Black Canyon Anglers

This outfitter is recognized as the largest and most experienced outfitter operating in the Black Canyon and offers the only fishing lodge on the lower Gunnison River.

A float through the steep walled Gunnison Gorge is recognized as one of the top fly fishing trips in the lower 48. This National Conservation Area lies just downstream of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. It features spectacular scenery, interesting geology, varied wildlife, and most importantly, excellent fly fishing for rainbow and brown trout. Trophy rainbows measuring over 20” are the prize of the “Gunny”. The river also boasts a very healthy brown trout population with many fish eclipsing the 20” mark. Colorado Parks and Wildlife routinely conducts fish shocking surveys. These surveys show the Gunnison River to hold more fish per mile than any other river in the state. The 2011 data demonstrated more than 10,000 fish per mile.

The occasional sighting of bighorn sheep, mule deer, river otters and eagles will heighten your appreciation for this unique resource. Several class II and III rapids, need to be negotiated during this 14 mile stretch of river.

This is one of the only floats to offer both fantastic fishing and exciting whitewater in the same trip. Multi-day trips are slower paced and offer ample time spent out of the boat fishing from foot. These unparalleled 1, 2, or 3 day wilderness fishing adventures are conducted at the highest level of professionalism with top quality equipment and experienced guides.

All trips begin and end at this unique riverside lodge located on a working peach orchard. The facility is set up to comfortably feed, house and entertain guests before and after their adventures. An on site fly shop carries flies, licenses and other fishing supplies. A Stocked trout pond on the property, offers casting practice and the chance to catch a really big fish. Guests are also invited to fish three miles of private water on the Gunnison River.

Dinners include happy hour, appetizers, salad, main entree and dessert with beer and wine served at the meal. This outfitter grows their own wine grapes on the property and have wine made specifically for  guests. The 100-year old peach orchard, and working organic farm surrounding the property, makes the lodge a true oasis.

Hatch Calendar:

 

  • Float trips on the Gunnison Gorge run from May through October.
  • May-October Mayflies
  • June-July Stoneflies
  • July-October Caddis
  • August-October Streamers (prime time with less people)

The early stone fly fishing can be excellent in the Gunnison Gorge! During June and into July the Gunnison River gets large hatches of Salmon flies along with other stoneflies. If fishing to large rainbow and brown trout with a size 2 dry fly sounds fun to you this is the time and place to do it!  

Through summer a variety of techniques are used to fish the Gunnison. Your guide will know what is working best to put you on the fish. Nymphing, dry fly fishing, and throwing streamers can all be done in a single day on the “Gunny”.

If you are into throwing streamers to large aggressive brown trout August through October is prime time! The lower stretch of the canyon is also conducive to fishing large foam hoppers along the grassy cut banks to entice the big browns that lurk below!

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