Montrose angler Joel Evans to talk about Gunnison River, then and now

The view is impressive from the top of the Bobcat Trail leading into Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The fishing at the bottom even more so, and Montrose angler Joel Evans will share of his angling experiences Thursday during the Grand Valley Anglers meeting at the Holiday Inn, 2751 Horizon Blvd.

Most readers of this space are familiar with Joel Evans of Montrose.

Evans is, to put it mildly, an avid angler, and he is as likely to be seen wandering the haunting depths of the inner gorge of Black Canyon as he is the banks and riffles of the Gunnison River in less-rigorous settings.

He also a talented writer and photographer and loves to say that during the past 30 years he’s fallen into the Gunnison River more times than he can count.

He’ll share some of those varied experiences Thursday evening during the Grand Valley Anglers meeting at the Holiday Inn, 2751 Horizon Blvd.

The meeting begins at
5:30 p.m.

Evans’ presentation will feature “The Gunnison River — Then and Now, from Top to Bottom,” a personalized tour of the Gunnison Basin, starting with the pre-dam, post-dam eras and then focusing on fishing the river from Almont to the Gunnison Gorge.

As part of a special “show and tell,” anglers are invited to bring their favorite Gunnison River fly pattern for discussion.

Evans is a charter member and vice president of the Gunnison Gorge Anglers chapter of Trout Unlimited and a founder of the Black Canyon Fly Fishing Show.

Grand Valley Anglers is affiliated with Trout Unlimited and Federation of Fly Fishers.

The group will be hosting its annual Western Colorado Fly Fishing Expo on April 12 at the DoubleTree Hotel.

The theme this year is “Fly Fishing — A Lifetime Event,” and the featured speaker is Chris Hunt, national director of communications for Trout Unlimited.

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