Gale the guide

Veteran fishing mentor to present talk on Gunnison River

Fishing the lower gorge stretch of the Gunnison River, upriver and downriver where it joins the North Fork at the Pleasure Park, will be the subject of a talk Saturday at Western Anglers, 413 Main St.

Veteran Gunnison River guide Gale Doudy and a young client briefly appreciate a chubby Gunnison River rainbow trout before releasing the fish back into the Gunnison River. Doudy will talk Saturday at Western Anglers about fishing the Gunnison River.

It’s winter on the Gunnison River, but the fishing season really never ends.

Veteran Gunnison River fishing guide Gale Doudy, who can be seen year-round fishing the Gunnison River, will present a talk at 10 a.m.
on Saturday about fishing the Gunnison.

Doudy’s presentation is free and will be at Western Anglers, 413 Main St., in Grand Junction.

Doudy, who frequently guides for Gunnison River Expeditions out of Delta, is one of the more-prolific fly-tiers in the area, and he will talk about the flies he uses on the Gunnison and the bugs they imitate.

“I’ll talk about fishing the Gunnison Gorge, but I’ll also talk about jet-boating upriver from the Pleasure Park to the Smith Fork and floating the lower river to Austin,” Doudy said.

Late winter finds the Gunnison above the forks running about 331 cubic feet per second, a flow that confuses more anglers, Doudy said in a story that appeared last spring in The Daily Sentinel.

“At that flow, the Gunnison around the forks is only one- to two-feet deep in most areas,” he said. “And for the most part, nymphing is the most successful method in these conditions.”

He offered several key tips, which he’ll talk more about during Saturday’s presentation:

■ Riffle water moving at a medium speed nymphs better than calm water.

■ Start with a midge pattern in a size 20 and stay small, using only one fly.

■ Midge larva patterns work well early in the day; midge emerger patterns later.

■ Color is critical this time of year, with olive,  tan and gray the most productive colors.

Most importantly, he said, in these days of low water and long shadows is to approach the water quietly, walking slowly and keeping a low profile.

“If you can see the fish, they can see you,” he said.


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