Gunnison River

Montrose, Colorado 81401

Gunnison River

Gunnison River Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Awesome. Spectacular. Fantastic. These are just a few of the adjectives that describe this section of the Gunnison, where fly fishing is as good as the scenery. These fifty-three miles are famous for leaping rainbows, stonefly hatches, and very difficult access. Below Blue Mesa Reservoir where the Black Canyon begins, two dams create some great tailwater-type fly fishing. One has to get there by foot, and some places on the trail have a drop of almost 3,000 feet. Be careful hiking in, contact local authorities, be in good physical condition, and plan ahead. Better yet (and highly recommended), contact one of the better outfitters who float the lower section of the canyon.

They know the area, and the descent is much easier in this section. Don’t consider floating this dangerous canyon without full knowledge of the river. Enough said. The most spectacular stretch of water, for fly fishing and scenery, runs through the Black Canyon National Park area. Types of Fish: Rainbow, brown, and cutbows. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use."

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