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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ginormous Huge Paco Troutosaurus Rex!

If you follow any of the social media sites, odds are pretty good that many of you have already seen this giant 15 pound brown caught by Matt McCannel, and there's no denying that it's definitely worth another look! In fact, if you have the time and money to take a guide trip with Matt on the Uncompahgre River (where this fish was caught), and you're not calling him up right now, there's something wrong with you! It's an amazing tailwater fishery, and Rigs fly shop in Ridgeway Colorado is where you should stop and get all your flies and info before you tackle it.

Kristen and I went to the Uncompahgre a.k.a. "Paco" last fall as part of our tailwater tour to collect photos and information for our book, and I'm ashamed to say it was the first time either one of us had fished it, but it won't be the last. As first timers we still landed our share of browns and rainbows, and Kristen even lost a brown at the net that was somewhere between 8-10 pounds. We made the mistake of checking out Rigs fly shop at the end of our day there, or I'm sure Matt would have put us on some Paco specific flies, and we would have had an even better time.

What makes Matt's brown so special is that, like anyone who walked in the fly shop in the last four months and talked to Matt, he told me about this monster fish he's been chasing. FOUR PLUS MONTHS! Now that's perseverance! Seriously, great work!

Matt has been kind enough to send us photos, and he has also been very helpful in sending us information about Paco for the book, which will be featured. For now, here's another look at his fish, and his fly he used to catch it that is only available at Rigs. He calls the streamer the Hot Head Paco Mini Leech.

Matt with this 15 lb blue cheeked beauty!
Matt's Hot Head Paco Mini Leech #10

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