A big male rainbow trout from the Taylor River
October 22, 2021
We have had a very severe drought in the Gunnison Valley this season. So with the very low water this fall and with all the pressure on our rivers, we’ll need to take extra care of the fish. During these drought conditions, trout should be handled as little as possible and always with wet hands, and they should kept in the water and released immediately. Please help protect this valuable resource and do your part on the river. (See my recent blog post regarding fishing during drought conditions.)
Current fishing opportunities include nymphing deeper pools and runs with mayfly and midge patterns. Good mayfly nymphs and emergers include Barr’s BWO Emergers, RS2s, and JuJu Baetis in sizes 18 to 22. Pheasant Tails, Micro Mayflies, and Two Bit Hookers in sizes 16 to 18 can also work well. For midges, zebra midges and Dennis Miller’s D-Midges in sizes 18 and 20 are good bets. Trout will also eat stonefly nymphs and will chase streamers (especially on cloudy or rainy days). 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 BWO and midge hatches, size 18 to 22 Mole Flies can get fish to look up.
Fall weather is here now with cooler temps and snow in the mountains. So fishing can be slow during the early morning hours. Fall also means spawning trout. Browns and brookies spawn during this time, so anglers should leave spawning fish alone and not walk on their redds (spawning beds). There are plenty of other trout in the river to target and we need to take care of the fish during this critical time.