FLY FISHING THE GUNNISON VALLEY

Located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, Crested Butte and Gunnison are truly a fly angler’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. Whether you're interested in chasing Rainbow’s and Brown’s on the Gunnison River, or moving through pocket water on our smaller streams, our guides will be by your side to share their wealth and knowledge of our local watershed. Choose from a walk wade trip, float trip, or multi-day combination of both, depending on your preferences. 

Whether you are a lifelong angler or casting a fly rod for the first time, our guides will teach you based on your skill set. Let us choose the flies, tackle, and equipment, to help you land your first trout on the fly, or fight the 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

As we say goodbye to summer, we happily welcome the fall. Gunnison Valley and our rivers endured a hot and dry month of August, which made for some tough days on the water. With colder temperatures on the way fishing opportunities will expand. Hopper-dropper season is in full swing, with fish looking up at the dry as well as feeding on nymphs, including mayfly patterns and midges. Good patterns to try are Micro & Psycho Mayflies, RS2’s, Zebra Midges, and Juju Baetis, size 16 to 20. Fishing these as a tandem nymph rig, or dropping them underneath a hopper are both effective approaches. For dry flies, try BWO’s and Caddis once you notice fish rising to the surface. Streamer season is heating up as well. As water levels drop and brown trout begin to spawn, be conscious of where you walk along the rivers. Protecting these Redds are the lifeline for years to come in our local watershed.  


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