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
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Gunnison in Gunnison: 196 CFS          Gunnison at Almont: 175  CFS The Gunnison is turning the corner toward late fall / winter fishing conditions. With winter storms in the forecast and water temps dropping, most trout will congregate toward winter holding water. Fishing should be focused on deep slow pools. Nymphing is the most consistent approach right now with primarily midges and baetis nymphs. Brown trout are spawning now so be aware and avoid redds (spawning beds). Browns can spawn in the Gunnison into the new year. Also consider a stealthy approach with low clear flows. Lengthening your leader is recommended, and using a hinge rig for nymphing will result in more strikes and more fish in the net.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Upper Gunnison River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Willowfly Anglers
RIGS Fly Shop & Guide Service

Water flow: 200 cfs

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 50 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 9am - 6pm

Best stretch: Almont to Blue Mesa

Best access point: Neversink / Cooper's West / Cooper's Ranch

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Midges, Baetis.

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: Fall

Nearest airport: Gunnison-Crested Butte Airport

Person Fishing in a stream

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

Nymphing, Streamers.

7-Day Forecast

Winter storms in the forecast means trout moving to winter holding water.


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