About Matt McCannel
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 technical tailwater trout. 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 19.4 lbs. He’s been known to carry a ladder with him on his Sight Fishing Trips, so he’s always got an eye on Browns hiding in even the deepest holes. Above all, his focus is on giving you 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.
In January, he told The Venturing Angler, “I get strange looks when carrying a ladder up and down the river. Chasing giant trout is not for everyone. It will test the nerves, patience and skill of even the most accomplished angler.”
Matt is an Ambassador/Pro Team member for several of the industry's best companies like SAGE, Simms, FishPond, Costa, Scientific Anglers and is also a contract fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants.
His mantra? “Go slow and be patient.”
Matt makes his home in Ridgeway, Colorado with his wife Liz.