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Fishing Conditions

Fishing report July 25, 2017

Dolores ~ Uncompahgre ~ San Miguel ~ Gunnison

San Miguel River:  (200-300 cfs below Placerville)  Under clear water conditions, the San Miguel is fishing fantastic.  In many years, the very best fishing occurs as the water is falling from its peak.  The river will be tricky wading until it's below 200 cfs, but the trout are feeding actively in the flank water and heavy pockets.  It's dry fly time.  Abundant hatches provide our best dry fly fishing of the year.  Caddis, PMDs, BWOs, Yellow Sally stones and the stray green drake have the fish looking up.  Large attractors are highly effective, too.  The Chubby Chernobyl, PMX, Bugmeister and other high floating entrees will raise more than the occassional fish.  Match the hatch dries include the Para Caddis, Hi Vis Variant, Grey Wolff, H&L Variant and the ubiquitous Parachute Adams.  Extended body Parachute PMD and BWOs might be the best flies in the river.  Mayfly nymph droppers are also highly effective.  Err on the side of smaller nymphs:  size #16-20 Micro May, #16-20 Mayhem, Split Case emergers, RS-2, etc.

Dolores River:  (100 cfs at Rico)  Frequent rain is holding up water levels nicely, but the Upper Dolores is also subject to muddy blowouts after intense downpours.  Most of the time, some part of the Upper Dolores is fishable.  Overall fish activity and hatches are peaking for the season, so when you find clear water, expect outstanding fishing.  Fly patterns mirror those for the San Miguel for the next 2-3 weeks.

Uncompahgre:  (422 cfs at Pa-Co):  The Uncompahgre is fishing reasonably well at Pa Co Chu Puk.  Wading is still challenging, but fish are feeding very actively on the mid-day PMD hatch, which comes off in early afternoon.  Nymph in the morning, then switch to dries when you see the bugs.  During this hatch, Pa Co fish really want a PMD pattern, so practice your match-the-hatch skills.  Technical patterns are most effective:  Hairwing Dun, Silhouette, Harrop's CDC patterns, Pink Albert Captive Dun, Hacklestacker Dun, Mayhem, Split Case Emerger, Military Mayfly, etc. 

Gunnison:  (957 cfs):   This is a magnificent fishing flow.  The bank water is high enough to provide perfect habitat, which enhances hopper fishing, especially below the Smith Fork.  Through the heart of the Black Canyon, nymphing is by far the most effective technique in late July and early August.  Small caddis and mayfly emergers, in addition to the ever-deadly Pat's Rubber Legs, are accounting for most of the larger fish.  Below the Smith Fork, it's hopper time.  Wading anglers should find shallow gravel bars that allow mid-stream access in order to cast tight to the banks.  If your hopper lands within 12" of the bank, it is very likely to be eaten by a potentially large brown trout.  Nymphing the mid-stream riffles is also highly effective.  Size 16-20 mayfly and caddis nymphs and emergers are the bread and butter patterns.

Please call Telluride Angler with your fishing questions.  We will be happy to steer you toward our best local fly fishing opportunities.  1-800-831-6230

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