Insider’s guide to mid-summer fishing in the Gunnison Basin


GUNNISON — The summer fishing is very good on the Gunnison River.

Mark Williams of Dan’s Fly Shop in downtown Gunnison said the best fishing now and for a few weeks is the Neversink and Coopers Ranch section of the river west of town.

“This lower section is nearly clear now and fishing well,” said Sullivan, who can be reached at 970-642-4223. “Aggravate them with a big dry such as a Stimulator, followed by a 20-incher or anything with peacock.

“Articulated streamers also work well. Green drakes also are coming out.”

All the small creeks in the area are good now, he said, as well as the Taylor River for dries.

The list of smaller creeks include Ohio, Tomichi, Cochetopa, Quartz Creek,  Curecanti and Cebolla. Williams can supply directions and fishing advice for all.

From Almont to the North Fork, this is all big water by Colorado standards.

The early summer season, with its high waters and seasonal winds, is best fished with heavier rods and nymphs and streamers fished deep. The occasional small mayfly hatch is a bonus.

Mid-summer brings abundant hatches and access to the high country tributaries. Stealth becomes as important as the gear and fly you choose.

For even more choices, consider other local waters, including the Taylor, East, Lake Fork and Cimarron rivers. Each is a different part of the Gunnison region with its own story to tell. The Gunnison Basin is a vast area of public streams, lakes, reservoirs and ponds waiting for you to explore.


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