Small Creek Fishing

I spent the day yesterday hiking up a small creek in the mountains, catching wild rainbows, cutbows, and native cutthroat. It was a great day with lots of fish, with some cuts up to about 14 inches. I fished one dry fly all day and had some fish come back at it two or three times. I fished a 7’6″ 3-weight fiberglass rod, which made the whole experience extra fun.

Early Season Fishing

I’ve been out just a couple of times here on the Uncompahgre River in town and have had decent success. I’ve been mostly Euro Nymphing and also jigging small streamers with the rig. Looking forward to increased flows from Ridgway Reservoir and some early snowmelt getting into the rivers. This is a fun time of year to get out and experience some great pre-runoff fishing.

Moving to Montrose

After several months of traveling in our RV – from Colorado to Arizona, and on to California, and then back to Arizona – we now plan to get back to Colorado by early February. We are under contract on a house in Montrose and will be getting all moved in this spring. Peri and I are very excited to start this next chapter together after getting married last summer on August 2nd. So Riffle and Rise relocates once more, and I look forward to fishing the area again, from high mountain streams full of wild trout and native cutthroat, to the mighty Gunnison River full of big browns and rainbows. Stay tuned for more as the 2024 fishing season kicks in.

2023 Season Winds Down

People are still out fishing in the Gunnison Valley, but it’s getting late in the season with very cold nights and snow in the mountains. I have packed all my fishing gear away until next spring. We’re taking off at the end of October in our RV full time for the winter months and will return to Colorado in April. Let’s hope for a good snowpack and good water for 2024.

Fall Streamer Fishing

September and October are great months to strip streamers on the rivers and small creeks. The wild browns are on the move for food and to chase predators away. I had a lot of fun up near the headwaters of the Arkansas River the past couple of days, just south of Leadville, fishing a small black streamer all day. The browns were plentiful and beautiful. (Click on each image for the full size and to see the beautiful colors of these wild fish.)