Fly Fishing the Gunnison Country is the culmination of over 10 years of researching, photographing, and writing about Gunnison Basin trout streams and high mountain lakes, along with the salmonid species that inhabit these fisheries. This 304 page, full-color fly fishing guidebook to the rivers, creeks, and high mountain lakes of the Gunnison Basin is chock-full of information available nowhere else, including 142 beautiful color photographs with informative captions, numerous maps and hatch charts, advice directly from many of the most accomplished and knowledgeable fly fishing guides and outfitters in the Gunnison Valley, along with a virtually never-ending treasure trove of other information and data on many of the Gunnison Country’s most famous and productive fly waters.
To begin the book, all five of the predominant salmonid species common throughout the Gunnison Basin, including brook, brown, cutthroat, and rainbow trout, along with kokanee salmon, are discussed in separate informative and gorgeously photographed chapters. All four major rivers, including the Gunnison, Lake Fork of the Gunnison, Taylor, and East Rivers are covered in painstaking detail, including access points, hatches, seasonal strategies and flies, data on fish species present, and advice from area fly fishing guides. Many of the areas premiere smaller trout streams, including Tomichi, Quartz, Cochetopa, Big Blue, Henson, Cebolla, Spring, Anthracite, and Ruby Anthracite Creeks are discussed at length as well. In addition, a number of the Gunnison Country’s foremost high alpine lakes, including Upper & Lower Lamphier, Mill, Crystal, and Henry Lakes, are dissected in individual chapters.
While a goal of every fly fishing guidebook is to help you catch more and bigger fish, the much loftier aim of Fly Fishing the Gunnison Country is to also help you get to know these fisheries intimately and understand what makes each of these Gunnison Valley fisheries, and the salmonids that fin their waters, unique and special. One quick glance at this book and you will know this guidebook is exceptional, but when you begin reading you will quickly realize that Fly Fishing the Gunnison Country is the most interesting, informative, accurate, and thoroughly researched regional fly fishing guidebook ever written for any area within the state of Colorado. Welcome to Fly Fishing the Gunnison Country!