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Find yourself in Crested Butte
March 4, 2014

We all have our favorite spots to go whether it is a great place to fish, a sweet line on the mountain that we love to ski, or maybe just a quiet spot off the beaten path where we can enjoy a little peace and tranquility. Last week I found myself at a place where of all three of those met.  Standing just below the peak of Mt. Crested Butte, I looked west towards the Ruby Range and had a great perspective on some of my favorite fishing spots. I looked below to see the infamous chute named ‘Banana,’ which I was about to ski. And then I looked all around and could only see a few people skiing on the mountain hundreds of feet below me. 

There was not much going through my head except maybe a feeling of contentment that you can easily get in these mountains. I think that experience and feeling epitomizes Crested Butte and helped remind me what a great place this is. If you are lucky enough to have spent some time in this area, you probably know the feeling. If you are looking for a special spot to relax, have fun, and enjoy life, check out Crested Butte, Colorado. 

Let Dragonfly Anglers be the place you call or stop by for local knowledge and information about anything Crested Butte. This is what we do and we are pretty good at it. 

Photo Cred: Tom Flawn-Chopp
Posted by Zach Kinler

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Fly Fishing on My Mind
February 17, 2014

I wasn’t exactly sure what it was that got me really thinking about fly fishing a few days ago. The street I was walking on was ankle deep in slush, the temperature was 37 degrees, and even a few birds were chirping. That could have been it or maybe it was a timer in my head that said “you haven’t been fishing in a few months, so…”

Either way, despite almost six feet of snowfall in two weeks and some of the best turns of the season, my mind can’t help wander towards fly fishing. With sunny skies and temperatures in the 30’s, that spring-time feel is just starting to show up, and with that comes the possibility of some great early season fishing opportunities. As March approaches, so will the open water on the Gunnison, East, and Taylor Rivers, and the stage will be set for some great pre-runoff fishing. This time of year might be overlooked by most people but it can surprise you with some great days on the water. The crowds are nonexistent, the fish are hungry, and the weather can be pleasant.

If you don’t have any plans this March and April or just want to take a break from the great skiing, book a trip with one of our professional guides or come by the shop for some up-to-the-minute conditions and information. In the meantime, here is an awesome video from New Zealand to get you stoked for the fishing season. 

Damsels in Distress from Sharptail Media on Vimeo.

Posted by Zach Kinler
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Colorado River Tops America's Most Endangered Rivers in 2013
January 28, 2014

This issue is directly related to us here in the Gunnison Valley and in fact to most anybody across the country. Water shortage is currently a major issue almost anywhere in the U.S. due to the demand for water and the numerous areas that are experiencing droughts. There are many things at stake here, including a lot of recreational opportunities around Crested Butte. The Gunnison River is a major tributary of the Colorado and a lot of the water in question here originates in our state. We need to recognize that it is an issue no matter where you live. Read this article for an in-depth look at this issue, courtesy of American Rivers.

Here is a helpful resource that outlines some things you can do to help conserve this valuable resource. 
Posted by Zach Kinler
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Great Crested Butte Snowpack Foreshadows Promising Fishing Season
December 10, 2013

While most people see snowfall as good for skiing, those of us who live, work, and play in the mountains see it as not only good skiing but good livelihood. It is easy for someone who visits here to come and enjoy the great early season skiing we have, then leave and only remember the exceptional skiing.

As a kid, I was obsessed with watching the snowflakes fall in the porch light, and not much has changed. Now I think about not only skiing through those beautiful snowflakes but also standing in a river full of them next summer. With the snow starting to pile up here, we are all thankful for a good ski season, but those of us who rely on snowpack to drive this town year round have an extra special appreciation.

The Gunnison River Basin snowpack is at 134 percent of normal for this time of year, and we can’t help but think that the rivers and lakes might fill up this summer. Despite the low moisture in the past two years, fishing has been phenomenal but there has been impacts on the fishery that come from low water and fishing pressure. A good snow year will put us right back to normal and keep everything that swims very happy.

If you are still contemplating a good place to ski this winter, come on out and enjoy not only the great skiing in Crested Butte but appreciate what it will do for us in the long run as we continue to live, work, and play in this great place. If you are looking for a world-class fishery this summer, keep your fingers crossed for a big winter, but know that it will be great either way.
Posted by Zach Kinler
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