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
Its spring which means one of the best times of year to have a crack and a massive pre-spawn rainbow at the C&R. Fish activity has really ramped up this week, with anglers reporting many fish to the net on the tailwater. A few giants have been spotted and I anticipate we will see more and more over the coming weeks. 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.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Taylor River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Willowfly Anglers

Water flow: 50 cfs @ C&R 112 cfs @ Alm

Visibility: 40 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 40 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 11AM-4PM

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, BWOs

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: Winter

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

Try weighted nymph rigs in the deep, slow pools. Worm patterns, stonefly nymphs, egg patterns, and midges should all be on the menu right now!

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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