Why Hire a Guide?
Your time to fish is probably limited. Don't waste that time finding
the right water or trying to choose the right fly. A guide is your fast
track to the frustration-free fishing experience that you've been
hoping to find. And no matter how good you are now, you will walk away
a better fisherman.
What should I tip my guide?
A tip is never required nor should a guide expect to always get a
tip, but the truth is that tipping your guide is common and many guides
do come to expect a tip.
in mind that if you are fishing with an outfitter that makes you buy
your flies and leaders for the day and the guide doesn't have to supply
those items, then tipping less is appropriate.
Fishing Company doesn't have any hidden costs, the guide will supply
you with leaders and flies. If you simply can't afford to tip on top of the guided trip, just remember that most guides do this for their love
of fly fishing and they are just happy to share that with you tip or no
When is the best time to go fishing?
I have always said that the best time to go fishing is when you can,
but if you have your choice then the question becomes a little more
On Grey Reef for example, you want to fish from
April through June. The first two weeks of July can still be good, but
after that, the weed growth really becomes a problem. Not that you
can't still catch fish, but most come to the net with an extra couple
pounds of salad.
Come September the weeds start to die off and the fishing becomes
enjoyable again. On the rivers around Winter Park, some of the best
fishing occurs before runoff starts or immediately after the waters
start to clear.
We have a Salmon fly hatch, Green Drake hatch, Blue Winged Olives and
Pale Morning Duns, and don't ever come to our streams without your
As summer progresses, we catch a lot of nice fish on Hoppers, Ants,
Beetles, Tricos and Caddis. My favorite time to fish around Grand
County is the Fall with the changing leaves and crystal clear water.
Autumn is streamer time on the Colorado for some very impressive Browns
just getting ready procreate. Then again, if streamers aren't your
thing, the dry fly fishing can rival the spring for activity.
It is almost as if the fish sense the coming winter and want that one
last feast before the midge season. Winter is midge fishing for me.
Stoneflies also work during the colder months, but midges are generally
the rule. We have water that stays open most of the season, so again
the best time to go fishing is when you can.
We'll be here to take you to the best fishing spot for whatever season it happens to be.
How old should a child be to go on a guided fishing trip?
My experience is that most children don't have the attention span for
four or eight hours of fly fishing until the age of eleven. Depending
on maturity level and patience, some do well much younger and some are
still not ready at a much older age.
If your child is very focused and expresses a strong interest, then
give it a try no matter his/her age on a half day wade trip and if he
gets bored then be ready to cut the trip short.
If that goes well, then try a full day wade or float fishing trip. Just
don't force a trip that may spoil fishing for your child. It is
something that the two of you can share for a lifetime.