Fishing Conditions: POOR

Report Rating: POOR
Crowd Rating: Not Crowded
Not Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Sunday, Feb 19, 2017

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 40-43 Temp: 32-35
Sky: Clear Flow: 208
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: For the most part the Gunny is frozen over from Almont all the way to Blue Mesa except for small sections in town.

Current Conditions at Gunnison:

The best section of the Gunnison to fish right now is the whitewater park right in town as almost the entire river from Almont down to Blue Mesa are iced over. Despite the very small stretch of fishable water there is some good news! A lot of the massive, and I do mean massive, Rainbows that typically live down river in private water ranches have moved up to the whitewater park because it's the only open free flowing water. Catching them is not easy but they are there to be had. Use 4x tippet and have a brown San Juan Worm as your lead fly and trail that with larger sized Baetis patterns like Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, and Two-Bit Hookers. The large hogs are hunkered down on the bottom of the river so make sure your nymph rig has the appropriate amount of weight to get down to the bottom quickly. The takes are extremely subtle so if you're unable to sight fish make sure and set your hook on any pause of the indicator.

No need to be on the water early, wait for the sun to come up in order to warm up the water temperature. Try a tandem nymph rig. Use a bright colored but small San Juan worm in red or pink to help you see where your flies are drifting.  The fishing is slow.  Clear skies and 40-43 degree weather. The water temperature was between 32-35 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 4 lbs 14 oz
Length: 23 inches
Girth: 11 inches
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female

Current Insect Hatches at Gunnison


Recommended Flies for Gunnison

Fly: Two Bit Hooker
Color: Dark Brownish Red
Size: 16
Two Bit Hooker Two Bit Hooker
Fly: San Juan Worm
Color: Dark Brownish Red
Size: 14
San Juan Worm San Juan Worm
Fly: Copper John
Color: Dark Brown
Size: 18
Copper John Copper John

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late February


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: 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 


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 

Weather for Gunnison

Current: 32 °F Partly cloudy Wind: 0 MPH N
Current Condtions

Partly cloudy

Temperature: 32 °F
Humidity: 78%
Wind: 0 mph N
Pressure: 14.84 psi
Cloud Cover: 25%
Tuesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 44 °F  <br/>Low: 26 °F <br/> Wind: 3 mph NNW
High: 44 °F
Low: 26 °F
Wind: 3 mph NNW
Wednesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 42 °F  <br/>Low: 18 °F <br/> Wind: 7 mph SW
High: 42 °F
Low: 18 °F
Wind: 7 mph SW
Thursday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 24 °F  <br/>Low: 7 °F <br/> Wind: 12 mph W
High: 24 °F
Low: 7 °F
Wind: 12 mph W