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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-25-2012, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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I will be visiting my daughter in Denver the week after Labor day. We are planning a 3 or 4 day trip to stay in Beaver Creek. I will be fishing with my
10'6" 3/4 Meiser. I would appreciate suggestions for areas on the Colorado
and Gunnison Rivers Within short distances from road access. Fly suggestions are welcome Thank You Ivan

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Hey Ivan hows it going.

I would respectfully say that a 3/4 weight 2 handed rod is like a kiddie toy on the place Im suggesting.

I would recommend the bottom end of the black canyon park on the Gunnison. This area is only a few minutes off the highway; and was very convenient for me on 2 visits therre.
There is a place called gunnison river outfitters (use this/google this for the website name). they are the only campground/outfitter setup down there, so its easy to figure out....... and they are great folks running that operation.

They have the only BLM permit to run a jet boat. So what they do is rent you a pontoon raft; strap it onto the jet boat, and run you up about 3 miles to the boundary line of the black canyon. (its as far as they are allowed to take you) It can be a 4 or 6 hour float back down depending on how much you want to pick it apart. Lovely water and great big fish. Have them point out the rock outcropping that looks like richard nixon. hilarious.

September to me. and down there......... means hoppers or STREAMERS. the big nasty lots of chicken feather circus peanut stuff. I think all your patterns should be BIG. For ripping and stripping i do not like a 2 handed rod.........I like a 9 foot 6 wt;; using 10 lb maxima floro for tippet is as "finesse" as youshould go. in fact, better make it 12 lb. And a 7 wt would NOT be too much in this rowdy flow. You need to be in the mindset of hooking 24 inch browns/rainbows in high velocity runs. The Gunnison really snorts in some spots. I would strongly recommend carbide cleats and a staff absolutely. the rocks are very jagged and random; not smoothed out; so I would consider taping your ankles stiff before putting on a good sturdy immobile boot with ankle support. to get down, using a 20 foot tip of t-11 will not be overkill. There is a kelly galloup streamer express line thats integrated and works well there. Its like a 350 grain sinking line meant for just this application. If you are first on the water, cool. fish all the sexy obvious runs. You will also be ahead of people in the canyon upstream of you that are now coming down on their final leg; they dont approach your water at the drop off....till about 9 am from their camps upriver.

Anyway, , this is lively moving high gradient water here. There are huge browns and rainbows here !!!! but for the more moderate guy, there's as many 12-14 inchers as you want. If you like fishing with little stuff, all the usual wet hackles, nymphs and emergers work. The "yellow sally" is a very prevalent and effective pattern in its nymph emerger and dry state. Thats a size 12 I think. But that was during august,.......cant remember if they are still popping in september. That might be one way to apply that 3/4 wt. 2 hander of yours.

One thing that was taught to me by an experienced gunnison angler, that I remembered/applied/learned was this. Fish the BANKS. These fish love the BANKS. Did you catch that? Good. You'll be surprised and then you'll see all the tourists trying to reach mid river spots......but Im telling ya. Letting a streamer swing to within a foot of the bank and ripping it back is detrimental to your heart rate.

Then, theres a bar/flyshop/restaraunt RIGHT at the takeout! its calle d the gunnison river pleasure park. You can tent camp there, too. right along the river !! its not virgin, but hey, its cheap, youve got beer flies, food, and camping right there. Speaking of "there". At the takeout, dont get bummed.....the water is kinda lame for about a 1/2 mile downstream from it ---but then turns in to GREAT hopper water if you decide to walk downstream of the take-out ramp..... esp if conditions continue to be low and dry. We are talking those huge hoppers like you read about in the bible plauging the Israelites crops.

There's nothing like coming off the water after beating ass, then having awesome shop owners making you a huge brontosaurus burger, washing it down with beer, while browsing hundreds of local and effective patterns.

Ask for Leroy (old timer...) or Al (nowadays)

And if you have the ability to, if you can drive back out of the gunnison to colo springs or wherever using highway 50, its the most breathtaking drive I think Ive ever taken in the lower 48. Its worth the extra miles; its that good.

What I lack in skill --- I make up for with enthusiasm.

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Originally Posted by LLSalmo View Post
I will be visiting my daughter in Denver the week after Labor day. We are planning a 3 or 4 day trip to stay in Beaver Creek. I will be fishing with my
10'6" 3/4 Meiser. I would appreciate suggestions for areas on the Colorado
and Gunnison Rivers Within short distances from road access. Fly suggestions are welcome Thank You Ivan

Go to the Colorado River either downstream west of Glenwood or (Preferred due to access) exit I-70 at Walcott and head over the hill to State Bridge area
Baetis and Red Quills and other attractor dries, streamers, of course.
9 ft 5 wt will be fine if lined approrpiately.
Nice day trips.
Eagle could be okay but water levels are very low, in general, due to drought (abating some the last few weeks)

The Gunnison is too far of a drive and will eat up two of your three days.

Fall colors may just be starting and the days should be cooling in AM and at dinner time.
Lovely season.


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