Lower Gunnison Trips
GUIDED FLY FISHING
Experience classic big western river fly fishing in the heart of Colorado’s Gold Medal Trout Waters. The Gunnison River, Pleasure Park to the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness Boundary, and Pleasure Park down offer world-class fly fishing for healthy Rainbow and Brown Trout with incredible hatches throughout the year, all within an impressive desert canyon ecology.
All tackle and rental equipment are included free of charge and provided by the industry’s top manufacturers. (Rod/Reel, Wader/Boot, Flies, Tackle and Transportation.) We accommodate your travel needs with optional float fishing trip departure meeting locations in Montrose and Delta. Full Day includes riverside Charcuterie Lunch (locally smoked meat, cheese, crackers, olives, nuts, fruit, cookie) and filtered water. We also provide all gear necessary for your overnight experience. Including camping gear, cookware, tents, sleeping bags/pads, tables/chairs, drybags, meals and provisions.
Advantages – Private Water & Drift Boats
RIGS walk wade, full day drift boat and overnight drift boat trips include +2 miles of exclusive private water access at Angell Canyon Ranch, with no additional rod fee for access. We exclusively use the finest drift boats in the industry Boulder Boatworks, allowing our guides to quietly slide their way through skinny sections of river where other boats cannot. Comfortable seating, secure casting platforms, padded high back seating, dry storage for personal items and easy access to store multiple rods are all advantages to a comfortable day on the river.
Fishing from a boat reduces the chance of getting tangled in vegetation along the shore and reduces the potential hazards of walking the river, while providing comfortable access to miles of river only a boat can reach. Your guide/oarsman can position the boat to allow longer fly drifts and give the ability to move upstream to remain in the most productive sections. Float fishing boats accommodate up to two anglers per craft and are the perfect progression after experiencing a walk wade fishing trip.
Our guides specialize in the professional instruction of core fly fishing fundamentals by introducing new techniques, strategies and efficiencies to improve angler performance and presentation on the water, all while teaching proper river etiquette. Most importantly, our guides strive to make each day on the water fun and memorable for everyone!
The serene beauty of Colorado’s Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area (BLM) wilderness while float fishing from an inflatable raft with elevated swivel seating is the ultimate angling experience. Trout well over 18 inches are not uncommon on “The Gunny”. With incredible aquatic insect hatches and idyllic riparian habitat, it’s no wonder the Gunnison Gorge float fishing trip makes the list of the world’s “50 Places to Fly Fish Before You Die!” by Chris Santella. Explore our Gunnison Gorge page to find out more about the trip and watch our Gunnison Gorge Three Day Deluxe Trip Video.
The Lower Gunnison River’s Full Day and Overnight Drift Boat Trips offer miles of secluded access to Gold Medal Waters including over two miles of an exclusive private walk wade section of productive waters. Private Water Gold Medal Waters included – Angell Canyon Ranch (across from Pleasure Park & Gunnison Forks) within the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area is included in the price of your trip! This secluded historic ranch rests on a spectacularly scenic bend of the world- famous Gunnison River.
Float-able and fish-able most of the year we will see several insect hatches throughout. While Summer and Fall are the time of the dry fly, early Spring offers great nymphing that can carry on through all the seasons. Fishing this section from a drift boat gives our clients access to areas you cannot reach strictly wading. Looking for multiple days on the Lower Gunnison? Overnight Drift Boat Trips are available as well.