Experience the premier Blue Ribbon tail-water fishery Pa-Co-Chu-Puk at Ridgway State Park. An unparalleled, year-round fishery with excellent dry fly hatches and technical tailwater nymphing. This location will challenge any angler but reward you with selective fish; measured by pound, not an inch. Extensive habitat engineering, rehabilitation and catch, and release waters have resulted in a prime habitat for Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat trout. Paco’s enhanced river features have structured hold water, deep runs, and large pools, creating the ideal environment for aquatic insects and large trout alike.
Things to Consider on your Full Day Guided Fly Fishing Trip at Paco:
- Think About Your Goals – What do you want to get out of your trip? Communicate with our reservation staff ahead of time and let them know what you’d like to focus on during your trip (i.e. Just want to have fun/relax or focus on catching fish the fish of a lifetime. Work on casting techniques and reading water or expand your nymphing techniques, etc.). We cater our trips to our client’s wants & needs.
- We know Paco – As the first permitted outfitter and long-standing advocate for this premium tailwater in Ridgway State Park, we pride ourselves on understanding the Pa-Co-Chu-Puk fishery better than any other fly fishing guide service in the state.
- Timing – Only 10 minutes from our fly shop, these are our home waters. While Paco is a protected tail-water with fishable year-round waters, discuss when the best time to fish is with our reservations staff.
- Accessibility – Paco was designed to accommodate people of all mobility levels. It offers both challenging technical fishing and perfect holes for those who prefer to fish from the banks. Whether you are a veteran angler or a novice our certified professional guides will provide you with a quality angling experience.
Hunting and Fishing Licenses are available at RIGS Full Service Fly Shop. However, we encourage you to purchase Fishing & Hunting Licenses Online prior to your trip to save time and hassle. When purchasing a Division of Wildlife License, the State requires your driver’s license or id, social security number, height, weight, and phone number.
*PLEASE NOTE: In order to legally fish in the State of Colorado, anyone 16 years or older must possess a valid Colorado State Fishing License. Fishing licenses can be purchased at our Full-Service Fly Shop, or you can conveniently purchase them online through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website. The cost of the fishing license is not included in trip prices. Licenses can be purchased for periods of one day or more.