The Pond

  1. First Decsents

    First Decsents
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  2. A Vote for Colorados Good Life

    A Vote for Colorados Good Life
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  3. Protect Our Winters

    Protect Our Winters
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  4. Trout Unlimited

    Trout Unlimited
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  5. Western Rivers Conservancy

    Western Rivers Conservancy
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  6. One Path | Movie Premier

    One Path | Movie Premier
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  7. Matt McCannel

    Matt McCannel

    Home Waters

    Uncomphagre River “Paco”

    Background

    Matt McCannel started his guiding career in the depths of the Gunnison Gorge and at the tail water section of the Uncomphare River in Colorado where he still guides today.  Matt’s career took a big jump for word when he started to figure you how to find and get his clients into some of the Uncomphagre’s biggest fish.  Matt has an out of the box style of guiding and his attention to detail is other worldly, but it has to be when pursuing fish over the ten lbs. mark.  Matt is also a photographer and an author his work has been in books and magazines.  He is also a contract fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants.  Matt is the head guide at RIGS Fly Shop, and lives in Ridgway, Co

    What conservation issue do people need to know about in your back yard?

    Water flows on the Uncomphagre throughout the winter.  If the water users were willing to stop water calls when t
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  8. Pat Dorsey

    Pat Dorsey

    Home Waters

    South Patte, Cheesman Canyon

    Background

    I’ve been guiding for 25 years. My passion is sharing my knowledge about tailwaters. Also, teaching others to be stewards of the environment.

    What conservation issue do people need to know about in your back yard? 

    Recent flashflood in Cheesman Canyon.

    What Fishpond products do you always have with you? 

    I have several, but the most important are my Gunnison Guide Pack and my Nomad Net.

    You walk into a gas station – what two items do you come out with?

    Gatorade and a Snickers Bar

    What makes for a #perfectday in your eyes? 

    Any day on the water is a #perfectday. The fish are a bonus to any outing. As a professional guide, if my angler is better at the end of the day, the it was a #perfectday. Its not about numbers, its about enjoying the experience
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  9. Paul Bruchez

    Paul Bruchez

    Home Waters

    Colorado River, Troublesome Creek, Reeder Creek, Blue River

     

    Background

    I am the 5th generation of the Bruchez family to farm and ranch in Colorado.  I currently operate the family ranch near Kremmling with my brother and father.  We raise cattle and irrigate with water from the Colorado River, the Williams Fork River and Reeder Creek.  After graduating from the University of Denver in 2003, I started a fly fishing business to help diversify income. Working in agriculture and being a fishing guide has given me a unique perspective of water resources.  I am currently spearheading a 12-mile restoration of the Colorado River with 12 landowners collaborating to sustain agriculture and the environmental health of the river.  I am the Agriculture Representative to the Colorado Basin Roundtable, on the board of directors for the Colorado Water Trust, the Chair of Grand County Open Lands, Rivers and Trials Advisory Committee, and a

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  10. The Sustainable Angler Interview | John Land Le Coq

    The Sustainable Angler Interview | John Land Le Coq
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