Just got back from a couple of days on the Gunnison, Taylor, and East Rivers... great friends, scenery, food, and weather, along with great fishing! Together we landed around 140-150 trout with about a 60/40 mix of browns to rainbows. Large number of fish in the 14-17 inch range. Hottest fly going was the Two Bit Hooker as the Baetis
were quite active.
Gunnison River a mile or so below Almont... terrific wade fishing w/ public access.
Typical Gunnison River, hard-fighting rainbow. Nice to see their numbers up from previous bouts w/ whirling disease.
Nice brown takes an aspiration bath in my net behind a riffle rock.
Me playing a fish on the East River. Levels were seasonally low on the East, but it was still fishing pretty well. Not many Kokanee's coming through yet though.
A reminder that fall comes early at 8000 feet... looks like this brown has been working on a spawning redd judging by that tail.
My best fish of the trip... 18~19" buck rainbow from the Gunnison that actually took me into my backing!
My buddy getting ready to chase another one down the riffle.
This year's lunker award... my buddy's 25" Cuttbow from the Gunnison on a San Juan Worm. There were enough showers in the area all week to keep the fish energized and really put them on the worm at times.
Check out this specimen from the Gunny... perfect fins, proportions, colors, etc. Exceptional fish!
So here's a bit of a nostalgic milestone... since I've been keeping a fishing logbook, this little Taylor River brown was fish #7000
for me. Obviously I wanted 7000 to be some hulking trout, but we hoisted the flask over it anyway.
Seven thousand and ONE for the road
... last fish of the morning before packing up for some Death Fries at the Eddy, and then the long ride home.