Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Expedition in Hotchkiss, Colorado

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Gunnison River Expeditions


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8949 Pleasure Park Road
Hotchkiss, CO 81419

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The Story

The Gunnison River is a superb Colorado gold medal fishery from the upstream boundary of the Black Canyon National Park though the Gunnison Gorge to the confluence of the North Fork of the Gunnison. Gunnison River Expeditions specializes in full guided one- to- three-day float fishing, walk/wade, and whitewater trips though this section of the river.

Date Range

April-October.

What is Provided to Customer

We provide expert guidance for beginners to the very skilled. All meals, tents, life jackets, and dry bags are provided at no extra cost. We have rental gear available if needed (sleeping bags, pads, rod, reel, waders, boots).

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Remote lower Gunnison.

Typical Weather by Season

Warm 60-70 degrees with chance of afternoon showers.

Lodging, Meals, and Accommodations

The North Rim Fishing and Hunting Lodge in Hotchkiss, Colorado can fully accommodate your stay before, during, or after your Gunnison River fishing, hunting or rafting experience. The 3,000 sq ft. lodge offers six private bedrooms, four baths, a dining room and a living room. Fantastic views overlook the Smith Fork Canyon and the West Elk Mountains.

Sample of Typical Itinerary

3-day 2-night fully guided float fishing trip though the Gunnison Gorge.

Species You Fish for by Season

German brown trout, rainbow trout.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is required to book a trip?
A. Due to the nature and logistics of our trips, we require a 50% nonrefundable deposit at the time of booking to hold your date. If you cannot make your trip, we will gladly reschedule you to a later date.

Q. When is the salmon fly hatch?
A. The salmon fly hatch typically happens in late May through June. However, depending on river flows the hatch can be as late as early July. Please call us for inquiries about water flows.

Q. How does the equipment get into that canyon?
A. All of our equipment is horse packed into the canyon the day before your trip.

Q. How do we get back to our vehicles after the trip?
A. We take the rafts off the river at the Gunnison River Pleasure Park’s private boat ramp, this is the same place we meet you the morning of your trip so your vehicles will be there waiting for you.

Q. What is the hike into Chukar trail like?
A.The hike into Chukar trail is a 600-foot vertical drop, moderate, staircase hike. It is easy for our 70-80 year old clients that are in decent shape.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Trip The organization, the Guides, The Food, The whitewater...oh and The fishing were all exceptional. I didn't expect to see such grand towering cliffs. The camps were well organized. The Guides really knew the river extremely well to the point where they would tell us which rocks we were going to bounce off of and when we should lean this way and that. Awesome ride, Awesome trip!
Date published: 2020-12-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst Trip Ever First, our guide was outstanding and is not to blame for anything that follows. Need to hike down to the river. Get there, July 12, 2014, and river is pea soup green with perhaps 12 inch visibility. Guide thought that this was not run-off and almost certainly temporary. Floated Day 1 and did not see a fish. Guide made superb camp/dinner, and hoped tomorrow would be clear. Day 2, river was worse, with 6 inch visibility. By early afternoon, when not a fish had been seen and river was not improving, Guide agreed that converting from the planned 3-day trip to 2-days made sense, and rowed hard to get us to take-out that afternoon. While I felt that the trip should never had been started given the sad state of the river, I asked the outfitter for a refund of 1 day, since it had been a 2, not 3-day trip. He seemed to think that was fair. Then, two weeks later, he sent me an email saying the best he could do was, next year, give me a 3-day trip for the price of a 2-day trip. Yeah, right.
Date published: 2015-01-09
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