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. 

For those of you that 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

The rivers are clearing up around Gunnison Valley, giving anglers a sense of excitement for whats around the corner. Our current snowpack level is below average, and while winter is still upon us, we need more moisture to fall to give us what's needed, following a well below water level last summer.

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 the riverbanks melt away, look for deep pools to target as the main holding grounds. Large ice shelves still exist so be cautious of these hazards while traveling along the river. Small mayfly nymphs and midges can yield success this time of year, including Juju Beatis, Pheasant Tails, and RS2's. Look for stoneflies to make their way into the food chain as we progress towards spring. 

When temperatures rise in the afternoon, look for adult midges to hatch on the surface. Dry fly anglers will have opportunities to target these fish as they suspend through the water column. 


Private Water Options

The feeling of solitude is a major reason many of us choose to enjoy the sport of fly fishing. Irwin Guides is fortunate to have private water opportunities for our guests to experience. With miles of beautiful oxbows and sheltering willows, Tomichi Creek is where you'll quickly find yourself focused on the pursuit of catching fish, verses contemplating your next move based on the traffic of other anglers. This true, wild Brown Trout fishery, is paradise when it comes to Colorado fly fishing. Split up by beats, this stretch of river remains sustainable with eager fish all summer long. Tomichi Creek reservations are based on availability and water conditions. A rod fee is required to gain access to this section of river. Call us to find out more!

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