Taylor River Fly Fishing Report – June 16, 2014

Taylor River Fly-Fishing Report

June 16, 2014 – Well, after a week or more of warm and windy weather our snowpack is disappearing rapidly and river levels are dropping every day. The Taylor River peaked at 1560 CFS on June 3 and since then has been steadily dropping and clearing. Today we are at about 900 CFS and I look for the flows to drop into the 600 range by the beginning of July. River temperatures are still on the cold side with daily highs in the mid – forties and overnight lows in the low – forties.

Taylor River Fly Fishing

Fishing has been steady with deep nymph rigs as well as Streamers. Most fish seem to be still holding under heavy currents and the biggest key for the fisherman is to get your fly down to where they are for as long as possible on each drift. Remember that when your cast hits the water, it will take a certain amount of time for your nymph rig to get down into the target zone where the fish are. As soon as your line begins tensioning up at the end of your drift, the flies will rise up in the water column and your chances are over until you recast. The more time that your fly is dead drifting in the target zone the better your chances are of hooking fish. Efficiency is the name of the game, covering the water thoroughly and paying attention to the slightest little bump. Watch those mid drift mends that can ruin a good drift by pulling the fly up off the bottom. Maintaining a dead drift is more critical than what fly you use so choose your casting angle to maximize your drift and minimize mending.

At this point in the season, the fish are pretty opportunistic and will eat a variety of different nymphs including Pheasant Tails, Hare’s Ears, Stoneflies, smaller Mayfly nymphs and Caddis larvae. The exception to this is the early afternoons where strong Blue Winged Olive activity can make the fish extremely selective for the Emergers and Nymphs. I have recently watched Trout migrate from deeper water to suspend and eat the BWO Emergers in fast, riffly water. These fish are best fished with a Dry/Dropper set up. I like a large Golden Stone Dry on top which they will occasionally eat but the important part of the equation is a size 20 BWO bead head that if well presented will be eaten like candy.

Aside from the BWO hatch mid afternoon, the River is pretty quiet hatch wise. This will change soon and within the next week or so we’ll be seeing lots of Caddis and Smaller Stoneflies throughout the daylight hours and Dry Fly fishing will be the most productive.

We have also been fishing well with large black Streamers, swinging them slow and deep through the runs. Typically, Streamers produce the most action but result in fewer hook ups than nymphing as short strikes are common. A trailer hook is a good solution for this and Streamers with long tails and no trailer hook should be avoided.

Rarick Creek is fishing very well right now with good flows and hungry fish. These fish are a lot more active than the fish in the River at this time of year and good fishing can be had with a Dry as well as a Dry/Dropper combo. Make sure to approach each hole carefully and quietly as you may find a pod of fish sipping greedily on the surface. If you see this, slow down, check your terminal tackle as some of these fish are bruisers and determine how you can make a nice soft cast without spooking every fish in the hole. A few moments spent “sussing” up the situation can lead to a nice Rainbow on your first cast.

All six ponds are also fishing well and the fish are very surface oriented, eating lots of Midges throughout the day. Calm days are best for a dry and large fish can be taken by sight fishing with very small dries.

I’m pretty excited as today we received an order of over 2,000 flies, specific to the fishing that we offer here at the Wilder. As we all know, fish can be selective and change their diet frequently during the season from the tiniest midges to the biggest Grasshoppers and Stoneflies. After guiding on the Taylor and screening numerous samples of the bug life underwater for the last several years I am looking forward to trying out some new “bugs’ that I hope will be productive for both our Homeowners and guests.

Wildflowers are out, the grass is green, the River is clear and any day now the Taylor is going to begin kicking out the biggest hatches of the year. If you haven’t had a chance to experience our world class Dry Fly fishing at the Wilder, be sure to make it a priority this summer. Hope to see you on the water.

Lu Warner
Head Guide
Wilder on the Taylor

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Wilder on the Taylor: Fishing Report – June 2013

Rainbow Trout at Wilder on the Taylor

Net full of Rainbow- This 6 lb Rainbow was recently taken in the river on size 20 Blue Winged Olive nymph.

June 9, 2013 – While Western Colorado struggles with difficult fishing conditions due to peak spring flows, fishing at Wilder on the Taylor is fantastic, with stable flows and clear water. With summer just around the corner, warmer water temperatures on the horizon, and hatches of Blue Wing Olives on cloudy days – afternoons on the river have been the best time for fishing.

Otherwise, the river is fishing well with a number of droppers set up, including pheasant tails, small mayflies, and larger stoneflies fished deep in the runs. Over the coming weeks we expect the dry fly fishing to improve immensely, with more consistent daily hatches of caddis, mayfly, and stonefly.

Rarick Creek is fishing very well on the surface, with small mayfly hatches occurring throughout the day. A well-presented small dry, such as a Parachute Adams, is a great option to hook one of the large rainbows you’re sure to see swimming through the water.

The hatches on the pond have been quite good as well, with fish rising to midges in the mornings and small mayflies throughout the afternoons and evenings. The best bet is to spot a feeding fish and cast your fly towards where they will be swimming. Hoppers are already getting big and active, so it won’t be long before the fish start looking for large bugs on the surface.

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Rarick Creek a Fly-Fishing Gem at Wilder on the Taylor

Rarick Creek at Wilder Colorado imageThe Taylor River may be the best-known stretch of water at Wilder on the Taylor in the Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley, but Rarick Creek also has been receiving rave reviews. Developed in a detention area where the original Rarick Creek ran through the property years ago, three miles of meandering stream was reconstructed by Matt Weaver of Bozeman, Montana-based Five Rivers Restoration and completed in 2009.

Located in the meadow behind the owners’ cabins, the creek has developed into its own self-sustaining ecosystem with the trout reproducing and wintering safely. “It’s a habitat that fish like,” says Jackson-Shaw Vice President Ron Welborn. “We just enhanced what Mother Nature created before the property was a ranch years ago.”

The original creek didn’t disappear; it runs along the north side of the ranch and delivers vital water to the hay meadow when the snowmelt makes it way down the mountains. The reintroduced stretch offers excellent sight-fishing opportunities and is an ideal option when people want to fly-fish without wading, get out for a few casts before dinner and develop confidence in the sport.

When discussing Rarick Creek, Weaver notes that it’s “the best expression of my work in creating new waters for comfortable and challenging fly-fishing that I have done yet.”

Rarick Creek at Wilder-on-the-Taylor image

Rarick Creek at Wilder-on-the-Taylor image

Rarick Creek at Wilder on the Taylor image

Rarick Creek at Wilder on the Taylor image

Rarick Creek at Wilder on the Taylor image

Rarick Creek at Wilder on the Taylor image

Rarick Creek at Wilder on the Taylor image

Rarick Creek at Wilder on the Taylor image


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