....................... ......Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
Destinations: The Uncompahgre River The Uncompahgre River is a relatively small size tailwater with lots of big trout. The Pa-Co-Chu-Puk State Park located below Ridgeway Reservoir is probably the best area to access the river. There's about a mile and a half of public water in the park. It has a catch and release section with lots of fish. There are a few other areas with pubic access.
The river has brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout that are all wild fish. When the dam was first built, they had a difficult time surviving in the stream due to the fast water of the discharges from the dam. There were tons of large boulders and rocks along with some other types of structure added to slow the flow of water and create a more suitable habitat for the trout. That worked great and the fish have not only survived, they have reproduced and faired very well in the tailwater.
One big advantage of this river for Colorado anglers is that it can be fished year round, even during the runoff period. It is located in a relatively low section of Colorado and the weather is usually more suitable for fishing than most other areas of the state. Trout can be taken on midges and blue winged olive hatches during cold weather.
The Uncompahgre River is an excellent small stream that anyone would enjoy fishing. We hope you get to visit it one day.