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Taylor River | Colorado

Taylor River Fly Fishing Information

The Taylor River near Gunnison, Colorado is beautiful country.  The Taylor River Tailwater hosts the largest rainbow trout in Colorado.  The Mysis shrimp from the reservoir above allows for trout to reach monster proportions!  10-15 pound trout exist and thrive in these waters!

The .4 miles below the dam is where the “hogs” live.  This stretch has been nicknamed the “hog pen”.  This area receives the most pressure, but it where the majority of the fish are.  The “hog pen” is technical fishing.  Long leaders, fine tippet and a finesse approach is a must!  Big Rainbow and Big Brown Trout live side by side, getting fat on the Mysis shrimp.  One of the most notable hatches on the Taylor River is the Green Drake hatch.  The Green Drakes usually hatch in late July and early August.  It is an amazing site seeing a 24″ rainbow rise to a #12 Green Drake!  Something you will never forget.  Below the dam, there is roughly 12 miles of public water spread out in sections.  This is also great water and large fish do exist in these areas.  Average fish in these sections is 12-18″, still nice fish!

The Taylor River sees some impressive hatches in the summer.  Yellow Sallies, Pale Morning Duns, Golden Stones, Green Drakes, Caddis and Midges hatch through out the summer in great numbers.  The winter and spring are very cold on the Taylor.  Midges and Blue Winged Olives will be the only bugs you will see during this time of year.  Mysis Shrimp can be fished year round on the Taylor.  Spring flows cause mass amounts of Mysis to flush out of the dam, fattening up the fish for the summer.  The Mysis begin to disappear about a mile down stream, from there on, the river is more of your “natural” trout stream and so are the fish.


Taylor River Real Time Stream Flows

Hatches on Taylor River
Summer – Pale Morning Dun, Green Drake, Yellow Sally, Golden Stone, Mysis Shrimp, Caddis
Fall – Midges, Mysis Shrimp, Baetis
Spring – Blue Winged Olives, Midges, Mysis Shrimp
Winter – Midges, Mysis Shrimp

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