Fishing can be a relaxing way to spend an afternoon—even if you never catch anything—but it can be positively thrilling if you approach it armed with the gear and techniques of a pro angler. Especially from a specially designed fishing kayak. Aaron Kerchner, the titular pro of Fishin Like a Pro, has been fishing competitively for the past five years. Before founding his current endeavor, he spent a decade and a half tracking down bass for fun—and for revenge against the one that spit water at him one time as it swam away. On trips to local reservoirs where walleye, wiper, and bass swim, he inducts amateurs into his secrets, which may include selecting the right bait for extra-large specimens or working with weather conditions. For total newbies, he also leads fishing lessons from the shoreline.
Manned by a staff of well-equipped veteran fly-fishing experts, Rocky Mountain Flyfishing Guides offers both full-day and half-day fly-fishing trips. Guides lead anglers of all levels, from beginner to advanced, for a chance at the grand slam: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brown trout, and brook trout, all viewed and fished in a single trip. The mountainous landscapes, seen from the South Platte River, Clear Creek Canyon, Blue River, and Bear Creek, surround fishermen in dramatic scenery, including towering pine trees, giant red rocks, and bright-blue skies. In addition to guided trips, the staff also leads classes for all experience levels, including courses designed for women and families, on the South Platte River.
Having plumbed the waters of New York, Michigan, Minnesota, and Colorado during their respective childhoods, the guides of 5280 Angler know that fly-fishing is a sport of personal preferences. They practice catch-and-release, and they don't schedule cookie-cutter trips?instead, they consult with their clients to gauge their skills, ambitions, and ability to hold something slimy without making a face. They then organize fly-fishing excursions that would best challenge and entertain their charges, scouting through public waters for choice wading locales such as South Platte River Valley, which accommodates fishers of all experience levels with prime casting spots. Full-day trips also include an onsite lunch, often prepared picnic-style along burbling banks and scenic mountains.
At The Denver Fly Shop, masters of fly-fishing's elusive art lead classroom instruction, field sessions, and guided trips with a proficient grasp on the sport's intricate ins and outs. Through classroom sessions, the crew teaches students how to tie essential knots and how to mimic the movement of insects. They also offer in-depth knowledge on locations where fish have been known to hangout and mingle with delinquent trout-school dropouts. Their casting lessons familiarize anglers with their gear during two-hour sessions that take place indoors during winter months and on the banks of Smith Lake in Washington Park when spring sets in. Once their intro lessons are complete, students can put their newfound proficiencies to the test during guided fishing trips to some of Colorado’s most abundant waterways.
There is also a comprehensive fly-fishing shop with over 3000 different fly patterns to complement fly fishers' ventures beyond their intro lessons. Guided tours are also offered to explore the area.
Any Mountain's gear-grappling professionals match outdoorspeople with durable, top-brand athletic equipment and apparel for any foray into the great outdoors. The ski rental performance package adorns renters of any skill level in technologically advanced skis, boots, and poles for whizzing down slopes or slowly sliding to victory. The experienced staff assists renters with selecting gear, ensuring an excellent fit, compatibility with skill level, and removal of residual snow. Any Mountain keeps skiccessories expertly maintained and tuned for safety and high performance no matter the marshmallow content of the mountain.
Head guide Erin Hale has been fly fishing since he was 14-years old. Erin's passion and enthusiasm for the sport has led him to guide anglers of all levels for the past nine years in fly-fishing expeditions and fish in a myriad of locations from Alaska to Belize. Together, he and a team of professional guides lead all-inclusive guided float and wade trips, teaching their clients how to catch more fish along the way. They also lead fly-tying classes and fly-fishing schools, and welcome all students and clients to return and use their store and website as a resource for learning and staying current on new techniques.