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Old 04-26-2007   #1
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Gunnison Gorge Rafting Trip Report / Video

Went down Gunny Gorge last weekend in big boats and not much water. Too fun...

First group down there this year who bothered to register at the put in anyway. Canyon to ourselves for 3 days minus a few hike-in fisherman.


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Thanks! Looks like a great trip.

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that looks like a sweet trip. can't wait to hit that stretch. have you run it at 1000+? if so, what's it like - still class III?
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Yeah,highest I've run it is around 950cfs. Allot easier at that higher level,for sure. Less threading a 7.5 ft wide boat through a 7ft wide channel/drop...
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were the fish up on dries, or subsurface with nymphs and streamers?
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dries on top were hit or miss. down towards the take out dry action picked up on 14 stimi's,ect. most fish were on bead head nymphs...14-16 black w/ some flash in various patterns. A few smaller golden stoneflies were seen flying about and floating in the river... getting close... though I plan on missing that circus this year.

a few nips with streamers but never produced for me.

good luck and tight lines.
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I ran the Gorge last summer at 1130 if memory serves, might have been 1240. Anyway it was still class III. There was one rapid that a bunch of people were scouting that was more like III+/IV- with a bunch of boulders and somewhat tight lines for my 14' raft. Most of the other rapids were straight forward class III. It was a fun trip, but the scenery and spending time with friends were the highlights, not the whitewater. I think that high water doesn't start until it gets fairly big, like 3,500. I hear that the fishing here and below this stretch can be great.

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