This Orvis Endorsed fly fishing lodge is the largest and most experienced outfitter in the Black Canyon on the lower Gunnison River.
The Gunnison Gorge is one of the top fly fishing trips in the lower 48, and features spectacular scenery, interesting geology, sightings of varied wildlife, and most importantly, excellent fly fishing for rainbow and brown trout. Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s surveys show that the Gunnison River holds more fish per mile than any other river in the state at more than 10,000 fish per mile!
A float through the steep walled Gunnison Gorge is recognized as one of the top fly-fishing trips in the lower 48.
This National Conservation Area lies just downstream of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and features spectacular scenery, interesting geology, sightings of varied wildlife, and most importantly, excellent fly fishing for rainbow and brown trout. The “Gunny Gorge” offers fly anglers the opportunity to hook into trophy brown and rainbow trout over 20 inches while experiencing the natural beauty of the Gunnison River. Colorado Parks and Wildlife routinely conducts fish shocking surveys that show the Gunnison River to hold more fish per mile than any other river in the state. The 2011 data demonstrated more than 10,000 fish per mile. The occasional sighting of bighorn sheep, mule deer, river otters and eagles will heighten your appreciation for this unique resource.
This is one of the only floats to offer both fantastic fly fishing and exciting whitewater in the same trip.
Several class III rapids, as well as numerous class II rapids, need to be negotiated during this 14-mile stretch of river. This is one of the only floats to offer both fantastic fishing and exciting whitewater in the same trip. Multi-day trips are slower paced and offer ample time spent out of the boat fishing from foot.
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Trophy Brown and Rainbow Trout Fishery
The main prize on the “Gunny” are the trophy rainbows that can measure over 20 inches. This amazing stretch of river also has a healthy brown trout population. This is one of the only floats to offer both fantastic fishing and exciting whitewater in the same trip. Multi-day trips down the lower Gunnison River are slower paced. Lots of time is spent out of the boat fishing from foot.
You’ll start and end your trip at the lodge.
All trips begin and end at this unique riverside fishing lodge located on a working peach orchard. The facility is set up to comfortably feed, house and entertain guests before and after their adventures. An on site fly shop carries flies, licenses and other fishing supplies. A stocked trout pond on the property, offers casting practice and the chance to catch a really big fish. Guests are also invited to fish three miles of private water on the Gunnison River.
The fishing float season extends from mid May through the beginning of October.
Early season: The early stone fly fishing can be excellent in the Gunnison Gorge! During June and into July the Gunnison River gets large hatches of Salmon flies along with other stoneflies.
Summer: Nymphing, dry fly fishing, and throwing streamers can all be done in a single day on the “Gunny”.
Late Summer and Fall: Throw streamers to large aggressive brown trout August through October! The lower stretch of the canyon is conducive to fishing large foam hoppers. Monsters lurk below the grassy cut banks!
Harold McClelland –
It was a fly fishing, camping and white water rafting trip all in one. In an amazing place and we were very well taken care of buy the guides. The food was exceptional for the place it was prepared. I would recommend this trip to anyone with an adventurous heart.