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Fly Fishing Guide for the Gunnison Drainage



The East & Taylor Rivers meet on the property to form the Gunnison River.


Gunnison RiverThe Upper Gunnison holds a large population of Wild Brown Trout with many Rainbows & a few Cutthroat Trout. You have a good chance to catch trout 16-20 inches here.

This is where we do most of our Float Fishing Trips with 5 major boat ramps between Almont & Blue Mesa Reservoir 25 mile downstream.

The first 1.7 miles down stream from our shop is public on both sides with the exception of the 1st .4 miles downstream on the East side. Almont Camp Ground is the closest camp spot to Almont, 1.5 miles down stream. The next 7 miles is private & fishes very well by raft, cat, dory or kicker.

There is some good water downstream of the North Bridge boat launch on the South side of the river. The next stretch of good public fishing is the 1.5 mile Van Tuyl Easement East of Gunnison.

Next is the White Water Park (Twin Bridges) with a small section of good fishing.

McCabe's Lane has a good 1/2 mile of fishing upstream on the East side.

The last 3-5 miles of river (depending on Reservoir levels) above Blue Mesa has very good Public fishing.

Upper upper Taylor River



Forty miles upstream from the shop the Taylor River starts in Taylor Lake at 11,600'. Taylor Reservoir is in the middle 20 miles up stream at 9,300'. The 20 miles of Taylor River above Taylor Reservoir is almost all public with another hundred miles of small feeder creeks holding Rainbows, Browns, Cutthroat & Brookies. Nothing big usually, but beautiful water & country. This part of the Taylor gets smaller & smaller the higher you go starting with wide open meandering cut back meadow fishing for the first 10 miles then lots of beaver ponds & brushy fishing.


Taylor River Float


The lower 20 mile of the Taylor is about 2/3rds public & 1/3 private. Almost all of the 5 miles upstream from us is public with the exception of Dunbar's Ranch & Three Rivers Resort. This is one of the most scenic canyons in the state and a much faster river (great class 2, 3, 4 rafting water). This stretch holds mainly 8-16" fish, Browns & Rainbows with an occasional cutthroat. The most famous 1/4 mile is affectionately known as the hog trough. This section holds mainly fisherman with the occasional 13 pound Brown, Rainbow or Cut. Fine leaders (Fluorocarbons), small flies, a good drift, a lot of patience & some luck is the rule here.




About 30 miles upstream the East get it's start at Emerald Lake 10,500'.

The East between Almont & Crested Butte is private with the exception of a mile of the Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery water. This stretch of water The Division of Wildlife has designated "Artificial flies only", it is also "Wild Trout Water". The hatchery ponds are a great place to work on your casts or bring the family to keep a few trout with bait or lures allowed (no fee but your fishing licence, under 16 years old fish free in Colorado!).

Above Mt. Crested Butte there is about a mile of water in the East River Valley involving a long steep hike (bring mosquito spray in the spring).

The 5 miles between Gothic & Emerald Lake has some easy fishing for small trout in small riffles & beaver ponds.

Gunnison County has hundreds of other miles of streams & rivers. The counties elevation is between 7,000 & 14,00 feet, the fifth largest county in the state (about the size of Connecticut). The county population was 13,956 (at U.S. Census 2000 with about 4 people per square mile).

Cochatopa CreekOther Streams & Rivers within an 1/2 hours drive include:

Spring Creek, Tomichi Creek, Brush Creek, Slate River, Ohio Creek & Coal Creek.

Other Streams & Rivers within an hours drive include:

Upper Upper Taylor, Willow Creek, Illinois Creek & Cochatopa Creek.

Other Streams & Rivers within an 1 1/2 hour drive include:

Lake Fork of the Gunnison River, Arkansas River, Henson Creek, Rio Grande River, Gunnison Gorge & The Black Canyon.

Fly Fishing Guide for the Gunnison DrainageThe best guide book for fishing in the area. Maps, public, private, boat launches, what to use & much more.