Fishing the Gunnison Valley
This part of the Colorado Rockies is truly a fly fisher's paradise, with pristine rivers and spectacular mountain scenery. Cast for Rainbows, Browns, Brookies, and Cutthroats on private water on the Taylor River or chase wild trout and native cutthroat on the Gunnison River, the Taylor River, the East River or many of the small creeks in the valley. Choose Gunnison for your next fly fishing adventure!
Not only are these rivers some of the best in the state 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 angler or a novice, our guides will meet you wherever you are in your skill set - intuitively choosing the appropriate flies, giving tips when necessary and helping you land impressive catches all day long.
Choose from walking and wading, floating or lake fishing depending on your preferences.
We have had some warmer weather lately and a lot of ice has come off the rivers. It’s still early and anglers should plan on winter fishing conditions for a while. In general, standard tandem nymph rigs will work best, though you can pick up some fish on dry flies if it warms up in the afternoon. Midges will continue to hatch through winter during the warm part of the day. When small midges are on the water and fish are sipping, try a size 20 to 24 mole fly (brown or gray), or a small parachute pattern or Griffith’s Gnat. For nymph fishing, try a tandem nymph rig using a combination of small mayfly nymphs and midges. Good mayfly nymphs include Barr’s BWO Emergers, Two-Bit Hookers, Copper Johns, Juju Baetis, Micro Mayflies, and Pheasant Tails. For midges, fish small (size 18-22) black, zebra, olive, brown, cream, or red midge larva and emerger patterns. You can also use a red San Juan Worm or egg pattern up front with a small nymph or midge trailing behind.