Float Fishing the Gunnison Gorge

I attended a talk last evening at the local chapter of Trout Unlimited. Matt McCannel (Head Fly Fishing Guide/Umpqua Fly Designer/SIMMS Ambassador/Sage Ambassador) gave a talk on his company's (RIGG's Fly Fishing in Montrose, Colorado), guided float trips down the Gunnison Gorge - which is below what people think of as the Black Canyon of the Gunnison - but in reality, is the same canyon and river. The portion they run is 11 miles below the last dam. The significance is a huge river chock full of (80% density?) of enormous, trout both browns and rainbows. I mean, 20+ inches. My husband and I commonly float fish the Gunnison from the base of the gorge at the confluence of the North Fork. (We

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