FLY FISHING THE GUNNISON VALLEY

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

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!

See below for current water conditions and an updated fishing report. 

"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

Current water conditions

Eleven Experience is committed to the conservation and long-term sustainability of the local watershed. During the severe drought we are experiencing in the western slope of Colorado, we will continue to closely monitor conditions that impact the health of the fishery. The scheduling and timing of fishing trips will be influenced by current conditions; therefore, availability cannot be guaranteed.

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

July 9, 2019

The rivers in the Gunnison Valley are finally settling down but we’ll have high water for a while. This should provide good water levels through summer and into fall. The Gunnison River is now open from Almont to the reservoir. The water is clearing and we’re seeing some decent bug activity. The Taylor River is also running high and can be a challenge to fish in some areas. Anglers should be careful wading in Taylor Canyon. Nymphing with with stonefly and mayfly patterns has been productive. Try mayfly nymphs in sizes 14 to 18, and larger stonefly nymph patterns, like Pat’s Rubber Legs and 20 Inchers in sizes 6 to 10. Rig the big stones up front and trail smaller mayfly nymphs behind, like Two-Bit Hookers, PTs, Micro Mayflies, Copper Johns, and Barr’s BWO and PMD Emergers. Dry fly fishing will pick up as the rivers settle down and clear. When there is good visibility, trout will look up and we’ll be able to throw mostly dry flies and dry-dropper rigs. In addition to midges and BWOs hatching, we’re seeing caddis and Golden Stones, and the summer mayfly hatches are also kicking in (Green Drakes and PMDs). We will see more Drakes and PMDs on various stretches of the rivers over the next couple of weeks. Fish PMDs in the 14 to 16 size range, and the Green Drakes are size 10 to 12.

-John Bocchino (Colorado Fishing Manager)

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