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Fish Report

Cimarron

UPDATED: 04/08/2017

The FORKS OF THE CIMARRON: EAST-MIDDLE-WEST: If you love chasing wild fish in small rivers, this is your place. At an elevation of 9,600 feet, each fork is located in their own high alpine valley. All three have an abundance of pocket water, small pools and riffles, all coupled with exceptional views. Great hatches can be expected throughout the summer into September. These rivers are a dry fly fisherman's dream and are also great for Tenkara.

Happening Now: It's still winter up high, so during this time of year head to a tailwater.

Most Productive:N/A

Water Clarity:N/A

Recommended Gear: During the summer, 9' to 12' Tenkara rods or shorter, and lighter fly rods in the 2 to 3-wt. range work best.

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 tailwater but it doesn't fish like one. When flows are below 60 cfs, shallow dry/dropper rigs are the rule. However, for the deeper pools or during higher flows, deep nymphing will produce the biggest fish. Casting can be tight, with lots of vegetation and limited trails along the river, so be prepared to "earn it" in order to access this section.

Happening Now: With recent cold weather and snow in the high country, expect slow fishing on the Big Cimarron. Nymphing the deep holes and runs with general Pheasant Tail and BH Prince patterns should be the most productive at this time.

Most Productive: Nymphs

Water Clarity: Murky

Recommended Gear: During warmer weather and when fishing dry flies, use longer 3 to 4-wt. fly rods with a soft/slow dry fly action. Also, 13' Tenkara rods with a stiffer 6.4 action or better will work well.

Flow Information
CIMARRON RIVER NEAR CIMARRON, CO
Flow Rate: 56 cf/s
Gage Height: 1.52 ft

Dry Flies: Para extended body BWO #20, May Day BWO #19, Brooks Sprout Baetis #20, Amy's Ant Olive #14, Royal Wulff #14

Nymphs: Juju Baetis #18-20, Flashback Biot Nymph BWO #22, CDC Emerger Baetis #22, Furimsky's Feeding Caddis #14-16, Pennington's Improved Golden #12, Restless Stone coffee/black #08, Tungsten Jr. Mint #10

Cimarron River hatch guide
Currently
Light Rain
Temp: 63.0° F
Humidity: 58%
Wind: Southwest at 3.5 MPH (3 KT)
Tue
Chance Rain Showers
Low: 53° F
High: 73° F
Wed
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
Low: 51° F
High: 73° F
Thu
Mostly Sunny
Low: 46° F
High: 74° F
Fri
Partly Sunny
Low: 48° F
High: 74° F

Cimarron Map

Gunnison

UPDATED: 04/14/2017

EAST PORTAL: The East Portal is located at the upper end of the Black Canyon inside the Black Canyon National Park. This is the only access point into the Black Canyon in which you can drive directly to the river, and is subject to seasonal closures. Once you are down on the Gunnison River you are surrounded by towering granite walls some as high as 2,000 feet. The East Portal is a classic western tailwater, and a gorgeous place to visit.


Happening Now: The East Portal is now open. Look for midges to hatch during the afternoon.

Most Productive: Nymphing

Water Clarity: Green

GUNNISON GORGE This is a magical and beautiful place to fish, especially float fishing! Most famous for the Salmon Fly hatch in May/June. This is a great section of river if you want to get away from the crowds of the East Portal or lower sections around the Pleasure Park. The only access to the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness section is by hiking one of the four trails or a Three Day Float fishing Trip with RIGS.


Happening Now: If you want to go for a good hike head on down into the Gorge, but fishing will be hit or miss for the next month or two. We would recommend that you fish up from Pleasure Park.

Water Clarity: Clear

Recommended Gear: . A 9' to 10' 6-wt. fast action fly rod, with a high sensitivity large arbor reel and solid drag system will give you the stopping power to fight these monster rainbows and browns. Heavier tippet in the 2x to 4x range can always be fished in the "Gunny Green" waters and will be needed especially when float fishing the technical waters.

Most Productive: Streamers/Nymphing

PLEASURE PARK: This stretch of the Gunnison starts at the confluence of the Smith Fork, four miles above Pleasure Park, and ends at the Highway 65 bridge about 12 miles below Pleasure Park. Not as dramatic as the East Portal or Gunnison Gorge, this section of river twists its way through sandstone cliffs and beautiful desert landscape.


Happening Now: The fishing is on fire as you head up from Pleasure Park. Fishing below the confluence will be hit or miss with the water clarity. The BWO hatch is on now. Nymphing with bigger stoneflies and worms has been great, and drifting case caddis in the riffles can be very productive. But you can't go wrong with an egg or worm with a smaller Baetis or midge trailing behind.

Recommended Gear: 5 and 6-wt. fly rods, 9' to 9' 6" with a matching fly line and a reel with a good drag system for fighting big fish.

Most Productive: Nymphing

Water Clarity:Clear

Flow Information
GUNNISON RIVER BELOW GUNNISON TUNNEL, CO
Flow Rate: 741 cf/s
Gage Height: 2.92 ft

DRY FLIES: Parachute Extended Body BWO #20, May Day BWO #19, Parachute Trico #20, Magic Fly Trico #22

NYMPHS: Chocolate Foam Back Emerger #24, Copper Ribbed RS2 #22 - 24, JuJu Baetis #18 - 20, CDC Emerger Baetis #22, Eggs #16 Chartreuse, Worms Red, Orange, Purple #12, Girdle Bugs #6 - 8

STREAMERS: Furimsky's Gunni Special #6, Silverman's Geezus Lizard #1/0, Autumn Splendor #6, Slump Buster #6, Tung Mint Double Copper #8, Lead eye bighorn bugger #6, Dirty Hippy Brown #6

Gunnison River hatch guide
Currently
Fair
Temp: 57.0° F
Humidity: 33%
Wind: South at 3.5 MPH (3 KT)
Tue
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
Low: 40° F
High: 68° F
Wed
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
Low: 40° F
High: 69° F
Thu
Mostly Sunny
Low: 35° F
High: 70° F
Fri
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
Low: 35° F
High: 69° F

Gunnison Map

San Miguel

UPDATED: 04/14/2017
SAN MIGUEL: The stretch of the San Miguel just downstream of Telluride meanders through meadows and trees, and provides a prime example of a Colorado freestone river. The River changes a few miles downstream 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 can produce solid fish.


Happening Now: Fishing on the Miguel has been great. The pre-runoff conditions are looking good. Fishing has been hot around Caddis Flats. Fish a dry/dropper rig and focus your efforts on water that is at least knee deep and moving at a walking pace. Keep an eye flows this time of year. The river can rise with snowmelt after warm days and nights, and can get murky.

Recommended Gear: This river is perfect for lighter weight fly rods in the 3 to 4-wt. range and also Tenkara rods. Tenkara rods are best from 12' to 13' in length and 6:4 (medium) flex. A floating Tenkara line will allow you to fish dry flies with ease.

Most Productive: Dry/Dropper

Water Clarity:Clear

Flow Information
SAN MIGUEL RIVER NEAR PLACERVILLE, CO
Flow Rate: 373 cf/s
Gage Height: 2.78 ft

Drys: Elk Hair Caddis Olive# 16-14, Slickwater Caddis Olive #16, Chubby Chernobyl Tan #16, Puterbaugh's Caddis Tan & Green #14 - 16, Stimulator Olive, Yellow # 14 - 16

Nymphs: Cased Caddis #14-12, BH King Prince #16 - 18, Guides Choice Hare's Ear #16, Tungsten Caddis Larva #16 - 18, Two Bit Hooker light olive # 16, Tungsten Soft Hackle PT #18-14, Restless Stone Coffee/Black #8 and Brown/Yellow #10

San Miguel River hatch guide
Currently
Overcast
Temp: 58.0° F
Humidity: 52%
Wind: South at 8.1 MPH (7 KT)
Tue
Chance Thunderstorms
Low: 46° F
High: 62° F
Wed
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
Low: 45° F
High: 63° F
Thu
Mostly Sunny
Low: 40° F
High: 65° F
Fri
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
Low: 41° F
High: 67° F

San Miguel Map

Uncompahgre

UPDATED: 04/08/2017
UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER AT PA-CO-CHU-PUK: "Pa-Co-Chu-Puk" or just Paco, is the section of the Uncompahgre River that lies inside Ridgway State Park and is a fly angler's dream. It is one of the best tailwaters in the state and holds fish well over 10 pounds. Paco offers easy access for beginners or those with mobility issues, and is a year-round fishing destination with great hatches throughout the year. This is one of the best places to throw dry flies during summer. July through September can be on fire with Caddis, Drake and PMD hatches!


Happening Now: Fishing has been amazing with the warmer air temps. There has been a great midge hatch coming off around 1PM and lasting through 4 PM. Eric's Midge #22 has been the go-to fly for top water action. The early little black stoneflies are also starting to make an appearance. We have been doing really well this past week on Morrish's Pickpocket and the Morrish Anato-May #16 to imitate these small stones. Small Baetis, midges and leeches have also been getting fish.

Recommended Gear: 5 and 6-wt. fly rods, 9' to 9' 6" with a matching fly line and a reel with a good drag system for those big fish.

Most Productive: Nymphing

Water Clarity:Clear

Flow Information
UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER BELOW RIDGWAY RESERVOIR, CO
Flow Rate: 301 cf/s
Gage Height: 2.60 ft
Dry Flies: CDC Midge Black #24, Eric's Midge #22

Nymphs: Juju Emerger Brown, Black #22, Killer Mayfly Brown, Black #20-24, Foam Wing RS-2 Brown #24, JuJu Bee Migde Red #22, Tailwater Tiny Red & Black #20, Midge Larva Black, Red and Purple #22-24, Bling Midge Grey #24, Barr Emerger BWO #22-24, Sidewinder Midge Pupa #26, Morrish's Pickpocket Golden Brown #16, Morrish's Anato-May Hare's Ear #18

Streamers: Hot Head Paco Mini Leech #12, Mayer's Mini Leech Brown #16

Uncompahgre River hatch guide
Currently
Overcast
Temp: 58.0° F
Humidity: 52%
Wind: South at 8.1 MPH (7 KT)
Tue
Chance Thunderstorms
Low: 46° F
High: 62° F
Wed
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
Low: 45° F
High: 63° F
Thu
Mostly Sunny
Low: 40° F
High: 65° F
Fri
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
Low: 41° F
High: 67° F

Uncompahgre Map

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