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Fishing Conditions

Fishing report January 17, 2018

Dolores ~ Uncompahgre ~ San Miguel ~ Gunnison

Uncompahgre:  (49 cfs at Pa-Co):  The Uncompahgre is fishing reasonably well at Pa Co Chu Puk.  Wading is easy and fish are often visible in the low, clear flows of mid-winter.  A daily midge hatch often activates the trout for a few hours.  Failing that, we're catching fish on midge and mayfly nymphs as well as a wide variety of streamers.

Gunnison:  (936 cfs):   The Lower Gunnison is fishing better than average for mid-winter, a product of excellent fishing flows from the Crystal Reservoir.  Midges and a few BWOs hatch most days.  Small fish sporadically rise, while larger fish are generally caught on streamers or nymphs.  Light colored streamers, including the Bread-n-Butter bugger, seem to move the most fish under cold water conditions.  Crawfish patterns are also consistent producers.  Nymphing with a combination of an egg or SJ worm together with a size #20-#22 midge or baetis nymph is a high percentage way to work the riffles.  

San Miguel River:  The main branch of the San Miguel is iced and not fishable, but the Town Fork is mostly ice-free and fishing reasonably well through the town of Telluride and on Telluride's Valley Floor.  The best fishing is right in the middle of the day under warmest air conditions.  Dry fly opportunities are limited, but nymphing with midges, mayfly nymphs and small caddis nymphs (all in the size #18-#20 range) is surprisingly productive.  The water is low and clear, so it's best to rig your nymph under a dry fly rather than an indicator.  

Dolores:  Iced and unfishable.  Check back in March!



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