Upper Gunnison River - Central CO Rockies, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Upper Gunnison River - Central CO Rockies, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
With water temps creeping into the 68-degree range on the Gunnison, focus your fishing time early in the day, and try to be off the water by 1pm or 2pm. Beef up your tippet to 4x or 3x so you can play fish quicker. Avoid bringing any fish out of the water right now as much as you can help it. Keep them wet and revive them facing upstream in moving current. If we all work together to protect the fishery during this lower than average water year, we will continue to enjoy excellent fishing in the future.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Upper Gunnison River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Willowfly Anglers
RIGS Adventure Co

Water flow: 415 cfs through town

Visibility: 40 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 68 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 7am-1pm

Best stretch: Almont - WW Park

Best access point: Almont Campground

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Caddis, Golden Stoneflies, Yellow Sallies, Midges, Bwo's

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: Summer

Nearest airport: Gunnison-Crested Butte Airport

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Gunnison River Description

The Gunnison River begins at Almont, Colorado, where the Taylor River and East River merge to form its headwaters. The river grows in size as it flows down through the Gunnison Valley and into Blue Mesa Reservoir. This is the first of several dams as the Gunnison continues its flow through the Black Canyon and eventually into the Colorado River. Our section of the Gunnison River, the upper Gunnison, is from ...

Techniques & Tips

Dry fly fishing is still getting it done on the Upper Gunnison most of the day, with the main exception being the early morning. Droppers are catching nice fish as well in the riffles, fast water, pockets, and center-runs.

7-Day Forecast

More much needed thunderstorms in the forecast this week. Be prepared with a rain jacket and don't be afraid to fish a streamer when the clouds roll in! Also expect to see some BWO's hatching when weather gets cloudy and muggy.

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