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Gearing Up for Summer in the Colorado High Country

Ready for summer yet? After the recent sub-zero temps here in the Denver area, we’re happy to begin planning summer adventures in the Colorado high country. And we have great trips to look forward to in 2021! The Anglers All travel program will include trips to the Gunnison Gorge and the Flat Tops Wilderness area.

This summer, we have opportunities for incredible fly fishing adventures right here in Colorado. Our team has the logistics, guides and gear you need to make it happen.

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Gunnison Gorge

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a destination anglers should put on their short list. When you combine a multi-day float trip down a wilderness river canyon, incredible scenery, and big fish eating big dry flies, it adds up to one can’t-miss experience.

Trips are available in the Gorge from June through October. And while the June salmon fly hatch is world-famous, the late summer and early fall is perhaps our favorite time to fish it. More consistent flows, big hoppers, caddis and mayflies make for some incredible fishing.

Experience a three-day, two-night guided camp float through the Gorge. Anglers will arrive at Pleasure Park, near Hotchkiss, Colorado the day before their float begins. The next morning, a 4-wheel drive van will transport anglers to the trailhead. From there, the 16-mile camp float through the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness begins. The cost of this trip is $1,815 per angler.

For specific dates, availability and other details, please contact Anglers All travel coordinator, Andrew Pulford. You can reach Andrew at the fly shop at 303-794-1104. Or email him directly at andrew@anglersall.com. You can also check out our Gunnison Gorge travel page for information.

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Flat Tops Wilderness

We can’t wait to get back to the Flat Tops Wilderness Area this summer. The Flat Tops is the second-largest wilderness area in the state. It contains hundreds of alpine lakes and hundreds of miles of wilderness trout streams, making it a paradise for anglers. It’s remote. It’s spectacular. And it’s loaded with fly fishing opportunities.

Trips to the Flat Tops Wilderness begin in July and run through early September. The abundant opportunities and miles of water are seemingly endless. From small rivers and creeks to deep timberline lakes, the exact destinations can vary depending on the goals of each group. Anglers can easily enjoy throwing dry flies on light-line rods to brook trout in a small river one day, and then casting streamers to big cutthroat on an alpine lake the next.

Our guides in the Flat Tops use either horses or 4x4 vehicles for access, depending on the destination each day. The 3-day, 3-night experience includes a home-cooked breakfast and dinner at a rustic cabin located just outside the wilderness area boundary. Lunches are served streamside, prepared backcountry style over an open campfire. This trip is priced at $1,845 per angler.

If you’d like details or to check availability, please reach out to travel coordinator, Andrew Pulford here at the fly shop at 303-794-1104. Or email Andrew directly at andrew@anglersall.com. You can also review the information on our Flat Tops travel page.

In the meantime, check out this short video on our Flat Tops fishing trips:


Gear for the Adventure

If you know us, you know that we’re gear nerds at heart. And we’re excited to get ready for a summer of adventures in the Colorado high country. Here are a few ideas of things we will have on our packing lists this summer:


Waterproof Fly Boxes

Check out the waterproof fly boxes from Umpqua, including the Waterproof Bug Locker and the Large HD Fly Box. These waterproof designs are perfect for keeping those dry flies dry on a wilderness float trip or through a summer thunderstorm at timberline.


Waterproof Bags

From waterproof boat bags for an epic float trip, to waterproof duffel bags that will keep your gear and clothing safe, we have the bags to take on any epic wilderness adventure. If you need specific recommendations for an upcoming trip, please visit us at the fly shop or give us a call at 303-794-1104.


Rain Gear

On any wilderness trip, rain gear is an absolute necessity. But where hot sunny days can quickly turn into afternoon thunderstorms, you need something that’s lightweight and can easily stow away in your daypack when not in use. The Patagonia Ultralight Jacket is one of our favorites.

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Rods, Reels, Flies & Tackle

It probably goes without saying, but we’ve got the rods, reels, flies and tackle you need for that next big adventure. From dry fly setups to streamer setups and everything in between, please let us know how we can help you get ready for the trip. Questions are always welcome! See us at the fly shop in Littleton or call us at 303-794-1104. And remember that online and phone orders can opt for either free shipping or curbside pickup right here at the shop.