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½ Day – Rafting - Uncompahgre River
½ Day – Rafting - Uncompahgre River

Duration: 3.5 hours
Price: Adult: $75.00
Child: $55.00
Skill Level: Beginner

 Whitewater Rafting

our most popular trip - ideal for the whole family!

Experience this untamed section of continuous rapids (II-III) on the Uncompahgre River! This 10 mile stretch is the perfect choice for those looking for a fun paddle boat run and incredible scenery!

Exclusive private access to the narrows section of the Uncompahgre River provides a unique and remote experience for paddlers. We are often the only outfitter on this uncrowded section, providing paddlers with a rare opportunity to get off the beaten path. Our put-in is located just 2 miles below Ridgway State Park, and 10 minutes from the RIGS shop, keeping travel time to a minimum.

The majestic San Juan Mountains and mesas fill the back drop for the entire run as we float through State Wildlife Areas, historic ranch lands and the unique riparian ecology of the Uncompahgre river canyon.

Good for Kids 50 pounds and above

PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE LAND USE FEES



Full Day - Drift Boat Fly Fishing – Gunnison River (Gunnison Gorge NCA)
Full Day - Drift Boat Fly Fishing – Gunnison River (Gunnison Gorge NCA)

Duration: Full Day (includes lunch)
Price: Price per Boat - (1 or 2 people): $585.00
RIGS now brings its unique blend of quality custom adventures to Guided Drift Boat fishing for the discerning angler. This Full-Day trip is available through a surprisingly secluded section of river each season when "run-off" subsides on the North Fork of the Gunnison River (typically Mid June - November) as well as the regions only winter float fishing option. You can also choose to add this section to our 3-Day Gunnison Gorge trip, making it a contiguous section of world class fishing for up to 5 days! Cast from the secure platform of a Drift Boat with excellent creature comforts including: *Secure Casting Platforms *Padded, High Back Seating *Dry Storage Boxes *Deployable Anchor System *Easy Access Multiple Rod Storage Enjoy professional service, riverside cuisine and quality equipment as we take you on a journey through miles of spectacular trout fishing with excellent hatches and seldom visited waters.

BLM Land Use Fees - Not Included


Overnight - Drift Boat Fly Fishing – Gunnison River (Gunnison Gorge NCA)
Overnight - Drift Boat Fly Fishing – Gunnison River (Gunnison Gorge NCA)

Duration: 2 Day (overnight)
Price: Price per Boat - (1 or 2 people): $1,350.00
RIGS now brings its unique blend of quality custom adventures to Guided Drift Boat fishing for the discerning angler. This Overnight trip is available through a surprisingly secluded section of river each season when "run-off" subsides on the North Fork of the Gunnison River (typically Mid June - November) as well as the regions only winter float fishing option. You can also choose to add this section to our 3-Day Gunnison Gorge trip, making it a contiguous section of world class fishing for up to 5 days! Cast from the secure platform of a Drift Boat with excellent creature comforts including: *Secure Casting Platforms *Padded, High Back Seating *Dry Storage Boxes *Deployable Anchor System *Easy Access Multiple Rod Storage Enjoy professional service, riverside cuisine and quality overnight equipment, as we take you on a journey through miles of spectacular trout fishing with excellent hatches and seldom visited waters.

BLM Land Use Fees - Not Included


Walk-In Fly Fishing Clinic
Walk-In Fly Fishing Clinic

Duration: 2 hours
Price: Adult or Child: $95.00

This 2 hour course is designed to provide the novice or experienced anglers with the essential skills to advance their fly fishing technique.  This is not a "catching fish" clinic, rather a season designed to give you the necessary skills to become a better angler.  This course begins at the Fly Shop with 1/3 Entomology (fly selection), 1/3 Casting Clinic and 1/3 Equipment and terminal tackle review (including knot tying).

Beginner:

We begin with hour of classroom introduction to equipment and casting. The second hour is spent on the Uncompahgre River, practicing what we've learned and allowing our Professional Guides to encourage our newly acquired skills.

Advanced to Expert:

This 2 hour clinic will specifically focus on "On the Water Techniques." You will spend two hours with the instructor learning the necessary techniques associated with catching trout; streamers, line mending, reading the water, advanced nymphing and casting techniques.

DISCOUNT AVAILABLE FOR 2+ PEOPLE-PLEASE INQUIRE

Class availability for a walk-in clinics; first come, first served basis. Class size is limited to 5. Age restrictions may apply.



½ Day - Fly Fishing – Uncompahgre River Adventure Matrix
½ Day - Fly Fishing – Uncompahgre River

Duration: 4 hours
Price: 1 Person Guided Trip: $230.00
2 Person Guided Trip: $285.00
3 Person Guided Trip: $360.00
Skill Level: Beginner

Year-Round, Trophy Tailwater

Walk Wade the Uncompahgre River and its tributaries within Ridgway State Park (just 10 minutes from our fly shop!) Western Colorado's newest tailwater fishery below Ridgway Reservoir, offers anglers a chance to discover an unparalleled fly fishing experience for trophy trout - year-round. Extensive rehabilitation has resulted in prime habitat for Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat trout with catch and release waters revealing deep runs and large pools. Whether you are a veteran or novice, our certified professional guides will provide you with a quality angling experience.

PUBLIC LAND USE FEES APPLY



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¾ Day – Kayak or Raft – Gunnison River (Gunnison Gorge NCA)
¾ Day – Kayak or Raft – Gunnison River (Gunnison Gorge NCA)

Duration: 3/4 Day Trip (includes lunch)
Price: Adult Rate (13 and Up): $135.00
Child Rate (30lbs to 12yr-old): $110.00

Relaxing  3/4 Day River Adventure  (Raft or Kayak)

Enjoy a 7.5 mile paddle on the Class II waters of the Lower Gunnison River.  This section of the river offers fun splashy waves and plenty of fun for the whole family, without the technical skill needed on the bigger water.  A US National Conservation Area, managed by BLM, with excellent opportunities for solitude, wildlife and classic river exploration. Choose from tandem or single Inflatable Kayaks or Rafts (Oar or Paddle).  A riverside lunch is include mid-way through our paddle, as well as a stop to view the Native American Rock Art on the canyon walls - or a chance to wet a line in the Gold Medal waters of the cool clear Lower Gunnison River. Safe fun in the sun for everyone!    

 Good for Kids 30 pounds and above 

BLM PUBLIC LAND USE FEE APPLIES



1/2 Day - Rafting - San Miguel River
1/2 Day - Rafting - San Miguel River

Duration: 1/2 Day Trip
Price: Per-Person: $85.00

1/2 Day - San Miguel River Adventure 

Winding through the majestic San Juan Mountains in the shadows of 14,000 foot Mount Wilson, the San Miguel River is one of Colorado's most spectacular and least known river runs. Continuous Class II and III+ whitewater provide great whitewater action as the river makes its way through red-rock walls, scenic sandstone canyons and forested banks. The San Miguel's most popular sections are located 30 minutes from Telluride, 45 minutes from Ouray and 30 minutes from Ridgway. The San Miguel is a favorite for even the most seasoned paddler looking for a challenge, as well as being a great introductory river section.  These stretches are perfect for paddlers visiting the southwest corner of the state looking for a classic Colorado river adventure.

Good for Kids 12 years and above 

BLM PUBLIC LAND USE FEE APPLIES


 



Full Day - Rafting - San Miguel River
Full Day - Rafting - San Miguel River

Duration: Full Day (includes lunch)
Price: Per-Person: $135.00

Full-Day - San Miguel River Rafting

Winding through the majestic San Juan Mountains in the shadows of 14,000 foot Mount Wilson, the San Miguel River is one of Colorado's most spectacular and least known river runs. Continuous Class II and III+ whitewater provide great whitewater action as the river makes its way through red-rock walls, scenic sandstone canyons and forested banks. The San Miguel's most popular sections are located 30 minutes from Telluride, 45 minutes from Ouray and 30 minutes from Ridgway. The San Miguel is a favorite for even the most seasoned paddler looking for a challenge, as well as being a great introductory river section.  These stretches are perfect for paddlers visiting the southwest corner of the state looking for a classic Colorado river adventure. *Riverside Deli Lunch included on Full-Day trip.

Good for Kids 12 years and above 

BLM PUBLIC LAND USE FEE APPLIES


 



1/2 Day - Photography Tour - Black Canyon National Park/Cimarron (High Country) Uncompahgre National Forest
1/2 Day - Photography Tour - Black Canyon National Park/Cimarron (High Country) Uncompahgre National Forest

Duration: 1/2 Day Trip
Price: 1/2 Day Black Canyon National Park: $235.00

Capture Southwest Colorado through a unique photographic tour. Whether hiking the high alpine trails surrounded by wildflowers or driving along the red sandstone of a desert canyon; our photo tour guides will help you enhance your photos and help you capture the moment.

RIGS offers :

1/2 Day and Full Day guided photography tours in the Cimarron Wilderness, Black Canyon National  Park or the towns of Ridgway, Ouray and Silverton. Let our guides bring you through prime wildlife habitat for an up-close look at nature at its best. From songbirds, deer, and birds of prey, to majestic views of rugged peaks, to gorgeous moving water in riparian areas; we will get you in the right spot at the right time and create the perfect opportunity to capture the best of the southwest.

Our tours take you out into the elements of nature. Come prepared.
We recommend bring:
+ Warm jacket, hat and any other layers you like
+ Rain jacket
+ Warm gloves (winter and cooler seasons)
+ Comfortable footwear, such as hiking boots or walking shoes
+ Sun glasses, sun hat and sunscreen
+ Digital camera and tripod with charged extra camera battery
+ Backpack for any extras;  i.e. clothes, equipment, snacks
+ Bottled water

*Times vary dependent on time of year.

PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE PUBLIC LAND USE FEE



2 HOUR “Short n’ Sweet” – Rafting - Uncompahgre River Adventure Matrix
2 HOUR “Short n’ Sweet” – Rafting - Uncompahgre River

Duration: 2 hours
Price: Adult: $50.00
Child: $50.00
Skill Level: Beginner

Mellow Family Trip - Kids 30 pds. or more

Raft the Uncompahgre River from the town of Ridgway to the Ridgway Reservoir on this 2 hour guided rafting trip! (Class II to II+ rapids.)

Family Orientated - This stretch of river is mild enough for the young ones, yet keeps the whole family engaged!

Easy Access - Our private put-in location is less than a mile from RIGS Fly Shop, while the take out is less than 5 miles away! This keeps transportation time to a minimum and maximizes fun on the water.

Great Scenery - The majestic San Juan Mountains fill the back drop for the entire run! Float through prime wildlife habitat for an up-close look at songbirds, deer, and birds of prey!

Good for Kids 30 pounds and above

PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE PUBLIC LAND USE FEE



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½ Day - Fly Fishing – Centennial Ranch, Uncompahgre River (Private Water)
½ Day - Fly Fishing – Centennial Ranch, Uncompahgre River (Private Water)

Duration: 4 hours
Price: 1 Person Guided Trip: $230.00
2 Person Guided Trip: $285.00
3 Person Guided Trip: $360.00

Exclusive Private Water - Uncompahgre River


This property has been in the same family since 1879. A one and a quarter mile stretch of ideal tailwater habitat holds large trout in an unpressured and natural setting. Come explore the runs, riffles, pockets and pools that maintain a healthy population of resident Rainbow, Brown and Cut-throat trout. Escape the crowds and experience a fishery all your own at Centennial Ranch.

Guide favorite, minutes from the RIGS Fly Shop, this private water fishes well through-out the winter and well into spring. In the warmer months, the river supports healthy hatches of caddis, stonefly, blue-wing olives, and the occasional green drake. 

A $75 Private Water Rod Fee applies to this 1/2 Day Private Water Location



½ Day - Inflatable Kayak – Uncompahgre River
½ Day - Inflatable Kayak – Uncompahgre River

Duration: 4 hours
Price: Adult: $95.00
Child: $95.00
Skill Level: Intermediate

Learn to Kayak Whitewater

Take control of your own inflatable kayak on Colorado's Uncompahgre River, and enjoy a guided 4.5 mile paddle from the Town of Ridgway to Ridgway Reservoir. (Single person and tandem kayaks are available for this adventure.)

Our guides will teach you how to control and maneuver your kayak on flat water, and then take you down the class II-III Uncompahgre River from our private put-in just down from the RIGS shop. There are opportunities to practice kayaking skills on the river, and fantastic scenery for photography.

The majestic San Juan Mountains and mesas fill the back drop for the entire run as we float through Wildlife areas popular with deer, eagles, and water ouzels.

PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE LAND USE FEES



½ Day – Fly Fishing – Spring Valley Ranch (Private Water)
½ Day – Fly Fishing – Spring Valley Ranch (Private Water)

Duration: Half Day
Price: 1 Person Guided Trip: $230.00
2 Person Guided Trip: $285.00
3 Person Guided Trip: $360.00

Exclusive Private Still-Waters

The crown jewel of still water fishing!

Spring Valley Ranch is the crown jewel of the Uncompahgre Valley. This historical sixty-one acre ranch is pocketed with numerous spring fed ponds and a private spring creek which meanders through this beautiful setting. With two National Conservation Awards for habitat restoration and enhancement, Spring Valley is a haven for gigantic trout. With our exclusive access, we are able to guarantee you an unsurpassed fishing experience. 


A $50 per-person Private Water fee applies to all 1/2 Day Private Water Trips



1/2 Day - Fly Fishing - San Miguel River
1/2 Day - Fly Fishing - San Miguel River

Duration: 1/2 Day Trip
Price: 1 Person Guided Trip: $235.00
2 Person Guided Trip: $290.00
3 Person Guided Trip: $370.00
Crystal Clear Freestone River

Winding through the majestic San Juan Mountains in the shadows of 14,000 foot Mount Wilson, the San Miguel River is one of Colorado's most spectacular and least known fly fishing destinations. Gin clear water, coupled with prolific insect hatches, provide even beginner anglers a rare opportunity to experience classic Colorado dry fly fishing to eager rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout.  As the San Miguel meanders its way through red-rock walls, scenic sandstone canyons and forested banks, expect to be amazed at rivers serene riparian ecology. The San Miguel River, with its near endless public access, beckons anglers to experience one of Colorado's last freestone (undammed) trout streams. Stoneflies, Caddis, Pale Morning Dun, Blue Winged Olives, Midges and Terrestrials are just some of the incredible insect hatches anglers can experience throughout the year. The San Miguel's most productive sections are located 30 minutes from Ridgway, 45 minutes from Ouray and just 30 minutes from Telluride.

BLM PUBLIC LAND USE FEE APPLIES


 



1/2 Day - TENKARA Fly Fishing - TENKARA Guide Network (Guides Choice)
1/2 Day - TENKARA Fly Fishing - TENKARA Guide Network (Guides Choice)

Duration: 1/2 Day Trip
Price: 1 Person Guided Trip: $235.00
2 Person Guided Trip: $290.00
3 Person Guided Trip: $370.00

Tenkara-Streamlined Fly Fishing!

Fly fishing simplified. Tenkara fly fishing is the hottest trend in fly fishing and RIGS offers has the only Certified Tenkara Network Guides in Colorado! With its simplified approach (no reel, just rod and line) long rods and ultra-accurate presentation, even first timers can catch fish on the fly. An incredibly intuitive approach that puts you in direct contact with fly and stream. 

Our ½ day back-country trip will take you off the beaten path to a nearby stream that’s loaded with pocket water, small pools, and short runs holding brook trout, rainbows, and native cutthroat trout.  Tenkara is the best method for these streams.  Enjoy incredible scenery on water where you probably won’t see another angler all day.  Trip includes transportation from our shop to and from the destination, a tenkara rod, line, and flies, guiding and instruction.

 Join one of our certified Tenkara Guides for hands on instruction in the latest trend in fly fishing!

*Some of the main advantages are its simplicity, the very delicate presentations with the light line, the ability to hold the line off the water and a fly in place over difficult currents, precise casting, and great control of the fly. Only rod, line and fly are used. The line is attached directly to the tip of the rod, tippet is attached to the end of the Tenkara line. Like in western fly-fishing the line propels the weightless fly to the desired target and there is a fly-casting technique involved - just a bit slower, and with a shorter casting stroke. Landing a fish is very intuitive and similar to any type of fishing with a rod: one simply raises the rod high, and reaches for the fish. Tenkara is an ancient angling method, new in the US. While its own style of fly fishing, it is a great tool for the techniques of close-up nymphing, soft-hackle wet fly-fishing and virtually drag-free dry fly fishing. It's also a great way to get kids engaged in the tradition of fly-fishing, to catch your own food while backpacking, or to simply enjoy the fishing experience. Prices are per person.

 



1/2 Day River Tube Rental with River Shuttle
1/2 Day River Tube Rental with River Shuttle

Duration: 1/2 Day Rental w/Shuttle
Price: Per-Person / Per-Tube: $35.00
Do it Yourself Fun - River Tube Rentals w/Shuttle!

Enjoy the river the way the locals do, by renting one of our high quality river tubes!  River tube rentals are the most economical way to enjoy the river.  Daily river tube rentals w/hourly shuttle service, are available on the Upper Uncompahgre River (Town of Ridgway) to Weaver Memorial Park (approximately 2 miles) throughout the summer - it's a fantastic way to spend a hot summer afternoon!

Our high-quality NRS river tubes are not the truck tires of years past, but professional-quality flotation craft with two air chambers, handles and mesh bottoms. All river tube rentals include life jackets for additional safety and hourly river shuttle between put-in and take-out  

Tube Rental:

·         $35 per-person for ½ Day Rental - includes River Shuttle.

·         Participant weight restrictions: 90 pounds to 250 pounds

·         Includes: Personal NRS Pro River Tube & PFD (Personal Flotation Device)

·         Advanced Reservations Required - book online 24/7 or call 970-626-4460 to confirm today.



2 Day – Kayak or Raft – Gunnison River (Escalante Dominguez Canyon NCA)
2 Day – Kayak or Raft – Gunnison River (Escalante Dominguez Canyon NCA)

Duration: 2 days
Price: Adult: $300.00
Child: $300.00
Skill Level: Beginner

Canyon County Overnight

Enjoy a guided 2 day overnight kayaking/raft trip through the impressive sandstone walls of Dominguez Canyon. Soak up the surroundings from your raft and/or command your own kayak, while support rafts carry all the amenities for a night on the river. Single person and tandem kayaks are available for this adventure, ideal for novice kayakers.

Named for the Spanish Jesuits that first explored the area in 1777, Dominguez and Escalante Canyons are rich in history, wildlife, and scenery. The class II Gunnison River gently carves its way through Dominguez canyon creating a wilderness feeling. Cottonwood stands along the river provide nesting habitat for herons and songbirds, while deer, desert bighorn sheep, and large game can be seen along the banks.

Native American rock-art, and spectacular desert flora and fauna can be found on numerous side-hikes making for a rich experience on the edge of canyon country.

PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE PUBLIC LAND USE FEES



3 Day “DELUXE” Overnight – Float Fishing - Gunnison River (Gunnison Gorge NCA “Wilderness”)
3 Day “DELUXE” Overnight – Float Fishing - Gunnison River (Gunnison Gorge NCA “Wilderness”)

Duration: 3 days
Price: Participant: $2,250.00

Deluxe Float n' Fish Multi-Day

The Deluxe Trip format is designed with one thing in mind, you - the client. Due to excellent customer feedback and our desire to provide the most comprehensive high end product available, we are pleased to announce the latest additions to the Gunnison Gorge Deluxe format including:

  • 6 client limit (standard trip is 8 pax)
  • Dedicated Ice Cooler for cocktails/Iced Drinks. *Arrangements can be made to purchase alcohol to be packed in for your trip. Please contact us at least one week prior to departure. 
  • Select Demo Rods & Reels (try the latest)
  • Special Culinary Upgrades and surprises 
  • Client Chairs horse packed in (standard trip clients responsible for packing these items) 
  • All Flies -RIGS "Deluxe Box" Guide Selections on each boat
  • All Leader & Tippet 
  • RIGS LOGO guide hat

Our Deluxe Format also provides a more intimate experience with smaller client group sizes, additional amenities and services, and a Dedicated Gear Boat allows for lighter rafts and in turn you to spend more time exploring the pools and runs of the Gunnison River Gorge. Our gear boat goes ahead to set-up camp and prepare for our arrival!  Both you and your guide can now focus on fishing as there is no rush to set up camp, why not chase big fish all day?

Join us for the ideal way to see the Black Canyon of the Gunnison Gorge- from the inside!  a true wilderness experience, this 14 mile river section combines wildlife and scenery with class II-III+ whitewater through one of the most spectacular river canyons in North America.  We drive from the RIGS fly shop in Ridgway to the trailhead at the canyon rim.  From there, we hike the 1.1 mile trail down to the river.  After gearing up and reviewing trip considerations, we start floating and fishing the pools and runs of the Gunnison Gorge.

The "Gold Medal Waters" of the Gunnison Gorge are famous for it's world class Rainbow and Brown trout fishing.  This fishery commands serious respect as the CDOW conducts population census on a annual basis.  There are 8,700 catchable fish per mile and over 200 fish per mile over 18", add 425 lbs per sample acre and you have something special.  World renowned for the "Stone Fly Hatch", the "Gunny" also plays host to many other fine insect hatches making for a true bug factory.  While the Gunnison River sees moderate use, the Gorge, because of it's remote location and challenging access receives the least angling pressure of all the floatable sections.

This unique desert environment also plays host to a diverse array of wildlife including Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, Elk and although seldom seen many predators inhabit the canyon as well as a wide variety of birds of prey including Golden Eagles and Osprey.  If you can take your eye off the fly for a moment, you'll witness breath taking geology as some of the oldest rock in North America is exposed making for stunning scenery.  Don't forget your camera as you join us for a unforgettable experience. 

PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE PUBLIC LAND USE FEES



3 Day – Kayak or Raft – Gunnison River (Escalante Dominguez Canyon NCA)
3 Day – Kayak or Raft – Gunnison River (Escalante Dominguez Canyon NCA)

Duration: 3 days
Price: Adult: $450.00
Child: $450.00
Skill Level: Beginner

Canyon County Multi-Day

Enjoy a guided 3 day overnight kayaking/raft trip through the impressive sandstone walls of Dominguez Canyon. Soak up the surroundings from your raft and/or command your own kayak, while support rafts carry all the amenities for a night on the river. Single person and tandem kayaks are available for this adventure, ideal for novice kayakers.

Named for the Spanish Jesuits that first explored the area in 1777, Dominguez and Escalante Canyons are rich in history, wildlife, and scenery. The class II Gunnison River gently carves its way through Dominguez canyon creating a wilderness feeling. Cottonwood stands along the river provide nesting habitat for herons and songbirds, while deer, desert bighorn sheep, and large game can be seen along the banks.

Native American rock-art, and spectacular desert flora and fauna can be found on numerous side-hikes making for a rich experience on the edge of canyon country.

PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE PUBLIC LAND USE FEES



3 Day Overnight – Float Fishing – Gunnison River (Gunnison Gorge NCA “Wilderness”)
3 Day Overnight – Float Fishing – Gunnison River (Gunnison Gorge NCA “Wilderness”)

Duration: 3 days
Price: Participant: $1,700.00

Overnight Float Fishing Multi-Day

Join us for the ideal way to see the Black Canyon of the Gunnison Gorge - from the inside! A true wilderness experience, this 14 mile river section combines wildlife and scenery with class II-III+ whitewater through one of the most spectacular canyons in Colorado. 

The RIGS Standard Trip is very popular with our customers, we might just as well call it the deluxe because it truly rivals anything else out there (Consider our Deluxe Format for upgrades and format differences).  On the Standard trip, we combine two clients and a guide per boat and divide the gear up accordingly as there is no dedicated gear boat.  The client group size is limited to 8 persons per launch (6 on the Deluxe format).            

The "Gold Medal Waters" of the Gunnison Gorge are famous for its world-class Rainbow and Brown trout fishing.  This fishery commands serious respect as there are 8700 catchable fish per mile and over 200 fish per mile over 18 inches, add 425 lbs per sample acre and you have something special.  World Renowned for the "Stone Fly Hatch", the Gorge also plays host to many other fine insect hatches making for a true bug factory.  While the Gunnison River sees moderate use, the Gorge, because of its remote location and challenging access receives the least angling pressure of all the floatable sections. 

 

This unique desert environment also plays host to a diverse array of wildlife including Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, Elk although seldom seen many predators inhabit the Canyon as well as a wide variety of birds of prey including Golden Eagles and Osprey. If you can take your eye of the fly for a moment, you'll also get witnessing breathtaking geology as some of the oldest rock in North America is exposed making for stunning scenery.  Don't forget your camera as you come join us for a unforgettable experience.

PUBLIC LAND USE FEES APPLY



Colorado State River Guide Certification Course Adventure Matrix
Colorado State River Guide Certification Course

Duration: 14 days
Price: Colorado State River Guide Certification Course: $565.00
Skill Level: Beginner

RIGS has offered its Colorado State River Guide Certification Course since 2002 and provided the most extensive guide certification course, with the highest level of certifications, available in the region. Your instructors have been training top quality river guides since 1991 and look forward to sharing their experience with you. Your Lead Instructor for this course is Owner -Tim Patterson.  Tim has 20 years experience in training Professional River Guide and has worked commercially on the Arkansas River, Gunnison River, Colorado River (Grand Canyon), Salt and Verde Rivers, as well as several rivers throughout Guatemala - C.A.  Several additional RIGS Certified Guide Instructors will join us throughout the course providing a diverse level of skill, technique and experience.

*NOTE: If you are specifically looking for Rowing/Oar Boat Training, please consider our: ROW Course - Oar Boat Skills (including Float Fishing), as an aspect of your Guide Certification (separate cost).  Participants who are signed up for our River Guide Certification Course, will receive a $100 discount if adding the ROW Course to their training and be more valuable to the RIGS Team by being versed in multiple skill sets!  Inquire for further details.  

On the first morning of training, you will be provided a River Guide Training Log Sheet, which must be signed by your Instructor and details the amount of training hours necessary to Commercially Guide River Trips in the State of Colorado. After successfully completing the course, you will have the opportunity to be "signed off" by a Certified Trip Leader, allowing you to legally guide commercial rafting trips throughout the State of Colorado. Small course size ensures a great learning environment and plenty of personal attention. We will be on the river all day, every day, and cover all aspects of river running and commercial guiding. The course will cover all topics required by the State of Colorado for commercial guides including: rigging and maneuvering, river currents, eddies & waves, river hazards, types and causes of rapids, running & scouting rapids, river rescue & emergency procedures, minimizing outdoor recreation resource impacts, proper fit, wearing, and use of personal floatation devices. Immediately following our Guide Certification Course, we will host (separate instructors) the following courses required to be a guide: First Aid & C.P.R. ( additional $100) and Swiftwater Rescue Technician (additional $375).  *Payment for these additional components must be made directly to the instructor, prior to the course

This is a physical course, running class I through IV rivers. You will be required to carry rafts, flip boats, swim in the river, and be generally active. We will provide all necessary equipment including P.F.D.'s, helmets, paddles, etc.  We will provide transportation and take care of all shuttles. If you have personal boating gear, bring it with you and we will determine its suitability. You will need clothing and footwear suitable for rafting (Chaco, TEVA, KEEN or similar wet shoes or booties) and a packed lunch everyday. Dry clothes for the end of the day are also a must. While completing our course does not guarantee employment, we will be hiring for the upcoming season and requires all of the above mentioned certifications. Our company's goal is to provide the best in customer safety, an energetic personality - we are looking for service oriented individuals.



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Fly Fishing RENTALS (equipment)
Fly Fishing RENTALS (equipment)

Duration: 1 Day (7am to 7pm) rental
Price: per item: $0.00
Use this Inventory when needing to do any single Rental Item, with no trip. ie Stand Up Paddle Board, Fly Rod, Reel, or Spin Cast Rod/reel


Full Day - Fly Fishing – Gunnison River (Gunnison Gorge NCA)
Full Day - Fly Fishing – Gunnison River (Gunnison Gorge NCA)

Duration: Full Day (includes lunch)
Price: 1 Person Guided Trip: $400.00
2 Person Guided Trip: $450.00
3 Person Guided Trip: $550.00
NEW!!!   Walk Wade - Gunnison Gorge / Black Canyon - Year-Round Tailwater

Experience classic big western river fly fishing in the heart of Colorado's Gold Medal Trout Waters! The Gunnison River, Gorge National Conservation Area (BLM) offers world class fly fishing for massive rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout, all with in an impressive desert canyon ecology.  Choose from over 10 miles of quality waters, with convenient access, allowing you and your guide to explore miles of pristine trout laden waters.  

Spring conditions offer epic Blue Wing Olive (BWO) hatches, while the cant miss "Stone Fly Hatch" dominates May and June.  Caddis Flies, PMD's, Yellow Sallies, Grasshopper & other Terrestrials fill the remainder of the summer and fall with incredible angling opportunities. Don't miss this chance to experience Western Colorado's premiere trout fishery.  

*This trips an excellent option for those that don't have the time to experience our 3-Day Gunnison Gorge Wilderness trip. Prices are per person.

PUBLIC LAND USE FEES APPLY


Full to Multi Day - Kayak or Raft – Gunnison River ( Dominguez Escalante Canyon NCA)
Full to Multi Day - Kayak or Raft – Gunnison River ( Dominguez Escalante Canyon NCA)

Duration: Full Day (includes lunch)
Price: *Please Call*
Skill Level: Beginner

Classic River Canyon

Enjoy this epic guided full to multi day trip through the impressive sandstone walls of Dominguez Canyon. Soak up the surroundings from a raft or command your own inflatable kayak (both single & tandem kayaks available) for this adventure, ideal for novice paddlers.

Named for the Spanish Jesuits that first explored the area in 1777, Dominguez and Escalante Canyons are rich in history, wildlife, and scenery. The class II Gunnison River gently carves its way through Dominguez canyon creating a wilderness feeling. Cottonwood stands along the river provide nesting habitat for herons and songbirds, while deer, desert bighorn sheep, and large game can be seen along the banks.

Native American rock-art, and spectacular desert flora and fauna can be found on numerous side-hikes making for a rich experience on the edge of canyon country.

Call to create your multi day adventure with RIGS!

Good for kids 30 pounds and above

PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE PUBLIC LAND USE  FEES



Private ROW Course - Oar Boat Skills (Including: Float Fishing) Adventure Matrix
Private ROW Course - Oar Boat Skills  (Including: Float Fishing)

Duration: 2 days
Price: *Please Call*
Skill Level: Beginner
Learn to Row/Oar Boat Instruction in Inflatable Rafts  - OPEN to non-guides!
Learn how to successfully row/navigate an oar boat successfully down the river on your own!  Gain valuable skills, safety, rescue and recovery techniques. This course provides you a better understanding of river dynamics including: hydrology, reading the water, environmental considerations and the hazards associated with recreational river rafting. The focus of this course is to educate future Oarsmen.


Comfort level
Difficulty

ROW Course - Oar Boat Skills (Including: Float Fishing) Adventure Matrix
ROW Course - Oar Boat Skills  (Including: Float Fishing)

Duration: 3 days
Price: ROW Course: $395.00
Skill Level: Beginner
Learn to Row/Oar Rivers in Rafts & Drift Boats - OPEN to non-guides!
Learn how to successfully row/navigate an oar boat successfully down the river on your own!  Gain valuable skills, safety, rescue and recovery techniques. This 3-Day Intensive, provides you a better understanding of rivers dynamics including: hydrology, reading the water, environmental considerations and the hazards associated with recreational & commercial river rafting/drift boating. The focus of this course is to educate future Oarsmen.


Comfort level
Difficulty

Stand Up Paddle Board 2.5 hour lesson
Stand Up Paddle Board 2.5 hour lesson

Duration: 2.5 hours
Price: Private to Semi-Private Lesson: $125.00
Group Lesson: $85.00

Our 2.5 hour Stand Up Paddle Board lessons are the perfect introduction to Stand Up Paddle Boarding that give you the opportunity to see how fun and easy this sport can be.  Though the sport originated in the Hawaiian Islands, it is quickly becoming the paddle sport of choice on rivers and lakes throughout Colorado.

Our SUP Class is
designed to expose you to a great water sport and teach you the basics techniques to get out on the water with ease. Your instructor will teach you about the different SUP boards, parts of the board and how this affects performance and stability. They will go over safety considerations and proper standing and paddling techniques. You will be up and paddling around the lake during this class before you know it.  

Rates are $125 per person for private to semi-private with 1 to 2 people.
3 to 6 people is a group rate of $85 per person.  Groups with 7 to 8 people will go out with 2 guides at a rate of $85 per person. 

 



Tenkara Weekend Getaway
Tenkara Weekend Getaway

Duration: Tenkara Weekend 2 nights/3 days
Price: tenkara clinic weekend: $275.00

A late summer tenkara weekend getaway with a focus on backcountry water!  Let us show you tenkara basics, with instruction on gear and techniques, while emphasizing the use of tenkara on wild streams.  We have the top tenkara guides in Colorado, who will share some of the most stunning Rocky Mountain scenery and tenkara-perfect water available anywhere. Experience beautiful Ridgway Colorado and the Cimarron Forks and San Miguel Rivers during an amazing time of year. Less people, temperate climate and tenkara off the beaten path!

Instructors: Paul Vertrees—Lead Tenkara Guide
                    Tim Patterson—Owner, RIGS Fly Shop
                    Matt McCannel—RIGS Head Guide

This is an amazing opportunity to experience Tenkara with experienced guides in pristine southwest Colorado.



The Palometa Club - Mexico - RIGS Hosted Destination Saltwater Fly Fishing
The Palometa Club - Mexico - RIGS Hosted Destination Saltwater Fly Fishing

Duration: 7
Price: Per-Person (excludes airfare): $3,650.00
6 Night / 5 Days Fishing Rate (Howard Party Rate): $2,870.00

Welcome to The Palometa Club, an exclusive fly fishing lodge located in Punta Allen, Mexico on the northeastern edge of the famed shallow saltwater flats of Ascension Bay.  In only six seasons, the Palometa Club has built a reputation as the perhaps the most respected fishing lodge in the Caribbean.  While we have become recognized as the planet’s premier permit fishing program, the flats of Ascension Bay offer anglers consistent opportunities for bonefish, tarpon, snook, barracuda, jack crevalle, and more.  We hang our hats on our 1:1 guide to angler ratio, our unique techniques and approach, and our all-star staff of local, professional guides.  The Palometa Club is anything but a “fishing motel”, rather a boutique, old school fishing lodge in the purist form. We focus on the aspects of what make a good fishing trip and excellent fishing trip. A destination you will migrate back to year after year.

“If you want to catch a permit on the fly, there is no question that you stand a better chance here than any place I know.” – Lefty Kreh



Full Day - Fly Fishing – Cimarron River High Country
Full Day - Fly Fishing – Cimarron River High Country

Duration: 8 hours
Price: 1 Person Guided Trip: $345.00
2 Person Guided Trip: $410.00
3 Person Guided Trip: $485.00

High Alpine Trout Fishing

High alpine fishing at its best! With their headwaters protected in the Big Blue Wilderness, the three different forks of the Cimarron River offer endless fishing for rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. Solitude, native fish and remote access bring classic fly fishing to life in one of the prettiest settings in all of Colorado. With over 10 miles of access on three separate small creeks, and a wonderful three mile section of remote tail-waters below Silver jack Reservoir, the Cimarron River area is a top pick - Guides Favorite 

"You'll be amazed by the diversity of landscape, from alpine tundra to majestic spires, pinnacles and castles blocking the sun to dark, green forests carpeting steep mountains. And water, water everywhere."

- Mark D. Williams (Author) Fly Fishing Southwest Colorado

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Full Day - Fly Fishing - San Miguel River
Full Day - Fly Fishing - San Miguel River

Duration: Full Day (lunch included)
Price: 1 Person Guided Trip: $345.00
2 Person Guided Trip: $410.00
3 Person Guided Trip: $485.00
Crystal Clear Freestone River

Winding through the majestic San Juan Mountains in the shadows of 14,000 foot Mount Wilson, the San Miguel River is one of Colorado's most spectacular and least known fly fishing destinations. Gin clear water, coupled with prolific insect hatches, provide even beginner anglers a rare opportunity to experience classic Colorado dry fly fishing to eager rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout. As the San Miguel meanders its way through red-rock walls, scenic sandstone canyons and forested banks, expect to be amazed at rivers serene riparian ecology. The San Miguel River, with its near endless public access, beckons anglers to experience one of Colorado's last freestone (undammed) trout streams. Stoneflies, Caddis, Pale Morning Dun, Blue Winged Olives, Midges and Terrestrials are just some of the incredible insect hatches anglers can experience throughout the year. The San Miguel's most productive sections are located 30 minutes from Ridgway, 45 minutes from Ouray and just 30 minutes from Telluride.  Riverside deli lunch included.

BLM PUBLIC LAND USE FEE APPLIES



Full Day - Fly Fishing – Uncompahgre River (RSP)
Full Day - Fly Fishing – Uncompahgre River (RSP)

Duration: 8 hours
Price: 1 Person Guided Trip: $340.00
2 Person Guided Trip: $400.00
3 Person Guided Trip: $460.00

Year-Round, Trophy Tailwater 

Walk and wade the Uncompahgre River and its Tributaries in Ridgway State Park. Southern Colorado's newest tail water fishery below Ridgway Reservoir, offers anglers a chance to discover an unparalleled fishing experience year-round. Extensive rehabilitation has resulted in prime habitat for Rainbow, Brown, and Cut-throat trout with catch and release waters revealing deep runs and large pools. Whether you are a veteran or novice, our certified professional guides will provide you with a quality angling experience.  *Lunch & beverages included on all-day trips.

This stretch of river lies within Ridgway State Park. A park pass is required on all vehicles.

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Full Day – Rafting – Gunnison River (Gunnison Gorge NCA “Wilderness”)
Full Day – Rafting – Gunnison River (Gunnison Gorge NCA “Wilderness”)

Duration: Long Full Day (includes lunch)
Price: Adult: $275.00
Skill Level: Beginner

Wilderness Rafting - Gunnison Gorge NCA

The ideal way to see the Gunnison Gorge and Black Canyon - from the inside! A true wilderness experience, this 14 mile river section combines incredible wildlife and scenery with class II-III+ whitewater through one of the most spectacular canyons in Colorado.

Join us on a hike to the put-in from the canyon rim, 600 feet above the Gunnison River. From there, enjoy the pool-drop rapids below the Black Canyon National Park as we float the river through the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness.

The Gunnison Gorge is famous for its world-class fishing, geology, and wildlife but sees moderate use because of its remote location, and challenging access.

Advanced reservations are required due to the restrictions placed on the number of people allowed on the river at any given time.



2 Day Overnight – Float Fishing - Gunnison Gorge (Gunnison Gorge NCA “Wilderness”)
2 Day Overnight – Float Fishing - Gunnison Gorge (Gunnison Gorge NCA “Wilderness”)

Duration: 2 days
Price: Participant: $1,150.00

Gunnison Gorge Overnight Trip

The ideal way to see the Gunnison Gorge and Black Canyon - from the inside! A true wilderness experience, this 14 mile river section combines incredible wildlife and scenery with class II-III+ whitewater through one of the most spectacular canyons in Colorado. Food and overnight camping gear included.  Participants need to hike to the put-in from the canyon rim, 600 feet above the Gunnison River, (1 mile, downhill hike). From there, enjoy the pool-drop rapids below the Black Canyon National Park as we float the river through the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness.

PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE TAXES & FEES



Full Day - TENKARA Fly Fishing - TENKARA Guide Network (Guides Choice)
Full Day - TENKARA Fly Fishing - TENKARA Guide Network (Guides Choice)

Duration: Full Day (includes lunch)
Price: 1 Person Guided Trip: $345.00
2 Person Guided Trip: $410.00
3 Person Guided Trip: $485.00

Tenkara-Streamlined Fly Fishing!

Fly fishing simplified! Tenkara fly fishing is the hottest trend in fly fishing and RIGS has the only Certified Tenkara Network Guides in Colorado! With its simplified approach (no reel, just rod, line, and fly) long rods and ultra-accurate presentation, even first timers can catch fish on a fly. An incredibly intuitive approach that puts you in direct contact with fly and stream. Join one of our certified Tenkara Guides for hands on instruction in the latest trend in fly fishing.

A full day of backcountry fly fishing will allow you to explore even deeper into our canyons, rivers, and streams.  Miles and miles of streams filled with brook trout, rainbows, browns, and native cutthroats are waiting.  These are wild, remote places where you will literally have the stream to yourself for the day.  Try tenkara for the most productive method on these waters.  Our full-day backcountry trips include transportation from the fly shop to and from the water, a tenkara rod, line, and flies, all-day guiding and instruction.

*Some of the main advantages are its simplicity, the very delicate presentations with the light line, the ability to hold the line off the water and a fly in place over difficult currents, precise casting, and great control of the fly. Only rod, line, and fly are used. The line is attached directly to the tip of the rod, tippet is attached to the end of the Tenkara line. Like in western fly-fishing the line propels the weightless fly to the desired target and there is a fly-casting technique involved - just a bit slower, and with a shorter casting stroke. Landing a fish is very intuitive and similar to any type of fishing with a rod: one simply raises the rod high, and reaches for the fish. Tenkara is an ancient angling method, new in the US. While its own style of fly fishing, it is a great tool for the techniques of close-up nymphing, soft-hackle wet fly-fishing and virtually drag-free dry fly fishing. It's also a great way to get kids engaged in the tradition of fly-fishing, to catch your own food while backpacking, or to simply enjoy the fishing experience. 



2 Day "DELUXE" Overnight – Float Fishing - Gunnison Gorge (Gunnison Gorge NCA “Wilderness”)
2 Day "DELUXE" Overnight – Float Fishing - Gunnison Gorge (Gunnison Gorge NCA “Wilderness”)

Duration: 2 days
Price: Participant: $1,500.00

Deluxe Float n' Fish

A step up from our standard 2 day trip, the 2 day DELUXE provides a more intimate experience with the Gunnison River fishery. Smaller group size, additional amenities and services, and lighter rafts allow you to spend more time exploring the pools and runs of the Gunnison River Gorge and its Gold Medal Waters.

You won't be rushed to set up camp after chasing big fish all day. Our guides will set-up camp and prepare meals for you! Sit back, tell stories, and rest-up for another day in this spectacular setting.

A true wilderness experience, this 14 mile river section combines incredible wildlife and scenery with class II-IV whitewater through one of the most spectacular river canyons in Colorado.

Participants need to hike to the put-in from the canyon rim, 600 feet above the Gunnison River, (1 mile, downhill hike). From there, enjoy the pool-drop rapids below the Black Canyon National Park as we float the river through the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness.

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE PUBLIC LAND USE FEES



Full Day Guided Fly Fishing – Lake Fork of the Gunnison River / Curecanti NRA
Full Day Guided Fly Fishing – Lake Fork of the Gunnison River / Curecanti NRA

Duration: 8 hours
Price: 1 Person Guided Trip: $415.00
2 Person Guided Trip: $450.00
3 Person Guided Trip: $535.00

Remote Tailwater 

RIGS newest section of permitted water and a traditional Guides favorite, the lower sections of the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River offers low pressure and a spectacular setting. Early Season Stonefly nymph fishing is exceptional, with a myriad of potential for additional late afternoon hatches. This section, from Red Bridge down river, turns into a classic granite canyon similar to the lower Gunnison River. Aggressive Brown and Rainbow Trout dominate over 5 miles of easily accessible water and opportunities for solitude are great.

PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE TAXES & FEES



2 Day Overnight Fly Fishing - Cimarron River High Country (Wilderness)
2 Day Overnight Fly Fishing - Cimarron River High Country (Wilderness)

Duration: 2 days
Price: 1 Person Guided Trip: $785.00
2 Person Guided Trip: $985.00
3 Person Guided Trip: $1,250.00

                                  Backcountry Fly Fishing Base Camp

Drive-up camp: High country fishing at its best! With their headwaters protected in the Uncompahgre Wilderness, the three different forks of the Cimarron River offer endless fishing for rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. “You’ll be amazed by the diversity of landscape, from alpine tundra to majestic spires, pinnacles and castles blocking the sun to dark, green forests carpeting steep mountains. And water, water everywhere” (Author, Fly Fishing Southwest Colorado - Mark D. Williams). DAY ONE: Meet and greet at the fly shop 15 minutes prior to departure – travel through the incredible scenery over Owl Creek Pass to the Uncompahgre Wilderness and the three forks of the Cimarron & Big Cimarron River - arrive at base camp, gear up and fish the exciting waters right near camp – enjoy a delicious riverside lunch - immerse yourself in the outstanding scenery and secluded angling opportunities for the remainder of the day – relax at camp over sunset, eat a great meal and tell the day’s best fish stories! DAY TWO:  After breakfast spend the second day exploring more great water – eat lunch along the water – strike camp, and return to civilization. 

PUBLIC LAND USE FEES APPLY



3 Day - Overnight Fly Fishing –Cimarron River High Country (Wilderness)
3 Day - Overnight Fly Fishing –Cimarron River High Country (Wilderness)

Duration: 3 days
Price: 1 Person Guided Trip: $1,295.00
2 Person Guided Trip: $1,750.00
3 Person Guided Trip: $2,135.00

Backcountry Anglers Dream 

This trip, one of our most popular resources, equals "the best of the best" in high alpine fishing access and remote camping opportunities. Spend three full days fishing a diversity of waters in the heart of the Uncompahgre Wilderness and spectacular Cimarron River high country.  This trip includes a tour of the both the Cimarron River and its tributaries. We provide all the camping gear, food and entertainment for this trip back in time, when fly fishing was a true back county experience! 

Drive-up camp:  High country fishing at its best! With their headwaters protected in the Uncompahgre Wilderness, the three different forks of the Cimarron River offer endless fishing for rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. “You’ll be amazed by the diversity of landscape, from alpine tundra to majestic spires, pinnacles and castles blocking the sun to dark, green forests carpeting steep mountains. And water, water everywhere” (Author, Fly Fishing Southwest Colorado - Mark D. Williams).   DAY ONE: Meet and greet at the fly shop 15 minutes prior to departure – travel through the incredible scenery over Owl Creek Pass to the Uncompahgre Wilderness and the three forks of the Cimarron & Big Cimarron River - arrive at base camp, gear up and fish the exciting waters right near camp – enjoy a delicious riverside lunch - immerse yourself in the outstanding scenery and secluded angling opportunities for the remainder of the day – relax at camp over sunset, eat a great meal and tell the day’s best fish stories! DAY TWO: Wake to the sounds of the river – have a rustic hot breakfast – gear up and head out for an adventurous morning of fly fishing – riverside lunch – fish the afternoon exploring miles of river access with deep runs and hidden pools – wrap up your day and head back to camp for another awesome full camp meal and relaxation around the campfire.  Take an evening stroll on riverside trails and soak in the peace and quiet.  DAY THREE:  After breakfast spend the morning on more water fishing – eat lunch along the water – strike camp, and return to civilization. 

 

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Uncompahgre Wilderness Backpack Tenkara
Uncompahgre Wilderness Backpack Tenkara

Duration: 3 days
Price: 1 Person Guided Trip: $1,295.00
2 Person Guided Trip: $1,750.00
3 Person Guided Trip: $2,135.00

Uncompahgre Wilderness Backpack Tenkara

If backpacking deep into Colorado wilderness with a fly rod in your pack is your dream, then this is the trip for you!  We now offer a fully guided multi-day backcountry tenkara experience where you’ll carry everything you need on your back while exploring deep valleys and high mountain passes.  The Uncompahgre Wilderness’s long glacial valleys provide many miles of truly wild water teeming with rainbow, brook, and cutthroat trout.  Tenkara, with its origins on the mountain streams of Japan, is the most effective method for high, wild trout streams, but western fly anglers are welcome too!  Our experienced backcountry tenkara guides will provide lightweight, comfortable wilderness camps, nutritious meals, and instruction in traditional tenkara backcountry fly fishing techniques.  Our guides will also provide instruction on leave-no-trace ethics, lightweight wilderness bushcraft, firecraft, camp construction, and many more valuable backcountry skills.  RIGS will provide guides and all meals.  Upon request, we can also provide backpacks, shelters, sleeping bags, and pads.  Tenkara rods or western fly rods and reels are included in each trip, as well as a selection of guide’s choice fly patterns.

 

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