1 Day Wade / Walk Guided Service: This tail water fishery is wade/walk only. Wade & walk the Uncompahgre River in the Ridgeway State Park. One of Colorado’s best tail water fisheries below the Ridgeway Reservoir. Offering unparalleled fishing year round. Rehabilitation has put this river into prime habitat for Rainbow, Brown and Cut Throat trout. Catch & release waters with deep runs and large pools. 1 Guide per 2 anglers; Transportation provided from meeting point to river access by DVK.
Colorado’s Uncompahgre River; (so named by the Ute Indians and loosely translates to ‘red water spring’ and is likely a reference to the many hot springs in the vicinity), is a tributary of the Gunnison River, approximately 75 miles long, in southwestern Colorado. The headwaters of the river begin at Lake Como at 12,215 ft in northern San Juan County, in the Uncompahgre National Forest in the San Juan Mountains. It flows northwest past Ouray, Ridgeway, Montrose and Olathe and joins the Gunnison River at confluence park in Delta, Colorado.
About the Uncompahgre River; it forms Poughkeepsie Gulch and the Uncompahgre Gorge. The Uncompahgre Gorge is a deep mountain canyon formed by the river and Red Mountain Creek just south of Ouray, Colo. At the north end of the Gorge the Uncompahgre River flows into a deep box canyon which is home to Ouray Ice Park. Access to the gorge is via Hwy 550 along the Million Dollar Hwy which is cut through the steep cliffs high above the river. Several waterfalls fall into the canyon, including Bear Creek Falls, right under a bridge on Hwy 550 about 3 miles south of Ouray. The major tributaries are all creeks draining the northwest San Juan Mountains. There are two dams on the Uncompahgre River which form the Ridgway Reservoir. The river is used for irrigation in the Uncompahgre Valley. The river is unnavigable in rafts except at high spring run off.
Fishing the Uncompahgre River: The best place to fish the river is 15 miles north of Ouray at Ridgway State Park. The tail water fishery below the dam (Pa-co-chu-puk) has been rehabilitated with bolder placements, log anchors and many features that provide excellent cover for the fish. The river has both stocked and wild trout, browns, rainbows and cutthroat, are present in good numbers. Within the park boundary is a mile and a half of river that holds some very large trout. Access is excellent, with walking trails and well-defined pools just begging to be fished. During spring run off when most of the region’s rivers are blown out, Pa-co-chu-puk can be the best bet. Summer and fall are very consistent with complex mayfly hatches occurring every day. The winter can be good with small hatches occurring at the warmest time of the day.
Meeting your guides: Wade and walk fly fishing – Lunch included on full day trips
Your guides will meet you at the designated location; (lodging, river site or arranged pick up local. Please have your shopping completed prior to the departure and be ready to for for your fully guided angling expedition. Your guide will take some time to check you’re outfitted for the day properly and they will go over the fly patterns and your methods for the conditions. You will want to let your guide know your skill level and the areas in which you wish to focus, this will help your guide meet your expectations and allow you to become a more skilled angler. From here you will load up and head for your river location. Enjoy your day of incredible guided fly fishing! Day ends late afternoon and return to your arranged meeting location.
From $185 per person | Activity level: MODERATE
If you are rusty, we’d be happy to help with a Fly Fishing Clinic.