Drought Conditions

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.

Small Streams

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.