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 Upper Gunnison River is opening up more by the day, which means fishable pools! Access can still be tricky, but check out the Almont Campground and Riverway for some nice fishy water. Nymph the deep pools with golden stonefly nymphs, eggs, worms, and midges and you will find some hungry fish.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Upper Gunnison River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Willowfly Anglers
RIGS Adventure Co

Water flow: 200 cfs through town

Visibility: 40 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 38 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 12pm - 3pm

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: Winter

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

Try weighted nymph rigs in the deep, slow pools. Golden stonefly nymphs, worm patterns, egg patterns, and midges are all on the menu.

7-Day Forecast

Happy Spring! With the equinox here, its time to get out on the water and find some hungry pre-spawn fish! This is truly an exciting time to fish in the Gunnison Country. There are few other anglers, unpressured fish, and longer days. Of course there is still quite a lot of snow along the banks which can make access and parking a hassle, but if you're willing to trudge through snow or snowshoe into the river, you could be hugely rewarded!

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