Matt McCannel

Fly Fisher/Fly Tier/Guide

Head fishing guide for RIGS Fly Shop Matt McCannel has been leading newcomers and experienced anglers alike on successful trips for more than a decade. Since 2005, he’s been guiding for RIGS full-time, passionately making his clients better anglers. Matt takes a unique, out-of-the-box approach to fly fishing and instruction, with an emphasis on technical tailwater trout.

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Intimately familiar with the waters of Western Colorado, Matt guides in the Gold Medal waters of the Gunnison Gorge and on the Uncompahgre River tailwater “Paco” where he’s helped clients successfully catch Browns up to 20 lbs. He’s known for carrying a ladder with him on his Sight Fishing Trips, giving his clients a huge advantage when it comes to spotting trophy tailwater fish. Above all, his focus is on
giving his clients the most enjoyable experience and getting his clients into the biggest fish — period.

His unique ability to teach and explain even the most intricate details is the key to the success of his clients, and has made him one of the most sought-after guides in the nation.

Matt is an Ambassador/Pro Team member for several of the industries best companies like SAGE, Simms, FishPond, Costa, Scientific Anglers

His mantra? “Go slow and be patient.”

Matt makes his home in Ridgeway, Colorado and can be reached through his website at or by email at


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