A nice brown trout from the Taylor River. See more photos on the blog.
September 23, 2018
The rivers in the Gunnison Valley are very low due to the severe drought we’ve had this season. The flow from Taylor Reservoir is being cut to 100 cfs by 9/23 and will likely go to 50 cfs for the winter months by 10/1. We had a very busy summer with a lot of pressure on the rivers and the fish during some very tough conditions. Anglers need to continue to take good care of the fish this fall. Spawning trout should be left alone and anglers need to avoid stepping on their redds.
As our fall fishing season progresses, insect hatches will decrease and dry fly fishing will wind down. We’re still seeing some scattered PMDs, and we have BWOs hatching along with Red Quills. We will also see some Grey Drakes hatch on our rivers during fall. The Taylor River is fishing fairly well with mayfly hatches throughout the canyon and up at the C&R stretch. Peak time for the mayfly hatches has been from about 12 PM to 3 PM (give or take), and it has been best on cloudy/rainy days.
For dry fly fishing, fish BWO ermergers and adults (18-22), PMDs (14-18), Red Quills (14-16), and Grey Drakes or Parachute Adams (14). For nymph fishing, try combinations of mayfly nymphs and emergers, and midges. Good mayfly nymphs include Barr’s BWO Emergers, Two-Bit Hookers, Copper Johns, Juju Baetis, RS2s, Micro Mayflies, and small Pheasant Tails, sizes 16-20. Small midge larvae and emergers can be trailed behind a mayfly nymph. Try various colors in sizes 18 to 22. Fall is also a good time to throw streamers and look for big trout. Standard patterns like Sculpzillas and Slump Busters in sizes 4 to 8, in various colors (black, natural, olive), can get fish moving.
The salmon run in the Gunnison Valley is full on now. Anglers typically get out early in the mornings to get on the deep pools where the salmon stack up. As the run progresses, trout will get in there with the salmon and feed on eggs. It’s a good time to nymph with an egg pattern up front with a small mayfly nymph or midge trailing.