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Fly Fishing Colorado’s Best Tailwaters / Fly Fishing Colorado’s Best Trout Streams

Fly Fishing Colorado’s Best Tailwaters

Colorado is known for its deep, bottom-release tailwaters that support a rich and diversified aquatic life. Tailwaters are best defined as those rivers that flow from beneath manmade impoundments called dams. Tailwaters provide anglers with a four-season fishery that affords anglers with consistent flows, clear water, large populations of trout and dependable hatches.  

In this 50-minute presentation, Pat Dorsey will explore the tactics and techniques to successfully fish these year-round waters.  A detailed discussion on dams, benefits of a tailwater, hatches, fly selection, reading the water, and much more, will be covered as Dorsey takes you on a tour of Colorado’s best tailwaters.  


Fly Fishing Colorado’s Best Trout Streams

Colorado has a wide array of angling possibilities, from technical, gin-clear tailwaters to large, untamed freestones.  The terrain varies depending on the geographic locale—many streams meander through lush valleys, some sweep through rich ranchland while others carve their way through majestic, boulder-filled canyons.  Fly fishers consider Colorado to be one of the premier fly-fishing hubs in the Rocky Mountain west.  

There is an estimated 9,000 miles of trout streams in Colorado, with unlimited angling options. Join Pat Dorsey for a 50-minute tour of Colorado’s best trout streams. Dorsey will address matching the hatch, fly selection, public access, and much more, enabling you to be successful on your next angling adventure in Colorado.

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PAT DORSEY - A native of Colorado, Pat has been guiding for over 23 years. He spends approximately two hundred days a year on the water, enjoying a unique quality of life both personally and professionally. “I am blessed to be able to make a living as a fly fishing guide and I will never lose sight of how fortunate I am to really love my job.”

Pat is Guide Director and a partner in the Blue Quill Angler fly shop. He oversees and trains more than 20 guides and helps to set the standard for integrity and professionalism in the Blue Quill Angler guide operation. Pat also writes the central Rocky Mountain stream report that monitors stream flows and conditions on the Blue, Colorado, South Platte (Cheesman, Deckers, Spinney Mountain Ranch, and Elevenmile Canyon), North Fork of the South Platte, and Williams Fork rivers.