Fly Fishing

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


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 

June 18th, 2018 

The hatches are kicking in and fishing has been great. We’re seeing Golden Stones, BWOs, caddis, PMDs, and Green Drakes hatching on the rivers now. Fish are moving into the riffles to feed on emerging mayflies, and they are also chasing caddis and stoneflies. Prior to the hatch, look for fish to feed on stonefly nymphs, caddis pupa, and mayfly nymphs. For nymph fishing, try a tandem nymph rig using a combination of mayfly nymphs and stonefly nymphs. You can fish a big stonefly nymph up front with a mayfly nymph or caddis pupa or Hare’s Ear trailing behind. Good mayfly nymphs include Barr’s BWO Emergers, Two-Bit Hookers, Copper Johns, Juju Baetis, Micro Mayflies, and Pheasant Tails. For stonefly nymphs, try Pat’s Rubber Legged Stonefly Nymphs, 20-Inchers, and Prince Nymphs, size 6-8. Streamer fishing has also been productive. Sculpin and general baitfish patterns in size 4-8, in black, olive, natural, and white can get fish moving. For dry fly fishing, fish BWO ermergers and adults (18-20), size 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis or X-Caddis patterns, PMDs (14-16), and Green Drakes (10-12). For Golden Stonefly adults, try a Yellow Stimmie or Rogue Foam Golden Stone (8-10) with a mayfly nymph underneath. 

-John Bocchino (Colorado Fishing Manager)

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