A nice early spring brown trout.
May 11, 2021
Recent spring storms with snow, rain, and colder temps have helped the rivers. Rivers are rising now with runoff, and this is the normal time for runoff to kick in. Additional storms and cold snaps will delay runoff some, and we’ll see the rivers rise and drop, and then rise again. We will need this to happen since we’re looking at a shorter than normal runoff period. We’re currently well below average/normal snowpack (snow water equivalent), at about 55% of normal. (See recent blog post for snowpack details for the Gunnison River Basin.) As of now, we’re expecting drought conditions and very low water this summer. Based on the current forecast, peak releases from Taylor Reservoir will be in the 250 to 300 cfs range for the summer months.
Current fishing opportunities include nymphing deeper pools with small mayfly patterns and midges. Good mayfly nymphs and emergers include Barr’s BWO Emergers, RS2s, and JuJu Baetis in sizes 18 to 22. Midge larva and emerger patterns in various colors, sizes 20 to 24, can be trailed behind. Trout are also on big stonefly nymphs and are chasing streamers where the water is off-color with early runoff. Pat’s Rubber Legs is a great stonefly nymph pattern, along with 20-Inchers, in sizes 4 to 8. Sculpzilla is my go-to streamer pattern. During the afternoon midge and BWO hatches, size 20 and 22 gray Mole Flies can get fish to look up.