We finally got the spring storm we have all been waiting for. Looks like about 8 inches of fresh snow out back here at my house this morning. Hopefully the mountains got a couple of feet or more. This should help the snowpack and water content up high, and it will be good for the rivers. This cold snap will also delay run-off. Maybe we’ll see a more “normal” time frame for snow-melt and run-off now, which will set us up for good flows this summer.
I fished up below Taylor Dam (C&R stretch) yesterday afternoon for the first time this year. It was nice to see fish rising. I fished a 7′ 6″ 4-wt. bamboo rod and a single size 20 dry fly the entire time. The fish were pretty active and I was able to land some nice fish. It was a welcome change from slinging heavy nymph rigs with a 9′ 6-wt. graphite rod.
I had an excellent three days with Chris on the Taylor River. He landed a lot of nice chunky rainbows, and he also caught cutbows, browns, cutthroat, and brook trout! It was too much fun!
I got out with my “Riffle and Rise” bamboo rod for the first time this year. It’s been warming up and fishing has been good, so I figured it was time. Had a fun afternoon on the upper Gunnison River, catching some very nice trout, including this fat 22-inch rainbow here.
I only fished for a couple of hours this afternoon and didn’t catch a ton of fish, but I caught every trout on a size 6 stonefly nymph. They were all looking for a big meal.
Had a fun afternoon on the Taylor River yesterday. It warmed up nicely and the fish were hungry.
I fished the Gunnison River this afternoon, and though it was cold and windy (and still very much winter), the fishing was pretty good. The rainbows were all nice and chunky, and they really fought hard. I fished an egg pattern and the Pickle (stonefly nymph) the entire time. The Pickle worked very well on the rainbows.
There is quite a bit of open water on the Gunnison River now. Ice-off came early due to the well above average temperatures we have seen since early January or so. Fished the lower river with Dave today and caught some decent fish. It was a beautiful day and nice to get out with the fly rod.
The warm weather has continued into February now, and we’re starting to worry a little about the snowpack. There is still plenty of winter left and hopefully we’ll get some good snow between now and April. In the meantime, the fishing has been good and it’s nice to get out there on the rivers for some early season fishing. This was a very pretty wild trout from the East River today.
We’ve had some unusually warm weather here this month. It’s not often you have 40 degree days in January in the Gunnison Valley, but that’s just what we’ve had the past couple of days. I decided to get out and fish for the first time in nearly two months, which even for this time of year, is a long time for me. I spent a very enjoyable couple of hours on the Taylor River this afternoon. The weather and scenery were great, and the fish were hungry.