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Float Fishing

Colorado guided float fishing trips, via Drift Boats or Inflatables, on the Gold Medal Waters of the Lower Gunnison River (Gunnison Gorge / Black Canyon) are a Guide Staff favorite. Experiencing the serene beauty of Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area (BLM) wilderness while float fishing from a drift boat or inflatable, is the ultimate angling experience. Productive tailwater fly fishing for rainbow, brown & cutthroat trout can be experienced year-round by float fishing on several sections of the lower Gunnison River, accessible from our shop meeting locations in Montrose, Delta and Ouray Colorado. Trout well over 18 inches is not uncommon on “The Gunny”. With incredible aquatic insect hatches and idyllic riparian habitat, it’s no wonder the Gunnison Gorge float fishing trips makes the list of the world’s “Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die!” by Chris Santella.

Full Day - Drift Boat Float Fishing – Gunnison River (Gunnison Gorge NCA)

RIGS now brings its unique blend of quality custom adventures to Guided Drift Boat fishing for the discerning angler. This Full-Day trip on a surprisingly secluded section of river is available each season when "run-off" subsides on the North Fork of the Gunnison River (typically July - November), as well as being the region's only winter float fishing option. You can also choose to add this section to our 3-Day Gunnison Gorge trip, making it a continuous section of world class fishing for up to 5 days! Cast from the secure platform of a Drift Boat with excellent creature comforts including: *Secure Casting Platforms *Padded, High Back Seating *Dry Storage Boxes *Deployable Anchor System *Easy Access Multiple Rod Storage Enjoy professional service, riverside cuisine and quality equipment as we take you on a journey through miles of spectacular trout fishing with excellent hatches and seldom visited waters.

Overnight 2 Day Drift Boat Float Fishing - Lower Gunnison River (Pleasure Park)

This Overnight 2 day trip (Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area - Lower Gunnison River) begins at the famous Pleasure Park Gunnison River put-in. Available through a surprisingly secluded section of river after "run-off" subsides on the North Fork of the Gunnison River (typically July - November). This section has something to offer almost year around, being the region's only winter float fishing option.

RIGS brings its unique blend of quality custom adventures to Guided Drift Boat fishing for the discerning angler. You can also choose to add this section to our 3-Day Gunnison Gorge Float Fishing Trip, making it a continuous section of world class fishing for up to 5 days! Cast from the secure platform of a Drift Boat with excellent creature comforts including: *Secure Casting Platforms *Padded, High Back Seating *Dry Storage Boxes *Deployable Anchor System *Easy Access Multiple Rod Storage Enjoy professional service, riverside cuisine and quality equipment as we take you on a journey through miles of spectacular trout fishing with excellent hatches and seldom visited waters.

3 Day “DELUXE” – Float Fishing - Gunnison River (Gunnison Gorge NCA “Wilderness”)

The Deluxe Trip format is designed with one thing in mind: you. Our Deluxe Format provides a more intimate experience, with smaller client group sizes, 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 Gunnison River Gorge. Our gear boat goes ahead to set up camp and prepare for our arrival! Both you and your guide can now focus on fishing as there is no rush to set up camp. Why not chase big fish all day? World renowned for the "Stone Fly Hatch," the "Gunny" also plays host to many other fine insect hatches making for a true bug factory. While the Gunnison River sees moderate use, the Gorge, because of it's remote location and challenging access, receives the least angling pressure of all the floatable sections.

*Let RIGS help accommodate your travel needs with optional float fishing and drift boat meeting locations in Montrose and Delta. Or, let us meet you at the put-in at the confluence of the North Fork and Gunnison River (next to Gunnison River Pleasure Park) or Falcon Rd turn off – we’re happy to accommodate your requests. All Guided float fish trips located within one hour of Telluride, Ouray and Montrose Colorado. Directions to Fly Shop.

Our Fly Fishing Guide Trip Rates include the following:
  *Flies and Tackle
*Riverside lunch & non-alcoholic beverages on Full Day trips

RIGS also has rental gear available for your Guided Fly Fishing trip!

1/2 Day trip add-ons:

  • Full combo (rod, reel, waders, & boots) – $35
  • Rod/Reel only or Wader/boot only – $20

Full Day trip add-ons:

  • Full combo (rod, reel, waders, & boots) – $45
  • Rod/Reel only or Wader/boot only – $25

 

Full day gear rentals separate from a booked trip are available as well. *Limited quantities

  • Full combo (rod, reel, waders, boots) – $55
  • Rod/Reel only or Wader/boot only – $35
 *Any additional items needed can be purchased prior to your trip at our Full Service Fly Shop. All rivers located within a one hour of Telluride, Ouray and Montrose Colorado. Directions to Fly Shop. *All major airlines service Montrose Regional Airport, located 30 minutes from our Fly Shop. Shuttle Services are also offered for personal vehicle transport on Lower Gunnison River (Gunnison Gorge / Black Canyon) trips. To help you plan your trip, we offer some great links to our Preferred Lodging Partners and Regional Information for Ouray, Telluride & Montrose Colorado.

*Hunting & Fishing Licenses are available at RIGS Fly Shop. However, we encourage you to Purchase Fishing & Hunting Licenses Online prior to your trip to save time and hassle!