An Interview with Rod Cesario Dragonfly Anglers Crested Butte
An Interview with Rod Cesario Dragonfly Anglers Crested Butte Dragonfly Anglers has been guiding fly fishermen in the Gunnison Valley since 1983. They are a full-service fly shop and carry all the necessities needed, from Scott and Sage rods and reels, flies, equipment, clothing, hats, books, field guides, maps, t-shirts, gifts, and many other unique items. Probably their most valuable commodity is their experience, expertise and advice to help people enjoy fly fishing in the Crested Butte area.
Locally owned and operated by Rod Cesario for 30 years, his experienced and friendly staff and stable of fishing guides is there to help you with all of your fly fishing needs, from selecting clothing and gear to providing tips for what equipment and gear to use, which flies are productive and where to go. I frequent their shop and love to browse or just go in to swap fish stories. I have personally selected and purchased a high end Sage fly rod and reel at Dragonfly Angler as a special gift, and their selection and staff are excellent.
Guided Fishing – Where can I fish in the Crested Butte area? Where should I fish in the Crested Butte area? What flies should I use on the East River? Can I walk and wade or should I float the Gunnison River? Nothing can be more frustrating to the novice fly fisherman than to deal with all the different aspects of fishing for elusive trout – where to go, what flies to use, how to cast properly and present your delicate fly to a suspicious awaiting trout without getting tangled in a willow… Dragonfly Anglers will help beginners or advanced fisherman to have a fun and adventurous day on the water catching trout. A number of years ago my wife Francene’s brothers with their wives and kids were staying with us for a week. There were 8 adults, and 6 had never touched a fly-rod. I had to force them to go – and I set-up the trip with Dragonfly Anglers and it was a great day on a gentle section of the East River. I still marvel at the patience some of the guides displayed that day – and everyone had a wonderful time and all caught fish. The next day we used their guides again with the young kids and they taught the kids proper casting techniques and we fished the Roaring Judy fish hatchery ponds (the state record brown trout was caught here – over 24 pounds) and then some moving water. Whether you want to float or walk and wade, have a large group or one fisherman – you will not be disappointed.
The Gunnison/Crested Butte area offers fly-fishing variety beyond compare. Large rivers, small backcountry streams, wading or float fishing, you can pursue four great trout species. The most common is the brown trout, but if you are very fortunate you may catch a rainbow, brown, cutthroat and brook trout all in the same day of fishing.
The Dragonfly Angler is located on Elk Avenue in the heart of Historic Downtown Crested Butte
Dragonfly Angler’s website is a great resource for information about fishing in the Gunnison area – including a river report, hatch report, a blog with new stories, an on-line store and much more. You can also call toll free at 1-800-8491-3079.
307 Elk Avenue
Crested Butte, CO 81224
Toll Free: 800.491.3079
The great fly fishing is another reason that Crested Butte has become a huge summer destination for families, and a part of the charm of Crested Butte for visitors, locals and second homeowners. So many people come to Crested Butte for the skiing in the Winter and then discover this place in the Summer and they are hooked (pun intended).
There is plenty of access to fish miles of public rivers and streams in the Crested Butte / Gunnison area. There are also some great opportunities to own property in a development that has miles of private water available. A few of these include The Reserve on the East River, Gunnison Riverbanks Ranches on the Gunnison River, Crystal Creek on the Taylor River, and my favorite – The Wilder on the Taylor which has 2 miles of gold medal fishing on the Taylor River, plus some ponds and a stream (“the dream stream”) that is great fun and full of rainbow trout. There are also restored guest cabins, and over 2,000 acres of shared ranch land and pristine wilderness at Wilder on the Taylor – I represented a client who purchased property here and they are very excited to begin building their dream home this summer.
If you have an interest in finding property that has fly-fishing access, a unique mountain home, or are just starting to think about the possibility of owning a piece of Crested Butte area real estate and would like to start a conversation, call Chris Kopf, Previews® Property Specialist, Coldwell Banker Bighorn Realty, 970-209-5405 or firstname.lastname@example.org, http://chriskopf.com or Contact Chris
Author: Chris Kopf