Taylor River - Central CO Rockies, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Taylor River - Central CO Rockies, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Flows are up! The mysis shrimp bite is great as well as golden stones. Focus on fish doing the "feeding dance" looking for shrimp and bugs drifting down. As always at the C&R, your persistence will pay off. Important note, if you fish trout beads, PLEASE keep the barbless hook close (1 inch) to the bead. Rainbows ARE SPAWNING now through May, so please be mindful of spawning beds and DO NOT fish to fish actively spawning. There are plenty of feeding fish off of beds!
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Taylor River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Willowfly Anglers

Water flow: 450 cfs @ C&R 880 cfs @ Alm

Visibility: 30 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 45 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: 10AM-7PM

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:

Golden Stones, Mysis Shrimp, Midges, BWOs

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: Spring

Nearest airport: Gunnison-Crested Butte Airport

Taylor River Description

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 ...

Techniques & Tips

Nymphing and a few shots with dries lately. Beatis patterns, mysis shrimp, stonefly nymphs, egg patterns, and midges should all be on the menu right now!

7-Day Forecast

Fishing should stay consistent throughout the week with some cloudy days on deck. Prepare with plenty of layers as the Taylor is a cold river, with air temps 10-15 degrees colder than in Gunnison oftentimes.


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