Video: Giant Rainbow on the Taylor River

Check out this video of Crested Butte local Lu Warner landing a massive Rainbow on the Wilder section of the Taylor River. Make sure to read his write up about sighting the fish, trying for him several times over a few weeks and eventually succeeding. This is a HUGE TROUT!

When Lu isn’t working as the head guide for Wilder on the Taylor, he is busy running his lodge, Valle Bonito Lodge, in Chile. Check it out here at

Sometimes You Get Lucky …Fly-Fishing the Taylor River CO from Wilder on the Taylor on Vimeo.

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Gink and Gasoline – The best fishing blog on the internet


This blog is kind of hit or miss. Maybe we’ll post, maybe we won’t. Maybe we’ll post fluff, maybe we’ll post something worthwhile, you never really know. I do know that my mom loves all the posts, which is amazing since I know that at least one person is reading the blog and loving it.

If you want to check out a fishing blog that gets it right check out Gink and Gasoline. They post daily articles that range from gear reviews to techniques and tips to general fishing info and discussions. I check several fishing blogs daily and I read more of the Gink and Gasoline stuff than I do of any other blog hands down. Their articles are topical, well written and can actually teach you things.

If you love fishing and you want to stay up to date with the latest and greatest or learn techniques you’ve never thought of before check out Gink and Gasoline, it won’t blow your mind, but it will make you a better fisherman.

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River Brew Review: Kannah Creek Brewing Company Lands End Amber Ale

I am trying to get back into reviewing a beer a week, so last weekend I stopped by the liquor store and picked up the first beer that caught my eye – Kannah Creek Brewing Company Lands End Amber Ale. They describe this as a German-Style Altbier that balances specialty malts and three different types of hops.

Lands End on the Gunnison

However they describe it, the Lands End Amber Ale is a nice beer. Not unbelievable, but fairly tasty. I brought these out for a couple of days on the Gunnison and they were perfect for kicking back while the boy ate some food or played on his blanket.

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The Kannah Creek Brewery is over in Grand Junction and I’ll be sure to stop by there the next time I swing through town. Check out the label pics below – these guys are clearly having fun in the outdoors, and I can definitely get behind a company with that type of culture.

Lands End Amber Ale Label 1Lands End Amber Ale Label 2

Lands End Amber Ale Pour
Appearance: Clear amber with lots of bubbles. Huge foamy head, cream colored, erupted out of the top of the glass a bit. Thick lacing down the glass as you drink.

Smell: Sweet and clean, floral hints, not very aromatic.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Malty up front with a very round sweet middle. Has a hoppy dry finish.

Overall: Good. Not my favorite beer ever, but I’m glad I picked it up. Drinkable and balanced definitely worth trying, especially if you are a fan of Ambers.

3 out of a Six Pack ©

3 out of a Six Pack ©

ABV: 5.5%
IBU: 28
Brewery: Kannah Creek Brewery, Grand Junction, CO

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In the Ditch

In the Ditch from Chris Eaton on Vimeo.

There’s a good mix of big and small water around Crested Butte. Some of it is right there in front of you, and some of it takes a hot walk down a dusty road through tall grass and down an embankment to reach. We’ve been playing around with video, and this short piece is from a day-trip to one of the latter. Let us know what you think.

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The World’s Strongest Beers

So you felt like a tough guy when you drank that 10% ABV beer last weekend, huh? I don’t think so. Let’s talk after you try one of the beers in this article. They range from 20% to 60% ABV. No, that is not a typo, there is a beer that is 120 proof. And yes, there is also a beer that comes in a bottle covered in a roadkill coozy.
Luckily most of them are exorbitantly expensive so us mere mortals won’t ever get (have) to try them.


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River Brew Review: New Belgium 1554 Black Lager

1554 on tailgateSome friends left a couple bottles of New Belgium 1554 in the fridge last week, and man I had forgotten how much I like that beer! For some reason I never buy it, but it’s right up my alley, dark, not bitter and drinkable.

This past weekend Aimee and I headed down to the Gunnison west of Gunnison for some serious trout fishing. We figured it would be a good place to take George since there is plenty of shade and not too many people. I also brought some 1554. It was supposed to be warm and kicking back with a cold beer while George relaxed, ate or played sounded like the ticket!

1554 with reels

The day turned out to be incredible, the fish were biting, the beer was tasty and George had a great day.

Gunnison BrownGeorge eating lunch

Later that night Aimee was stuck in a meeting so George and I put together dinner. Nothing fits father son bonding like burgers and corn on the grill!

1554 making dinner

Overall 1554 is smooth, drinkable and a darn good dark summer beer. Next time I’ll try to remember how much I like it.

1554 Pour

Appearance: A very dark amber, clear but dark enough that you can’t see through it. Small cream/tan colored head that dissipated quickly to about 1/8 inch and then remained. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Slightly sweet and toasty. Not a strong smelling beer.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts slightly bitter, has a nice toasty malt middle with a very slightly bitter aftertaste. Not super complicated.

Overall: An easy drinking sessionable black lager. If your looking for something besides the typical lager in the heat of summer grab a 1554, it’s tasty and refreshing.

4 out of a Six Pack Scale©

4 out of a Six Pack Scale©

ABV: 5.6%
IBU: 21
Calories: 198
Yeast: Lager Yeast
Hops: Target
Malts: Pale, Carapils, Black, Munich, Chocolate

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The importance of fishing buddies

The first time I met Mike he was fishing for bull trout on the Metolious River in Central Oregon with Chris. Rather than each of them taking a spot on the river and fishing independently, they were fishing one at a time and sharing the water. They netted for each other, tied up different rigs, and spotted feeding fish. Even when they both had rods in their hands they stayed within easy talking distance of one another and didn’t hesitate to pick up their lines if one of them had a fish on.

Mike caught it. Chris put it in the net.

Mike caught it. Chris put it in the net.

Later when I joined them both for a day on the water they worked me into the rotation. It was a different approach than much of the fishing I’d done with people in the past where we’d go to the river together but then split up, maybe keeping each other in sight, but rarely working a run together. Mike and Chris’s approach was much, much better.

Mike caught this fish. I just netted it.

Mike caught this fish. I just netted it.

After Chris moved to Vermont, I became Mike’s primary fishing partner. We split time equally between fishing one at a time, and dividing up the river. Sometimes this meant we would work our way up opposite banks at the same pace, other times one of us would start at the tail of a run and one at the front. This way we could still both be fishing our own rods and water, but also be taking part in the other person’s experience. The only thing that can really beat watching your fishing buddy catch a beautiful trout is catching one yourself, and sometimes not even that.

This was a reverse. I caught it. Mike and George handled the net. It's a group effort.

This was a reverse. I caught it. Mike and George handled the net. It’s a group effort.

Now that we’ve added George into the mix Mike and I stay closer together than ever on the river. Usually we’ll fish two rods, but sometimes just one, and whoever is not wearing George in the pack usually takes over most of the netting, tying and releasing duties (it’s really hard to see what you’re doing upclose when you have the Ergo on). It’s maybe not the most efficient system, but diving into the river to net a huge trout for Mike while he simultaneously keeps his line tight and George happy isn’t something I’d give up for anything.

The pack works great, but it can be tricky to unhook fish/tie on flies/jump in the river with it on.

The pack works great, but it can be tricky to unhook fish/tie on flies/jump in the river with it on.

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The River Keeper

The River Keeper from Matt Dunkinson Photography on Vimeo.

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Taylor River Madness!

Mike Taylor River Bow
Not really. Well kind of I guess, I mainly just wanted to get everyone’s attention. Last weekend we spent both days on the Taylor. Saturday was abridged due to George having a mental breakdown. Not really. He just didn’t want to be in the pack anymore.

I know its blurry but the look on George's face was priceless!

I know its blurry but the look on George’s face was priceless!

But Sunday, Sunday was good! The Green Drakes were still bopping around and the fish were eating those and stoneflies with abandon. We got there fairly early so I started with a dry double dropper but when I saw the first drake bombing around I clipped the droppers and added a drake dry in a double dry rig. I figured if I had good action on the drake I would take of the stonefly and rock the single dry. Well two out of the next 4 fish I caught ate the stone so I just rolled with a size 8 to size 10 double dry fly rig. It was awesome.

On Sunday Aimee and George landed the fish of the day, a beautiful rainbow.

On Sunday Aimee and George landed the fish of the day, a beautiful rainbow.

Aimee got into them too, she had good luck on zebra midges and copper johns, pretty standard fare for the Taylor. And the best part was that George had a blast on Sunday. Here he is chilling in his car seat during our picnic lunch!

George chilling in his carseat

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