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I'm originally from Colorado, and making a trip back this summer in the last week of July. I'm originally from the Northwest corner of the state, so my experience is on the Yampa/White/Flat Tops, etc. I've decided to head down to the SW corner of the state, really for the first time.

I managed to fit in three days camping in Ridgway State Park at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Campground. We're primarily fly fisherman, though not necessarily squeamish about using a spinning rod and a Mepp's if all else fails. All other things being equal, we'd prefer to spend most of our time fishing the tailwater stretch of the Uncompaghre, but I anticipate getting on Ridgway Reservoir as well if we can get a day that isn't too windy(we'll have kayaks with us.)

Any tips on fly patterns/techniques for either the tailwater stretch or the lake? We'll release any fish caught, for whatever that's worth (I understand the rules demand that in the tailwater stretch anyway.)
 

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Some nice fish in that stretch. Typical tailwater fair, various emergers, nymphs, etc. I am sure someone will chime in with more specific patterns. That time of year terrestrials should work or even hammering the banks with streamers/buggers. Never fished the reservoir though. Awesome part of the state!
 

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I noticed Ridgeway was pretty low when we drove by last week. Still plenty of water, but a lot of beach. With your kayaks, a great experience would be taking them on over to Morrow Point. Beautiful place. You might also want to check out the East Portal.
 

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Are you from the 81625?
 

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I was down there over Memorial Day weekend and fished the little ponds right below the dam. The park attendant said they stock them about every week for the families to fish cause it's really easy to get kids hooked on fishing if they catch fish.

As far as the lake being low that is because a local said they lower it every February so that the runoff can be accommodated. The stream above the lake was high and muddy. The stream below the lake was crystal clear.

PS The one little pond right by the parking lot had a big brood fish cruising around. I took 2 swipes at my fly. After that it just sat right in front of me the rest of the time and wouldn't bite.
 

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You'll have to watch the flows even in late July - they've been flushing the lake and we've got big run-off this year. Really high flows can make fishing harder - but still worth it. The Unc is in my back yard at it sounds like a freight train right now. They've been putting some nice snake river cuts in the tailwater - bruisers out there. There's also usually a wealth of rainbows and browns. Should be some green drakes and caddis, as well as terrestrials. Usual nymph patterns will produce. Stop by RIGS fly shop in Ridgway for the latest.

The lake is always good fishing as the stock it all the time. You'll catch stocked bows all day long. There's kokonee deep. An occasional monster brown is hauled in.

Since you have 3 days and the Unc tailwater is just over a mile long, you'll cover it pretty quickly. I'd consider hitting the San Miguel if its not blown out by rain - very scenic and good water. For something different the Gunnison at the East Portal of the Black canyon has great scenery and fishing. You might want to take your yaks over to Woods Lake...its small but a gem.
 

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You'll have to watch the flows even in late July - they've been flushing the lake and we've got big run-off this year. Really high flows can make fishing harder - but still worth it. The Unc is in my back yard at it sounds like a freight train right now. They've been putting some nice snake river cuts in the tailwater - bruisers out there. There's also usually a wealth of rainbows and browns. Should be some green drakes and caddis, as well as terrestrials. Usual nymph patterns will produce. Stop by RIGS fly shop in Ridgway for the latest.

The lake is always good fishing as the stock it all the time. You'll catch stocked bows all day long. There's kokonee deep. An occasional monster brown is hauled in.

Since you have 3 days and the Unc tailwater is just over a mile long, you'll cover it pretty quickly. I'd consider hitting the San Miguel if its not blown out by rain - very scenic and good water. For something different the Gunnison at the East Portal of the Black canyon has great scenery and fishing. You might want to take your yaks over to Woods Lake...its small but a gem.
Great, the info I've gotten here has been fantastic. We're primarily nymph fisherman (tough to get much to rise to dry flies on Ozark streams, so that's what we're used to) so that's how I'd rather fish if I've got the choice. We'll keep an eye the water levels, and just fish the lake or some of the smaller streams in the National Forest if it's blown out.

We were thinking about hitting the East Portal for sure....don't have time to do the Black Canyon the right way, but at least we should do that.
 

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It says that the road construction on the east portal road should be done june 30th,right now there is up to a 4hr wait on the road,and morrow point dam is spilling over the spillway an the flows below are at 8000cfs.
 
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