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May 15, 2019The snowpack in the Gunnison Valley is well above normal, and a recent report showed the Gunnison Basin at 168%. We expect Blue Mesa Reservoir to fill this summer. Releases from Taylor Reservoir have been increased, and we’ll see more water and peak flows during June. Rivers are swelling with runoff now and we could see an extended runoff for several more weeks. We hope to have good water levels through summer and into fall. There continue to be opportunities to fish the Taylor River, but it’s a good time to watch the flows on a daily basis. The feeder streams coming into the Taylor are bringing in dirty water. And there is also a lot of debris in the river from multiple avalanches in the upper canyon. We’ll continue to see logs and branches in the river as it rises. For areas that can still be fished, nymphing with small midge and mayfly patterns during the warm part of the day should be productive. Try various colors for midge larva and emerger patterns in sizes 18 to 24, and use small baetis nymphs in sizes 18 to 20. You can also fish larger stonefly nymph patterns, like Pat’s Rubber Legs and 20 Inchers. Rig the big stones up front and trail small mayfly nymphs behind, like Two-Bit Hookers, PTs, Micro Mayflies, and Barr’s BWO Emergers. Look for midge and BWO hatches in the afternoons. Streamers can also be productive if the water isn’t too off-color.
-John Bocchino (Colorado Fishing Manager)