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

June 19, 2020
The rivers in the Gunnison Valley are in great shape and fishing is turning on. It’s a good idea to watch the flows now, especially after it rains. Fishing opportunities include nymphing with big stonefly nymphs and small mayfly patterns and midges. Good stonefly nymphs include Pat’s Rubber Legs and 20-Inchers in sizes 6 to 10. For mayfly nymphs, try Two-Bit Hookers, Pheasant Tails, Micro Mayflies, Barr’s BWO Emergers, RS2s, and JuJu Baetis in sizes 16 to 20. Zebra Midges and midge larva and emerger patterns in various colors, sizes 18 to 22, can be trailed behind a mayfly nymph or stonefly nymph. Streamers can also work well, especially when the water is off-color. I like the black Sculpzilla, sizes 4 and 8. And for dry fly fishing, there are BWOs and caddis hatching, along with stonefiles. We’re seeing Green Drakes and PMDs hatching on the Gunnison River already, so the summer mayfly hatches are kicking in a bit earlier this season due to the lower water and warmer temps now. We already have water temps in the upper 50s and could be looking at drought conditions soon. We need rain.
-John Bocchino (Colorado Fishing Manager)


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