Black Canyon of the Gunnison River

River Information

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison River is arguably one of the most scenic and wild places in the state of Colorado. This river is best fished by float fishing in a raft with an experienced outfitter. This is a Gold Medal rated river full of large Brown and Rainbow trout. 


Recommended Flies

Winter/Spring: Midges, Mayflies

Summer: Mayflies, Caddis, Terrestrials, Stoneflies, Streamers

Fall: Mayflies, Caddis, Terrestrials, Streamers


Seasonal Conditions

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is primarily a summer and fall fishery. Dry fly fishing opportunities abound here and the river is easily most famous for its prolific Salmonfly hatch. The trout grow very large here, and due to remoteness and difficulty associated with fishing on foot, recieve little pressure. 


River Access

Hiking into the canyon is not for the faint of heart. There are 4 main trails Chukar trail is the most well traveled and offers the easiest accss. Bobcat, Duncan, and Ute trails are considered advanced trails, however still recieve some maintance. There are no maintained or marked trails within the inner canyon.