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Fish Report

Cimarron

UPDATED: 04/10/2014

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: No fishing, Still WINTER at 10,000 feet.

Most Productive:N/A

Water Clarity:N/A

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.

Flow Information
CIMARRON RIVER BLW SQUAW CREEK AT CIMARRON, CO
Flow Rate: 108 cf/s
Gage Height: 8.23 ft
CIMARRON RIVER NEAR CIMARRON, CO
Flow Rate: 34 cf/s
Gage Height: 1.23 ft
Dry Flies: #14 Para-Hoppers (tan and olive), #14 Olive Simulators, Peacock PMX #12, Double Dutch Bug Golden #12, Elk Hair Caddis Tan #18-14, Slack Water Caddis Tan # 16-14, Never Sink Caddis tan #16-14 CDC Thorax Grey Drake #12, Red Quil #12


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
Cimarron River hatch guide
Currently
Fair
Temp: 66.0° F
Humidity: 16%
Wind:
Sat
Chance Rain Showers
Low: 40° F
High: 66° F
Sun
Partly Sunny
Low: 40° F
High: 71° F
Mon
Partly Sunny
Low: 42° F
High: 74° F
Tue
Mostly Cloudy
Low: 42° F
High: 74° F

Cimarron Map

Gunnison

UPDATED: 04/13/2014
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 has been hit or miss. The water temps. are still very low, in the high 30's. The most productive days have been on the coldest and cloudiest days. These nasty days are perfect for great hatches of Blue Wing Olives so bring your dry fly box. Beatis nymphs and Midge Pupa have been the ticket for consistent action.

Most Productive: Nymphing/Dry Flies

Water Clarity: Excellent

GUNNISON GORGE National Conservation Area: 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: Gunnison Gorge below the Smith Fork is blown out with water very muddy and off color. Gunnison Gorge above the Smith Fork: The Gorge is fishing very well, we are starting to see great hatches of Blue Wing Olives. If you do head in to the gorge fish beatis nymphs and BWO dry flies. The best days for dry fly fishing will be on the cloudiest days.

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/Dry Flies

Water Clarity: Excellent

LOWER GUNNSION: This stretch of the Gunnison starts at the confluence of the North Fork of the Gunnison and the Gunnsion River. Not as dramatic as the East Portal or Gunnison Gorge, this section of river twists it's way through the sandstone cliffs and beautiful desert landscape.


Happening Now: Lower Gunnison- Below the confluence of the North Fork, the Gunnison is NOT FISH ABLE do to runoff. You will no longer be able to cross the North Fork. Fishing is on fire up river of the Smith Fork confluence. The water has hit the magical 43 degree mark and Midges and BWO's are all over. Fish have started moving out of the deeper holes and are moving up in to the faster riffles. Fish big midge larve first thing in the morning. Around eleven o'clock start fishing Beatis nymphs and emergers. By two o'clock you should start see adult Blue Wing Olives on the surface.

Recommended Gear: Sage ONE 690-4, Lamson Litespeed #2, RIO Gold WF6

Most Productive: Nymphing/Dry Flies

Water Clarity:Excellent

Flow Information
GUNNISON RIVER AT DELTA, CO.
Flow Rate: 1150 cf/s
Gage Height: 2.33 ft
GUNNISON RIVER BELOW GUNNISON TUNNEL, CO
Flow Rate: 479 cf/s
Gage Height: 2.22 ft
NORTH FK GUNNISON RIVER ABOVE MOUTH NR LAZEAR, CO
Flow Rate: 718 cf/s
Gage Height: 3.98 ft
DRY FLIES:Ext. Body BWO #18-20, Traditional BWO #18-20, Adams #18-20 NYMPHS: Tung. Pocket Water Beatis #20, Tung. Micro May Olive #20, Jonny Flash #22, Barr Emerger Trico #22, RS2 #22-16, Killer May Brown #22-18, JuJuBee Midges #18-22, Crystal Flashers Brown #20, Micro Mayflys Olive #18-20, #16 red tung copper john, Bars Emergers ( BWO), G-String Worm Red, Orange, Brown #12 STREAMERS: Kingfishers Heavy Metal #4 Olive, Gunny Special #4, Articulated Leech Black #4
Gunnison River hatch guide
Currently
Fair
Temp: 55.0° F
Humidity: 21%
Wind: from the West at 11.5 gusting to 18.4 MPH (10 gusting to 16 KT)
Sat
Chance Rain Showers
Low: 31° F
High: 58° F
Sun
Mostly Cloudy
Low: 27° F
High: 60° F
Mon
Partly Sunny
Low: 29° F
High: 62° F
Tue
Mostly Cloudy
Low: 28° F
High: 63° F

Gunnison Map

San Miguel

UPDATED: 04/10/2014
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: With the past few days of warmer weather the San Miguel has started to turn off color do to runoff. If you do head to the Miguel the water will be the clearest in the morning through 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: Nymphing

Water Clarity:Great

Flow Information
SAN MIGUEL RIVER NEAR PLACERVILLE, CO
Flow Rate: 221 cf/s
Gage Height: 2.58 ft
Drys:


Ext. Body BWO #20-18, Adams Para Wulff #20, Para Adams 22-18 Nymphs:Cased Caddis #14-12, 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 River hatch guide
Currently
Fair
Temp: 54.0° F
Humidity: 26%
Wind: West at 3.5 MPH (3 KT)
Sat
Snow Showers Likely
Low: 22° F
High: 46° F
Sun
Chance Rain/Snow
Low: 23° F
High: 47° F
Mon
Chance Rain Showers
Low: 25° F
High: 50° F
Tue
Mostly Cloudy
Low: 22° F
High: 49° F

San Miguel Map

Uncompahgre

UPDATED: 04/10/2014
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: This past week at Paco we have been seeing huge hatches of midges and the fish have been hammering them all day. Nymphing is going to be the most productive with some sporadic dry fly fishing. Start your day out by fishing your Midge Larve and Pupa on the bottom of the river. Adjusting your weight is critical for this. As the day progresses start fishing your Midge Pupa patterns in the middle of the water column. Good luck!!!

Recommended Gear: Sage ONE 490-4, Sage 4600 reel, RIO Gold WF4

Most Productive: Nymphing

Water Clarity: Excellent

Flow Information
UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER AT COLONA, CO
Flow Rate: 360 cf/s
Gage Height: 4.64 ft
UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER AT COLONA, CO.
Flow Rate: 249 cf/s
Gage Height: 4.28 ft
UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER BELOW RIDGWAY RESERVOIR, CO
Flow Rate: 353 cf/s
Gage Height: 2.58 ft
UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER NEAR RIDGWAY, CO.
Flow Rate: 96 cf/s
Gage Height: 2.19 ft
Dry Flies: Eric's Midge #24, CDC Midge Black #24-22, Ext. Body BWO #22-18,


Nymphs: Eggs #14, Redhead Step Child #18, Red Midge Larvae #22-16, Olive RS2 #22, Chicken Hawk Beatis Olive #22, Slow Guy Beatis #18, Top Secret Midge #22, JuJu Bee Midge Zebra and Brown #20, Black Beauty #22, Olive Larve #16, Military May #18, Red RoJo Midge #18
Uncompahgre River hatch guide
Currently
Fair
Temp: 54.0° F
Humidity: 26%
Wind: West at 3.5 MPH (3 KT)
Sat
Snow Showers Likely
Low: 22° F
High: 46° F
Sun
Chance Rain/Snow
Low: 23° F
High: 47° F
Mon
Chance Rain Showers
Low: 25° F
High: 50° F
Tue
Mostly Cloudy
Low: 22° F
High: 49° F

Uncompahgre Map

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