Half day



The Uncompahgre River, RIGS home waters, is an unparalleled, year-round fishery with excellent dry fly hatches and technical tailwater nymphing. We offer premium access to multiple river sections, regardless of the weather or time of year. 

Our pioneering access to this Blue Ribbon tailwater fishery Pa-Co-Chu-Puk at Ridgway State Park, with its enhanced river features, has structured holding water, deep runs, and large pools, creating ideal trout habitat and will challenge any angler’s skills, but can reward with trout measured in pounds, not in inches. The Uncompahgre River flows through the mountain town of Ouray, then Ridgway minutes from our Fly Shop. With the Uncompahgre rivers best fly fishing waters located only 10 minutes away, it is another brilliant reason to base your trout fishing explorations near Ridgway.


Think About Your Goals
What do you want to get out of your half-day trip? When booking, communicate with our reservation team and let them know any physical limitations and what you’d like to focus on during your trip. Want to have fun and relax with family and friends? Work on improving self-reliance? Perfect your cast or fly presentation? As we say, “it’s your trip,” so convey your goals and objectives in advance to maximize the experience.

While the Pa-Co-Chu-Puk section on the Uncompahgre River is a protected tail-water with fishable year-round waters, we offer several sections of the Uncompahgre River, depending on the time of year. (*Montrose sections are best fished over the winter months). Ask our knowledgeable reservations staff what section is fishing best for your trip and the time of year.

Our Home Waters
As the Uncompahgre River’s first fly fishing outfitter and long-standing stewards of this prime tailwater section within Ridgway State Park, we pride ourselves on understanding the Pa-Co-Chu-Puk trout fishery better than any other fly fishing guide service in the region or state. Rely on our local knowledge of the Uncompahgre River to provide an exceptional Southwest Colorado fly fishing experience close to Ouray, Telluride, Silverton & Montrose.

An easy 10-minute drive to access. While some walk wading in the river is necessary, PaCoChuPuk was also designed to accommodate people of all mobility levels, so let our staff know if lite walk wading is your limit. Our guides focus on catering trips for your wellbeing and skill level. It offers both challenging technical fishing and perfect holes for those who prefer to fish from the banks.


All Inclusive
Whether you have gear, are traveling lite, or are new to the sport, we take care of your fishing equipment needs. We provide rod/reel and waders/boots or wade socks/boots (conditions dependent). In addition, our guides provide access to their arsenal of hand-selected tools of the trade, including site-specific flies, nets, leader/tippet, nipper/forceps, floatant, indicators, and more. However, if you prefer to bring any of your gear, please do! Your guide is happy to help you get to know it better.

Low Client-to-Guide Ratio
For your benefit, we exclusively offer a low client-to-guide ratio of two clients per professional guide, so everyone receives hands-on attention and personalized service to help read the waters, form good habits, and understand local fishery behaviors. All guests receive private instruction with a professional fly fishing guide, with no mixed parties.

Trips routinely meet and depart from our Fly Shop in Ridgway, with a thorough check-in process to ensure you are prepared. From there, your guide provides round-trip transportation to your fishing location as part of the experience, or you are welcome to follow the guide to the resource in your vehicle if you prefer.

Custom Meeting & Pick-Up Locations
Let RIGS bring the experience to you! Coming from Grand Junction, Gunnison, Montrose, or camping close nearby? Save drive time and get on the water faster with RIGS optional Meeting or Pick Up locations.

In order to legally fish in the State of Colorado, anyone 16 years or older must possess a valid Colorado State Fishing License. The cost of the fishing license is not included in trip prices. Licenses can be purchased for periods of one day or more. We encourage you to purchase Fishing & Hunting Licenses Online prior to your trip.