With trout that shy from lead shot and strike indicators, it is not hard to see why some of the largest trout in the state reside in the tailwater section of river directly below Taylor Park Reservoir. With a rainbow trout weighing an estimated 22 lbs. being caught in May of 1997, these aren't just fish stories of massive fish. With constant flows this section of the Taylor is fishable year round for those hardy enough to get out in the winter. The fish in this river get extremely large due to the mysis shrimp that are flushed out from Taylor Park Reservoir, and to a consistent supply of midges to help support their diet. Mix in excellent hatches of green drakes, blue winged olives, pale morning duns, and golden stoneflies and this river can make for some pretty memorable fishing trips.
Due to the small amount of public water just below the dam, the section known as the 'hog trough' can get overcrowded very easily, but there is public access further down stream, and above Taylor Park Reservoir. Though the massive rainbows are the big news on this river there are browns of varying size, and runs of kokanee salmon in the fall.
The fishing has been great as of late on this Colorado classic. Now's one of the best times to hit this hog producer. For more info on this great river visit Gunnison River Guides.
Current recommended flies: #20-#24 Dorsey's mysis shrimp, #22 epoxy mysis shrimp,#18-#20 tailup mysis, #20-#24 blood midges, #20-#24 black beauties, #20-#24 mercury midge, #22-#24 RSII, #22-#26 red and black mike's midge, #22-#24 Craven's Jujubee midge, #16-#22 red copper john, #22-#26 Dorsey's Top Secret Midge, #22-#26 Mighty Mike's Midge, #22-#24 K.P. Special red, black or green.
The Taylor River is chock full of big hefty rainbows that gorge themselves on the mysis shrimp and seem to have a higher I.Q. than your average tailwater trout. To get the inside scoop on what is working on the water and to get the bugs to get the job done, check out one of the area shops when in the area.
A soft bed, shower and decent breakfast is all some of us need to get ready for a day of fishing. If you need a place to lay your head while visiting the Taylor River check out the links below for some excellent lodging options.