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Taylor River - Below Taylor Park Reservoir - Colorado

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Afternoon 20-22 Zebra Midge
Scuds All day 16-20 Orange Scud
February Midges Afternoon 20-22 Black Beauty
BWO Afternoon 20-22 Parachute BWO
March BWO Afternoon 18-20 BWO Emerger
Midges All day 20-22 Ruby Midge
April BWO Afternoon 18-20 RS2
Midges All day 20-22 Mercury Midge
May Caddis Evening 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis
Golden Stoneflies All day 8-10 Golden Stonefly Nymph
June Golden Stoneflies Evening 8-10 Golden Stonefly Adult
Green Drakes Afternoon 10-12 Green Drake Dun
July PMDS Afternoon 16-18 Parachute PMD
Caddis Evening 14-18 X-Caddis
August Hoppers Afternoon 6-10 Parachute Hopper
Tricos Morning 20-24 Trico Spinner
September Hoppers Afternoon 6-10 Chubby Chernobyl
Midges All day 20-22 Disco Midge
October BWO Afternoon 18-22 Pheasant Tail
Midges All day 20-22 Griffith's Gnat
November Midges All day 20-22 WD-40
Scuds Morning 16-20 Scud
December Midges Afternoon 20-22 Palomino Midge
Scuds All day 16-20 Orange Scud

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Taylor River, below the Taylor Park Reservoir, is a fly-fishing paradise. Here are the best spots to cast your line:

  • Almont: This area, where the Taylor River merges with the East River to form the Gunnison River, is known for its unrivaled trout fishing.
  • Wildwood Canyon: The insects in this section provide ample food supply, attracting numerous fish. Remember to adhere to the “catch and release” rule here.
  • The Catch and Release Section below Taylor Reservoir Dam: Though challenging due to its catch-and-release regulations and the large size of trout, it is a popular spot for more experienced fly-fishers.

Don’t forget to check for specific fishing regulations that apply to each area. They’re implemented to maintain the health of the fish population and ensure everyone has a fair chance at a great fishing experience.

Best Access Points

If planning to fly fish on the Taylor River, access points below Taylor Park Reservoir are some of the best locations. Ranging from secluded spots to easily accessible areas, these locations present an array of fishing opportunities. Access Points List:
  1. Lodge at Taylor Park: Situated at the reservoir’s outlet, the lodge provides a convenient fishing spot with amenities.
  2. Taylor River Road: Numerous pull-off spots along this road offer direct access to the river.
  3. Dorchester Campground: This campground presents fishing access with excellent surroundings. However, it’s opened seasonally.
  4. Five Mile Bridge: Here, the river slows, providing an excellent spot for fly fishing.
  5. Wildwood Creek Confluence: Meeting point of Wildwood Creek and Taylor River, known for its diverse fish population.
Considering the inherent changes with the seasons, do remember to stay updated on current fishing conditions and regulations prior to your visit.

Local Fish

  • Brown Trout: This species dominates the Taylor River, especially the stretch below Taylor Park Reservoir and is a favorite among fly fishermen due to its challenging fight and beautiful colors.
  • Rainbow Trout: Present throughout the river, these trout are popular with fly fishers due to their sporty nature and vibrant colors.
  • Cutthroat Trout: A western native, these trout are known for their distinctive red throat slash. They may be less common than others, but they are a coveted catch.
  • Brook Trout: These small, vibrantly colored fish are abundant and easy to catch, making them a favorite for novice fly fishers.
  • Lake Trout: These large, deep-water trout are often targeted in the reservoir but can also be found in the river on occasion.
  • Kokanee Salmon: Although not native to Colorado, these salmon are stocked in several local rivers including the Taylor. They provide an exciting fishery during their fall spawning run.
  • Mountain Whitefish: A native species to Colorado, these trout-like fish are often overlooked by anglers but can provide an exciting catch.
  • Arctic Grayling: While not as common as the other species, Arctic Grayling can be found in the Taylor River, particularly in the higher elevation areas. These fish with their signature high dorsal fin are a special treat for fly anglers.

About The River

The Taylor River, snugly tucked beneath the majestic Taylor Park Reservoir, is a natural spectacle that brims with history and natural allure. A tributary of the Gunnison River, the Taylor River started its journey well before man made its mark in Colorado.

Flowing through the Crystal Creek and Lottis Creek, the river has been an incredible source of Trout, attracting anglers from around the world. The area also became a hub of mining operations during the late 19th century.

Adjacent to the Taylor River is the extraordinary Taylor Park Reservoir. The reservoir’s construction in 1937 has added to the river’s appeal, offering panoramic views and water-based recreational activities.

  • The Taylor River is known for its rich trout fishing spots.
  • The River’s surroundings nurture diverse wildlife and plant life.
  • The history entrenched within the river’s path is ripe for exploration and enjoyment.

This enchanting river has something to offer every visitor, from the history lover to the outdoor adventurer.


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