MEET OUR ORVIS ENDORSED FLY FISHING GUIDES

KNOWLEDGEABLE, LOCAL ORVIS ENDORSED GUIDES (THEY ARE THE BEST!)

Orvis Endorsed Vail Fly Fishing Guides

Our Orvis Endorsed personable, knowledgeable, and professional guide staff is the most experienced in the Vail Valley with a combined 225 + years guiding on local waters.

Our guides closely monitors river flows, water clarity and movement of bug hatches to put you where the fish are biting best.

Many of our guides have been with us over a decade and know the waters we fish like the back of their hand.

35+ guides on staff in the peak season; 15+ certified rowing guides for float trips.

 

 

Meet The Colorado Fly Fishing Outfitter's Guides: 

John Packer - Vail Fly Fishing Guide - Fly Fishing Outfitters - Orvis Endorsed Fishing GuideJohn Packer

Hometown: Eagle, Colorado
Years Fly Fishing: A long time...
Favorite Fly: Royal Wulff/ Wooly Bugger  
Favorite Trip: Float trip on the Eagle

Senior Guide(since 1997) and Owner of FFO (since 2009)


kevin Wildgen - Vail Fly Fishing Guide - Fly Fishing Outfitters - Orvis Endorsed Fishing GuideKevin Wildgen

Hometown: Kalispell, MT
Years Fly Fishing: 50+ years
Attributes: Patience and a strong passion for the sport
Favorite Trip: Love to guide from my boat

Senior Guide - 19th year with Fly Fishing Outfitters!


john muir - Vail Fly Fishing Guide - Fly Fishing Outfitters - Orvis Endorsed Fishing GuideJohn Muir

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Years Fly Fishing: 19 years
Favorite Fly: x-2 Caddis,BIG streamers
Favorite Trip: Fall cast and blast for big browns and green heads on the Colorado

FFO Guide since2005


Michael Moser - Vail Fly Fishing Guide - Fly Fishing Outfitters - Orvis Endorsed Fishing GuideMichael Moser

Hometown: Vail, Colorado
Years Fly Fishing: Fishing for 35 years & Guiding for 22 years.
Favorite Trip: Float trips or wilderness creeks  
Greatest Experiences: Sharing love of fishing with people!

FFO guide since 2009


Norm Raffelson - Vail Fly Fishing Guide - Fly Fishing Outfitters - Orvis Endorsed Fishing GuideNorm Raffelson

Hometown: East Moline Illinois
Years Fly Fishing: 5 years
Favorite Fly: Royal wulff,Parachute Adams
Favorite Trip: Floating on the upper Colorado River with close friends

Guides in Alasaka, N.Y. and F for FFO since 2010 


Bryan Crossley

Hometown: Tillamook, Oregon.
Years Fly Fishing: Fly fishing Colorado for eight years
Favorite Fly: Mercer Micro May
Favorite Trip: Gunny Gorge, Gunnison River.

Guide with FFO since 2002


Ross Guillen - Vail Fly Fishing Guide - Fly Fishing Outfitters - Orvis Endorsed Fishing GuideRoss Guillen

Hometown: Denver, CO
Years Fly Fishing: 30 years
Favorite Fly: parachute adams on top and Bead Head Prince down under!
Favorite Trip: Chasing Greenback Cutthroat trout in the High country lakes of RMN


Kelly Bobye- Vail Fly Fishing Guide - Fly Fishing Outfitters - Orvis Endorsed Fishing GuideKelly Bobye

Hometown: Denver
Years Fly Fishing: 25 years fly fishing
Favorite Fly: Barrs emerger, rs-2, anything caddis and a pig sticke
Favorite Trip: Full day float or wade anywhere

FFO guide since 2005


Mike Devins- Vail Fly Fishing Guide - Fly Fishing Outfitters - Orvis Endorsed Fishing GuideMike Devins

Hometown: Eagle, Colorado
Years Fly Fishing: 1980
Favorite Fly: _ _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _ _ _
First Pair of Waders: 1980
Favorite Trip: Situk River at Yakutat, AK

FFO guide since 1992


Jim Phillips - Vail Fly Fishing Guide - Fly Fishing Outfitters - Orvis Endorsed Fishing GuideJim Phillips

Hometown: Sonora, CA
Years Fly Fishing: 50+
Favorite Fly: Patriot
Favorite Trip: Kamchatka, Russia

FFO guide since 1996


Dan Houck - Vail Fly Fishing Guide - Fly Fishing Outfitters - Orvis Endorsed Fishing GuideDan Houck

Hometown: Lake St. Clair, MI
Years Fly Fishing: 22 years fly fishing, 14 years guiding
Favorite Fly:Anything that floats on the surface
Favorite Trip:Half Day Float on the Eagle River during the Caddis hatch- there is nothing better!


FFO guide since 2000


PATRICK PERRY - Vail Fly Fishing Guide - Fly Fishing Outfitters - Orvis Endorsed Fishing GuidePatrick Perry

Hometown: Vail, Colorado
Years Fly Fishing: Ever since I could walk.
Favorite Trip: If it involves fishing dries or ripping streamers. 
Greatest Experience: Fishing the caddis hatch on the Eagle or Floating the Blue.

FFO guide since birth, no really since birth!


Matt Kelsic - Vail Fly Fishing Guide - Fly Fishing Outfitters - Orvis Endorsed Fishing GuideMatt Kelsic

Hometown: Littleton, Colorado
Years Fly Fishing: 12 years.
Favorite Fly: The bigger the better, especially if it floats.  
Favorite Trip: Multi-day trips to new water!


Jason Newell - Vail Fly Fishing Guide - Fly Fishing Outfitters - Orvis Endorsed Fishing GuideJason Newell

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Years Fly Fishing: 30 years.
Favorite Fly: Dry dropper, it always changes!
Favorite Trip: Half day float on the Eagle River!

FFO guide since 2001


Michael Salomone - Vail Fly Fishing Guide - Fly Fishing Outfitters - Orvis Endorsed Fishing GuideMike Salomone

Hometown: Chillicothe, Ohio
Years Fly Fishing: Started in 1992. Guiding at FFO since 2001.
Favorite Fly: Freshwater-Parachute Adams, Saltwater-Chart/White Clouser
Favorite Trip: Freshwater-Floating the Green River out of the Flaming Gorge, Utah. Saltwater-Flats outside of Marsh Harbor, Abaco, Bahamas or the Kelp off Catalina Island, California.



Marc Barnwell - Vail Fly Fishing Guide - Fly Fishing Outfitters - Orvis Endorsed Fishing GuideMarc Barnwell

I teach at the Vail Ski School in the winter guide in summers I also do some photography on the side. Check out my website at www.marcbarnwell.com

Hometown: Camarillo, CA
Years Fly Fishing: 19 Years guiding
Favorite Fly: Royal Stimy/Chuck's Caddis
Favorite Trip: My favorite trip is one where I catch fish mostly on the Eagle!
Favorite Story: I was guiding a guy once on the Eagle River and fresh cold Bud Light floated right to him, he didn't even have to move to grab it. It was if he had ordered it. He looked at me and said, might as well take a break and he then pop it open and drank it!


Derek Delaney - Vail Fly Fishing Guide - Fly Fishing Outfitters - Orvis Endorsed Fishing GuideDerek Delaney

Hometown: Keene, NH
Years Fly Fishing: Been fishing my whole life, fly fishing for 14 years. 
Favorite Fly: Fishing for stripe bass on the vineyard.
Favorite Trip: Floating the Fork and Eagle, fishing streamers and drys!

FFO guide since 2011


Rick Agett - Vail Fly Fishing Guide - Fly Fishing Outfitters - Orvis Endorsed Fishing GuideRick Agett

Fly fishing is a "must be present to win" game!

Hometown: Olean, New York 
Years Fly Fishing: 10 years
Favorite Trip: Late afternoon wading on the Eagle!  
Greatest Experiences: Tuscan Browns on a dry, early winter in Italy! Fly fishing is a "must be present to win" game!


Matt Fletcher - Vail Fly Fishing Guide - Fly Fishing Outfitters - Orvis Endorsed Fishing GuideMatt "Fletch" Fletcher

Hometown: Cameron, WI 
Years Fly Fishing: 23 years
Favorite Trip: I'll fish anywhere, anytime, for anything!

FFO guide(since 2004) and Cordillera fisheries manager( Since 2010)


Jeff Snyder - Vail Fly Fishing Guide - Fly Fishing Outfitters - Orvis Endorsed Fishing GuideJeff Snyder

Fly fishing is a "must be present to win" game!

Hometown: Asheville, NC 
Years Fly Fishing: Fly fishing for around 40 years, and guiding for over 23 years!
Favorite Trip: It blends fly-fishing with the excitement of a white-water experience.
Greatest Experiences: My favorite experience would be a toss-up between fishing the Tongariro River in Turangi NZ, or an amazing float through the lower Black Canyon of the Gunnison Gorge during the meat of a Salmon fly hatch. Tight lines.


RICK LEWIS - Vail Fly Fishing Guide - Fly Fishing Outfitters - Orvis Endorsed Fishing GuideRick Lewis

Hometown: Whittier, CA
Years Fly Fishing: 30+ years
Favorite Fly: Barr Emerger, RS-2
Favorite Trip: Half day wade

Retired 10 years ago to become a guide (best decision ever). Love the rivers, and teaching people this great sport. A real plus is getting to guide and fish with my son Matt "Lew" Lewis.

FFO guide since 2005


Bill Perry

Hometown: Seaside Park, NJ
Years Fly Fishing: 40 years
Favorite Fly: Renegade
Favorite Trip: Float

"Twenty plus years guiding central Colorado"


Bill Sutila

Hometown: Indiana, PA / Breckenridge, CO
Years Fly Fishing: 40+ years
Favorite Trip: love to see the reaction from those who have never fished before when they catch their
first fish. Amazing!

FFO Guide since 2011

 

 

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