A beautiful 23″ brown trout from the East River. See more photos on the blog.
October 13, 2019
We’ve had some very cold nights and mornings, along with some early snow. The fishing season is winding down, but we continue to have fishing opportunities in the valley, especially during the warm part of the day. The flow out of Taylor Reservoir will be dropped to 100 cfs for the winter on October 15-16. Sections of the Gunnison River will be too low to float, but we can sometimes continue to walk/wade fish into early November depending on the weather.
Nymphing with small mayfly patterns and midges has been productive. Try mayfly nymphs in sizes 16 to 20, like Two-Bit Hookers, Pheasant Tails, Micro Mayflies, Barr’s BWO Emergers, RS2s, and JuJu Baetis. Zebra Midges and midge larva and emerger patterns in various colors, sizes 18 to 22, can be trailed behind a mayfly nymph. Kokanee salmon are still in the river with the run winding down. The numbers were low this season compared to recent years. Trout are in with the salmon and feeding on eggs, so you can fish an egg pattern up front with a small mayfly nymph or midge behind it. Brown trout are spawning in the rivers now, so anglers should leave these fish alone and stay off the redds.