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Cochetopa Creek Fishing Information
Canyon Section - near Gunnison, CO
The canyon section of Cochetopa creek is closer to Gunnison than the main section and takes on a geographic change that changes the fishing experience substantially. The brown and rainbow trout are mostly the same size, but the gradient of the river increases and it takes on the normal characteristics of canyon stretch of a river.
Lots of pocket water with some deeper holes and a mix of fast and slow water depending on the debris in the water is what you can expect in the river. The river has pretty dense foliage on the banks and bushwacking is part of the game in the canyon. This makes it a bit harder to fish and access but the fishing is slightly better due to the difficulty in access. There are some gems in this section and you can get some great solitude here despite being right off the road. Get knee deep in the water and you won’t even hear the cars occasionally passing by!
Fly selection is similar to main section of Cochetopa creek and a dry dropper set up is often the best go to rig. Depending on the time of year, you can expect to do will with a copper john dropper and an elk hair caddis. Fish don’t seem to be too picky in this section so you just need a decent presentation and some time on the river and you should find some fish.
For more information on the main section and other surrounding rivers check out the links below:
Located in the Gunnison River Basin near Gunnison, CO
Fishable Seasons & Current Weather
The best seasons to fish this river are Spring - Fall. See the current weather reports for the next 5-6 days listed below for the nearest city.
wind: 9mph NNW
H 34 • L 33
Weather from OpenWeatherMap
Knowing what flies to use is only have the battle. You have to know when the insects are active on the water and when it's likely the trout are feeding on them. Refer to our hatch charts below to understand when the insect categories and some of the possible hatches on the river.
Midges hatch year round, but their importance is from September through winter into April. During the warmer months, the trout often focus on larger insects as they are more active on the water like mayflies, caddis and stoneflies.
Aside from Blue wing olives, mayflies are active most commonly from May to August in Colorado. There are many different mayfly hatches found on most rivers and the most common are listed below.
Blue Wing Olive: September throut winter to April
Pale Morning Dun: June to Mid September
Colors: White, Yellow
Sizes: #14 - #20
Green Drakes: June to August
Sizes: #8 - #14
Caddis hatch starting early in May and continue to the end of October.
Colors: Olive, Green, Yellow, Tan, Orange, Brown and Black.
Sizes: #10 - #20
We have some great stonefly hatches in Colorado and while not all rivers carry all species of salmonflies, you can often fish stonefly adult patterns with confidence from May to September. Start off in bigger sizes and get smaller till September hits (size 8 - 16)
Little Black Stone: January to May during warm sunny days.
Colors: Black, Grey
Sizes: #16 - #20
Golden Stone: June to August
Colors: Yellow, Tan
Sizes: #8 - #14
Yellow Sally Stonefly: Mid June to August
Colors: Yellow, Tan
Sizes: #12 - #18
Terrestrials don't hatch since they are out of the water, but they can have importance starting in Mid April and ending in September.
These are the the top flies we sell for this river. Use the hatch chart above to know what flies you will want to have in your fly box during your adventure on the river and then select the flies here 30 days before your trip to get them at a great price. All of our flies are hand tied to each order to ensure quality and to keep our prices low for you.
Click on a fly below to select a size and color for purchase.
If you need an easier solution than selecting each fly and size, try out our top fly assortments for this river that will put all the flies you need in a single order for this river. We've already selected the flies we use in our fly box for this river including the sizes and colors and put them in these assortments so you can fish with the confidence that you have the right flies in your box.
Click on any of the pictures to see what flies, colors and sizes we recommend in each assortment.
Use these epic resources to get ready for your adventure. Whether you're planning your trip, learning your insects, improving your fishing with expert tips or getting detailed resources from the USGS streamflows or DoW, we got you covered to help you find the river and find the success you want.