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WILDERNESS ADVENTURE PRESS MAPS: COLORADO GUNNISON RIVER The Gunnison is formed at the confluence of the East and Taylor rivers at Almont and runs west to join the Colorado River near Grand Junction, but most anglers dont venture that far downstream.The upper river (above Blue Mesa Reservoir) has excellent trout fishing with good wading and floating access. The famous Black Canyon and Gunnison Gorge runs are downstream of Blue Mesa, Morrow Point, and Crystal reservoirs (mapped here). Average trout size is better in these areas than on the upper river.The Black Canyon is often heralded for good reason. The good-sized trout, the incredible setting, and the intense hatches make a trip here a marvelous experience. It is, however, difficult to reach the river. Only the hardiest anglers should even attempt to trek down the trails. Floating is possible, but not recommended here.The Gunnison River Gorge offers easier access and is floatable by competent oarsmen. The Bureau of Land Management only allows two commercial trips per day, so its rarely crowded. Floaters need to sign in at the bottom of Chukar Trail. There are many rapids, including several Class III and a couple that get to IV under the right conditions. Its a 14-mile, multi-day float. Fishing is excellent for 12- to 18-inch trout.Permits are required in the Black Canyon and the Gorge has a small user fee.Downstream of Delta, the trout fishing isnt as good.While the dry-fly fishing can be world-class at times, the streamer fishing is almost always on. Whirling disease has taken a large toll on the rainbows of the Gunnison, but recent efforts to introduce a whirling-disease-resistant strain of rainbows has created improvements in the populations. Always thoroughly clean any equipment that has come in contact with the Gunnison to eliminate the diseases spread.The Gunnison is artificials only in the Black Canyon and gorge, and all rainbows are catch-and-release. ISBN: 0-WAP-16013-2 publish date: 06/30/2011
Binding Type: Map
ISBN: 0-WAP-16013-2
Author: Wilderness Adventures Press

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