Taylor. The Green Drake and PMD hatches are full on in Taylor Canyon now, and we’ve got lots of stoneflies and caddis as well.
Nymphing with with stonefly and mayfly patterns has been productive. Try mayfly nymphs in sizes 14 to 18, and larger stonefly nymph patterns, like Pat’s Rubber Legs and 20 Inchers in sizes 6 to 10. Rig the big stones up front and trail smaller mayfly nymphs behind, like Two-Bit Hookers, Pheasant Tails, Micro Mayflies, Copper Johns, and Barr’s BWO and PMD Emergers.
Dry fly fishing has been excellent on the Taylor River and also the smaller streams in the area. You can mostly throw single dry flies and dry-dropper rigs. Before the hatches, you can fish an attractor, like a Stimulator or Chubby, with a beadhead nymph underneath. A Yellow Stimmie or Golden Stone pattern in size 8 to 10 works well, with a Copper John or Pheasant Tail below it. There are plenty of Green Drakes and PMDs hatching on various stretches of the rivers now. Fish a variety of Sparkle Dun and CDC Biot PMDs in the 14 to 16 size range, along with various Green Drake patterns in sizes 10 and 12. Green Drake emergers on the swing can sometimes be the ticket.