Ken - some good water and great pics in the story. I will be going back to that area next year. I love the Upper Rio and the Lake Fork treated us well in 2015.
But.... I have to say you should have made the trek to the Taylor for at least one day. If you saw my post on here....before I broke my back...... it was fishing well. Lots of really nice rainbows and browns.
Post by flyfishermann1955 on Oct 21, 2016 16:40:57 GMT -6
I had read your post and knew the Taylor was fishing well and has beautiful fish. Never having been there before, we had no first hand knowledge of wading conditions. All we knew was that the water release level was 20% above where the book said the wading becomes difficult. Scott has a bad knee and wading the faster water with large rocks is difficult for him. He weighs 50 lbs more than me. After reading about your fall, I didn't want to have to abandon my gear and try to carry him back to the car if there was an accident!
And now, we have a reason to visit Gunnison. We could fish the Taylor and float the Black Canyon section of the Gunnison; I would go back to Cochectopa Creek and the Dome Reservoirs (with a float tube) and the Red Bridge section of the Lake Fork would be an easy drive. So many great places, but so little time!
I appreciate your advice about the River Hill section of the Rio Grande.
Post by underhillsbill on Oct 22, 2016 11:14:35 GMT -6
great trip report and pictures, thanks for sharing. Love that area. Read more recently about the upper Rio Grande, moving up my list of next places to go, especially so close to Lake City. I'll second Jeff's suggestion on the Taylor. The 1/2 mile section below the damn is a blast to fish, can be very technical but lot of fun to cast to monster browns/rainbows. Well worth the drive. Easy wading too, most of the time you can stay out of the water along the banks. The canyon area is the challenging wading, fast waste deep water.
Ken - sorry I didn't get you some more knowledge of the Taylor C&R. The C&R is mainly bank fishing, you don't even have to get n the water. At the very most, you are wading in a foot of water at 250CFS and casting to the rocks and current. Also, a road runs along the river left bank. I caught quite a few fish from the high bank and a few more in knee deep, barely moving water. At 6'2 270 also with a bad knee, it was easy easy. About 5000 fish over 12" in a .7 mile stretch.
Yes, plan to go there someday. The streams above the reservoir are full of fish, too. A nice break from the madness of the C&R. Just don't fall on the boulders!