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Fly Fishing the Gunnison River in Colorado

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Gunnison River is a fly fishing location in Colorado. This destination has an elevation of approximately 7705 feet. Please view the pinpointed location for Gunnison River on the Google Map to the right. If you'd like directions to this destination, please click here for directions (provided via Google Maps).
                   

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Josh C (bigerrfish) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: this was the best day of dry fly fishing i have seen on this streatch in the 15 years i have spent on it (07/13/09)
Cameron Davenport (Smith Fork Ranch) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Fished from Pleasure Park down to Drysdale, water is clearing and dropping by the day. Fishing was good with everyone catching more than a handful of fish, had three boats floating. There are a ton of bugs, Yellow Sallies, Caddis, Salmon Flies, Golden Stones, PMD. Caught fish both on the surface and subsurface. Give it another week and fishing should be excellent. The Salmon Flies are starting to fly within the lower section of the Gorge as well it wont be long before they are all the way up to Chukar Trail. (06/17/09)
Cameron Davenport (Smith Fork Ranch) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: The fishing has started to pick up, lots of midge activity. Fished yesterday afternoon and caught 4 fish with many other opportunities. The Midge hatch is starting to come off in high numbers with fish really keying in on the afternoon hatch. Streamer fishing was O.K. but nothing to write home about. There is a ton of nymph activity as well, look for fishing to really pick up in the next couple of weeks as the nymph's get even more active. Also keep your eye's peeled for Blue Wings as temperatures are begining to rise. (02/22/09)
Cameron Davenport (Smith Fork Ranch) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing: The weather has been warm for the last couple of weeks and fishing has been O.K. there has been a good amount of pressure just above Pleasure Park. Midge fishing has been pretty fair, but in the A.M. streamers have been the name of the game. Anything Black or Olive with an aggressive retrieve seems to work well. Don't use winter as an excuse to stay inside, get out and fish we cannot have this warm weather for the rest of winter "Take Advantage of it while it lasts". I do have to admit we should all hope for more snow fall as we are going to need it this summer. (02/03/09)
Mark Day (gunnison) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Fish are grouping up more in the pocket & deeper holes with the low, clear fall flows. If you plan on floating you will get stuck in places and be floating over the fish. Wade fishing is good. (09/26/08)
Ben Olson (riverratben) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing: The August full moon always screws everything up, the night fishing is good but tough fishing through out the day. Give it a week or so and it will be back to normal. (08/20/08)
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Josh C (bigerrfish) wrote - This is one of the most popular rivers in colorado it has a lot of fish per mile in the gorge but the fish down below dont get counted therefor no body knows how many there are, Ill tell you it's a quiet setting in the desert of colorado's mountains and a fishery that you must see before you die (12/03/09)
Andy Idema (aidema) wrote - The Gunnison River (Gunny) is renowned as an excellent rainbow and brown trout fishery. 20 inch (and bigger) fish are a frequent catch for fly anglers. Head to Gunnison on Hwy 50 and go east until you hit the river. (06/12/08)
Mark Day (gunnison) wrote - The Upper Gunnison River starts at 8,026 in Almont, at the confluence of the East & Taylor Rivers. The upper Gunnison flows about 20 miles into the Largest Reservoir in Colorado the Blue Mesa. The Gunnison has several miles of public access near Almont, near the outskirts of Gunnison, above Blue Mesa and a few shorter stretches in-between. Floating the Gunnison is popular spring through fall; it starts out as a fairly swift pocket water fishery and slows down the closer it gets to Blue Mesa. The river has a large biomass, mostly wild brown trout about 80%; rainbows make up the difference with some cutthroats stocked by local ranches. Trout sizes average between 12"-16"'s but occasional fish can be find to 20"'s and larger, most trophy ranch stockers. In the fall we have the states largest land locked Kokanee Salmon run thanks to the State run Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery. The Upper Gunnison River Watershed, located in the Rocky Mountains 150 miles southwest of Denver, Colorado, drains approximately 3,965 square miles. Up stream of Almont are Taylor, Spring Creek Reservoirs & dozens of creeks, all the way up to 13,000'. (06/07/08)
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Gunnison River businesses

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Shop Guide Service Lodge School (Classes) Travel Rods Manufacturer
Lodge Smith Fork Ranch
45362 Needle Rock Road
Crawford, Colorado
Black Canyon Anglers
7904 Shea Road
Austin, Colorado
Guide Service Fly Currents, Inc.
1725 west stuart street
fort collins, Colorado
Willowfly Anglers
130 County Road 742
Almont, Colorado
Other Duranglers
923 Main Ave
Durango, Colorado
Almont Anglers
10209 HWY 135
Almont, Colorado
Cimarron Creek
317 E. Main
Montrose, Colorado
Other Telluride Outside
Box 685, 121 W. Colorado Ave.
Telluride, Colorado
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