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15 03, 2021

Premium Backcountry Fishing Trips

2021-03-15T15:58:07+00:00Cabins, Crested Butte Activities, Fishing, Gunnison Activities, Uncategorized|

Willowfly Anglers is pleased to offer a new selection of Premium Walk/Wade Trips for the 2021 fishing season. These new wading options will complement the diverse array of public and private fishing locations where we already guide. The new locations are considered “backcountry streams”, and involve a longer drive time (1-2 hrs.) and some moderate hiking to get to the water (30 minutes on a level trail). Backcountry fishing offers solitude in these remote areas plus excellent dry fly fishing, beautiful scenery, and abundant wildlife. Opportunistic Trout We are extremely fortunate in the Upper Gunnison watershed to have access to [...]

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 11, 2018

It’s a Wonderful Life in Gunnison, Colorado

2020-05-20T17:15:09+00:00Gunnison Activities, Winter|

Small town life conjures up images from a Norman Rockwell painting – family, friends, community gathering in scenic little villages. Everyone knows each other. It’s safe and quaint. In Gunnison, Colorado, we’re lucky to be living this scene and no event exemplifies this better than “The Night of Lights.” In early December (or very late November), the Gunnison Country Chamber of Commerce coordinates this event and it seems the entire town is there. Night of Lights 2018 Main Street closes for street vendors selling foods, displaying lights, or promoting their fundraisers. There are bake sales, hot chocolate, portable [...]

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