Fishing Conditions: GREAT

Report Rating: GREAT
Crowd Rating: Crowded
Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 56-59 Temp: 40-43
Sky: Clear Flow: 771
Wind: None Clarity: Slightly Off
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: April is one of the best months of the year to be out on The Gunny!

Current Conditions at Gunnison:

April is the transition month here in the Valley that takes us out of winter fly fishing conditions and into the new year. With that said, big stoneflies like 20 Inchers and Girdle Bugs are producing strikes left and right! #20 Two-Bit Hookers are great representations of the Baetis nymph and of course, the trusted SJ Worm is always working well here. The water temps are still a bit too cold for any type of BWO hatching activity but there are plenty of Midges hatching on warmer days. On those warmer days trout will move into faster riffles but for the most part they're still holding in deeper, slower water.

Time to head to Colorado‚Äôs western slope for some of the first fly casts of the year. For a good chance at hooking a big fish try dead drifting mayfly patterns. Steamers are a fantastic way to move large trout during the higher water.  Try fishing streamers in a tandem rig, a great combo has been a big nasty black and white streamer followed by a micro leech.  The fishing is great.  Clear skies and 56-59 degree weather. The water temperature was between 40-43 degrees and Slightly Off.

Likely Catch

Species: Brown
Weight: 2 lbs 5 oz
Length: 15 inches
Girth: 6 inches
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female

Current Insect Hatches at Gunnison

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Chocolate Brown Midge

Color: Brownish Tan

Size: 22

Time:

Recommended Flies for Gunnison

Fly: Girdle Bug
Color: Brown Olive
Size: 12
Time: 
Girdle Bug Girdle Bug
Fly: San Juan Worm
Color: Red
Size: 16
Time: 
San Juan Worm San Juan Worm
Fly: Two Bit Hooker
Color: Dark Brownish Red
Size: 20
Time: 
Two Bit Hooker Two Bit Hooker

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late April

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 
Insects: Western Black Quill
Color: Purplish Black to Grayish Brown
Dates: Apr 1 – Jun 30
Emergence: Mid Morning
Size: 14-12
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Midges

Insects: Black Midge
Color: Blackish to Black
Dates: Apr 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 18-20
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
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 
Insects: Winter Black
Color: Black Brown to Reddish Olive, Mottled Brown
Dates: Apr 1 – Aug 15
Emergence: Cold Mountain Streams and Small Ponds
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 


Weather for Gunnison

Current: 50 °F Clear Wind: 8 MPH SSW
Current Condtions

Clear

Temperature: 50 °F
Humidity: 39%
Wind: 8 mph SSW
Pressure: 14.59 psi
Cloud Cover: 0%
Monday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 59 °F  <br/>Low: 36 °F <br/> Wind: 11 mph WSW
Sunny
High: 59 °F
Low: 36 °F
Wind: 11 mph WSW
Tuesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Light snow showers<br/> High: 45 °F  <br/>Low: 27 °F <br/> Wind: 9 mph W
Light snow showers
High: 45 °F
Low: 27 °F
Wind: 9 mph W
Wednesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 54 °F  <br/>Low: 27 °F <br/> Wind: 9 mph WNW
Sunny
High: 54 °F
Low: 27 °F
Wind: 9 mph WNW