Fly Fishing

The Gunnison River is renown for its large 20” plus Rainbow Trout and a healthy population of Brown Trout adds to the excitement of fishing these waters. The Colorado Department of Wildlife routinely conducts fish surveys revealing the highest concentration of fish (8,779 fish / mile in 2008) on the Gunnison in the state. BCA is the largest and most experienced outfitter in the Black Canyon and offers the only fishing lodge on the Gunnison River.

Wilderness Fly Fishing Float Trips Through The Black Canyon

A float through the steep walled Gunnison Gorge, A National Conservation Area, is one of the top fly fishing trips in the lower 48. Just downstream of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, the Gunnison Gorge features unrivaled scenery and geology. The sighting of big horn sheep, mule deer, river otters and eagles will only heighten your appreciation.

Most importantly, excellent fly fishing for “Trophy” Rainbow and Brown Trout abounds. Several class II and III rapids are encountered during this 14 mile stretch—providing both fantastic fly fishing and exciting whitewater. Multi-day trips are slower paced with time for fishing afoot; single day trips move consistently with the majority of time spent fishing from the boat.

Float fishing “The Gunny Gorge” is our signature trip. These unparalleled 1, 2, or 3 day wilderness float fishing adventures are conducted at the highest level of professionalism with top quality equipment and experienced personnel. The float fishing season is mid May to the beginning of October.


Walk-and-Wade Fly Fishing Trips On The Gunnison River

The wilderness setting of The Gunnison Gorge makes for spectacular scenery and a “can’t lose day” of walk and wade fishing. Four trails access different sections of river and a hike into the Gunnison Gorge is a spectacular trip in itself. The Chukar trail is maintained and well traveled—providing the easiest river access—while the Bobcat, Duncan, and Ute trails are more remote.

The “Gold Medal Waters,” from the Smith Fork to the North Fork confluence, offers 3 miles of Gold Medal quality fishing and holds many large fish. The “Lower Gunnison” waters, from the North Fork to the BCA Lodge, covers 6 miles of excellent fishing—including 3 miles of private BCA waters.