We can guide trips any time of the year. Winter trips may require snowshoeing into a location and then wading, while summer trips include popular float trips in addition to the walk/wades offered year-round.
We provide all equipment necessary for your trip, except your fishing licenses and clothing. Waders, boots, rods/reels, flies, and tackle are all included; however, clients are welcome to bring their own equipment. On full-day trips we also provide a lunch and drinks.
Willowfly Anglers offers walk/wade and float trips daily in the summer. Walk/wade trips are available all year upon request. The resort is located at an elevation of 8,027 feet and most stream locations will not exceed 9,000 feet in elevation. The resort is easy to find, right off of a main county highway and at the entrance to Taylor Canyon. We fish a variety of waters in the valley, including small streams, larger rivers, and even lakes. Our optional private waters offer the best of the bestprivate fishing ranches and clubsas well as our own stretch of private water on the Taylor River reserved for our guests.
The weather in the Gunnison Valley can vary greatly in one day. It is not unusual to see temperature swings of 40 degrees or more in one day and it can snow any day of the year. However, during the busy summer season, you can expect highs in the upper 70s and sometimes 80s while lows can dip into the 40s. Winters can be downright frigid with many daytime temperatures barely reaching above zero. The spring and fall months will fall somewhere between the winter extremes and summer temps.
Most trips meet at our Three Rivers Resort location in Almont. The guide will meet you and after signing waivers, completing payment, and securing licenses, you will be on your way. We leave most trip details up to our expert guides. They know which waters are fishing best and would be most suitable for your level of experience. We can customize almost anything, but our guides will make the best recommendations based on time, duration, and location.
The Gunnison Valley is well known for the variety and sizes of our trout: rainbows, cutthroat, browns, brooks, and cuttbows. Dry-dropper techniques and streamers generally work best.
We also have the nation's largest land-locked kokanee salmon run from late August through November. Anglers flock to the area each fall for some fun salmon stream fishing.
Check our website for frequent updates and fishing reports for the area.
We suggest clients bring with them: sunscreen, bug spray (summer), rain jacket, hat, polarized sunglasses, camera, hand sanitizer, and personal items such as medications.
Our fly shop is open 7 days a week from May through October, but during the off-season it is always accessible when the resort's General Store is open. We have a knowledgeable staff that will be happy to help you with any of your fly-fishing needs.