Summary

This unique 5 day and 5 night trip combines the best of all worlds in the realm of fly fishing for trout. Starting with 3 nights and 2 fishing days at Eleven’s Taylor River Lodge, followed by 2 nights and 3 days float fishing the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area Wilderness.

 

In our slice of Colorado, we benefit from being located in the heart of the Gunnison Valley, which has become a sought out destination for discerning anglers. Our guests have access to hundreds of miles of rivers and streams suitable for anglers of all skill levels – from first-timers to advanced fly fishers. We are surrounded by Forest Service and BLM lands that create a wilderness environment while providing convenient, yet not crowded, entry points to some of our finest fisheries.

 

And now Eleven is introducing a 3-day deluxe Gunnison Gorge float fishing trip with RIGS Fly Shop. This is Colorado’s premier multi-day guided fly fishing trip, providing access to the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area/Black Canyon. Up to six guests per group, with a dedicated gear boat which goes ahead to set up camp, allowing anglers more time on the water. Due to its popularity, this trip can book out months in advance. Booking early is recommended.

DETAILS

  • 3 nights, 2 days guided fishing at Taylor River Lodge
  • Casting clinics on the TRL casting pond
  • Float fishing and wade fishing
  • 2 nights, 3 days guided float fishing in the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area Wilderness
  • Suitable for: Anglers of all ability levels, couples, and families.
  • TRL arrival dates: July 25 and September 2. RIGS launch dates: July 28 and September 5 (Eleven Angling in partnership with RIGS Fly Shop & Guide Service)

Inclusions

At Taylor River Lodge

  • 3 nights accommodations in shared guest cabin double occupancy
  • 2 days guided fishing, 2 guests to 1 guide
  • All meals, snacks and après fishing appetizers, especially prepared by your private chef.
  • Beer, wine, and spirits.
  • Fly fishing and other necessary gear provided – rods, reels, lines, leaders, and flies. Wading boots, rain gear, personal waterproof boat bag and more. And of course bring your own gear if you prefer.
  • Pre-trip planning with an Eleven Experience Manager. Nothing is left to chance here, and planning the trip is a big part of the fun.

 

On the Gunnison Gorge camping float trip

  • 2 nights tent camping, 3 days guided float fishing, 2 guests to 1 guide
  • All gear is provided, including dry bags and camping equipment, and all meals and shuttles are included to/from TRL.

Pricing

  • Starting at $6,400 per person based on double occupancy and including all land use fees. 5 nights accommodations, 5 days guided fishing. Note: Final rate depends on accommodations chosen at TRL. Please call to discuss the options.

*Photos courtesy of RIGS Fly Shop/Matt McCannel.

ANGLING OVERVIEW

At Taylor River Lodge, Eleven guides live and breathe fishing. They thrive on getting to know you and seeing your excitement while on the hunt for big trout. If really getting after it on some of the best water in the Rockies sounds exciting, our cast of guides will safely lead you on this trip of a lifetime.

 

Gunnison Gorge Float Fishing (Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area) is an experience guests never forget; one that keeps them coming back again and again. The Gorge deluxe trip format provides a more intimate experience, with smaller client group sizes (only 6 guests per trip), additional amenities and services, and a dedicated gear boat allows for lighter rafts. With these upgrades, you get to spend more time exploring the pools and runs of the river, while enjoying the beauty of the canyon, the resounding quiet and abundant wildlife, along with amazing food and comfortable camp accommodations.

 

  • Match the Hatch – Focus on dry fly fishing and matching the hatch, plus a chance to cast larger attractors and terrestrials that can produce explosive strikes.
  • Streamers – Looking for those monster brown trout? Get down with big articulated streamers and hang on. We’ll introduce you to some patterns that have fooled wily trout the world over.
  • Nymphing – 90% of the time trout are feeding below the surface. Sight nymphing can be as visual as dry fly fishing, or go deeper in those dark green pools. And the old dry dropper nymph is a proven way to catch plenty of rainbows and browns.
  • Float fishing from the boat or wading the banks and riffles – You’ll be able to really cover the water by mixing floating and wading. Our boats give you access to prime spots you can’t reach on foot, while stopping and working an area carefully can bring out fish you couldn’t temp in just one pass.

Gear

Flies

Where to begin? There are thousands of trout fishing flies from standard dries like Parachutes and Wulff’s to traditional pheasant tail nymphs to the hottest streamers. Your Eleven guides will have all the flies you’ll need for fishing across the spectrum of our rivers in the Gunnison Valley, and in the Gorge/Black canyon.

Lines & Terminal Tackle

We will mostly use WF floating lines in 5- to 6 –weights, though we can go smaller and sometimes DT lines come in handy on small creeks. Some streamer and lake fishing can call for sinktip lines as well. 9 foot leaders in 3X to 6X are most common, but we cut ‘em back or add on as the situation requires. Waders, wading shoes, lanyards, fly float; we’ve got it covered.

RODS & REELS

For fly fishing we mostly use 8.5 to 9-foot rods in 5- to 6-weights with matching reels, though we have lighter specialty bamboo and fiberglass rods for small streams. Mostly floating lines but sink tips are also effective with streamers. Top equipment from Sage, Simms, Scott, Orivs, Rio, SA, Ross and more.

 

*Photos courtesy of RIGS Fly Shop/Matt McCannel.

TAYLOR RIVER LODGE

Blue sky, emerald green pine trees and granite cliffs frame all of your adventures at Taylor River Lodge. The property is a private, eight-cabin retreat open from late May through mid-October. The off-the-grid location deep in Colorado’s Taylor Canyon is the perfect setting for friends, families and corporate groups to unplug and reconnect. Fishing is at the heart of the experience, with a trout pond and a mile stretch of semi-private river steps from the cabins, and the Gunnison River minutes away for float trips. The surrounding mountains offer rugged single track and scenic hiking trails, and the on-site, rock climbing wall, archery and hatchet throwing area will make you nostalgic for your Scout days. After a day outdoors, steam and soak in the Bathhouse or cozy up in the main lodge with a good book. Evenings take on a campfire vibe with stargazing around the communal fire pit.

RIGS Deluxe Camping

A RIGS Gunnison Gorge experience spares no expense to provide delicious home-cooked meals. All menus are thoughtfully prepared in advance but special requests and food allergies can be accommodated. Camping amenities – all the creature comforts of home, or at least all the ones we figured out how to get on the horses! Includes: elevated sleeping cots, comfortable outfitter tents (2 people per tent), wine glasses, high back chairs, and much more.

*Photos courtesy of RIGS Fly Shop/Matt McCannel.

5 nights and 5 days of fishing

Starting with 3 nights and 2 days at Eleven’s Taylor River Lodge, followed by 2 nights and 3 days float fishing the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area Wilderness.

 

DAY 1: Arrive at TRL and settle in. Orientation with your Experience Manager and fishing guides. Casting warm-up and instruction on the pond. Cocktails and dinner at the lodge.

 

DAY 2: Walk/wade the Taylor River private water at Taylor River Lodge focusing on getting tuned up for the Gorge trip, using a variety of techniques for tailwaters. Fish all day with lunch on property. Enjoy the spa or a relaxing massage. Cocktails and dinner at the lodge.

 

DAY 3: Float the Gunnison River, focusing on fly fishing from a boat in preparation for the Gunnison Gorge float trip. Fish all day with lunch on the river. Happy hour back at the lodge with a video on fly fishing the Gunnison Gorge. Orientation for the Gorge trip will be provided at this time, along with assistance packing dry bags. Wrap up with a brief overview of Eleven Angling, highlighting our lodges and fishing operations in Florida/Bahamas, Iceland, and Chile. Dinner at the lodge.

 

DAYS 4, 5, 6: Depart Taylor River Lodge early (4 AM to 5 AM) for shuttle to Montrose. Meet RIGS van and drive to Chukar Trail for the hike down to the river. All participants are required to carry their own personal gear down the one-mile hike to the put-in. Guests must be in reasonable physical shape to complete this hike with up to a 50 lb. pack, as it is the only way into this remote wilderness canyon. We will need to know about any medical or physical issues that could impact your ability to do the trip. The Gorge trip includes 3 days of fly fishing and 2 nights camping on the river, with all meals included. Shuttles from the take-out at Pleasure Park back to Taylor River Lodge or to local airports are included on DAY 6. Additional night at TRL is optional.

 

*Photos courtesy of RIGS Fly Shop/Matt McCannel.

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