Begining at the confluence of the North Fork of the Gunnison there are two sections. The North Fork to Smith Fork which goes up into the NCA, and the lower section, the confluence down to Austin.
March 27, 2021
Spring Flows on the Gunnison River have arrived!
Pleasure Park -We are currently fishing baetis nymphs in the deep runs and riffles. Mayfly emergers, BWO Nymphs, and Midges are putting fish in the net. Fishing is starting to pick back up especially on these warmer spring days. Nymphing the deep long runs making sure your flies are getting close to the bottom will lead you to success. Starting to see some Dry Fly activity pick up with BWO Dries as well as Midge Hatches.
The Gorge - Nymphing with mayfly nymphs has been productive. Leading with an Attractor pattern with smaller Midges below has been putting fish in the net.
Lower Gunnison - Do not be afraid of throwing smaller streamers right now either! Nymphing the riffles and deep holes with small baetis patterns, caddis, and smaller red and purple midges have been productive.
Dirty Bird #16, Purple Rainbow Warrior #18, Flashback Pheasant Tail #18, Red Tungsten Zebra Midge #18, Purple Darth Baetis #20, Peanut Envy, Baby Swim Coach
The genesis of the famed Gunnison River is in Almont where the East and Taylor Rivers merge. Lazily snaking through cottonwood-lined ranchland for 20 miles, the upper "Gunny" is dammed to form Blue Mesa Reservoir, the Centennial State's largest body of water. After being dammed two more times forming Morrow Point and Crystal Reservoirs, the lower Gunnison River escapes Crystal Dam and carves through one of the most breathtaking and wild chasms on earth, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison and its more mellow downstream neighbor the Gunnison Gorge, before slogging toward a rendezvous with the Colorado River in Grand Junction.
The Gunny is a big fish river in the truest sense of the words, as the entire upper Gunnison and the lower Gunnison downstream to the Smith Fork meets Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s criteria for Gold Medal status. Wild brown trout and a mix of wild and stocked rainbow trout, along with a few cutbows (mainly in the upper river), inhabit the Gunnison River. While there are ample opportunities for a walk and wading angler throughout the entire length of the Gunnison, both the upper Gunnison and the Gunnison Gorge are tremendous float-fishing destinations with the Gunny Gorge easily rating as Colorado’s marquee fly float trip. Ample public access, robust aquatic insect hatches, excellent numbers of trout, and big fish potential all make the Gunnison one of the Centennial State’s best fisheries and a must-visit destination for your fly fishing trip to western Colorado.