Private Water

Riffle and Rise offers fly fishing schools and guided fly fishing trips on premium private water in the Gunnison Valley and beyond. Enjoy a quality experience in a beautiful setting away from the crowds, where you can learn more about fly fishing at your own pace.

Home base is in Taylor Canyon, with access to a mile of the Taylor River. There is a good population of trout in the pocket water and pools throughout this nice stretch of river. Management and access are shared with our neighbors and Eleven’s Taylor River Lodge right next door.

The river-side property includes lawn space for casting instruction and is a perfect outdoor classroom environment for fly fishing schools.

In addition to the Taylor River, there is also private water access on some small to medium size trout streams in the valley, as well as trout ponds which provide a great opportunity for beginners just learning how to fly fish. Smaller creeks can be more technical and are great guided trips for anglers with experience. The smaller water presents challenges related to stalking spooky wild trout, including tight quarters with little room for a backcast, and the need for short but extremely accurate casts. Fly fishing small creeks can be super fun once you’re armed with the right gear and knowledge. (Check out the Small Stream Colorado video I made with Todd Moen of Catch Magazine.)

There are also opportunities to fish private leases on the Arkansas River near Buena Vista and the Yampa River up around Steamboat Springs. These hosted/guided trips will be available on a limited basis and must be booked in advance. These beautiful ranches and private leases offer great fishing for quality trout. These are special trips that require upfront planning and some travel. Please contact me if you would like to learn more about these hosted trips.

A nice Yampa River rainbow trout.

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