Photo by Dave Buchanan

An overcast day on the Pa-Co-Chu-Puk section of the Uncompahgre River finds Jason Moshonas of Ridgway pondering a fly change. The tailwaters below Ridgway Dam offer easy access to year-round fly fishing, and cloudy days can bring out a hatch of small mayflies.

Living a fishing dream

Tailwaters below Ridgway Dam provide year-round fly fishing

A fly angler’s mid-winter dream might include any or all of the following: A sky blue as a baby’s eyes, water flowing around your knees, no other anglers to crowd you, and a 20-inch brown trout, nose high, sipping tiny dry flies in the current.
It’s enough to make an angler pinch himself to see if he’s if he’s still haunted by sugar-plum fairies.
Places such as this are rare as unicorns during the summer months, but in the winter the chances are better than you think.

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