The Pickle

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.Rainbow Trout

Gunnison River

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.Rainbow Trout

Mild Winter Continues

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.East River Rainbow Trout

Spring Fishing in January

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.Taylor River Brown Trout

The Fog of Winter

We’ve had some heavy fog here in the Gunnison Valley this week, and with temperatures down near zero degrees, everything freezes. It looks like someone sprayed the entire valley with a fire extinguisher. We’ve had 20 below zero already, but it’s actually been warmer than normal lately. It’s still too cold to fish though.Frozen Fog

Winter Fishing is for the Birds

I fished the Taylor River this afternoon for a couple of hours. It was in the upper 20s up in the canyon, and the water was very cold as well. Winter is here, no matter what the calendar says. Fishing was very good during the short period of time I fished. There were signs of an eagle feasting on a fish in the snow on the bank of the river. I measured the wing span pattern in the snow, and it was over 7 feet. They are truly amazing birds.Taylor River Brown Trout Eagle wing span pattern in the snow

Colorado TU

Stephanie and Garrett from Colorado TU came to visit with our local TU chapter today and we squeezed in a couple of hours to fish up on the Taylor River before our meeting. They both caught some nice fish during the late afternoon hours.Stephanie's Rainbow Trout