Fishing Conditions: FAIR

Report Rating: FAIR
Crowd Rating: Not Crowded
Not Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Friday, Mar 17, 2017

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 48-51 Temp: 32-35
Sky: Clear Flow: 338
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: The Gunny is starting to come out of it's winter hibernation!

Current Conditions at Gunnison:

Fishing today is only as good as how cold the night time temps were last night. Even though most of the river is running free and clear of ice, the night time temps here in the Gunnison Valley can still get brutally cold so on those particularly cold nights the fishing is going to be pretty slow the next day. SJ Worms trailed by small midge larva and pupa patterns are working well at the moment--Zebra Midges, Top Secrets, and Black Beauties are all bringing trout to net. Regardless of your pattern, trout are still hugging bottom so add plenty of weight to your nymph rig.

The ice is out and the bite is on. For great fly fishing travel just west of Denver! The weather is warming up outside and it is beginning to look like spring again! Time to head to Colorado‚Äôs western slope for some of the first fly casts of the year.  The fishing is fair.  Clear skies and 48-51 degree weather. The water temperature was between 32-35 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 3 lbs 0 oz
Length: 15 inches
Girth: 7 inches
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female

Current Insect Hatches at Gunnison

None

Recommended Flies for Gunnison

Fly: Black Beauty
Color: Black
Size: 20
Time: 
Black Beauty Black Beauty
Fly: Tungsten Zebra Midge
Color: Black
Size: 20
Time: 
Tungsten Zebra Midge Tungsten Zebra Midge
Fly: San Juan Worm
Color: Brown
Size: 16
Time: 
San Juan Worm San Juan Worm

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late March

Caddisflies

Insects: American Grannom
Color: Bright Green to Greenish Brown
Dates: Mar 1 – May 15
Emergence: Early Morning & Afternoon
Size: 10-14
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Little Tan Short Horn Sedge
Color: Dark Brown to Yellow
Dates: Mar 1 – Aug 30
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 14-16
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Mayflies

Insects: Blue Winged Olive
Color: Light Olive Brown to Brown Olive
Dates: Mar 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: Clouds & warmest part of day
Size: 16-18
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Midges

Insects: Chocolate Brown Midge
Color: Brown to Chocolate
Dates: Feb 15 – Dec 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 20-22
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Micro Black Midge
Color: Blackish to Black
Dates: Mar 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: Morning
Size: 22-26
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Snow Midge
Color: Gray to Charcoal
Dates: Jan 1 – Dec 31
Emergence: Warmest part of day
Size: 24-28
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Stoneflies

Insects: Micro Black
Color: Dark Brown to Black
Dates: Jan 1 – May 15
Emergence: 38-44° Water Temps Heat of Day
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Skwala Stone
Color: Dark Brown to Yellow Olive
Dates: Mar 1 – May 15
Emergence: 38-47° Water Temps, Late afternoon and evening. Riffles and bankwater near foliage.
Size: 6-12
Spinner Fall:
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 


Weather for Gunnison

Current: 43 °F Clear Wind: 4 MPH W
Current Condtions

Clear

Temperature: 43 °F
Humidity: 51%
Wind: 4 mph W
Pressure: 14.78 psi
Cloud Cover: 0%
Wednesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Mist<br/> High: 41 °F  <br/>Low: 19 °F <br/> Wind: 6 mph NW
Mist
High: 41 °F
Low: 19 °F
Wind: 6 mph NW
Thursday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 45 °F  <br/>Low: 25 °F <br/> Wind: 2 mph S
Sunny
High: 45 °F
Low: 25 °F
Wind: 2 mph S
Friday's Forecast
weather forecast: Patchy moderate snow<br/> High: 40 °F  <br/>Low: 21 °F <br/> Wind: 8 mph SSE
Patchy moderate snow
High: 40 °F
Low: 21 °F
Wind: 8 mph SSE