7lb 24 inch 'bow took a caddis larvae
Larger fish are starting to hold in fishable water
Some of the snow is melting: reducing glare and making it easier to spot the big fish
Many of the fish were keying in on small thread midges
10 lb 25.25 inch bow refused many patterns but took a flashy midge on the first drift
We spotted two fish at or over 30 inches. Neither of them were feeding, but it was worth watching them chase each other and any other fish that got in their territory. If they were just a bit more aggressive, we would have thrown streamers at them. A 'yahoo' performing RIP sets with an indicator actually tail hooked one of the monsters and we watched it porpoise across the river like a tuna. Monstrous fish.
Later that evening we found another 30+ fish up near the top of the C&R. It was extremely spooky and wanted nothing to do with us, even with our extreme stalking. Its tail must have been 10-12 inches tall.
The Taylor should only get better in the next couple weeks.
Day 2: we went to check out the Lake Fork of the Gunnsion
Definitely a gorgeous river, yet wasn't that fishy at this time of year. The lower stretches toward Blue Mesa Reservoir is in a scenic, steep canyon. The river is crystal clear and has deep holes between fast rapids, even at the extremely low flows of spring. We decided to fish streamers and had a few hook ups and many more follows.
We then fished farther South (upstream) in the meadow ranch land section. This section has extensive stream improvements and looks like a hybrid of the Blue River below Dillon and the Yampa. we saw very few fish here, and the fish we did see took Baetis patterns. The Lake Fork was not as productive as we expected, but definitely worth the drive.