Taylor River - Central CO Rockies, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Reported by Willowfly Anglers
Fly Fishing Map of Taylor River, CO
Bookmark and Share
Taylor River - Central CO Rockies, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
The Taylor River is now at 80 CFS out of Taylor Dam and will hold there for the winter. These flows are great for wade fishing access throughout Taylor Canyon, however low flows do mean technical fishing. Hatches consist mostly of Midges, with sporadic BWO's and Winter Black Stones. Nymphing is the most consistent approach as water temps continue to cool off. Expect fish to be holding in winter water now with the cold nighttime temps. Focus your nymphing on slow pools, and go deep with midges and BWO nymphs. Small streamers should be fished deep and retrieved slower and can be productive all throughout winter. 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. Take your time and think through your approach this time of year, and you will find success on the Taylor. Also be aware that browns will continue to spawn in the Taylor River through December. If you encounter fish on spawning beds, leave them alone and focus your fishing on deeper water.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Taylor River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Willowfly Anglers

Water flow: C&R: 80 cfs Almont: 123 cfs

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 48 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 11am - 5pm

Best stretch: Taylor River SWA

Best access point: Taylor River SWA

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Midges, Baetis.

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: Winter

Nearest airport: Gunnison-Crested Butte Airport

Person Fishing in a stream

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

Nymphs, Streamers

7-Day Forecast

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

Add Your Fishing Report