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Matt McCannel (Head Fly Fishing Guide/Rafting/Fly Tier/Sage Ambassador)

Matt McCannel started his guiding career in Colorado, leading three day expeditions in the depths of Gunnison Gorge and on the tailwater of the Uncomphgre River inside Ridgway State Park “PACO”. He passion for hunting double digit trout on his technical home waters of the Uncomphgre River and introducing clients to the perfect presentation in the Gunnison Gorge keeps him excited about guiding to this day. Matt’s fishing and guiding tactics are outside of the norm but have proven to be very effective for his clients.  His perfect day would be watching a fifteen pounder for six hours and having the client make the perfect shot.  Matt’s ability to explain the smallest details of the sport to people is a huge driver in the successes of his clients.  Matt is the head guide for RIGS Fly Shop in Ridgway, Colorado. He has earned the distinction of Sage Ambassador, SIMMS Ambassador and is a royalty tier for Umpqua Feather Merchants. Matt has been an presenter for RIGS at numerous fly fishing clubs, Trout Unlimited and the Denver Fly Fishing show. He lives in Ridgway, CO with his wife Liz.