Upper Gunnison River - Central CO Rockies, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fly Fishing Map of Upper Gunnison River, CO
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Upper Gunnison River - Central CO Rockies, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
The Gunnison is healthy with flows currently around 1700 cfs. It's good to be back on the river with plenty of water and fish for all! As flows continue to increase, expect fish to be holding in soft water looking for worms and big stonefly nymphs. Streamer fishing can produce some great fish too. Baby Gonga/Rainbow and a Make it Rainbow/White have been good streamer choices. Stop in the shop to talk fishing and see some new fly patterns for 2019.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Upper Gunnison River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Willowfly Anglers
RIGS Adventure Co

Water flow: 2,390 cfs through town

Visibility: 22 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 48 Degrees F

Water condition: Moderately Turbid

Best time of day to fish: 10AM-6PM

Best stretch: Riverway - Wilson's Landing

Best access point: Van Tuyl, Neversink, Cooper's Ranch, Cooper's West, Beaver Creek

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Midges, BWO's

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: Spring

Nearest airport: Gunnison-Crested Butte Airport

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

White streamers, or nymphing with worm patterns, eggs, and stonefly nymphs. Focus on the soft water!

7-Day Forecast

Things are changing daily right now on the Gunnison, East, and other freestones. We should see nice weather this week with some sunny days and great opportunities for fishing before runoff really hits!


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