Calving Time Means Excitement at Wilder!

Calving Time at WilderCalving time at Wilder on the Taylor is always a special occasion, especially this year. Calvin’s registered Angus show heifer, Chevelle, was due to calve on March 1. She has a big personality and loves people. Calvin, Clay and I hauled her almost 7,000 miles last year to shows all over Colorado, Nevada and Oklahoma. She helped him win a spot to compete in the prestigious National Junior Showmanship contest. Being away at Oklahoma State University, Calvin was doubly anxious about this calving time and excited to see her first calf.

Calving time at WilderChevelle’s big day arrived on February 25. I was headed to Gunnison for Clay’s spring teacher conferences when she went into labor. Clay wanted to skip seeing his teachers to get home to Chevelle. We sped through the meetings and got home as Don was ready to assist Chevelle with having her calf. Clay jumped in and knew how to help his Dad pull a calf. I stood back speechless and extremely proud that my 14-year-old knew what to do! After a few tense minutes, her first calf was born, a beautiful, solid-black heifer. Just what Calvin wanted! She was a big girl, tipping the scales at 88 pounds. We all celebrated, and I called Calvin and could hardly choke back the tears. 

Calving time at Wilder

Clay’s Angus show heifer, Bella, loves to play with Chevelle’s new calf, as she is just a yearling herself. They run around the hay feeders at top speed, stop, buck and butt heads. It’s comical to watch those two enjoying life. When we feed Bella, we have to tie her halter to the fence while she eats her grain, otherwise she helps herself to everyone’s feed tubs in the pen. Chevelle’s calf proved she has her mother’s spunky personality as she stuck her nose in Bella’s feed, then pulled the tub just out of Bella’s reach! Bella was bawling at her, and Calvin was falling down laughing! He has really enjoyed watching her since he’s been home for spring break.

Calvin Sabrowski Jr AngusThere is no one in the Sabrowski family who doesn’t look forward to calving time despite the sleepless nights, anxiety and worry. It is a small investment of our time for what we get in return: lots of laughter, funny stories and time spent together as a family. I cherish these moments experiencing the first breath of a new life with Don and my boys at Wilder. (Calvin Pictured with his prized heifer, Chevelle)

For more information about this special Crested Butte land we know as the Wilder, visit our website at WilderColorado.com.

Women’s Fly-Fishing Clinic: September 14 & 15

Woman Fly-FishingWilder invites the women in the valley to come out and enjoy a complimentary day of fly-fishing on the private waters of Wilder on the Taylor.  Whether you are looking for a relaxing mom’s day out with your friends or just looking for a reason to celebrate the start of fall, it is sure to be a fun day.  For those of you ladies who are not familiar with the property, Wilder on the Taylor is a historic 2,100-acre ranch located between Gunnison and Crested Butte along 2 miles of the Taylor River.

Woman Fly FishingWilder is providing complimentary instruction, equipment and a light lunch with two days to choose from, Sept. 14 or 15, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Our very own Master Fly-Fishing Guide, Lu Warner who is full of knowledge and always has insightful fishing advice will be leading the clinic. Whether you are a beginner that has never tried the sport or simply want to expand your current skills, Lu offers treasured pointers.

Lu-Warner-TroutSince 1985, Warner has worked as a fly-fishing guide in Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Alaska, Argentina and southern Chile. He has guided during the summer and fall in the Gunnison-Crested Butte area since 2000, the last six years at Wilder. The rest of the year, Warner is in the Patagonia of Chile where he owns and operates Valle Bonito Lodge.

Woman Fly FishingAlong with Master Guide Lu, our General Manager, Brad Willet will be on-site and ready to help. Brad states, “We want to celebrate the women who live or spend time in the valley with a half-day of learning more about fly fishing and utilizing Wilder’s ponds, creek and river access. Taking a break for lunch on the lawn is the perfect time to swap stories and meet each other, and we hope it leads to more families and groups of women getting out to enjoy the sport.”

Please note that limited space is available and registration is required for this free event. You do not want to miss this fly-fishing clinic led by Lu. Register for free today by calling 970.641.4545.

Hope to see you there!

Women fly fishing clinic

 

Taylor River Fly Fishing Report: July 27, 2015

With the Spring runoff finally gone, flows on the Taylor River at Wilder have stabilized around 500 CFS with the dam release set at 400 CFS until mid August. This is still about 100 CFS above normal for this time and even though a bit on the high side, the River is on fire with large hatches occurring everyday and dry flies being the fly of choice.

Taylor River Fishing ReportMorning river temperatures are about 49 degrees and as usual the fish can be a bit sluggish in the mornings as they await the big hatches of the afternoon. Try fishing shallow riffles with Green Drake spinners and Para Adams on the surface. Concentrate on these areas with your dries as in the deeper pools fish will be unwilling to rise until about mid day. If you choose to start off with a dry/dropper or nymph rig, one of your droppers should be a Green Drake Nymph and the other a small Caddis pupa or micro Mayfly. Make sure that your presentation is getting down to the fish before changing your rig. Oftentimes a small split shot on a nymph rig can make all the difference in your success.

Taylor River Fishing ReportTowards Noon you will start to see a variety of bugs hatching on the water, particularly on cloudy days. These will include several types of Stoneflies, Caddis, Green Drakes, PMD’s and BWO’s. When you see the first insects hatching…get ready! Change up to a long leader(9 plus feet) and 5x tippet, tie on a Green Drake Dry with a smaller Dry such as a #18 Para Adams, #16 PMD, #18 Para Caddis or #20 BWO about 20 inches behind and cast to rising fish. This double dry rig can save time in helping you figure out which fly they want. We have seen the most intense hatches occur during the hardest rainstorms as the rain traps the emerging insects on the surface and the fish literally go crazy eating these helpless bugs.

Taylor River Fishing ReportOn Saturday at 1 pm, the rain was pounding on the river and I witnessed one of the most intense rises I have ever seen. For about 20 minutes, it seemed as if every fish in the river was crashing the surface eating Drakes, PMD’s and BWO’s. These intense feeding periods are often short lived, so assuming that there is no lightning, it is worth standing out in the rain to experience one of these incredible moments in fly fishing. These are times when the big fish come to the surface so try to target a larger fish with your dry. Many times what happens is that the small fish beat the bigger fish to your fly. To avoid this, watch carefully and look for a big fish to target.

Taylor River Fishing ReportWe have had success with a variety of Green Drake and PMD patterns during the hatch. If you are sure that you are getting a good drift and the fish aren’t eating your fly, try different patterns until you find something that they like. Make sure that the fish you see is actually eating on the surface and not below. If you see heads popping up, it’ a good sign that a dry will work. If all you see is the fishes backs, there is a likelihood that they are eating emergers just under the surface and a floating nymph or emerger pattern will be your best bet. These fish can be finicky during the hatch. If you are not having luck with a dead drift, try skating your fly and bouncing it along the surface. Often times this will trigger a strike that a dead drift won’t.

Taylor River Fishing ReportWe are currently experiencing the best dry fly fishing of the year on the Taylor. The fish are eating like crazy and it is a perfect time to be on the river. Last week with a crew from Tennessee we caught the same 22 inch Rainbow on 2 different days on a dry, a sure sign that the fish are looking up and willing to eat.

Peak activity is from around 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. This is when you want to be on the water. It seems that between 4 and 7 p.m., the fishing slows quite a bit until the evening Caddis rise begins around 7-8 pm. We generally do better during this Caddis hatch by skating rather than dead drifting our Caddis patterns. Cast across and slightly down, hold your rod way up and try to tease your fly along the surface. Be careful with your hook set when skating with a tight line as it is easy to over set and break off the fish.

Taylor River Fishing ReportI would like to caution everyone to be watchful of the sky and at the first sign of lightening or nearing storm cell, please reel up and get off of the water. Oftentimes these storms will be violent and fast moving but also short lived. Waiting until they pass is the right call no matter how many fish are rising. Remember that no trout is worth the risk of waving a 9 foot graphite fly rod around in a lightning storm.

I look for flows to hold in the low 500 range through mid August and fishing to continue to be excellent on top. The Green Drakes will pass soon but smaller dries will continue to bring up fish for the rest of the season.

Taylor River Fishing ReportRarick Creek has been providing explosive surface action with Hopper and Damsel patterns. As the hay meadow is cut, Grasshoppers flock to the stream banks and particularly on windy afternoons, the fish are just laying in wait for one to hit the water. They are liking a #8 Parachute Hopper pattern presented very lightly on the water. Look for foam lines and deep edges along the banks to present your fly. Last week we had a guest land a heavy 25 inch Rainbow that absolutely annihilated a Hopper pattern the instant it hit the water. If your Hopper pattern goes untouched, try a #16 Pheasant Tail dropper about 18 inches below your dry and see what happens. Taylor River Fishing ReportAs you walk the Creek, fish the shallow riffles as well as the deep holes as you may find some large fish hiding in shallow
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Taylor River Fishing ReportIf you catch a fish in the Creek, please take the time to revive it well before releasing him. If the fish is not looking good, quickly take it to a riffle and hold the fish pointing into the fast current until he swims away. Then watch him as he swims off to make sure he is ok. Sometimes the fish will appear ok, but then a couple of minutes later will turn belly up. If this is the case, re-net the fish and revive him some more. Please do not hold the fish out of the water for any longer than necessary to take a quick photo.

Taylor River Fishing ReportOther successful patterns have been a #16 Para Adams, Green Drake and Damselfly dries.

After releasing a fish, run your fingers along your tippet to check for abrasions. These big fish like to rub your line against the rocks and will do a good job of weakening it. If you feel any roughness, cut off the tippet and replace before casting again.

The Ponds have been kicking out some big Rainbows on Hopper and Damselfly patterns. Walk the edges and try to sight a big fish, then throw your fly about 10 feet in front of it, give it a twitch or two and see how he reacts. Try this on a few fish before changing your fly or adding a dropper. These are big, powerful fish so when you hook one make sure to let it run when it wants to to avoid breaking off what could be a trophy Rainbow. If the larger patterns are not working, scale down and try a smaller dry. I try not to use any tippet lighter than 4x here as 5x will lead to many broken off fish.

Taylor River Fishing ReportIt is common that after hooking a few fish, the rest will spook and stop eating. If you find yourself in this situation, walk away, try another Pond and return an hour or two later to try again.

All in all the fishing at Wilder has been off the charts for the past week. If you want to experience world class dry fly fishing, schedule a trip with us soon and enjoy our amazing fisheries.

Please feel free to contact me directly for an up to the minute fly fishing report or any question that you may have. I can be reached at 970-946-4370

Tight lines,
Lu

The Impact of Snowpack on Summer Fly-Fishing in Gunnison Valley

Fly Fishing in Gunnison Valley
Article written by Guest Author, Jim Garrison.  Jim is a 23 year resident of the Gunnison Valley, fly-fishing guide, and photographer.

SnowpackSnowpack in the Colorado mountains is a critical part of our lives. As a flyfishing guide and landscape photographer I pay attention to the snowpack each year. I have lived in the Gunnison Valley for 23 years. My work time is divided between guiding flyfishing and photography. This snow season has been a unique one. Early snow storms had us set up for a good snowpack but an unseasonably warm January, February and March brought us down to 56% snowpack. February and March were great fishing months this year but we were worried it could be a dry Summer. Fortunately April had a “normal” amount of snow and May has been one of the wettest, coolest ones I can remember. We went form a 56% to a 74% snowpack and still have wet weather in the forecast.

Fly Fishing at Wilder on The TaylorI feel confident that our snowpack will get us through the Summer and Fall in good shape. Most of our insect hatches should be close to their normal schedules this year. One thing that is unique this year is our run-off was not as big as usual so our trout had a less stressful Spring.

wildflowers at WilderThis year, fly-fishing in Gunnison Valley at Wilder on The Taylor should be great, as will the wildflower season. Speaking of Wilder there has been constant improvements to the property and new construction has been ongoing. The Gunnison Valley derives quite a bit of its income from tourism and second home owners. I personally feel that second home owners are the driving force behind our local economy. All of the construction guys I know, several are working on Wilder homes right now, are thankful that we have the second home owners here. I guide and sell my landscape photographs to several second home owners and have become friends with some. Projects like Wilder on the Taylor bring a lot of positive energy to the valley.

To view photos of the progress at Wilder, visit our weekly updated photostream.

About the Author:
Jim Garrison started his second career as a magazine photographer in 1985. From 1987 -1990 he took his family with him during the summer months and toured the state of Colorado doing arts festivals. During this time he was able to see every part of Colorado.  Out of all the beautiful places, he chose the Gunnison Valley as his home in 1991. Since then, his focus is area photography, the Paragon Art Gallery, and fly-fishing guide. Jim states, “I am lucky to have vocations that allow me to enjoy the beauty that God has created.”

Wilder’s Best of 2014

The Best of Wilder

We had a great year at Wilder on the Taylor and know that 2015 will be even better! Take a look at Wilder’s Best of 2014.

[VIDEO] Great Winter Activities at Wilder
(January 2014)

Wilder is often known for its picturesque summers and great outdoors, but it is also the perfect destination for winter activities.  Chris Kopf, a leading Created Butte real estate agent, spoke with Brad Willett, manager at Wilder on the Taylor, about activities such as ice fishing, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing… [Read More]

[VIDEO] Wilder on the Taylor Developer Update/Founder’s Offering
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January 2014)

Wilder successfully completed their Founder’s Offering, the sale of the first five homesteads on the Taylor River… [Read More]

Wilder Featured in Denver Life Magazine
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May 2014)

Wilder was featured in Denver Life Magazine, the leading magazine that celebrates life in Denver and the surrounding region.  The feature including information about Wilder and goes on to say, “Wilder on the Taylor encapsulates the ranching traditions, history, and culture of the American West.” [Read More]

Wilder Featured in 5280 Denver Magazine
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June 2014)

Wilder was also featured in 5280 Denver Magazine, a local magazine that was named one of the five best city magazines in America.  In the feature, Wilder on the Taylor was showcased as a location where you can enjoy the benefit of wide-open spaces without the work—recreational ranching as they called it… [Read More]

 Riverfront Homestead #2 Sold


A Reel Fly-Fishing Tale on the Taylor River
(July 2014)

Lu Warner, Wilder’s fly-fishing guide, and homeowner Mike West thought they were just going to reel in a 12inch Brown trout. Drama surfaces when a 32-inch Rainbow trout snatched the Brown. After 40 minutes and about 400 feet, Lu and Mike caught the Rainbow, a total of 32 inches and 14 pounds! Just two inches shy of the Colorado state record… [Read More]

Fishing Report
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July 2014)

Lu Warner reported that Wilder was experiencing the best dry fly-fishing of the year! Fishing was off the charts and several large fish have been taken on Dries. A 6 year old kid landed a hefty 23-inch Cutthroat on Green Drake Pattern… [Read More]

Couple Adds International Flair and Years of Knowledge to Wilder
(July 2014)

Lu Warner, a master guide for fly fishing and mountain biking, and Antonia Beale, who leads Wilder’s concierge program, bring a taste of South America to Wilder on the Taylor.  Both Lu and Antonia contribute an international flair from their time owning and operating fishing and recreational lodges in Chile and Argentina, where they reside half the year… [Read More]

 Riverfront Homestead #1 Sold


[VIDEO] Homeowner Shares Indescribable Wilder Experience
(August 2014)

Chris Kopf, a leading Created Butte real estate agent, spoke with Wilder homeowner Mike West about his experience living at Wilder.  Mike said that pictures and descriptions really don’t capture the experience of Wilder on the Taylor… [Read More]

Wilder Offers Master Guide Program and Concierge Services
(August 2014)

Wilder now unveils Master Guide Program and Concierge Services to enhance the Wilder experience for owners and guests who want to fly-fish, mountain bike, horseback riding, hiking, and hunting.  Our concierge services ensure our guests have everything they need for an enjoyable experience such as transportation, appointments with master guides, meals, winterizing homes… [Read More]

[VIDEO] Sometimes You Get Lucky…Fishing the Taylor River
(August 2014)

It’s hard to believe that Master Guide Lu Warner caught a 29-inch Rainbow trout on his first cast, but we have the video and pictures to prove it! Sometimes you just get lucky… [Read More]

Another CO Custom Home Under Construction
(September 2014)

The secret is out and more people are joining the Wilder family! It is exciting to see the ranch community continue to come to life! This summer we welcomed 5 new owners to Wilder. We are also seeing current owners make additions.  One of our owners has a beautiful architected guest home they built in 2012.  They are now breaking ground on their main home that will face one of the many ponds at Wilder on the Taylor plus feature epic views of the magnificent Taylor River flowing through the ranch… [Read More]

 Riverfront Homestead #12 Sold


Wilder Honors Wounded Soldiers with Time at the Ranch
(October 2014)

Wilder on Taylor hosted two military groups for a few days of relaxation and fly-fishing. Wilder welcomed wounded soldiers from Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) and Warfighter Sports through the local Adaptive Sports Center (ASC) to honor the men and women who courageously serve our country… [Read More]

Break Ground on Another Custom Home at Wilder
(October 2014)

Ground has been broken and construction has begun at Wilder. The family, who built their guest home at Wilder a few years ago, will soon be able to enjoy their custom built home… [Read More]

Live Web Cam
(October 2014)

One of our current owners have a beautiful architected guest home they built in 2012. They are now building their main home that will face one of the many ponds at Wilder on the Taylor plus feature epic views of the magnificent Taylor River flowing through the ranch. You can watch the Crested Butte web cam and see the progress LIVE or on demand…. [Read More]

 Riverfront Homestead #3 & #13 Sold

There are still homesteads available for sale. Visit wildercolorado.com for more information about the exclusive opportunity to own and build your Colorado custom home.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort Opening Day Is Almost Here!

Opening Day!Known as Colorado’s last great ski town, Crested Butte has a beauty and authentic old west charm that is rarely seen. Above all else, the ski and snowboard terrain offered on Mt. Crested Butte is impressive. Crested Butte Mountain Resort offers 14 lifts and more than 2,700 vertical feet of terrain you are sure to find a piece of heaven on this mountain. Opening Day on the slopes is November 26! Here are some helpful tips as you plan your visit.

Getting to Crested Butte

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The closest airport to Crested Butte is Gunnison-Crested Butte (GUC), a 30 minute drive from Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Flights into Gunnison-Crested Butte can be found on American Airlines and United Airlines.

Once you arrive, Alpine Express meets every flight and provides door-to-door service between Gunnison-Crested Butte Airport and Crested Butte. Alpine has a fleet of vehicles as well as luxury limousine service with baggage handling.

Lodging 

Crested Butte Mountain Resort

If you don’t have a home at Wilder on the Taylor there are several options to choose from whether you plan to stay slope-side in Mt. Crested Butte or in the town of Crested Butte.  One of the places we recommend is Elevation Hotel and Spa.  Elevation is the only ski in/out hotel in Crested Butte and features luxurious accommodations as well as premiere concierge services. It’s restaurant and bar, 9380, is just steps from the mountain slopes and is the hot spot for upscale casual dining and entertainment.  Elevation is home to the Crested Butte Ski Club, which provides it’s members with unbelievable perks and privileges.

Another recommendation is the Lodge at Mountaineer Square, which also features luxurious accommodations as well as impeccable guest services. It’s located in the heart of the Crested Butte Mountain Resort and just steps from the ski lifts, ski area services, restaurants, and shopping.

Ski Equipment

Skiing with an OlympianThere are several options if you need to rent equipment during your visit!

  • Flatiron Sports is just steps from Elevation Hotel and Spa. They are a full-service ski/snowboard rental and retail shop on Mt. Crested Butte. Flatiron Sports is recommended by Elevation’s concierge service.
  • Crested Butte Mountain Resort not only offers a ski and ride school but they have full-service ski/snowboard rental packages.
  • Crested Butte Ski Rentals is ranked as the #1 Crested Butte Ski and Snowboard shop by Skiing Magazine.  They are conveniently located at base of Mt. Crested Butte ski resort.

Ski Lessons

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The premier place for ski lessons is the Crested Butte Mountain Resort Ski & Ride School. They offer private lessons, adult lessons, kids lessons, childcare, snow bike, ski clinics, ability levels, and you can even ski with an Olympian!

Gunnison-Crested Butte

Gunnison County, Colorado is home to several towns such as Mt. Crested Butte, Crested Butte, Almont, and Gunnison.  From outdoor pursuits, scenic drives, to arts and culture and history, there is an abundance of things to do!  For a full list of recommendations, visit www.gunnisoncrestedbutte.com.

We hope to see you in Crested Butte soon!

Taylor River Fly-Fishing Report – September 15, 2014

By Lu Warner, Master Guide

Fly-fishing on the Taylor River at Wilder for the first two weeks of September can best be described as ridiculous. Cool weather, cloudy days, good flows, and lots of Blue Winged Olive and Pale Morning Dun hatches have kept the fish looking up. Small, softly presented dry flies on 5x and 6x tippets have been extremely effective, particularly in the afternoons.

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The amount of fish on the Taylor River is staggering and these are 95% wild fish. This fishery is nothing short of amazing so get out and enjoy it, respect it and help preserve it as one of the best wild trout fisheries in the Western U.S. This season we appear to be seeing an increase in “wild” Rainbows as the recovery from whirling disease continues. While the fishery is 80% Brown trout, we have caught a few very big Rainbows this year and look forward to seeing more in the future.

River flows bumped 25% due to hard rain in the high country last week and have recently resettled in the low 300 range. These “average” lows are predicted to last through the month of September. In early October, we will see a “draw down” to leave the river in the low 200 range for the month.

River temperatures have been cold. It has been 48 degrees in the morning and warming into the low 50’s in the afternoons. Fishing as usual is best in the mid-afternoons as the water warms up a bit and bugs start hatching. Leaves are changing color and so are the Brown trout. As they approach spawning time the males get a beautiful golden orange color and their lower jaws (kype) get a pronounced hook. Female Browns are jumping high in the air and slapping the water in each pool loosening up their eggs to get the next generation of Brown trout started.

Timing is everything and being on the water between 1 and 4 pm with a small (size 20) dry can maximize your fishing time and success. In this time period you can catch a lot of trout very quickly. Other patterns that have been successful are a size 14 Royal Madame X and different sized bead head Pheasant Tails for droppers. It’s not rocket science right now!

When the bugs start hatching (cloudy afternoons are best) fish will be seen rising throughout the river. The trick to catching a big one is patience. Take your time, move slow, look around, ignore the smaller fish rising, and find a big fish. Then make your presentation exactly to that fish. Otherwise a smaller fish will be sure to grab your fly and spook the big one. Easier said than done.

Fly-Fishing on the TaylorIn the mornings, I suggest beginning with a smaller Madame X and a long 5x dropper line with a #16-20 bead head below. In the afternoons a size 20 BWO or 16 PMD can be all you need to wear your arm out in a short while catching fish. Most important is making a soft presentation with whatever you are fishing. Even though there is a lot of water in the Taylor River, fish are spooky and the larger fish especially don’t like noisy presentations.

The big Browns getting ready to spawn will not be eating these dries. To catch one of these trophy fish your best bet is to get down and dirty with a large dark streamer during low light periods of the day. Fishing this way is not usually a numbers game but once in a while you might find a huge predator Brown trout attached to the end of your line. Concentrate on the tail outs of the pools and under structure i.e., logs, big rocks.

This time of year is one of the most beautiful and also most productive fishing wise. Fish are fattening up for spawning and a long winter. BWO and PMD hatches can be epic. The worse the weather, the stronger the hatches, so look for the cloudy, nasty days to produce longer and more intense hatches that can last from 12 – 5 pm or so. Dry fly-fishing should continue to be excellent throughout the end of October.

Rarick Creek has had little pressure, great flows all season and is fishing super well. A strong population of wild Brown Trout are growing fast and these fish pull hard and are well fed. Several Rainbows over 20 inches have recently been caught on dries but a dropper is almost a sure bet in the deep holes. The Browns seem to prefer smaller dries while the Rainbows are a sucker for a large Hopper imitation and a large nymph hanging underneath.

The Ponds are full of big fish with several Rainbows over 8 pounds swimming around in plain sight. The problem is catching them as they can see you as clearly as you can see them. Best advice is to approach the water slowly and try to sight the fish. Present a small Hopper/Dropper combo and see what happens. Then try it on a few more fish before changing. Evenings, early mornings and cloudy days are best. Bright sun, middle of the day can be challenging.

Overall we are winding down the season with the best dry fly-fishing of the year.

For up to date fishing reports, gear, fly selection, river conditions, and more, feel free to call me directly at 970-946-4370.

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Taylor River Fly-Fishing Report – August 4, 2014

Taylor River Fly-Fishing Report

Fishing at Wilder on the Taylor continues to be “on fire” as Dry fly action has been pretty much non-stop for the last month.  All of our guests and owners have had some fantastic days on the water.  Best advice is to get out on the river early afternoon and fish a small well presented Dry fly to rising fish and in foam lines to attract the larger fish!

The Ponds at Wilder are holding some big fat Rainbows that will definitely test your terminal tackle! As the day warms up, Damsel and Dragon dries can bring violent surface strikes.  For more tips, read the full fishing report [here].

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Click to download the full fishing report by Wilder’s Master Guide Lu Warner here.

Taylor River Fly-Fishing Report – July 27, 2014

Taylor River Fly-Fishing Report

We have been enjoying 2 weeks of the best dry fly-fishing of the year here at the Wilder. The Taylor river has dropped to just below 500 CFS and hatches have been prolific during the days as well as evenings. Fishing has been off the charts and several large fish have been taken on Dries including a 23 inch hefty Cutthroat fooled by a 6 year old with a Green Drake Pattern. Lu Warner, master guide at Wilder on the Taylor, provides suggestions for flies and gear as well as a full fly-fishing report.  Take advantage of this resource and download the full report [here].

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This is a great time to be on the water at the Wilder so get out here and enjoy some of the best dry fly-fishing in the West while it is hot.

Click to Download the Taylor River Fly-Fishing Report-July 27, 2014

Master Guides at Wilder on the Taylor Featured in the Gunnison Country Times

MasterGuide-News

Wilder on the Taylor’s Master Guide Program was recently spotlighted in the Gunnison Country Times. The article noted Wilder’s private fly fishing ranch’s two professional Master Guides Lu Warner, who will be leading private fly fishing, and mountain biking excursions and Don Sabrowski who will leading the ranching and horseback-riding excursions.

Wilder’s dedication to conservation and preservation naturally lead them to start the Master Guide Program. “The master guides program was introduced to enhance and broaden owners’ and guests’ experiences at Wilder,” noted Ron Welborn, partner at Wilder on the Taylor and an avid fly fisherman. “The focus is to offer the recreational adventures along with increased knowledge provided by our guides, both on the trail and on the water, thereby increasing their enjoyment of this incredible area.”

To find out more information about Wilder on the Taylor’s private fly fishing ranch and their Master Guide Program visit www.WilderColorado.com

To read the article click here.