Colorado Gunnison River  Brown Trout  Day #16  State #19 June 28, 2009 06/13/09 Pennsylvania
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Gunnison Fish & Raft River Guide
Guide: Albert Mismash
P.O. Box 7122
Gunnison, CO 81230
Phone: 877-559-3474
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It’s pretty hard to beat a day of fishing on any Colorado river in the summer time.  Today we targeted the Gunnison River between Almont and North Bridge – a stretch of river about 8 miles long between Gunnison and Crested Butte which has long been a favorite of ours.  We’ve floated this section of river at least 20 times in the past and find the Brown Trout fishing to be outstanding.  The river was running at 2100 cubic feet per second which is high and fast – too fast.  Today we decided to go guideless and use our SeaEagle Foldcat inflatable drift boats.   We were a bit nervous as we surveyed the river the night before but after talking to an outfitter – he assured us there weren’t any serious obstacles.   

We had some company today as well.  Our good friends Jeff and Matt Haymond from Albuquerque drove up to meet us the night before and join us on the water today.  Neither of them have done much fishing so a day on the swollen Gunnison River was a bit like kamikaze fishing as you can easily get in some dicey situations on this river – especially when you’re debating between taking one more cast or grabbing your oar.

The funniest thing (looking back on it) revolved around a small leak on one of our boats.  We attempted a mid-river patch job but in the end we simply put the foot pump under Matt Haymond’s butt and told him to hop up and down 3-4 times every minute to keep the boat inflated.  It might have distracted him from his fishing – it was entertaining nonetheless.  Thanks Matt for being a good sport!

We had our fair share of scary situations but in the end we navigated the waters and got off unscathed.  Jeff Haymond even landed a beautiful 20” Rainbow Trout – one of the biggest I’ve seen in this river.  Taylor and I guided the two boats in the first run, then said our goodbyes and took our shot at the river by ourselves.  In all we caught 30 brown trout and 1 rainbow today – which set a new single day journey record.  No trophies to speak of today, but some great memories on the water with our friends.


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