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
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.
March 19, 2019
Thankfully, we’ve had a good winter with plenty of snow. The snowpack in the Gunnison Valley is currently around 150% of normal. We should expect a long runoff and good water through summer and into fall. Storage levels in the reservoirs are extremely low due to the major drought we had last summer, so water will be held back some to refill the reservoirs.
The ice is coming off the rivers and there is open water to fish on various stretches of the Gunnison River. It’s still early, but anglers have had success nymphing slow with small midges during the warm part of the day. Try various colors for larva and emerger patterns in sizes 18 to 24. As the rivers fill with snowmelt and the water temps rise, we’ll be looking at fishing larger stonefly nymph patterns, like Pat’s Rubber Legs and 20 Inchers, along with small mayfly nymphs, like Two-Bit Hookers, PTs, Micro Mayflies, and Barr’s BWO Emergers.
-John Bocchino (Colorado Fishing Manager)