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22 08, 2018

Colorado Color Tour: The West Elk Scenic Byway

2020-05-20T17:21:55+00:00Cabins, Colorado Fall Activities, Crested Butte Activities|

Thousands of Colorado “Front Range” folks and out of state visitors flock to the mountains in late September/early October. They are seeking the ultimate mountain color tour. One of the best routes for a Colorado Color Tour is the West Elk Scenic Byway. The Route Roadside Colors Using the Gunnison-Crested Butte area as basecamp and starting point for the color tour, the route may be driven in a clockwise or counter clockwise circle. My preference is clockwise, starting out through Gunnison and then heading west past Blue Mesa Reservoir. The route passes through the towns of Crawford, Hotchkiss [...]

18 07, 2018

Summer Hatches on the Gunnison & Taylor Rivers

2020-05-20T17:26:20+00:00Crested Butte Activities, Fishing|

Rising trout For anglers, few things are more exciting than watching a big trout rise to sip a fly from the surface of the water. During summer hatches on the Gunnison & Taylor Rivers, the bugs can hatch out of the rivers in clouds.  The fish go into a feeding frenzy and with the right pattern, a fly will be hammered by any trout in the vicinity.  The key to catching these rising fish is identifying the bugs they are after. Mayfly Mayfly Hatch Mayflies hatch from spring to autumn (not just in May) in enormous [...]

3 06, 2018

The Making of a River Guide in Colorado

2020-05-20T17:26:49+00:00Crested Butte Activities, Rafting|

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a commercial river guide? In the state of Colorado, river guides and their employing outfitters must meet criteria set forth by the state’s regulating body, Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Most outfitters offer their own guide courses which meet the state standards. Three Rivers Outfitting in Almont, Colorado offers a new guide training course in May of each year. Anywhere from 15 to 30 participants take the course, hoping to become river guides for raft and/or fishing trips. Minimum Qualifications The state of Colorado specifies that: A guide shall have a minimum of fifty hours [...]

25 04, 2018

5 Tips for Catch and Release Fly Fishing

2020-05-20T17:27:12+00:00Crested Butte Activities, Fishing|

The Gunnison Country offers up some of the best fly fishing in the entire centennial state. Keeping our fisheries healthy and thriving, however, is a team effort that begins with anglers on the stream. Science has proven the effectiveness of catch and release fishing through high survival rates - if performed properly. Here are several tips to ensure healthy catch and release fly fishing for your many piscatorial pursuits. Beef up your tackle. Use tackle that is heavy enough to play a fish quickly without exhausting the fish. Extremely light tackle may seem sportier, but it usually isn’t necessary and [...]

8 03, 2018

5 Tips for Choosing Your First Fly Rod

2020-05-20T17:27:43+00:00Crested Butte Activities, Fishing|

For new anglers, nothing is quite as exciting as purchasing your very first fly rod. However, beginner fly fishers may feel overwhelmed when choosing a first fly rod and reel. The good news is that this process can be smooth and uncomplicated with a little help. Here is a list of 5 straightforward tips to simplify choosing your first fly rod. Determine what species of fish you will target.  The type of fish you target determines the line size you will need, and therefore the appropriate sized rod. If you plan to fish for pond bluegill, for example, you would [...]

21 02, 2018

Best Food in Gunnison and LED lamp body

2020-05-20T17:30:37+00:00Crested Butte Activities, Food, Road Trip with the Kids|

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3 01, 2018

Top 5 Flies for Taylor River Winter Fly Fishing

2020-05-20T17:31:00+00:00Crested Butte Activities, Fishing, Winter|

It's ski season, but winter fly fishing in Colorado goes on all year long. On the Taylor River near Almont, Colorado, there will typically be frozen sections but there are pockets of open water here and there. During big snow years, snow shoes may be required to access the river in some areas. The well known "catch and release," or "C&R" section of the river just below the dam, stays open to fishing all year. The five flies listed here are my solid go-to's, for winter fishing. Miller’s D-Midge, sizes 18-20 Miller's D-Midge The D-Midge is a go-to [...]

15 12, 2017

Lake Skating in the Gunnison Country

2020-05-20T17:32:07+00:00Crested Butte Activities, Winter|

So far, it’s shaping up to be one of those years when the snow is “late” to arrive in the Gunnison-Crested Butte area of Colorado. While the skiers and snowboarders are not happy about this delay, the ice skaters start whispering (and Facebook posting) about ice on the lakes. The trade-off for little or no snow is smooth, fast lake skating throughout the Gunnison area. Cold temperatures are never in short supply during December so the local lakes and rivers begin to freeze rapidly, creating glassy skating conditions. As long as the snow stays away, the quality of the ice [...]

7 11, 2017

Gunnison & Crested Butte, Colorado: A Living Snow Globe

2020-05-20T17:34:35+00:00Cabins, Crested Butte Activities, Crested Butte Skiing, Winter|

The holiday season always has its own magic but in the towns of Gunnison and Crested Butte, Colorado, the phrase “Winter Wonderland” comes to mind. Blanketed with snow, Elk Avenue in Crested Butte takes on the appearance of a living snow globe. The ice rinks and ponds are filled with skaters. Town families gather around for Christmas tree lightings. It’s a Norman Rockwell painting that has come to life! For a glimpse into this fairy tale life, consider some of the favorite things that local residents love to do during the holiday season. Thanksgiving Day 11/23/17 Opening day for the [...]

27 09, 2017

Winter in Crested Butte: Snow Sports Paradise

2020-05-20T17:35:05+00:00Crested Butte Activities, Crested Butte Skiing, Road Trip with the Kids, Winter|

Can you feel the chill in the air? Winter is coming and if you love snow sports and live in the Crested Butte area, you are getting pretty excited to see the white stuff! Winter in Crested Butte is magical. Crested Butte has been voted “The Last Great Ski Town,” meaning it is still authentic, unspoiled, un-commercial and not too glitzy. On top of that, it is an absolute paradise for winter sports of all kinds. Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding Crested Butte Mountain Resort is the local ski area, known for its fantastic extreme terrain, yet offering plenty of beginner/intermediate trails for [...]