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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 [...]

23 08, 2017

3 Tips for Fishing Efficiently on Vacation


In a perfect fishing world we would be able to fish all day every day with no other obligations. Since that isn’t the case for most of us, it is important to fish efficiently while on vacation. From being ready on a whim to keeping your flies in the best water, here are three tips to help you maximize your precious fishing time. 1. Be Ready for Impromptu Excursions Vacations can have unexpected down time that leaves you with an opportunity to go fishing. Buying a fishing license upfront and keeping your equipment organized allows you to be prepared to [...]

31 07, 2017

Five Tips for Safe Wade Fishing in Mountain Rivers

2020-05-20T17:37:35+00:00Crested Butte Activities, Fishing|

Wade fishing in moving water is exhilarating. Wade fishing in mountain rivers filled with rocks and swift currents can be tricky.  Safe wade fishing requires a few precautions and attention to detail.  Here are some tips to keep you into the fish and out of the water (in a bad way). 1. Mountain streams can present challenges to balance and footing.  If your forward foot is shaky while you make your next step, bad things can happen. Stabilize one foot before moving the other. Sure, this sounds simple, but it is not the way we walk on dry land unless [...]

27 06, 2017

Fishing the Green Drake Hatch in Gunnison, Colorado


There is one hatch that dwarfs all others in the Gunnison area: the Green Drake. Each summer these large mayflies tempt true river studs out of hiding to feed on the surface. This creates the best opportunity of the season for the dry fly fanatic to catch a large trout on a big dry. Hatching from mid June through July, anglers can expect to see these bugs work their way from Blue Mesa Reservoir up the Gunnison River and Taylor Canyon to the Catch & Release section just below the Taylor Reservoir dam. The Right Fly for the Job Picking the [...]

5 04, 2017

Get the Most Out of Your Fly Fishing Vacation in Almont, Colorado


Fly fishing in the Gunnison and Crested Butte area of Colorado should be on every angler’s bucket list. In between Gunnison and Crested Butte is the quiet fly-fishing town of Almont, Colorado. Boasting a huge variety of angling opportunities, Almont is sure to be the perfect base camp for fly fishing beginners and seasoned anglers alike. For first timers, a sampling of the many fishing opportunities here can be a smart approach to planning your fly fishing vacation. Willowfly Anglers fly shop at Three Rivers Resort is a great first-stop to get the latest information on where to go and what to throw. [...]

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