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


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.

                   TOMICHI CREEK FLOWS                         EAST RIVER FLOWS
         LAKE FORK FLOWS                          COCHETOPA CREEK  

             OTHER VALLEy Water Conditions

               Gunnison Weather Forecast 

Fishing Report 

May 15, 2019 
The snowpack in the Gunnison Valley is well above normal, and a recent report showed the Gunnison Basin at 168%. We expect Blue Mesa Reservoir to fill this summer. Releases from Taylor Reservoir have been increased, and we’ll see more water and peak flows during June. Rivers are swelling with runoff now and we could see an extended runoff for several more weeks. We hope to have good water levels through summer and into fall. There continue to be opportunities to fish the Taylor River, but it’s a good time to watch the flows on a daily basis. The feeder streams coming into the Taylor are bringing in dirty water. And there is also a lot of debris in the river from multiple avalanches in the upper canyon. We’ll continue to see logs and branches in the river as it rises. For areas that can still be fished, nymphing with small midge and mayfly patterns during the warm part of the day should be productive. Try various colors for midge larva and emerger patterns in sizes 18 to 24, and use small baetis nymphs in sizes 18 to 20. You can also fish larger stonefly nymph patterns, like Pat’s Rubber Legs and 20 Inchers. Rig the big stones up front and trail small mayfly nymphs behind, like Two-Bit Hookers, PTs, Micro Mayflies, and Barr’s BWO Emergers. Look for midge and BWO hatches in the afternoons. Streamers can also be productive if the water isn’t too off-color.
-John Bocchino (Colorado Fishing Manager)

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