A nice brown trout caught on a size 22 dry fly. See more photos on the blog.
September 18, 2019
Fall is approaching with rain and cooler temps, and we have already had some early snow up in the mountains. We should see good fishing now through October.
The Gunnison River is fishing well and float trips continue to be productive. The upper section of the Taylor River and the C&R stretch are still seeing a decent PMD hatch in the afternoons, especially on the cloudy, rainy days. There are also caddis and BWOs hatching. And there are plenty of hoppers out in the valley.
Nymphing with mayfly patterns and midges has been productive. Try mayfly nymphs in sizes 14 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.
Dry fly fishing has been good on the Taylor River. Before the hatches, you can fish an attractor, like a Stimulator or Chubby or hopper, with a beadhead mayfly nymph underneath. A Yellow Stimmie or Golden Stone or hopper pattern in size 10 to 14, with a Pheasant Tail or small Prince Nymph below it, is a good rig to fish. For the PMDs, fish a variety of adult and cripple/emerger patterns. CDC Biot PMDs in the 16 to 18 size range have been working well, and the Mole Fly is always good to fish, especially at the C&R. When the mayfly spinners are in the air, fish rusty spinner patterns or flies with a brown or mahogany body color in sizes 14 to 18. Streamers have also been working on the rivers, and this will pick up now through fall. Kokanee salmon are in the river and moving up, and the numbers are slowly increasing. We should see more salmon in the deeper pools as the run progresses through September.