Gunnison Valley Fishing Report for June 23rd
June 23, 2011
Holy High Water Batman!!
All of us trout bums are getting antsy - when is the water going to drop?!
We here at Dragonfly are expecting the Upper Gunnison to hit floatable levels sometime in the first week of July. Once the floating starts it is going to be on fire. Book your trips NOW!
As for the rest of the valley, there is definitely some fishable water to be found. For those willing to brave slightly high water and treacherous wading conditions the Taylor is fishing well. It is running about 400 cfs out of the damn and is clear as a bell all the way to Almont. It is high and fast so be careful! Fish with big stonfly imitaions and make sure that you are getting to the fish, that fast water makes it harder for your nymphs to sink. Check out our fly-tying video for the Modified 20 Incher, this fly is perfect for the current conditions on the Taylor
If you are willing to travel a bit there are two other options: the first is Cochetopa Creek. It is a bit of a trek, but has been fishing very well with both nymphs and dry flies. If you are looking for a small water experience this should be your goto spot, the Cochetopa is running at 25 cfs.
The second option is the Gunnison Gorge. Check out the photo above of Joe Weise with big Gunnison Gorge Brown Trout! This is big water - but for those of you who have seen The Hatch by FeltSoul Media you know why we all make a yearly trip to the Gorge. The pteronarcys hatch is just getting underway. That's right, enormous stoneflies trying to crawl in your nose, ears and anywhere else they can while you crush huge trout on size 4 dry flies. The hatch is currently in Pleasure Park and just at the bottom of Ute Canyon. Call the shop for up to the minute details.
Just remember people the water is HIGH!! BE CAREFUL!! For those of you who might be a bit unsteady in the river, or who are just starting out swing by the shop and check out our selection of wading staffs. A wading staff could be the difference between an incredible day on the water and a cold soggy drive home. Stay safe people.