Willowfly Anglers Fishing Report, Spring 2016 June 9thJune 09, 2016
Spring conditions continue in the Gunnison Valley, which means fishing will vary day to day depending on temperatures and flows. The Gunnison is hovering around 3000 CFS and we expect it to continue to stay high this week with warm temps ahead. The Taylor River is back down to 300 CFS below the dam. The C&R has been fishing well and the rest of Taylor Canyon has been good midday through the afternoon.
Eggs & attractors, midges, Stonefly nymphs, and streamers continue to be the best bet on the Gunnison. The most productive float is from Riverway to Wilson’s Landing. The best walk/wade access is at Neversink & Cooper’s Ranch. ATTN PRIVATE BOATERS: The Almont – North Bridge section is not recommended at these flows due to low bridges! The Whitewater park also has some BIG features at this level and is not recommended unless you are rigged for whitewater and understand the possibility of flipping your boat. Always wear a PFD and keep it buckled up and tightened during high water.
The Catch and Release section below Taylor Dam is fishing well with egg patterns, midge larva, and mysis shrimp imitations. Use a small of indicator as you can get away with to avoid spooking fish. 5x flourocarbon tippet is your best bet right now upstream of the bridge and 4x downstream. Taylor canyon below the tailwater is still cold, but fishing can be good midday through the afternoon. Expect to see some caddis and midges and the occasional mayfly. Most fish are congregated in deep pools so a weighted nymph rig with egg patterns, midges, Caddis, and stonefly nymphs is definitely the way to go. Streamers have also been productive in the canyon at low-light times. Call the shop for the latest updates on flows and what to expect. Our shop is also fully stocked with 2016 flies, and gear so come check out whats new this year.