Upper Gunnison River

River Information

The 23 mile upper section of the Gunnison flows from Almont to Blue Mesa Reservoir. The river is formed from the confluence of the East and Taylor Rivers and is home to sizeable Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat trout. The river is full of bug life and can be float fished or waded. The upper Gunnison also sees a spawning run of Kokanee Salmon moving out of Blue Mesa Reservoir in the late summer through mid fall.

Recommended Flies

Winter/Spring: Midges, Mayflies, Caddis

Summer: Caddis, Mayflies, Stoneflies, Terrestrials, Streamers

Fall: Caddis, Mayflies, Terrestrials, Streamers

Seasonal Conditions

The river is fishable year round but like most freestones, can be tough during the winter. The Salmonfly hatch in June is the first big hatch of the year and can be extremely exciting to fish. From July through September, any number of Mayflies, Caddis, Stoneflies and Terrestrials can be seen along the river. Fall can be an exciting time to fish here as well. Many very large Brown trout move out of Blue Mesa Reservoir into the river to spawn and can provide anglers with their biggest fish of the year.

River Access

Access is plentiful in this upper stretch. From the confluence of the East and Taylor rivers, heading downstream, over 1.5 miles of public access is available. Twin Bridges, Curecanti National Rec Area, and Van Tuyl are all popular places with good access as well.