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.
Tim Patterson has led fly fishing, rafting, and eco-tours throughout Central America, Mexico, and the Southwestern U.S. since 1991. Patterson's degree in Recreation Management from Prescott College set the stage for a career in adventure guiding and a passion for keeping tight lines on his home waters. "It's not just about the fishing, it’s about the people," Patterson says. "Our activities are kind of a metaphor for life. They can teach patience, strategy, versatility, and adapting to conditions."
Kevin O'Hara was born and raised in West PA, Kevin started fishing as far back as he can remember. What started out with catching bluegills and small-mouth bass with a Zebco pole has become a passion for chasing after Rainbows, Cutties and Brook trout, all throughout Colorado. Kevin has been a part of RIGS Fly Shop since the beginning, both as as a guide and a shop salesperson.
Chance Harris grew up in the country of Southern Idaho working on a ranch, where he was introduced to hunting and fishing at an early age. At the age of 20 he came to Colorado and fell in love with the mountains and rivers. Chance's passion for fishing became an obsession, which led him to the guide life, and he sure does love his job! He can't guarantee a hatch, big fish, sunshine, or high flows, but he can guarantee that you will have a good time and get to see why he is so passionate about this place!
My name is John Bocchino, and I go by John or Bo. I am a fly fishing manager and guide, and I live in western Colorado. I arrived in the Gunnison Valley in early 2006, when I came to work for one of the top resorts in the valley. I managed the fly shop and guide service there for five seasons and guided for eight seasons, prior to starting up my own fly fishing outfitting business and working for myself for a couple of years. I then worked for Eleven and Irwin Guides (based in Crested Butte) for two seasons. In my role as Colorado Fishing Manager, I helped run fishing operations, including managing the guided fishing services and retail fly shop at their new Taylor River Lodge. I also continued to guide clients on walk/wade trips. Fly fishing is my passion, and I spend as much time on the water as possible. This part of the Rocky Mountains is home to some of the best trout rivers in the country, and there are countless opportunities to fly fish on a variety of water in the area. I am a life member of TU, and fully support the TU mission to conserve, protect and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.
Jason Moshonas grew up in Chester, NJ, mainly fishing local stillwaters for Bass. After attending school in Boulder, CO in the late 1980's, he fell in love with cold water fishing. Recently returning from California, he now resides in and happily fishes the waters of Southwest Colorado. Jason works in our Full Service Fly Shop, providing valuable insight on fly selection and fishing location suggestions.
Originally from Colorado, Chris has returned to his home state after a long absence. Chris guided in the Southern Rockies around Taos for 4 years before joining our team here in is new home of Ridgway. Prior to his guide career, Chris worked as an archaeologist throughout the Southwest and Rocky Mountains for 9 years. His passion and knowledge of natural and cultural resources combined with his skills and experience guiding always provide for an unforgettable day out on the water.
MK Hooley-Underwood is a Montrose native, and has been fly fishing the surrounding rivers and streams her whole life. After attending college in Fort Collins, CO, MK recently returned to the area and the waters she calls home. She loves spending time on the water in any capacity, but fly fishing and sharing the beauty of the area she grew up in gives her the most joy.
My first fishing experiences go back to chasing fish with my Dad and Grandpa in both Illinois and Wisconsin and for that I’ll ever be grateful for getting the chance to share fishing memories with both of them. Growing up I played a ton of soccer which eventually took me to West Virginia University for both school and sports where after many years of attending class, rafting and fly fishing I graduated with a B.S. in Forestry Resource Management. It was in West Virginia where I really discovered my love of the outdoors and more specifically my passion for the water. After leaving West Virginia I moved to Colorado where I have been for the last 16 years. My love of fly fishing has only matured here as we are so fortunate to have so many great rivers close by. The experience for me both on the water and off is something I find very special and look forward to sharing with you.
A native to Colorado, Marisa Murphy, our SUP (Stand Up Paddle) Guide has a deep passion for the sport. She has been paddling on rivers, surfing ocean waves, and enjoying flat water for over 6 years. When the ocean isn’t nearby, Marisa and her husband surf the wake of their boat on the SUP boards. Marisa’s next adventure is to merge her love for fly fishing with standing on a paddle board…we shall see. For now her favorite SUP activities are paddling through the riffles of the Lower Gunnison River, enjoying the scenic Ridgway Reservoir, and being in the midst of all the bird life.