....................... ......Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
Destinations: Gunnison River, Colorado The Gunnison River is one of Colorado's best trout streams. They call much of it their Gold Metal Waters, meaning the best. Both the streams that form the Gunnison River are good trout streams - the Taylor and the East River. Most of its water comes from water that has flowed through a dam, so I guess it is all technically a tailwater, but the upper part, above Blue Mesa Reservoir acts and look much like a freestone stream.
The water below Blue Mesa Reservoir is definitely a tailwater. It flows through the Gunnison Canyon or Black Canyon which is probably the best part of the river. It can be fished many times the upper section cannot be fished, even during some of the runoff period.
The river not only has plenty of trout, it also has Kokanee salmon. They move out of the Blue Mesa Reservoir upstream to spawn each season and fishing for them can be good at times. The best fishing probably comes during the stonefly hatches that occur in the Canyon Section of the Gunnison. Several large trout are usually taken during the period of time the Salmonflies and Golden Stoneflies are hatching each year.
The Gunnison River Canyon is a remote and very well maintained area that is worthy of any fly anglers attention. We hope you get an opportunity to fish it.