Monday, April 20, 2009

On the River: Gunnison River, Gunnison, CO

We just couldn't get enough fishing on Saturday, so we decided to hit the Gunnison River on Sunday. It was pretty short lived, only fishing from 2:30 to 4:30, but because of the recent cold weather, the blood-flow of spring runoff was staved off for one last day and we decided to capitalize on it.

Fun story, really ... we fished a lot of the usual to start with and didn't have much luck. We did see some dark bodied caddis flying around, along with a few small black stones. Being a small-fly kind of guy, I don't spend much time fishing Stonefly patterns; but guessing the fish were pretty deep, I decided to rig up with a Prince Nymph and egg pattern combination (see reasoning from previous blog). 

The tungsten Prince Nymph and slow deep water have a tendency to butt heads, so we found ourselves hooking up on the bottom quite frequently. That's when the gears in my head got turning a bit (insert rusty creaking noise here) and I started doing a light "pull set" to release the fly from the obstacle hanging it up. The thought was, that if a fish hit, I'd feel the resistance, and if not, a slow pull set would imitate a Stonefly crawling toward the banks like its usual hatching process.

Turns out I was right! We ended up hooking 8 fish in about 20 minutes, all in the healthy 14"+ range. It was like clockwork ... we would make a few pull sets and inevitably one of them would pull back, then you just lifted the rod like normal and waited for the fast run of a 14" brown to ensue.

I think that's what I love about this sport so much - even in the highly predictable West, you can still figure out new, unique situations that you've never tried before.

Here's to Discovery!


  1. Sounds like a fun afternoon.

    Come and fish Cheeseman with me soon, Jedi Master.

  2. Great read - 'tis the season for chocolate rivers! By the way, you boys tie some mighty fine flies - may have to get me some WHEN I FISH THE BLACK CANYON. Yeah, it's not something I've done, but rest assured, it's on my To-Do list. The scenery looks incredible - at least, from the pictures I've seen.

    Likewise, if you find yourself up and around this area - feel free to give me shout - 720-281-4999.