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.
November 21, 2018
It was a tough year for the rivers in the Gunnison Valley with the severe drought we had this season. Storage levels in our reservoirs are extremely low as a result, so we’ll see minimal flows this winter. The flow out of Taylor Reservoir is 50 cfs, and it will remain at this level through the winter months. We had a very busy summer with a lot of pressure on the rivers and the fish during some very harsh conditions. Anglers need to continue to take good care of the fish this fall/winter.
We’ve had snow in the mountains and some very cold temps at night and in the mornings. There is plenty of ice on the rivers now and the fishing season is pretty much done except for tailwaters. If you’re out fishing a tailwater, you can target the warm part of the day and fish small midges. Try various colors for larva and emerger patterns in sizes 20 to 28. For most anglers in this valley, it’s time to put away the fishing gear and dust off the skis. Let’s all hope for good snow this winter to fill the rivers in spring.
-John Bocchino (Colorado Fishing Manager)