Fishing Season: Spring to Early Winter

Gunnison Gorge of the Black Canyon - CO

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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RIGS Fly Shops & Guide Service's Tip of the Week

Flows have come up but clarity has not been affected. The water has some color but still a few feet of viability. PMD's! are coming off from about 11am till 3pm and fish are feeding heavily on the surface. Before and after the hatch dry dropper with PMD energers has been very successful.

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Map of Gunnison Gorge of the Black Canyon

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Tidal Conditions

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5-Day Outlook as of 7/12/24

The PMD hatch is still going but fish are starting to eat hoppers here and there. We have some rain in the forecast for this coming week so bring your raingear and fishing earlier in the day to avoid the afternoon storms.

Techniques & Tips as of 7/12/24

Double Dry during the hatch and the dry dropper with PMD emerges and the Hopper dropper with some Emergers below.

Local Species Available Spring to Early Winter

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    Rainbow & Brown trout

RIGS Fly Shops & Guide Service's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Sulphur Parachute N/A
Sparkle Dun N/A
Yum Yum Emerger N/A
Higa's S.O.S. N/A
The Doculator N/A
Foam Park Hopper Orange

Sulphur Parachute

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RIGS Fly Shops & Guide Service's Recommended Gear

Description: About Gunnison Gorge of the Black Canyon

This section of the Gunnison is broken into two sections listed below starting with the closest to Crystal dam. 1. The East Portal is located at the upper end of the Black Canyon inside the Black Canyon National Park. This is the only access point into the Black Canyon in which you can drive directly to the river, and is subject to seasonal closures. Once you are down on the Gunnison River you are surrounded by towering granite walls some as high as 2,000 feet. The East Portal is a classic western tailwater, and a gorgeous place to visit. 2. Gunnison Gorge : This is a magical and beautiful place to fish, especially float fishing! Most famous for the Salmon Fly hatch in May/June. This is a great section of the river if you want to get away from the crowds of the East Portal or lower sections around Pleasure Park. The only access to the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness section is by hiking one of the four trails

Nearest Airport:

Montrose & Grand Junction

Best Time to Fish:

All day we have found fish

Best Stretch:

This whole section fishes really well through the year. Keep in mind that East portal road has seasonal closures through the winter but it is the easiest to access when open. Otherwise all the hike in trails will offer great runs, riffles, and pools in a more remote setting.

Best Access:

East portal Road in Black Canyon National Park. Chucker and Ute trails in the gunnison gorge are hiker friendly and have great access to the river.