ORVIS Endorsed Guide Service
We offer guided fly fishing trips year round,
depending on weather and river conditions. Our typical fishing
season is from
April through October. Our peak season is from mid June to mid
August. Please contact us in advance to book a trip,
especially during the peak season and also during the winter
months. Select from the menu at the left for details and current
rates for all of our guided trips and services.
We will be offering several fishing/lodging
package deals during the season.
Check out our Special
Offers for details on these special promotional
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Planning Your Trip
Early season fishing can be very good before
snow-melt and run-off. On the warm cloudy days of April (and
sometimes as early as March), fish will show their noses as the
first mayfly hatch of the season kicks in. These Blue-Winged
Olives can provide anglers with some exciting dry fly fishing
opportunities. Run-off normally begins around late April
or so, and can last from four to six weeks. The rivers can be
blown out during this time, depending on how much snow pack
there is and how warm it gets in early spring. We don't float
the Gunnison River during the heavy run-off, but there are
walk/wade opportunities on the Taylor River and other
streams. We typically
begin floating the Gunnison by around June 15th to the 25th, but
we can float a lot earlier if we have a mild winter. We float
the river until the flows drop in late September or early
Once the rivers settle down from spring
run-off, fishing is awesome straight through summer and into
fall. We also have a kokanee salmon run during the fall.
(Kokanee are a land-locked form of sockeye salmon.) Catch &
release fishing for kokanee is allowed on the Gunnison River and
East River from August 1st through the end of October. The peak
of the run will normally be around the middle of September.
The golden aspens and Rocky Mountain scenery, combined
with some of the best fishing of the year, make fall an
excellent choice for fishing in the Gunnison Valley. The rivers
are easily waded and there are fewer anglers on the water. Fall
is a great time to fish for brown trout as they prepare to spawn
and become aggressive and territorial. Later on, while the
browns are spawning, you can target large rainbows and cutbows
feeding on their eggs.
Winter fishing this high in the Rockies can be challenging but
also very rewarding. We snowshoe into rivers that continue to
fish well during the winter months. It's a great time to take in
some beautiful scenery and enjoy some solitude here in the
mountains. We also fish the trophy trout section of the Taylor
River (C&R) year round. The C&R is well known for big beautiful
wild fish, many of which are over 10 pounds.
Throughout the year, anglers consistently
catch big fat browns, rainbows and cutbows in the 8 to 12-pound
range at the Taylor River C&R. During the winter months the
crowds are gone, but the fish are still there.
Whether you're planning your fishing trip
for spring, summer, fall, or winter, please call the fly shop ahead of time for the most
current information. You can also check out the current
fishing conditions, which are updated during
For all guided trips:
Please call us to book your trip in
advance. This is especially important during the peak season.
Full payment of the trip fee is
required at the time a fishing trip is booked.
Clients who cancel a
fishing trip up to 14 days prior to the trip date will receive a
refund of their trip fee
less a $30.00 cancellation fee. For cancellations made within 14
days of the trip date, clients will receive a refund of 50% of their
Trip fees do not include fishing
licenses, any additional tackle and associated taxes, and/or gratuities.
Tipping is optional, and it is certainly appreciated by our
guides. For tipping in general, our guides typically get
anywhere from 20% to 30% of the base trip fee (and sometimes
more). Clients should tip whatever they feel comfortable with,
and they should base it on their overall experience.
A Colorado fishing license is
required for all anglers age 16 and over.
We do not allow pets on any
Polarized sunglasses are
recommended for all fishing trips.
Waders and boots, and an Orvis fly
rod and reel can be provided for your fishing trips.
Flies are provided for all guided trips.
water is available for an extra fee of $70.00 per angler.
Colorado Fishing Licenses:
Visitors may purchase a Colorado fishing license at Three Rivers
ID (driver license or photo ID) and a social security number are
required to process a Colorado fishing license. A
fishing license cannot be issued without a social security number. The easiest and
fastest way to process your license at the resort is to use your fishing
(or hunting) license from last year (or most recent). Please bring
this with you when you come to fish with us this
season. You may also purchase your license
online via the
Colorado DOW web site (or by phone). During the peak season at our
there can be a line of customers waiting for fishing licenses. You may
want to consider getting your fishing license ahead of time,
especially during the summer months.
Responsibility and Liability:
Fishing is an adventure sport that involves risk. We cannot be
responsible for lost or damaged articles or personal injury. We are
fully bonded insured and licensed but you participate at your own risk
and must sign a waiver of liability. You may
download the waiver and
bring it with you for your trip.