More big rainbows on tiny dry flies on the Taylor River.
Sight fishing small bugs to large trout on the Taylor River has been fun. It’s super technical, with size 20 and 22 flies and 6X tippet.
We’re experiencing a major drought here in the Gunnison Valley this summer. River levels continue to drop with hot and dry weather and lack of any significant rain (though the afternoon thunderstorms have helped). Water temperatures are rising in the afternoons and we need to take care of the fish. The guidelines below provided by Colorado TU should be strictly followed during these extreme drought conditions. Anglers can also focus more on tailwaters, like the Taylor River, where there is cold water throughout the summer.
A nice 22-inch rainbow from the Taylor River. Got her on my 4-weight with a size 22 mayfly emerger on 6X. Very fun!
Had a nice few days of camping and fishing up near the headwaters of the Arkansas River. Caught lots of pretty wild brown trout. It was a really great trip.
Summer is upon us now and the bugs are hatching and the trout are looking up. Let’s hope for some rain!
When the big rivers are in runoff, the small creeks can fish well since they will typically drop and clear sooner. June can be a good time to fish the mountain streams, especially during low water years like this one.
This SNOTEL graph shows the recent snowpack and Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) details for the Gunnison River Basin. (Click on image to enlarge.) We are well below average/normal, and sadly, we’re looking at drought conditions this summer.
A pretty wild trout with nice fins and good color. Love the red spots on brown trout. No two fish ever look the same. (Click on images to enlarge.)
Fishing the small streams prior to runoff can be a lot of fun. It’s pretty much Wooly Buggers all day long. There’s just something about being up in the mountains and catching a lot of wild trout with a 7-foot bamboo rod and not seeing another angler the entire time.