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.
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.
Colorado Fly Fishing Adventures’ expert guides cast lines of knowledge into anglers' mental tackle boxes, ushering them along waters they've mastered, pointing out hot spots, reeling in tips, and getting fishers more familiar with their local lakes and rivers. The eight-hour fly-fishing expedition whisks fish-reelers of all skill levels off to the South Platte River. Supplied with rods, reels, and waders, piscatores and guide will leisurely wander the watercourse among the tranquil and remote small town surroundings of Deckers, fighting the mellow rapids for its rainbow trout and many hidden secrets, such as how many jellybeans are in the jar.
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.
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.
The Eagle River runs right behind the main fly-fishing shop of Minturn Anglers, which is just as well; not only is the location ultra-convenient for trying out new rods and reels, but aside from that, nothing can stand between these folks and a catchable fish. This holds especially true for head instructor Erin Hales, whose passion for the sport has taken him all across the world. On those occasions when Erin and his team of professional guides aren't actually fishing, they lead weekend fly-fishing schools that introduce new students to the sport. Designed for the total beginner, these classes include lessons on tying different knots, reading the water, and speaking mermaid. And it doesn't hurt that the guides are permitted to fish on about 30 different watersheds throughout the Colorado mountains.