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Fishing in Crested Butte

The best fishing rivers are Taylor River and the Gunnison River. You do need a fishing license. There are also two large lakes- Taylor Lake and Blue Mesa. On Blue Mesa, they do offer ice fishing in the winter. There are lots of local guides, but here are some of the best!:


irwin guides fly fishingIrwin Guides:No matter if you are a lifelong angler or casting a fly rod for the first time, our guides will teach you based on your skill set. The feeling of solitude is a major reason many of us choose to enjoy the sport of fly fishing. Irwin Guides is fortunate to have private water opportunities for our guests to experience. With miles of beautiful oxbows and sheltering willows, Tomichi Creek is where you’ll quickly find yourself focused on the pursuit of catching fish instead contemplating your next move based on the traffic of other anglers. This wild brown trout fishery is paradise when it comes to Colorado fly fishing. Split up by beats, this stretch of river remains sustainable with eager fish all summer long. Tomichi Creek reservations are based on availability and water conditions. A rod fee is required to gain access to this section of river. Call us to find out more. 888-475-1851



dragonfly anglers crested butteDragonfly Anglers: A fly shop on 307 Elk AND a guide service! The Guides here are year-round residents and are committed to achieving satisfaction by seeing the people they guide be successful. They are able to combine all factors on any particular day on the water to give you the best chance for success. Guided Walk-Wade fishing and Guided Float fishing! 970-349-1228





Crested Butte Angler: Crested Butte Angler is located at 229 Elk Avenue in historic downtown Crested Butte. Our fly shop and outdoor store has great products for women, men, and kids from Orvis, Hatch, TFO, Nautilus, Rio, Shilton Reels Hareline Fly Tying, Under Armour, YETI, Costa, Freefly, Spyderco, Derek DeYoung, Columbia, NRS, Marmot, and many more.  Please stop by our shop for friendly service and helpful advice.  We are taking reservations for the 2023 season, book early as our guides are highly requested.  Our guided trips can also be purchased online.

Crested Butte Angler guide service is comprised of dedicated professional fly fishing guides.  We offer the highest quality experience for all levels of anglers.  Half day trips are four hours and full day trips are six hours.  Flies and equipment are also included on all trips.  Whether you prefer floating the Gunnison River, or wading the Taylor River, creek fishing in the Crested Butte backcountry, fishing private water, the Bar ZX Ranch, ice fishing, lake trips, or the Gunnison Gorge, Crested Butte Angler can make it happen for you!



gunnison river guidesGunnison River Guides: Gunnison River Guides is a talented team of experienced fly fishing guides.  We are the "go to"  fishing guide service for Crested Butte, Gunnison, and Almont, Colorado. We are all experienced fly fishermen that have a passion for teaching fly fishing and spin fishing.  We are very proud of every guide on our team.  When choosing a fishing guide service you want guides that are personable, knowledgeable, and experienced. You want a guide that truly cares about your experience on the water. A big part of our business here at Gunnison River Guides is facilitating group trips.  Group trips are great for wedding parties, family reunions, fishing clubs, fundraisers, or just entertaining a group of friends. 

Gunnison River Float Trips: From put-in to take-out, float trips are a high action adventure. A custom driftboat or fully rigged raft will be your ticket to beautiful scenery, wildlife, and  miles of Rocky Mountain trout water. Beginner to advanced anglers will appreciate the large casting decks, swivel seats, and lean bars that our boats have to offer. Fly fish private water that is only accessible by boat. Stop and walk-wade the productive public stretches. Catch and release lure trips with light tackle are a great way to get into the fish.

Walk Wade Trips: Gunnison River Guides offer a vast variety of walk-wade trips on public and private water. We are extremely lucky to have over 2,500 square miles of public land in Gunnison county.  The Gunnison, Taylor, and East rivers have excellent public stretches.  There are Trophy Trout Fisheries both public and private.  Catch "hogs" at the Taylor River Catch and Release or visit a private still water fishery.  Maybe hiking to a remote stream or a secluded mountain lake high in the Rocky Mountains is more for you.




taylor lakeTaylor Lake !

Taylor Lake has several species of fish including Brown and Rainbow Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Northern Pike, and Mackinaw (lake trout). Taylor Park Marina rents boats, poles, bait, and is family owned - get out on the lake and get some fish! When you drive to Crested Butte over the Cottonwood Pass, you come out of the mountain right onto Taylor Lake, which is just magnificently beautiful. Like it or not, you pass Taylor Park Marina. Give it a try!


blue mesa lakeBlue Mesa Lake!

Blue Mesa Lake is very popular with fisherman summer and winter. A number of fish species are in the lake, including lake trout which grow to be very large trophy fish. In addition to fishing the lake offers all sorts of water recreation including boating, water skiing, sailing and wind surfing.

There are two full service marinas available - Elk Creek Marina and Lake Fork Marina. Elk Creek Marina also offers Pappy's restaurant for a relaxing setting and great food. The National Park Service has a visitor's center at the marina which offers all sorts of information about the area. The lake is a great place for camping with park service campgrounds available, as well as a number of independent RV Parks


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