We certainly had a white Christmas this year! We’re still in the midst of a major winter storm system that has been hitting us daily since last week. It has brought several feet of snow to the mountains, with Crested Butte getting about six feet of snow in the last 8 days or so. And there is more coming between now and New Year’s Day. It’s what we desperately need after several years of severe drought conditions. The photos below were taken up at the Taylor River C&R stretch today. It was a rare opportunity to get some shots with no anglers on the river. (Click on the image to see the full size.)
Winter comes early when you’re at 8,600 feet in the Colorado Rockies. And it lasts for 6 to 7 months. So this will wrap up the fishing season now and I’ll provide updates on snowpack and fishing conditions next March or so. Let’s hope for plenty of snow this season so we can avoid another drought.
Had a fun week of camping and fishing over on the Arkansas during late August. Fishing was pretty tough but we managed to get a few nice fish. These pretty wild brown trout here came from the Lake Fork of the Arkansas up near Leadville. (Click on the images to view larger photos.)
Finally got a decent PMD hatch on the Taylor River tailwater and the fish were looking up. Caught a lot of fish from 1 PM to 4 PM during the most bug activity, including this nice 22-inch rainbow here.
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!