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Water flow: 151cfs @ C&R, 353 @ Almont
Visibility: 40 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 42 Degrees F
Water condition: Stained
Best time of day to fish: 10am-5pm
Best stretch: Taylor River State Wildlife Area (C&R) - Below Taylor Dam
Best access point: Taylor River State Wildlife Area (C&R) - Below Taylor Dam
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Midges, Blue Winged Olives
Fish species: Trout
Fishing season: Spring
Nearest airport: Gunnison-Crested Butte Airport
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 5X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 10' 5 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
The Taylor River is fed from high up in the Colorado Rockies and drains into Taylor Reservoir at about 9,300 feet. The tailwater below the dam flows down through Taylor Canyon some 20 miles before it joins the East River to form the Gunnison River at Almont. The Taylor is a medium-sized river which contains deep pools and pocket water, and plenty of riffles and runs. The bottom releases from Taylor Reservoir ...
provide constant and predictable flows, and consistent hatches throughout the season. The Taylor River contains a very high density of trout, including wild browns, rainbows, and cutthroat. Some rainbow trout are also stocked during the season.
The upper section of the Taylor River just below the dam is designated catch-and-release (C&R) water. This is trophy trout water with a lot of fish in the 8 to 12-pound range, along with some much larger fish. These big wild trout enjoy a constant food source which includes a steady diet of mysis shrimp and midges. The C&R section can be very challenging and requires some technical angling skills. This section of the Taylor River can be fished year round.
The rest of the river is much easier to fish and 20 to 30-fish days are not uncommon. There is plenty of public access throughout Taylor Canyon. It can be a difficult river to wade, so many anglers use a wading staff for added safety. Chest waders are recommended. A 9-foot 5-weight fly rod is a good all purpose choice for the Taylor River. The peak season is from mid June to mid September, and fall fishing in Taylor Canyon can be spectacular.
nymphing, let your rigs swing out at the end of your drift
Weather will be nice for the next week, and with that we will probably see some high country melt and some off color water. With mud season upon us and less pressure in the area the fishing should continue to heat up daily. Give us a call before traveling for weather updates. 888-761-FISH