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

Due to heavy rain, the Main Fork was too muddy to fish when we arrived. The North Fork was in great shape, full to the brim but clear. We fished it from the confluence with the Main Fork all the way to the end of the property. We each had well over 20 fish, ranging from 10" browns up to a massive 22" rainbow that ate a size 18 'secret fly'. Most of the fish were in the 15" to 19" range. I fished with a #16 Bead Head Pheasant Tail trailed by a #18 Ray Charles. Most of the fish ate the Ray. We did get some fish on small hoppers upstream and the fields were full of small hoppers - bodes well for later in the season. The streamer bite was very good going downstream - the killer was a red and black Wooley Bugger with a stinger hook. The pond is filled with weeds and there are only a few fishable spots. the Main Creek is very weedy above the parking area but it cleared up in the afternoon and we caught a number of fish downstream from the parking area. The mosquitoes and deer flies are out, bring bug repellent. Another great day at Gianinetti's. ~ Robert Hesse -- July 28th, 2017

Another good day at Gianinetti. Arrived at 8am with another X-Member (Joe) who now lives up in PA. Creeks were high but clear from the rains I presume. Worked the creeks in the morning, ponds in afternoon. Dry Droppers, Nymph Rigs and Streamers. Pat's rubber legs and streamers seemed to work best on this day. Caught 10-15 apiece, most were Rainbows in 14-15" range, some Browns and Brookies too. Hook into one fat 20" rainbow, played a bit but lost him in the undercuts/weeds. On the Ponds we worked the fish with dry's. Amy's Ant, black ants and bwo's seem to work. Caught another 8-12 fish each. ~ George Schmidt -- July 27th, 2017

We benefited from cloudy skies all day and while rain was a constant threat, it never actually did rain. We focused our efforts on the spring creek and ponds and were fortunate to witness a strong BWO hatch on the ponds in the early afternoon, and we took full advantage of it. Streamers continue to work well on this property as well, both on the ponds and spring creek. We landed about a dozen fish between 2 fishermen, all in the 16 to 20 inch category, mostly rainbows. Once again this property delivered a great experience! ~ Fabrice -- April 25th, 2017

4/21, What a cool property, this was the first time we fished it. The whole day revolved around throwing streamers and a few long bodied BWO's. We started at the fishing pond, I caught 10 right away and my fishing partner caught another 5. We worked the streams pretty hard with some production but the water was really stained due to a rain/snow the night before. I went through both gates and through streamers the whole time, landed a couple nice fish for smaller water. We found one hole that produced easily 8+ fish that fought really hard and I think the smallest was 15" and the biggest was 23". Love the multiple options on this property. ~ Brad Rettig ~ Brad Rettig -- April 24th, 2017

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

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