Black Canyon Anglers | Fly Fishing
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Fly Fishing

The Gunnison River is renown for its large 20” plus Rainbow Trout
and healthy population of Brown Trout.


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.

Black Canyon Float Trips

Float fishing “The Gunny Gorge,” a National Conservation Area just downstream of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, is our signature trip and one of the top fly fishing trips in the Lower 48. These 1-3 day wilderness adventures feature unrivaled scenery and geology, with sightings of big horn sheep, mule deer, river otters, eagles and most importantly, unparalleled fly fishing for “Trophy” Rainbow and Brown Trout. Several class II and III rapids provide both fantastic fly fishing and exciting whitewater during this 14-mile stretch. Multi-day trips allow time for fishing afoot; fishing for single days is mostly from the boat.

Walk-and-Wade Trips On The Gunnison

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.