Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing the Gunnison Valley:

Choose from walking and wading, floating or lake fishing depending on your preferences.

Located in the heart of Colorado Rockies, Crested Butte and Gunnison are truly a fly fisher's paradise.  Surrounded by pristine rivers and spectacular mountains, it is easy to see why so many come for the fishing and stay for the scenery. Choose between chasing Rainbows, Browns, and Cutthroats on our semi-private water on the Taylor River or chase wild trophy trout on the Gunnison River,  the East River or many of the small creeks in the valley.  Not only are these rivers some of the best in the West but the surrounding scenery is beautiful and our skilled guides will be by your side to share their wealth of local knowledge. 

Whether you are a lifelong fly angler or trying for the first time, our guides will meet you wherever you are in your skill set.  Let us choose the appropriate flies, tackle, and giving tips to help you land either your first trout on fly or the absolute fish of a lifetime!

"The veterans had stories and smiles that I'm certain will last far into the future. Billy, Ben and Dylan provided us with an excellent trip and exemplify the hospitality and warmth of this valley." - Bryan from Project Healing Waters


GUNNISON RIVER FLOWS                                       TAYLOR RIVER FLOWS
                   TOMICHI CREEK FLOWS                                          EAST RIVER FLOWS
          LAKE FORK FLOWS                                                  COCHETOPA CREEK FLOWS

               OTHER VALLEy Water Conditions

                 Gunnison Weather Forecast 

Fishing Report 

September 10, 2017

The Gunnison River flows were helped this week due to a couple of nights of heavy rain. Flows are currently at 500 CFS. The Upper section of the river is soon to be nearly unfloatable in hard boats. The rafts will continue to float it, but will become difficult for hard boats. The lower river near the lake has been slow, although a few fish are still happy to eat a fly. The best fishing and floating continues to be in between North Bridge and McCabe’s Landing. The hopper has been good as the mornings are cool, with an Autumn feel. Throwing a large to medium hopper to the bank will continue to be productive as the average temps drop. Adding dropper nymphs down to 16-18 sizes are producing well with hoppers. Baetis hatches have been becoming frequent, and fish are looking for them. Using a generic Baetis nymph, emerger, or dry during the hatches are producing well. Fun fall fishing is soon to arrive!!    

Our stretch of river on the Taylor continues to fish to fish well. Mid-day fishing has been better, but the afternoon and evening bite has continues to be great. Water levels have been dropped to 300cfs. This water drop will create more pocket water fishing. Flows are still quite strong and caution needs to be taken for novice waders. We have continued to see some hatches between 11 am and 2 pm. In this hatch, we have seen Baetis, a few Caddis Flies, and a few mixed in May Flies. Outside of hatch hours, throwing smaller indicators and dropping down nymphs is still producing great fish. In the evening, a Rusty Spinner fall continues, and is getting a lot of happy fish to the surface to eat dries. Throwing a #14 Rusty Spinner should do the trick to rising fish. Swinging soft hackle flies has been producing some very nice fish as well. 

We had an opportunity to fish the Lake Fork of the Gunnison this week. The flows were low at around 125cfs. This made for really great pocket water fishing. The morning bite was slow, but as soon as the sun got on the water fish started to rise. There was about an hour hatch of what looked like Mahogany Mayflies.. The fish were very receptive and gladly ate a well presented dry on a long leader. Most fish were taken on a Hopper/Dropper combo. A few fish up to 20” were caught making for a great day on a beautiful piece of water. 

The smaller streams in the valley are starting to slow down some as water levels are dropping quickly. The afternoon showers have slowed quite a bit. As water drops the fish will become very weary and spooky. Flies used are pretty simple. A combination of caddis, hopper, or attractor dry flies will work just fine. If you want to use a dropper fly, use a pheasant tail or small attractor nymph. Keeping it simple is the name of the game on the small streams. 

Our Tomichi property lease has been fishing lights out!! The flows are finally to a happy place for fish and angler. Several of our guides have been out and had absolutely banner days. There is an additional $100 rod fee for a full day/$65 for half day for IG clients. It is a true private property fishing experience.      

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