Rivers

Rivers We Fish

Gunnison River

We fish the Gunnison River near the town of Gunnison Colorado where the fly shop is located. We primarily float fish this section of river utilizing the finest quality drift boats and rafts. We specifically fish from the confluence of the East and Taylor Rivers near Almont CO located 10 miles north of town which is where the Gunnison River is formed, to Blue mesa reservoir 6 miles southwest of the town of Gunnison. The Gunnison offers 24 miles of pristine float fishing on gold medal waters. Wade fishing is also possible through public access west of town, right in the heart of town and through national forest area near Almont. We highly recommend float fishing to get the full experience of our home river.

Taylor River

The Taylor River rises between Star peak and Crystal peak in The Elk Mountains in the northeast part of Gunnison County, near the Continental divide Flowing southeast, the river goes through Taylor Park Reservoir created by the Taylor Park Dam. This is where the famous Catch and Release section (commonly referred to as the C&R) is located. This section boasts a staggering number of large but very picky fish. It offers a great opportunity for technical sight-fishing for trophy trout. From there it flows southwest through a very picturesque canyon with lots of small public access points featuring technical river structures and tough wading. This section of the taylor can be incredible dry fly fishing but is very hatch dependent. At Almont, the Taylor River joins with the East to form the Gunnison River.

East River

The East river is a 38.3-mile-long stream in Gunnison County. It flows south from Emerald Lake in The Maroon Bells Wilderness to a confluence with the Taylor River in Almont that forms the Gunnison River. There are a couple small Public access points along the East that offer fantastic wade fishing but the river is primarily dominated by private property.

Small Creeks/High Mountain Lakes and Ponds

There are numerous small creeks and lakes in Gunnison County that offer excellent wade fishing opportunities. Generally filled with smaller sized but amiable fish, these creeks are an excellent way to get outside, get a hike in, and catch some fish on dry flies.

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