matt mccannel

matt mccannel

Ridgeway, CO

Go slow and be patient.

Matt McCannel started his guiding career in Colorado, leading three day expeditions in the depths of Gunnison Gorge and on the tailwater of the Uncompahgre River inside Ridgway State Park “PACO”. Were he still guides both locations to this day. Matts fishing and guiding tactics are out side of the norm but have proven to be very affective for his clients. He is passionate about hunting double digit trout on his technical home waters of the Uncompahgre River. Matt’s ability to explain the smallest details of the sport to people is a huge driver for the successes of his clients. He takes great pride in capturing the moment for his clients through the lens of his camera. Matt travels the state of Colorado speaking on behalf of RIGS Fly Shop for fly fishing clubs and at fly fishing shows. Matt is the head guide for RIGS Fly Shop in Ridgway, Colorado and guides on the Uncompahgre River tailwater and in the Gunnison Gorge. Matt is also proud to be a SIMMS Ambassador and is a royalty tier for Umpqua Feather Merchants. He lives in Ridgway, Co with his wife Liz.

career highlights

Getting a good client into a 19.4 lbs. Brown.

home waters

Gunnison Gorge and Uncomphagre River.



conservation work

Board of directors of the Gunnison Gorge Anglers TU Chapter.

philosophy on fly fishing

Go slow and be patient.

perfect day

Stalking a 15 lbs. Brown for half the day and my client make the perfect shot.

perfect setup

790-4 X Rod with a 4660 Reel.

local shop

RIGS Fly Shop