River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 301 cfs
River Statistics:
»Gunnison River at Gunnison
Current:   301 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   287 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   273 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   248 cfs
Gage Height:   1.34 ft

Gunnison River Below Tunnel
Current:   779 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   779 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   784 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   779 cfs
Gage Height:   2.96 ft

Taylor River
Current:   92 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   98 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   98 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   98 cfs
Gage Height:   3.54 ft

Well, if you like the colors of fall on the trees and you love the colors of fall on the fish then pack up the car and head west. The Gunnison River Valley is full of fall foliage right now. Along with that the many browns that inhabit these waters are getting colored up for their pre-spawn ritual. So what does that mean for the fly angler? Well let me tell you. Streamers should match the colors of fall: oranges, yellows, browns, reds and rust colors. Nymphs are going to be similar to spring nymphs meaning: stoneflies, BWO's, some caddis, and plenty of midges. Dries will consist of BWO's, sparse caddis and some lingering terrestrials (smaller). And for those of us who can't afford a flight to AK there are lots of salmon, Kokanee salmon. They like red or should I say they don't like red. Red san juans, red eggs, red leeches, red copper johns and red streamers. Get it deep and they will put you through your paces. 2-3x is appropriate for these strong pulling salmonids. Watch out big browns can follow these pods of fish eating their eggs along they way. Float fishing has be awesome, plenty of fish coming to the streamer. For the wade fisherman or woman there are no lack of bugs this time of year to keep you busy. BWO's and midges continue to produce. Para extended body BWO's, para adams, sprout midges, sprout baetis, sparkle duns and BDE BWO's all sized down to 18-22 are producing consistently. Nymphing with stones, worms, caddis larva and p-tails on point with smaller BWO and midge patterns behind #18-24 will do you well. Pleasure park is still fishing well with hopper droppers, p tails and midges underneath. Streamer fishing is off the hook! Through the gorge its getting chilly but the streamer and baetis bite is on my friend! The Taylor is getting chilly but if you want a hog johnson thats your spot. Smaller mysis on point with a BWO or midge off that in the #20-24 range will do you good. Appropriate weight and sized down tippet is key. 99cfs is low and clear so presentation is key. An idea would be a mega deep dry dropper, foam or yarn indicator or if your feelin' froggy no indicator is a great idea. Cottonwood pass remains closed so its a haul to get up there. If you find yourself there mornings are good with mysis and midges and as the day warms up BWO's will be on the menu. Eggs will start to be more and more prevalent. Watch out for redds. Hint: streamers are great this time of year both below the dam and in the canyon!

Report Updated On: 10/10/2017
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