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Old 05-29-2013   #1
 
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Gunny Gorge Flows

Does anyone know if there are plans to release more water into the Gunnison Gorge this summer? It has been a steady 300 cfs for quite some time. Last year it seemed it ran at 600.

How run-able is it at 300? Am thinking an IK day trip may be in order...

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Does anyone know if there are plans to release more water into the Gunnison Gorge this summer? It has been a steady 300 cfs for quite some time. Last year it seemed it ran at 600.

How run-able is it at 300? Am thinking an IK day trip may be in order...
The report from the April 23 operations meeting said there would be a one day release with 640cfs below the tunnel. (Didn't say when) The report also said BuRec is going to conserve the reservoir storage for the coming dry year. It doesn't look good for an increased flow.
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Does anyone know if there are plans to release more water into the Gunnison Gorge this summer? It has been a steady 300 cfs for quite some time. Last year it seemed it ran at 600.

How run-able is it at 300? Am thinking an IK day trip may be in order...
300 is a great flow if you want a mellow, easy, III- ish day.

Did it ~3 weeks ago in packrafts:



I assume it'd be similar in an IK.

Kind of a long day with shuttles. Great place for an overnight.
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I have done it at 300-330 range in a mini-max with a mound of gear and 3 people. It was good to go. Have a fun trip. It's a great stretch of river.
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Old 05-29-2013   #5
 
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Talked to someone who was at the B of Rec meeting in april. Peak will probably be late June or early July. Flows might be 400-500 after until September. Blue Mesa is so low they are trying to hold back everything they can. Not sure if timing of peak has changed since April.
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Can a 14' raft make it down at current flows?

Anyone been down lately, are there any salmon flies buzzing around?
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Wade fished Saturday just above the confluence with NF. There were a few adult salmonflies around. Fish weren't keying on them at all. Hatch will probably move upstream quickly with the low flows if last year is any indication.
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Went down a few weeks ago. Had mini-me's. A 14' will be tight. Bring pin kit or smaller boat.
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This from gunny gorge anglers:

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The Gunnison will remain at 300 until last week of June and then have a small peak flow of 700 cfs and stay around 500 cfs the rest of the summer then return to 300 cfs for the winter months. Blue Mesa expected to still be 45 feet low at the end of runoff. Fish early in the summer and then early in the day later in the summer to avoid the warmer water temps and less stress on the fish.
I've heard the salmonflies have started to hatch lower down too.

Anyways, was hoping for it to be around 600-1000 because I think i only have access to 14+ft rafts and duckies, don't know if I want to do three days/two nights in duckies...
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illegalsmile...I'm wanting to make the run in my 12' Achilles w/o frame and catch fish...did the anglers say how long the flow would stay at 700cfs? that may be my window....cheers
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