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

September 16, 2019
Fall is approaching with rain and cooler temps, and we have already had some early snow up in the mountains. We should see good fishing now through October. The Gunnison River is fishing well and float trips continue to be productive. The upper section of the Taylor River and the C&R stretch are still seeing a decent PMD hatch in the afternoons, especially on the cloudy, rainy days. There are also caddis and BWOs hatching. And there are plenty of hoppers out in the valley. Nymphing with mayfly patterns and midges has been productive. Try mayfly nymphs in sizes 14 to 20, like Two-Bit Hookers, Pheasant Tails, Micro Mayflies, Barr’s BWO Emergers, RS2s, and JuJu Baetis. Zebra Midges and midge larva and emerger patterns in various colors, sizes 18 to 22, can be trailed behind a mayfly nymph. Dry fly fishing has been good on the Taylor River. Before the hatches, you can fish an attractor, like a Stimulator or Chubby or hopper, with a beadhead mayfly nymph underneath. A Yellow Stimmie or Golden Stone or hopper pattern in size 10 to 14, with a Pheasant Tail or small Prince Nymph below it, is a good rig to fish. For the PMDs, fish a variety of adult and cripple/emerger patterns. CDC Biot PMDs in the 16 to 18 size range have been working well, and the Mole Fly is always good to fish, especially at the C&R. When the mayfly spinners are in the air, fish rusty spinner patterns or flies with a brown or mahogany body color in sizes 14 to 18. Streamers have also been working on the rivers, and this will pick up now through fall. Kokanee salmon are in the river and moving up, and the numbers are slowly increasing. We should see more salmon in the deeper pools as the run progresses through September.
-John Bocchino (Colorado Fishing Manager)


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