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

I invited my wife (a first time Fly Fisher) and her friend (a second time Fly Fisher) to fish this property, not realizing the estrogen, tangles and giggles and woop, woops that would be going on . We shared the lease with another couple. On a very sunny day, little to no wind and started around 9am on the creeks below the parking area. By lunch my two newbies had caught 5 fish (3 Browns and a couple of Rainbows) and one very nice Rainbow of about +20” which my wife caught. The kits that the fish took were pat’s rubber legs, purple san juans and rainbow warriors. After lunch we worked the upper pond and the shallow pond above the inlet tubes. The Ladies caught a few more Rainbows, some very nice all in the 14”-17” range. All on streamers kits, green and black. The ladies learned some new skills on this day and think they had a great time on this property as new fly fishers. ~ George Schmidt -- August 29th, 2015

I offered a fish, with me of course, for a charity auction. The highest bidder and I arrived around 9am and fished till 3:30pm. The ponds and both creeks were blown out, high flows and muddy water from last two days of rain in the nearby mountains. So decided to use larger flashy kits. Started off with a hopper, red san juan worm, rainbow warrior rig. My guest cast into the first high flowing muddy pool and pulled a nice fat 20”+ rainbow (Pictures up on Facebook). We worked the creeks till noon, caught a few more. After lunch we changed to nymph rigs with pats’ rubber legs and rainbow warriors. Everywhere those fish loved that Pat’s. We had a nice 30 fish day, when the conditions said a 3 fish day. ~ George Schmidt -- July 22nd, 2015

A remarkable day of fishing! Weather was clear in morning with a few thunderstorms in the pm. Fished from about 1000 to 1630 hrs. Netted over 30 fish and had at least 20 others that struck and/or hooked up then outsmarted me. Fish in the large pond were very active on red bead-head copper john and a bead-head hare's ear; most were 12-16 in. Only a few hits on dries. The spring creeks were amazing fun with the same flies and a bigger spread in fish size. Largest was 19-20 inches on a stimulator: what an adrenaline rush! All of the fish were fat and energetic. I didn't fish the Roaring Fork; water was pretty clear and looked good but still a bit high so elected not to wade it. The setting was very nice and clean; it's a private park. I'm headed back soon. ~ Art Pansze -- July 18th, 2015

My nephew and I had an enjoyable day on the creeks and the river. No hatches to speak of on the creeks but be both caught plenty of fish on hopper-dropper rigs and streamers. Weeds were high, so we focused on the deeper pools. Despite prolific caddis hatch, and what appeared to be large baetis (too small for drakes I think, perhaps flavs.), no rising fish on either the river. We had some surface success blind casting, but most fish caught on the river with caddis and stonefly nymphs. The river fish will challenge your three weight used on the creek. An all around good day. Rainbows, browns and one cutt up to perhaps 17". ~ Ben C -- July 28th, 2014

JoBo (member) and I arrived at the Gianetti around 9am and fished till about 6pm, clear morning with an hour of rain in late afternoon. I focused on the count with a first time 9’ Bamboo Rod – boy is that a soft play, while Joe focused on looking for slabs. Joe used various streamer (used Wooley’s to 4”-5” ugly streamers) rigs most of the day while I used a hopper dropper (Amy’s Ant, purple worm, purple midge and blue copper john). Joe hooked into several big slabs that had a nasty tendency to steal is 3X rig, but was able to land a few fish. I on the other hand had a near or better than 30 fish day, hooking them on all three levels – Hopper, worm and midge. Felt like every cast almost. (Posted some of the pictures to Facebook). ~ George Schmidt -- June 20th, 2014

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