C-60 Gianinetti Spring

By July 21, 2013

Gianinetti Spring Creeks, Roaring Fork, Ponds C-60

Description: The Gianinetti Ranch serves RMAC members a full plate of flyfishing choices. Two miles of intimate spring creeks, three-quarters of a mile of the broad Roaring Fork River, and two spring-fed ponds add up to make this one of the premier flyfishing properties in Colorado.

Location: This property is located just outside of Carbondale, about 12 miles southeast of Glenwood Springs.

Capacity: Limited to 4 anglers. Up to 6 anglers permitted if in one group.

To make a reservation call 303-421-6239 or 1-800-524-1814.

Rate Notes:

Adult 1/2 Day
Adult Aftn.
Youth 1/2 Day
Youth Aftn.

Property Log Book Comments

With sunny skies and temperatures approaching 70, it felt more like a late spring day rather than a later winter day. The conditions were obviously conducive to a fine day on this diverse property. Between 3 anglers we brought about 25 fish to the net, mostly rainbows and a few browns for good measure, all in the 14 to 20 inch range. We were all surprised by the fact that rainbows were particularly aggressive and fought hard to the net. A strong majority of fish seemed to have survived the winter rather well. We focused our efforts on the spring creek and ponds and actually never made it to the Roaring Fork. While we caught fish on dries (BWO and midges) and nymphes (pat's rubber legs, SJ worms, RS2, midges), we had greatest success using streamers, in black and brown. Once again, this property did not disappoint. ~ Fabrice -- March 18th, 2017

The last of my charity fishes, this one for my church and took two lads for a fish. The creeks were higher then I've ever seen them it but clear. We worked the creeks in the morning and the ponds in the after noon. The gents were new fly fishers but still took 25+ fish for the day. Small but healthy Browns and Rainbows in the 12"-15" range. Caught on Rainbow Warriors, Choc. Nymphs, Rubber Legs and Green/Black sparkle Streamers. Saw (Site Fish) lots of fish but no big ones on this trip. At the end I did my usual speed run, went to top of creeks, and thru streamers one time in each pool. I caught another 12 or so fish, small 12"-15" but one 18". Also met John, a fellow member late in the day, nice gent. ~ George Schmidt -- October 4th, 2016

Excellent day on C-60- 15-20 fish- a couple of browns to 15" - the rest bows mostly 15-18" with one at 19' ( tried to make him 20 but couldn't) These are strong healthy fish with plenty of fight. Beautiful dark color this time of year. fished the middle stream- In AM hopper with several droppers ( CJ green, Pheasant tail and red SJ worm) - best was worm- only a few hits on hopper. In afternoon used green leach and big fish hit it consistently- A little tough with streamers due to moss and weeds in stream but rewarding if you can put in right place. Property and fish in great shape- recent mowing along middle fork. Really enjoy this property every year. ~ BJameson -- September 22nd, 2016

Challenging late summer fishing here with tall grasses and small streams. Everything in the vicinity will grab onto your hooks, so careful with your casting. And stay low and out of sight - fish are spooky. But if you can get your flies presented will in the small creeks, look out and hold on, because these fish are MASSIVE and strong. Landed several fish in the +20" range, probably the largest fish I've ever caught in Colorado. Huge and strong. A word of caution to anglers fishing this property in the warmer days of late summer: these big fish needed lots of TLC to revive them and return them safely. Wet your hands and spend a few minutes reviving them to keep them alive and healthy. Land the fish as quickly as possible. All fish landed were over 15 inches and fat. Two great holes: One immediately below the pond held two 20+" rainbows. The other was on the middle fork, immediately below the bridge. Two 18" trout feeding below the culvert under the bridge. Tan hoppers and purple prince nymphs - that's all that was needed for the creeks. And don't overlook the large pond (the one with the island) - plentiful huge fish there too. Purple prince nymphs did the trick, as did hoppers in the late afternoon. The stretch on the Roaring Fork is rather shallow, but there are a few boulders and spots along the bank. Took two trout there, both a healthy size. One on a tan hopper, the other on a Pat's Rubber Legs trailing the hopper. LOVED this property - my new favorite RMAC spot! ~ Dan Cohen -- August 14th, 2016

I lead the wife (Sandy) of one of my Trout Unlimited chapter members (Dave) who were recent Charity Auction winners for another of my patent fish with George deals. We arrived around 9am, beautiful clear warm day. Creaks were clear, ponds murky. We started with the Creeks, first hole; first cast Sandy hooks into a nice 18’ Rainbow on a pink SW Worm. A couple holes later, she hooks into nicer 19” rainbow… Then around 11am she snags a log… 22” Cutbow on Chocolate Nymphs. In the afternoon we hit the upper creeks and Ponds, not much luck on the ponds which is unusual. But the upper creeks were productive, several 15” rainbows. They ended about 3pm. So I then fished another hour or so, doing what I call “Speed Dating”, threw on a green/black streamer and hit as many holes as possible in the time allowed. I was able to snag a number (8-10) 18”+ Rainbows and Cutbows in the deeper holes on the creeks in that hour or so… My arm was tired after that. I know Dave was a bit jealous of Sandy’s big fish. ~ George Schmidt -- July 29th, 2016

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