Taylor River Fly Fishing Report

River Information

The Taylor River starts high in the mountains near Crested Butte as it makes its way towards Taylor Reservoir. Below the reservoir is the famous Catch and Release section (or "C and R" as most people will refer to it). This highly technical tailwater offers phenomenal sight fishing to very large and educated trout...some of which are as long as your leg.  As you head further downstream, the river takes on characteristic more like a freestone and the fish become much more catchable. 


Recommended Flies

Winter/Spring: Midges, Mayflies

Summer: Caddis, Stoneflies, Mayflies, Terrestrials, Midges

Fall: Midges, Mayflies, Caddis

***Mysis Shrimp will be a year round food source in the first few miles down from the dam. 


Seasonal Conditions

The Taylor River offers year round fishing. The most popular stretch during the winter will be the tailwater sections near the dam. Throughout the summer and fall, Stoneflies, Mayflies, and Caddis in various forms all make an appearance and can provide some terrific dry fly fishing. 


River Access

Access is good on the Taylor. Approximately 12 miles of public water exist. The C and R is approximately a 1/2 mile stretch located along Hwy 135 at mile marker 20. Additional public access exists along Hwy 135 as well and is clearly marked.