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Lucky, the Catch and Release Superstar: Part One
March 26, 2014

I have never had a problem with anyone who wanted to keep their legal limit of fish. The Division of Wildlife has set limits for each stream in order to maintain healthy populations of trout and I do respect those who take up to their limit. Hunting and gathering has been going on since the beginning of time, and there is something to be said about somebody who goes out and puts in the time to hunt and capture something that will feed and sustain them. 

I have other means of putting food on the table; however, so ever since I started fishing I have enjoyed the return on investment of catch and release fishing. Being able to see and hold a wild animal in my hands and then release it back into the wild to remain as a vital part of the water is quite fulfilling. I always tell people to let them go and then you can come back and catch them again when they are bigger and smarter. This idea was proven this last fall on the Taylor River. 

After hooking and landing a 20” rainbow, my dropper got snagged on the dorsal fin of the fish and broke off as it swam away. I went on fishing that area for a bit when I decided to work back upstream. In a hole upstream of the one that held the first rainbow, I spotted another rainbow that I thought was about 20” as well. I got a couple looks from the trout but no takes. I made a quick change and after about the 10th drift, the trout took my dropper. I managed to land this 20-incher again, only to find my dropper being kept safely in its dorsal fin. The fish had moved upstream from where I released it and was feeding actively again in that short amount of time. In the span of half an hour I had caught and released the same mature trout twice. I would have just guessed it was a different fish if not for the fly. This same fish provided me with two thrilling hook ups that I would not have gotten if I had not released him unharmed the first time. I thought that might be the end of the story of me and this fish but I was wrong….  

Photo Caption: Not Lucky, but a nice Taylor River rainbow. 
Posted by Zach Kinler

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Same Time, Same Place
September 18, 2013

Having been a guide in both the skiing and fishing businesses for many seasons, every new day makes me realize that I truly haven't seen it all.  I love the question in the summer time, “So how many days do you work a week?” My response is usually around nine or so.

For us, it's all about making our clients happy and making sure they have an awesome day on the water.  Many guides have clients that have been fishing with them for forever and make it a point to come back to the same time, same place every summer.  It's also exciting to have people who show up having never held a fly rod.  This diversity is what makes me get up every morning with the same enthusiasm and mindset like it is the first day of the season because for most of our clients, it is their first day of fishing for the season.

Now that it's mid September, I finally have some time to reflect on the last hundred or so days of guiding.  I am truly blessed to say that each day was unique in its own way.  I've had everything from the granddad and grandson who wanted to throw lures all day (I think we put 60 in the net that day) to the crew of 12 beginners on the first day who at least felt like experts after their three days of float fishing. Of course, you can't forget the clients that show up for the eighth year-in-a-row holding that new Sage One and Able reel (probably sold to them by the one and only Pedro).  With these guys, it's a hug when you see them instead of a handshake, which is a nice change of pace.  Anyways, with all this said, it’s the relationships we make with everyone who comes to fish with us that keeps us in this business. So to all you clients out there, thanks and we hope to see you again next summer, same time, same place.
Posted by Brandon Snyder
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Fall Trip into the Gunnison Gorge!!!
September 14, 2012

The Gunnison Gorge Conservation Area is a unique part of the Gunnison River directly downstream of Black Canyon National Park near Hotchkiss Colorado.   This area is remote and can be accessed on a number of trails leading from the Canyon rim to the river bottom.  On September 11th Dragonfly guides and clients took a two day one night self supported trip into the Ute Park area.  This high desert environment is contrasted by the lush canyon bottom of the Gunnison River and produces some great rainbow and brown trout fishing.  Our recent trip was highlighted with several nice rainbows and browns like the one seen above.  On the day of our scheduled trip mother nature decided to throw us a curve ball and produced rain and storms for better part of half of the trip.  Our clients were tough and fished through the weather and saw some great fish!  The clouds helped us a lot with the fish staying active as long as the clouds were hanging around.  The fishing in the Canyon is excellent and makes for a great Fall adventure!!!
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Guided Flyfishing is On Fire!!!!
June 21, 2012

       Wow, I have herd several terms- insane, sick, and redonkulous(rediculous) to describe the fishing over the past week in the Gunnison Valley.  The fishing over the entire drainage is spectacular. 
       The Drakes have been heavy on the Gunnison, East, and the Taylor rivers.  The hatch on the Gunnison has been from around 11am.-2pm.   I have seen drakes as well as caddis, pmd's, and yellow sallies at similar times on the East and the Taylor.  The backcountry has also been fishing off the hook!  Fish have been very active all throughout the day with the slowest fishing during the hottest times of the day.
       Water levels are at perfect levels for float and walk trips right now and should maintain these levels for the next month.  Call our shop 1-970-349-1228 for trip availability and to book your favorite guide!!
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