Fishing Conditions of Local Water Around My Shop!
GUNNISON RIVER (Upstream of Pleasure Park)
This particular section of Gunnison River consists of a tailwater fishery out of Crystal Dam, which is a part of Black Canyon National Park near Montrose, Colorado. Base flows of recent years have been between 325 cfs up to 5000 cfs. It is technically a tail water, however it fishes like a freestone river with prolific hatches of multiple aquatic insects. Popular hatches include Salmon Fly (Pteronarcys), Yellow Sally, Caddis, Pale Morning Dun, and Blue Winged Olive along with terrestrials. Since it is a tailwater, it is fishable year round.
Current Condition: Flow has bumped up to about 550cfs. Water is running a bit cooler and fish are happier. I would run dry dropper with size 14 - 18 perdigons as well as small stonefly nymphs since there are some activity of non-flyer stoneflies. Grass hoppers to the banks is pretty hot right now below smith fork.
Recommended Gear: 5wt/6wt rod,
Fly Selection: Chubby #8-12, Morrish Hopper #10-12, Perdigons in various colors #14-18
GUNNISON RIVER (downstream of Pleasure Park)
This section of the Gunnison River is downstream of the confluence between the main stem of the Gunnison and the North Fork of the Gunnison River. It can be fished by walk-wading as well as on a comfortable drift boat/ raft. This section can be a bit more touchy as far as the flow goes because of the North Fork. When North Fork is in high water, usually caused by runoff or rain storms, it dumps dirty water to the Gunnison River and could cause fishing to slow down. As far as hatches go, it is very similar to the Upstream section.
Current Condition: Water has come up a bit to 550cfs plus the North Fork coming in at around 75cfs. Dry dropper with perdigons to the bank will produce. Nymphing the riffles with worm, small stoneflies and perdigons should produce as well.
Recommended Gear: 9ft to 9.5ft 5wt, 6wt rod.
Fly Selection: Jig Perdigon Olive, or Quill body #16-#20, Rainbow Warrior #16, Grass hopper #10-14, San Juan Worm#14, pats rubberleg #10-12
Uncompahgre River (Through Montrose)
The Uncompahgre River through the town of Montrose is fishable all year round except during runoff. The runoff on this river is caused by the Cow Creek upstream. Between April and October, it is the high water season, which is caused by the canal connecting the Gunnison River and the Uncompahgre River to provide enough water for the farmers downstream for their crops. During the high water season, fish can be caught in slow eddies. During the low water season, fish can be caught in slow riffles and cut banks. The river holds a healthy population of brown trout and rainbow trout with chances of hooking into a fish of a lifetime.
Current Condition: Water is clearing up and fishing is getting better. Water level will be high till end of October. Dry dropper rig with longer and heavier dropper to soft water should produce. Float fishing to the banks has been great. PMD hatch in the afternoon might be the path you don't want to miss. Fishing is getting better over all.
Recommended Gear: 5wt rod
Fly Selection: Chubby #6-10, Rainbow Warrier #12-18, random perdigon #12-18, Leeches #12-16