It’s really tough to beat fishing in the mountains for cutthroat. When these beautiful fish rise up in the pristine water to take your hopper, it is a brief but perfect moment.
With all the rain this summer, the small creeks have plenty of water and are in great shape. If you like fishing a single dry fly and catching brookies and cutthroat all day long, head to the mountain streams this month. You’ll find hungry trout and some of the most beautiful scenery Colorado has to offer.
This is a great time to fish the high country for our native cutthroat. At over 11,000 feet in elevation, you can catch these beautiful wild trout all day long on dry flies. On this particular day, on a creek that will go unnamed, I saw no other angler. It was paradise!
I hiked down into the Gunnison Gorge today at Duncan Trail and fished for a few hours. There were plenty of salmon flies around, and they eventually flew out to lay their eggs, but the Golden Stonefly was what got them going today. It was crazy good dry fly fishing!
Early season is a good time to fish tailwaters as the snow melts and the rivers swell with runoff. The tailwater below the dam at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk on the Uncompahgre River is a beautiful stretch that holds big fish, like this chunky 27-inch rainbow here.
I floated the Gunnison Gorge for three days at the end of April with the RIGS crew. It was our trial run before taking clients down this season. It was my first time and I absolutely loved it. It’s a spectacular place. It was cold and snowed on us, but we caught some nice fish and had a great time. I highly recommend our three day deluxe trip through this beautiful wilderness area. Check out the Gunnison Gorge trip with RIGS and book early! These trips book up a year in advance.
Malachi and Chris (below) are our new guides this year and they will work toward guiding in the Gorge over the next couple of seasons.
Jacob did really well his first time at Paco on a fishing trip with us at RIGS. He hooked quite a few fish and landed some nice cutthroat.
Had an opportunity to fish Pa-Co-Chu-Puk yesterday near Ridgway. This is the tailwater stretch of the Uncompahgre River at the state park. There are a lot of big fish in Paco, and it’s a fun section to fly fish. I landed this 28-inch rainbow from one of the deep holes, and caught some other nice fish as well. I’m looking forward to fishing there once I get settled in Ridgway. It was 60 degrees there yesterday, and I fished without a jacket. Dorothy, you’re not in Gunnison anymore!
I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be moving to Ridgway soon and have accepted a new job working for RIGS as their General Manager, where I will be helping to run the fly shop and guide service there. I have enjoyed living in the Gunnison Valley for the past 11 years, and I’ll miss my friends and clients here. But I am very excited about this opportunity and am really looking forward to it. I’ll be working full-time, year-round for RIGS, and I’ll probably do a little guiding during the season. If you’re looking for a new adventure, please come visit me in Ridgway and I will hook you up on the rivers in our area. It’s not far away, so I do plan to come back to the Gunnison Valley from time to time to see friends and wet a line. I wish you all the best for the upcoming season and hope it’s filled with big fish and big smiles!
It’s been a big snow year so far, with lots of storms rolling in off the west coast and slamming the Sierras and the Rockies. I have never seen so much snow in Gunnison. Needless to say, I have not fished in a long time, since Thanksgiving actually. The photo below is from an avalanche at the Taylor River C&R section. The county had to clear it out and this photo got passed around shortly after, which was around mid January or so. The Taylor Canyon road was actually closed several miles below the C&R for quite a while. I don’t know what this means for runoff yet, but I would plan on big water this season.