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Uncompahgre River Western Colorado’s Best Kept Secret

The Uncompahgre River Located in Western Colorado is one of Colorado’s best kept secret’s.  The Uncompahgre River start’s high in the San Juan National Forest and dumps into the Gunnison River in Delta, Colorado.  The Best stretch is the tail water section below Ridgway Reservoir.  This stretch of river is inside the Ridgway State Park, Pa-Co-Chu-Puk.  This is a year round fishery that produces GAINTS.  The winter months are in the 30’s-40’s, and you are fishing Midge’s and small Baetis nymphs.  During the Spring the Stone Fly nymphs start to get active and Caddis are starting to pop.  Summer is a fun time to throw a Dry/Dropper rig.  Hopper madness from July-Sept.  Starting in July the Uncompahgre River has one of the best Green Drake hatches in the state, and no one knows.  The Drake’s are huge #10’s and the fish go nuts for them.  The Drake’s come off in the morning around 10 a.m.. You then transition right into the Pink Cahill hatch.  The Pink Cahill’s are one of the most consistent hatches I have ever seen.  They start to come off at 1 p.m. every day.  So you are fishing Green Drakes in the morning and Pink Cahill’s all after noon.  The Uncompahgre River in Western Colorado has some thing for everyone, if chasing 30 plus inch fish is your game this tail water has it or if throwing dry flies all day is up your alley, the Uncompahgre River in Western Colorado is for you.