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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]