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9 04, 2020

Average Snowpack Equates to Excellent Fishing

2020-05-26T16:43:28+00:00Cabins, Colorado Fall Activities, Crested Butte Activities, Fishing, Gunnison Activities|

If you like to fly fish in the Centennial State, you know what a difference river flows make in your fishing experience. During years with abundant snowpack, runoff can last longer than normal and create a shortened spring fishing season. During dry years, floating typically ends early leaving anglers wanting more. It’s the average snowpack years that really offer the best opportunity for fly fishers in Colorado. 2020 is shaping up to be an excellent average snowpack year, and that has me excited for the fishing season ahead. Spring Runoff Fishing Springtime fishing in an average year equates to [...]

8 01, 2020

Fly Fishing Colorado’s Tailwaters

2020-05-20T17:07:10+00:00Crested Butte Activities, Fishing, Gunnison Activities, Winter|

Many of Colorado’s most famous trout streams have one thing in common: they are all tailwaters. So, what is a tailwater? A tailwater is any section of river immediately downstream of a hydraulic structure, such as a dam. There are several reasons why tailwaters, such as on the Taylor River, make for great trout fisheries.  Consistent conditions, and easy access to big fish are the primary reasons. Understanding a bit more about tailwaters will increase your fishing confidence and help you find more success this season! Year-Round Fishing One of my favorite things about tailwater trout streams is that they [...]

13 09, 2019

Colorado Hunting: 5 Reasons to Stay in Almont

2020-05-20T17:43:49+00:00Cabins, Colorado Hunting, Crested Butte Activities, Gunnison Activities|

As the Colorado hunting seasons begin, hunters from across the country flock to Gunnison County every fall in hopes of taking home big game from the big mountains! Staying at Three Rivers Resort in Almont allows hunters access to spectacular game units plus all of the lodging amenities necessary for the perfect hunting base camp. Game Management Units 54 and 55 These units are some of the most sought-after for Colorado hunting. Staying in Almont allows easy access to either unit. Hunting the remote areas surrounding Crested Butte, Gunnison, Taylor Park, Fossil Ridge and Ohio Creek is a dream. The [...]

19 08, 2019

Hopper-Double-Dropper Fishing in the Gunnison Valley

2020-05-20T17:08:50+00:00Colorado Fall Activities, Crested Butte Activities, Fishing, Gunnison Activities|

During the summer and fall months, the western rivers experience a multitude of hatches which keep trout on the feed. In the Gunnison Valley, anglers try to match these hatches to fool trout. But oftentimes there is more than just one species of insect active in the water column. This is the time when the hopper-double-dropper rig can produce a lot of fish. As a guide, I frequently run the hopper-double-dropper rig to keep my clients on fish all day, without having to change flies often or adjust indicator depths. Below, I outline some reasons why the hopper dropper is [...]

27 06, 2019

Top 5 Summer Activities in Gunnison-Crested Butte

2020-05-20T17:12:00+00:00Crested Butte Activities, Fishing, Gunnison Activities, Rafting, Road Trip with the Kids|

There are sure to be many "Top 5 Lists" out there but for summer activities in the Gunnison-Crested Butte valley, this list pretty much covers what summer is all about here.  1. Fly Fishing Fishing on Gunnison River With the Gunnison, Taylor, and East rivers plus many other streams and high-country lakes, our area has some of the best fishing in Colorado.  Anglers have the chance to catch huge Taylor River "pigs" or float fish the beautiful Gunnison River.  Willowfly Anglers at Three Rivers Resort offers full and half day walk wade and float trips where expert guides [...]

8 05, 2019

Top 5 Day Trips from Gunnison-Crested Butte

2020-05-20T17:12:27+00:00Crested Butte Activities, Gunnison Activities, Road Trip with the Kids, Uncategorized|

While planning your next trip to the Gunnison-Crested Butte area, think about adding a day trip to your vacation plans. Sure, there are a gazillion wonderful things to see and do in this valley, but perhaps you come every year and are looking to mix it up a bit. Here are my top picks for day trips. Some are short while others will take you the entire day. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Ouray Lake City Leadville Crystal Valley to Redstone-Carbondale-Aspen The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Black Canyon of the Gunnison Take a [...]

28 01, 2019

Powder Days on the Taylor River

2020-05-20T17:14:29+00:00Crested Butte Activities, Fishing, Winter|

Champagne powder, no lift lines, and epic terrain. These are the reasons skiers and snowboarders come to Crested Butte each winter. For fly anglers, the snowy months are equally as enticing, due to quiet rivers, postcard scenery, and the very real opportunity to catch the trout of a lifetime. Learn about our “secret season” of winter fishing here on the Taylor River, and you could have the best of both skiing and angling all within a half hour from your front door! A Beautiful Taylor Rainbow! Fish the Storm Our best days of winter fly fishing are during [...]

13 10, 2018

Colorado Hunting: 5 Reasons to Stay at Three Rivers Resort

2020-05-20T17:18:32+00:00Colorado Fall Activities, Colorado Hunting, Crested Butte Activities|

We’re in the thick of Colorado hunting seasons and hunters from across the country flock to Gunnison County every fall in hopes of taking home big game from the big mountains! Staying at Three Rivers Resort in Almont allows hunters access to spectacular game units plus all of the lodging amenities necessary for the perfect hunting basecamp. Game Management Units 54 and 55 Gunnison County Hunting These units are some of the most sought-after hunting units in the state. Staying in Almont allows easy access to either unit. Hunting the remote areas surrounding Crested Butte, Gunnison, Taylor Park, [...]

11 09, 2018

Fly Fishing the Salmon Run in Gunnison, Colorado

2020-05-20T17:18:56+00:00Crested Butte Activities, Fishing|

Autumn in Gunnison, Colorado is a special time for anglers. This season welcomes the return of the kokanee salmon run to local rivers. The landlocked cousin to the sockeye salmon begins their fall journey in Blue Mesa Reservoir before running up the Gunnison River in late August.  By mid-September, pods of kokanee will make their way 30 miles upstream to the Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery, between Almont and Crested Butte. This is where the Colorado Parks and Wildlife will harvest the eggs to start the cycle over again. From September to the end of October, anglers enjoy targeting these hard-fighting fish throughout the Gunnison Valley. Rigging for the Salmon Run [...]

5 09, 2018

Fall and Beer Go Together in Gunnison & Crested Butte

2020-05-20T17:19:23+00:00Colorado Fall Activities, Crested Butte Activities|

If you're planning a visit to the Gunnison & Crested Butte area this fall, be sure to include beer in your itinerary. Fall and beer seem to go hand in hand in this valley. The big crowds are gone in September and October. Time seems to slow down. If you are a fan of craft beer, this would be a great time to come for a visit and grab some outstanding beer.  Three Rivers Resort in Almont is a great midway point between Gunnison and Crested Butte to quench your thirst.  With the free valley bus running on its Fall [...]