The FORKS OF THE CIMARRON-EAST-MIDDLE-WEST: If chasing wild fish in small rivers is your thing, this is your place. With an elevation of 9600 feet each of these rivers have there own high alpine breathtaking valley. All three forks have an abundance of pocket water, small pools and riffles. Great hatches can be expected throughout the summer. A dry fly fisherman's dream & great for Tenkara.
Happening Now: The Fork's of the Cimarron's are fishing well with optimal clarity and average to below average flows. The summer months are prime time to fish the steep pocket waters of the Cimarron Forks. We recommend you fish a small attractor dry fly with a small dropper, as Dry/Dropper rigs will be your best bet when no hatch is going off. Also, swinging tiny streamer flies downstream and jigging them out from beneath the boulders will prove an effective option as well.
Most Productive: Dry/Dropper
Water Clarity:excellent to Good
Recommended Gear: 11 or 12 ft Tenkara or shorter ultralight fly rods in the 2 or 3 weight category work best. Ideal set up: Sage Circa 3 Weight, Sage Click or Tenkara Iwana Series
Big Cimarron: This section of the Cimarron is below Silver Jack Reservoir and offers several miles of uninterrupted and remote fly fishing opportunities. Technically this is a tail-water, but it doesn't fish like one. When flows are below 60 CFS, shallow Dry/Dropper rigs are the rule. However, within the deeper pools or higher flows, deep nymphing will produce the biggest fish. Casting can be tight, with lots of vegetation and limited trails along the river, be prepared to "earn it" in order to access this section.
Happening Now:Nymphing or Dry/Dropper rigs will work very well, fish are very happy to eat. Small Caddis, Golden Stones, small Hoppers and Drakes are the mainstay top water bugs of choice throughout the summer, with Pink Cahills and terrestrials (beetle & ants) dominating the later summer into fall hatch cycle. With lower water flows this year, the Big Cimarron is going to fish really well and be a bit friendlier to access. *Bring a rain jacket for those predictable late afternoon showers!
Most Productive: Nymphing deep holes and dry fly fishing
Water Clarity: Good to average
Recommended Gear: Longer 3 to 4 weight fly rods with soft dry fly action Plus 13 ft Tenkara rigs with a stiffer 6.4 action or better.
Nymphs: Red & Copper Copper Johns #14-18, Green Drake Nymphs #12 & #14, Befus Wired Stone Golden #12-14, Twenty Incher #8-14, Hare's Ear #18-14, Montana Prince Black #16-14, Montana Prince Tan #16-14, B.H. Epoxy Rubberleg Hare's Ear #18-16, Barr's emergers PMD #14
EAST PORTAL: The East Portal is at the top end of the Black Canyon, it is also inside the Black Canyon National Park. This is the only access point into the Black Canyon in which you can drive down to the river. Once you are down on the Gunnison River you are surrounded by towering granite walls some as high as 2,000 ft. high. The East Portal is a classic western tail water.
Happening Now: The East Portal is CLOSED for the 2013 season. It will reopen some time in the spring of 2014.
Most Productive: N/A
Water Clarity: Good
Happening Now: Gunnison Gorge: The Gorge flows have dropped to 290 cfs. and the fishing is good but not great. We are seeing BWO's but not any blanket hatches yet. Fish Beatis nymphs through out the morning and after noon, switch to BWO drys in the afternoon if the fish are rising. The good old San Juan Worm is producing good numbers of fish just as good as anything.
Recommended Gear: A 9 to 10 ft 6wt fast action fly rods, like: Sage ONE 690-4, and a high sensitivity reel with a solid drag system and large arbors like: Lamson Water Works Litespeed, GURU or Konic reels will give you the stopping power to fight these monster rainbows and browns. Heavier Tippets, in the 2x and 4x range can always be fished in the "Gunny Green" waters and will be needed especially when float fishing the technical waters.
Most Productive: Nymphing
Water Clarity: Good
Happening Now: The Lower River is blown out. Do to the North Fork.
Recommended Gear: Patience for when it clears...Sage ONE 690-4, Lamson Litespeed #2, RIO Gold WF6
Most Productive: Streamers
SAN MIGUEL: This beautiful free stone river has so much to offer the fly angler. The valley floor just down river from Telluride offers a stretch of water that cuts it's way through the beautiful trees and meadows. The River changes a few miles down stream to a quicker flow with bigger water. Pocket water is abundant with a few long runs and deep pools. In the summer fishing both tight to the banks as well as around cover seems to produce solid fish.
Happening Now: The clarity is good and very fish able. Fishing will be the best at the warmest part of the day. Nymphing will be the most productive this time of year. While the sun is shining make sure you find water that is about knee deep and is moving at a walking pace. Make sure to get your fly's down deep enough to reach the fish hanging tight to the bottom.Look for some good dry fly fishing on cloudy day, there will be a good BWO hatch coming off around noon.
Recommended Gear: This river is perfect for your lighter weight rods 3 or 4 weights are ideal. Sage CIRCA 3 Weight is solid for tight casting with dry flies and paired with a Sage Click Reel you will be all set.
Most Productive: Hoppers, Dry/Dropper rigs
Ext. Body BWO #20-18, Adams Para Wulff #20, Para Adams 22-18 Nymphs: Psycho Prince Blue/Purple #16, Partridge and Orange #16, Tungsten Soft Hackle PT #18-14, Montana Prince Black. #14-16, Tung. Teaser #14-16, Micro May Olive #18-20, Mayhem Black #20, Black Zebra Midges 18-20, Red Zebra Midges #18-20
San Miguel Map
UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER AT PA-CO-CHU-PUK: The section of water that lies inside Ridgway State Park "Pa-Co-Chu-Puk" or just Paco, is a fly anglers dream. This tailwater has something for everyone: easy access for beginners or mobility issues, a well maintained/stocked fishery including natural reproduction on Brown Trout and Cuttbows and year-round fishing opportunities with consistent tailwater release. This is one of the best places to throw dry flies throughout the summer, in particular July - September can be on fire with Caddis, Drake and Pink Cahill hatches! You can access and fish Paco year round, winter months bring little fishing pressure and excellent opportunities as well.
Happening Now: The flows have dropped for a the next few months at Paco, but we have caught wind of the flows starting to ramp up in February. Fishing at Paco has been hot. Nymphing has been great as well as the dry fly fishing. We are seeing a great BWO hatch with these over cast days. This hatch has been coming on around 1 0'clock and has been lasting until 3 or 4 o'clock. The size of the BWO's is a 22-24. Nymphing with midges and small baetis nymphs has been the ticket. We have been seeing a lot of big fish the past couple of weeks with the lower flows. By big I mean 26"-32". These lower flows make these huge fish more accessible. Good luck!!!
Recommended Gear: Sage ONE 490-4, Sage 4600 reel, RIO Gold WF4
Most Productive: Nymphing - Drys
Water Clarity: Excellent
Nymphs: Black Beauty #22, Miracle Midge #22, Tung. Chocolate Midge #18, Sparkle Wing Rs2 #20, Mayhem Blk. #20, Barr Emerger BWO #20, Two Bit Hooker Brown and Black #18, JuJu Beatis Red and Purple #22-20, Killer Mayfly Brn. #20-22, Red Midge Larva #16-18, Lil Bastard # 20-18 Olive Midge Larva #22-20, Yellow Midge Larva #22-18, JuJuBee Midge Zebra #20, JuJuBee Midge Brown #20, Yeager's Tung. Bad Habit Red #22
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