A nice brown trout from the Taylor River. See more photos on the blog.
November 19, 2018
It was a tough year for the rivers in the Gunnison Valley with the severe drought we had this season. Storage levels in our reservoirs are extremely low as a result, so we’ll see minimal flows this winter. The flow out of Taylor Reservoir is 50 cfs, and it will remain at this level through the winter months. We had a very busy summer with a lot of pressure on the rivers and the fish during some very harsh conditions. Anglers need to continue to take good care of the fish this fall/winter.
We’ve had snow in the mountains and some very cold temps at night and in the mornings. There is plenty of ice on the rivers now and the fishing season is pretty much done except for tailwaters. If you’re out fishing a tailwater, you can target the warm part of the day and fish small midges. Try various colors for larva and emerger patterns in sizes 20 to 28. For most anglers in this valley, it’s time to put away the fishing gear and dust off the skis. Let’s all hope for good snow this winter to fill the rivers in spring.