Lower Gunnison Gorge | Guided Float Fishing | Full Day | Gunnison River, CO

guided fly fishing trips with dvorak expeditions

LOWER GUNNISON RIVER GORGE FULL DAY FLOAT FISHING

This is Colorado’s fly fishing dream trip below the world famous Black Canyon National Park’s after the Gunnison River Gorge in the Lower river section”.

We offer 1-day of customized – guided Gold Medal fly fishing float trips. This part of the Gunnison calms down with good tail water fishing and some dark bank shadows for BIG Browns and Rainbows and runs clear waters of class II. It is a Catch & Release fishery with a fish count of over 7000 Rainbow and Brown trout per mile and 1000 of which are 14″-35 inches. Gold Medal fisheries are 60 pounds of fish per acre and the Gunnison River has over 400 pounds per acre!

The access and unique ‘Hatches’ makes these very desirable trip. We can set up the rafts or drift boats with 2 anglers per boat. Our professional guides will provide your lunch . There is easy access at the Gunnison Forks Park (our meeting location) and DVK will return you to the same at the trip end.

The rafts or drift boats (pre-arranged) will be set up with only 2 anglers per raft and the pace of your journey down the river will depend on the quality of the fishing conditions in the season. Possible for additional guests 1×2 anglers on same date and lunch. Otherwise, you will most likely keep your own pace throughout the day.

COLORADO FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED!

The Gunnison River is a sportsman’s and paddler’s paradise. The clear, cold waters of the Gunnison have been designated a Gold Medal Trout Fishery. It is a river that has been included in the National Landscape Conservation System.  This part of the Gunnison is a mild class II section and great for fishing beginners to advanced.

Custom Float Fishing Trips – Fully Guided Fly/Spin “Fishing Gold Medal Waters” Minimum 2 Anglers per raft. It is a Catch & Release fishery with a fish count of over 7000 Rainbow and Brown trout per mile and 1000 of which are 14″-35 inches. Gold Medal fisheries are 60 pounds of fish per acre and the Gunnison River has over 400 pounds per acre!

June ‘Stonefly Hatch’ makes this trip @ special rates.
There is easy access at the Gunnison Forks Park (our meeting location), and by arrangement, DVK can pick up from Montrose airport and return to same at days end.

Full Day | 12 Miles
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
PRICING: $339 per person (2 person minimum)

TRIP PREPARATION

We will meet you at the Gunnison Forks Pleasure Park and finalize last minute details before you launch here. When you get to the river we will fit you out with your personal flotation device (PFD), stow your personal gear, rain gear/etc.), and gather everyone to the circle for introductions and a river safety talk.

FOOD

The lunch are planned with fresh deli style options and  fresh vegetables, drinks, fruit and cookies.  Vegetarian options are available. Be sure to contact us with special diet requests.

We can accommodate special diets with advance notice and the menu almost always suits the vegetarian.

ALCOHOL

Dvorak’s will recommend non alcohol beverages during your float and will provide Gatorade, water, sodas on request.

GRATUTIES

Gratuities are not included in your trip cost. While tipping is done at your discretion, tipping is one of the gauges we use in terms of customer satisfaction. If you are ever not satisfied, please let us know so that we can adjust our expeditions in the future.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL

  • $35 Waders and boots one-day
  • $20 Spin Rod/Reel only one-day
  • $25 Fly Rod/Reel only one-day
  • $4 Flies and/or Lures taken on fishing trips

BY PLANE: Fly into Montrose, CO Airport (served by United, Continental, and America West) for pick up at lodge or airport. (See details on confirmation letter). Or Fly into Grand Junction, Colorado Walker Field (served by United, Frontier, America West, Delta, and Great Lakes Aviation) and rent a car for the 1½ hour drive to the Gunnison Forks Pleasure Park. Take Hwy. #50 south 50 miles to Delta, then east on Hwy. #92, 14 miles to the Gunnison Forks turn off.

Alternately fly into Denver (served by most major airlines) and rent a car for the 4½ hour drive to the Gunnison Forks rendezvous. Take Interstate #70 west to Glenwood Springs. Turn south on Hwy. #82 and go 12 miles to Carbondale, then southwest 60 miles on Hwy. #33 to Hotchkiss. Continue for 6 miles on Hwy. #92 to the Gunnison Forks Park south turn off.

BY CAR: From the North: Follow directions for air travelers from either Grand Junction or Denver. From the South: Take Hwy. #50 north from Montrose 20 miles to Delta, then Hwy. #92 east 14 miles to the Gunnison Forks turn off. SHUTTLE: A around trip pick up or shuttle is available for from Montrose or Grand Junction, CO - request Dvorak rates when booking.

ACCOMMODATIONS

We recommend pre-& post trip PU available by Dvorak

Best Western Red Arrow Motel
1702 E. Main St. (Highway 50)
Montrose, CO 81401
(800) 468-9323
(970) 249-9641

Gunnison Forks Pleasure Park
(970) 872-2525
www.troutfisherman.net
Camping and Cabins at the finish point and meeting location for your Gunnison Gorge rafting/fishing trip.

Hotchkiss Inn
406 Highway 143
Hotchkiss, Co 81419
(970)872-2200

Grand Vista Hotel
752 Horizon Drive
Grand Junction, Co 81506
(970) 241-8411
(800) 800-7796

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AT TRIP’S END

You will arrive back at your vehicle at the Gunnison Forks Pleasure Park mid to late afternoon of the last day of your trip.

Although you can usually make a connecting flight home from Grand Junction after 7:00 p.m. on the last day of the trip, we recommend you fly out the following morning in case inclement weather or other circumstances delays your arrival in Denver. Remember, "River Time" is unpredictable.

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