Guided Fishing Trips
We are including some testimonials now for reference.
My wife and I were staying at the Tayler Creek Cabins (recommended!) and we booked a float trip with Frying Pan Anglers for mid-April and they got us set up with Harry. It was an epic day of fishing... one for the ages.
Harry is an incredible guide. His experience, knowledge and personality are really top notch. We floated the Roaring Fork for a half-day and got into tons of fish.
It was honestly one of the most informative trips I've ever been on. After covering that much water and having consistent success targeting certain areas, it has completely changed my approach to wading. I've been fly fishing for over 20 years, and this might have had the biggest impact on my fishing... I have already seen results from this while wading and fishing. :) Harry does an excellent job communicating what to expect and how he'll instruct you before you begin the trip. Paying attention to what he's asking you to do will have a direct effect on your results. He's been guiding for a long time. He knows what he's doing, so pay attention.
He also mixes in a lot of his knowledge throughout the trip... he'll cover entomology, the history of the water/region, the history of the trout, etc.
Whether you're an experienced angler or a beginner, booking with Harry will be fruitful in more ways than one. After floating with him, I can't imagine booking another guide in the area - though I'm sure there are lots of other good guides - I just couldn't float with anyone else.
Perhaps the most telling anecdote is that at the end of the trip, we were taking the boat out and talking with other boats... they all reported catching a couple fish each... we all floated the same stretch of river, but with Harry we caught like 5-6 times more fish than any other boat we talked to. We didn't mention this to them, but my wife and I had a few extra reasons to smile as we packed out. Highly recommended!
From: Wayne G.
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2015 11:22 PM
Subject: Joe Kayafas
Last week, my son Jack and I had the opportunity to have Joe guide us to some great fishing in Basalt area. He did a great job and interacted with my son to provide a great experience.
We are looking forward to schedule our trip next year with you with our corporate group July 2016. Thanks again and see you next year!!!!
From: Marc M. [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, July 25, 2015 2:43 PM
To: Frying Pan Anglers
Subject: Fantastic Fishing Experience after 5 Years Locked Away...
Please pass this on to both Jordan Duchein and Warrick-
Gents, you may recall my wife and I coming into your Basalt shop late morning Thursday for help in handicapped fishing on the Frying Pan.
I wanted you both to know that we had a fantastic time on the river in the evening into dusk and ultimately the dark. We drove down to that bit of paved sidewalk running along the river right across from the Gauging Station Pool in the Gold Medal section.
Jordan, the drake patterns you sold me were perfect and I caught what was probably the best rainbow ever in a lower 48 stream. The pictures are taken the worst possible way to show off a fish, and it was a comedy of errors on our part landing it! My wife had no idea how to help me land a fish, I finally stepped into the river to make sure we didn't kill it and ultimately fell into the drink and went completely underwater! After getting the fish cleanly unhooked and revived, I had to crawl to shore and drag myself onto the rocks - so it was humbling and really calibrated me that there is no water I can fish without having a partner nearby - that alone will probably save my life again!
Anyway, we really appreciated the kindness and professionalism both of you showed us and wanted to pass on our thanks. Next year we will stay in Basalt for the Aspen Music Festival so we can more cleanly split our activity 50% music / 50% fishing. And - amazingly - my wife was so thrilled by the experience that she has decided she would like to take a fly fishing class! Good on ya mates!
Thanks Robyn. Each time I come back, it's a great vacation.
And the guide trip was fantastic - this is the second time I've had Harry as my guide and both times he has been phenomenal! The first time, both anglers were advanced and he was great. Spent lots of time with us explaining the river and mapping out trout excursions in the area, after fishing the Fryingpan. This time I had two beginners with me - girlfriend, and my sister from Boston - and he was great with them. Gave them an entomology class, gave them a "dry fly 101" explanation and had them both fishing well. He's the best.
I'll be back soon, thanks again.
Subject: Guide Cameron
I would just like to share my experience Cameron this past weekend. We had a float trip planned for September 2nd and Cameron recommend that we fish the Colorado just down from Glenwood Springs. Not only was the fishing great, but we only saw 2 other boats the entire day. Cameron was very attentive to our every need and provided excellent service through our entire trip. His passion for his job shines through and was just as excited as I was when the biggest brown trout I have ever caught was brought to the boat. Your fly shop is very fortunate to have such a wonderful guide and will recommend your shoe to all my friends and family. Thank you again for such a memorable day!!
I wanted to say what a great time I had fishing with you. Both rivers were terrific – different, which made it fun. On Thursday I woke up to 3” of new snow. I went up to the bridge that crosses the river near the dam. I fished up from there to the hole where the fish were rising when you and I fished. It was snowing fairly hard. The fish were rising. I caught several on suspended midge emerger. There was not another angler on the stream. It was wonderful. Those are my favorite conditions. I was a little worried about the car getting snowed in so I stopped fishing about noon and went back to the cabin. After lunch the weather cleared and so I fished the private water section. I had great fishing. Especially in the deep run just at the upper end of the private water. I tried an egg pattern which you had used, but I only had orange. I didn’t catch anything on that. They were all caught on either the #26 red bodied midge, or #22 bead headed zebra midge.
The trip couldn’t have been better. I 70 was closed most of Thur, I was a little worried about the big storm coming in Sat, so I changed my flight, left the cabin early Friday morning and headed to Denver. It was snowing pretty hard when the plane took off that early evening.
Thank you all so much for an unforgettable experience in your beautiful
piece of paradise! Tyson Reed & I were there with Rick Sept 25th
-28th & fished primarily with Cameron. And about Cam: we could not have
custom designed a better guide and fishing partner! He was an excellent
guide, teacher, companion & friend. What a jewel you have with him!
Can you pass this along to Cam? I will try to send a few photos in a few.
Thank you again for everything! The cabin was also great!
Larry - Atlanta
Sent: Saturday, March 21, 2015 3:13 PM
I would like to tell you what a great employee you have working for you at the basalt store. I came in a couple days ago and Marty helped me out significantly. I was bass fisherman and cat fisherman from Arizona and had no idea what I was doing besides some of the basics. Marty went out of his way to help set me up and even took me down by the river to teach me the appropriate cast for the current set up he had me on. Great guy and I defiantly will be coming back again. Keep up the good work guys.
Robert S. W.
Sent: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 1:14 PM
Subject: Aspen April 2015 Frying Pan Anglers
A note of thanks for the wonderful fly fishing outing with you! You were
EXCEPTIONAL and we enjoyed ourselves very much. Looking forward to returning soon!
Ciao, Tina H.t and Mike F.
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