Gunnison County is an angler’s paradise. From mid-March through late October, hundreds of miles of trout habitat are found in the area’s lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams. And early spring means hooking browns, rainbows, cutthroats, and brookies along the larger rivers. Eleven customizes guided float fishing and wading trips. Floats cover 5 to 10 miles on the upper Gunnison River, while remaining water is explored on foot. Big hatches kick in around the last week of June, and once fall is on tap, fly fishing is the day’s beck-and-call, as landlocked Kokanee salmon run from Blue Mesa Reservoir up thru the “Gunni” and then to the East River at Almont.
A letter from your guide
John Bocchino, Colorado Fishing Manager
This part of the Colorado Rockies is an angler’s paradise, with pristine rivers and spectacular mountain scenery. The Gunnison Valley is home to some of the best trout rivers in the country, including the Gunnison River, Taylor River, and East River. And you can also chase wild trout and native cutthroat on our many small creeks. Eleven offers incredible lodging and guided fly fishing trips, including float trips and walk and wade trips. We also feature private water options, including our exclusive stretch of the Taylor River at our Taylor River Lodge. Whether you want to stalk a 10-inch cutthroat or hunt trophy rainbows on the Taylor, we do it all.
DAY 1 – Welcome
After arriving to Gunnison airport and being greeted by an Eleven Experience Manager, take a scenic, 20-minute drive to Taylor River Lodge. Our legendary hospitality begins with a riverside welcome cocktail reception, followed by dinner at the main lodge. Colorado’s laid-back vibe is celebrated with an après-dinner bonfire.
DAY 2 – Walk & Wade Fishing on the Taylor River
Wake up to incredible views and the rush of the Taylor River. Get fueled with a chef-prepared breakfast. Next up, meet your professional fishing guide and hit the river. Walk and wade semi-private water on the Taylor. Regroup on the patio at the main lodge for a locally-sourced lunch. Then it’s an afternoon fishing followed by an evening steam, soak, or swim. A family style, farm-to-table dinner and a variety of wellness options are your rewards after a long day of casting.
DAY 3 – Float Fishing on the Gunnison River
Jumpstart the day by practicing your cast on our private trout pond. A chef-prepared breakfast is followed by a morning float fish on the Gunnison River. Relax with a riverside picnic prior to an afternoon fishing session. Your call-to-action is rewarded with a sunset massage, fireside cocktails, and a barbecue along the banks of the Taylor River.
DAY 4 – High Alpine Fishing
Fish high alpine streams amidst Colorado’s famous 14ers—peaks over 14,000 feet. By now you’re seriously disengaged from daily life’s static. Lunch is served riverside, followed by an afternoon hike through fields of wildflowers and towering mountain peaks.
- Polarized sunglasses
- Fly rod and reel if you prefer to use your own
- Rain jacket and pants
- Heavy wool socks for inside of waders
- Fishing vest or pack
- Terminal tackle
- Sandals, clogs or Birkenstocks (for inside the lodge after fishing)
- All necessary wading gear will be provided by Eleven