The mountain streams in Gunnison County are an idyllic place for a nature adventure, especially if you love to fly fish! The fly fishing season just recently kicked off, and several 16- to 21-inch rainbow and brown trout have already been spotted. Gunnison homeowners spend a lot of time fly fishing at the Taylor River, a gorgeous river that’s located between Gunnison and Crested Butte. It’s the perfect place to spend a day!
Two miles of fly fishing takes place on the Taylor River at Wilder. Says Brad Willett, Wilder General Manager and lifelong fly fisherman, “The Taylor River has consistently proven to be the strong, productive fishery that fly fishing anglers have grown to respect. The runoff this spring has been significant and flows were up above 1,000 CFS. Fishing the on-site Rarick Creek with big bead-headed nymphs trailed by a red worm or even a chartreuse egg has been very effective. Fly fishing has been challenging on the river, but it has yielded some very nice rainbows and browns.”
Experts say that the clarity continues to improve daily, and because of the increase in spring runoff, the fly fishing season is expected to be amazing this year at both Wilder and on the Taylor River. What’s more, Lu Warner was recently appointed Master Fishing Guide at Wilder, so novices and experts alike will have the opportunity to learn from his wisdom. Warner has been fly fishing since he was eight years old, and will spend time guiding in the Crested Butte area from May through October. During the rest of the year, he works as a guide in Chile and Argentina. In addition to fly fishing, Warner is also well-versed in mountain biking and cycling.
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