Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing the Gunnison Valley:

Choose from walking and wading, floating or lake fishing depending on your preferences.

Located in the heart of Colorado Rockies, Crested Butte and Gunnison are truly a fly fisher's paradise.  Surrounded by pristine rivers and spectacular mountains, it is easy to see why so many come for the fishing and stay for the scenery. Choose between chasing Rainbows, Browns, and Cutthroats on our semi-private water on the Taylor River or chase wild trophy trout on the Gunnison River,  the East River or many of the small creeks in the valley.  Not only are these rivers some of the best in the West but the surrounding scenery is beautiful and our skilled guides will be by your side to share their wealth of local knowledge. 

Whether you are a lifelong fly angler or trying for the first time, our guides will meet you wherever you are in your skill set.  Let us choose the appropriate flies, tackle, and giving tips to help you land either your first trout on fly or the absolute fish of a lifetime!

"The veterans had stories and smiles that I'm certain will last far into the future. Billy, Ben and Dylan provided us with an excellent trip and exemplify the hospitality and warmth of this valley." - Bryan from Project Healing Waters


Eleven Experience is committed to the conservation and long-term sustainability of the local watershed. During the severe drought we are experiencing in the western slope of Colorado, we will continue to closely monitor conditions that impact the health of the fishery. The scheduling and timing of fishing trips will be influenced by current conditions; therefore, availability cannot be guaranteed.

GUNNISON RIVER FLOWS                                       TAYLOR RIVER FLOWS
                   TOMICHI CREEK FLOWS                                          EAST RIVER FLOWS
          LAKE FORK FLOWS                                                  COCHETOPA CREEK FLOWS

               OTHER VALLEy Water Conditions

                 Gunnison Weather Forecast 

Fishing Report 

October 2, 2018 

The rivers in the Gunnison Valley are very low due to the severe drought we’ve had this season. This has had an extremely negative impact on storage levels in our reservoirs, so we’ll see minimal flows this winter. The flow from Taylor Reservoir has been cut to 50 cfs, and it will remain at this level through the winter months. We had a very busy summer with a lot of pressure on the rivers and the fish during some very tough conditions. Anglers need to continue to take good care of the fish this fall. Spawning trout should be left alone and anglers need to avoid stepping on their redds. 

We currently have BWOs hatching on the rivers, along with Red Quills and Grey Drakes. The Taylor River is fishing fairly well with these mayfly hatches throughout the canyon and up at the C&R stretch. Peak time for the mayfly hatches has been from about 12 PM to 3 PM (give or take), and it has been best on cloudy/rainy days. Dry fly fishing will wind down soon, so it’s a good time to get out there and fish the hatches. 

For dry fly fishing, fish BWO ermergers and adults (18-22), Red Quills (14-16), and Grey Drakes or Parachute Adams (14). For nymph fishing, try combinations of mayfly nymphs and emergers, and midges. Good mayfly nymphs include Barr’s BWO Emergers, Two-Bit Hookers, Copper Johns, Juju Baetis, RS2s, Micro Mayflies, and small Pheasant Tails, sizes 16-20. Small midge larvae and emergers can be trailed behind a mayfly nymph. Try various colors in sizes 18 to 22. Fall is also a good time to throw streamers and look for big trout. Standard patterns like Sculpzillas and Slump Busters in sizes 4 to 8, in various colors (black, natural, olive), can get fish moving. 

The salmon run is on in the Gunnison Valley. Anglers typically get out early in the mornings to get on the deep pools where the salmon stack up. Trout are in there with the salmon and feeding on eggs. It’s a good time to nymph with an egg pattern up front with a small mayfly nymph or midge trailing.
-John Bocchino (Colorado Fishing Manager)

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