Wednesday, March 25, 2009

On the River: Taylor River, Gunnison, Colorado

Sun. March 22nd
EPIC. Ok, maybe not epic in the grand scheme of fly fishing, but we had a lot of fun. We went to check out the C and R, but were met with a large crowd and maddening wind! So we headed back down about 7 miles from the dam and fished the "classic" Taylor River water.

Same setup as on the East River, except we trailed with an olive midge. We had about the same success on the hare's ear and the midge.

It was a lot of fun, the water was gin clear and the fish were pooled up in the deeper spots. Basically, if we rolled up to a spot that was deeper than 1' and was slow moving we were sure to spot at least 3 fish, and for the Taylor they were pretty decent in size (meaning they weren't the usual 6" fish, but closer to a 10" average). We also hooked a few that were pushing the 14" range.

All in all we landed about 10 fish in  3 hours between the two of us (most of the time we just share a rod and trade off after each fish), and most of the fish were sight nymphed, which always makes it more enjoyable.

If you're planning on heading out anytime soon, this is the river I'd be thinking about, especially since the Taylor has so much public water. It's easy to find yourself all alone and not worry about crowding.


1 comment:

  1. Wow you guys had a serious amount of fishing. Good times! I meant to call and tell you about the South Platte, but have had company staying with us for about 2 weeks. We didn't have enough time to fish, but are looking forward to going back as soon as it warms up again. Ben had a lot of luck with the hare's ear and baetis set up. Talk to you soon!