Synopses & Reviews
A Fly-Fishing Guide to the South Platte River represents decades of experience from the top guide on this demanding river. It encompasses a thorough look at each section and gives details on the hatches and recommended fly patters for each season of the year.
“No one knows the South Platte River better than Pat Dorsey, who lovingly shares that knowledge through a fine blend of delight and detail.”
—Charlie Meyers, The Denver Post
Pat Dorsey, an Orvis-Endorsed guide who has been guiding for more than ten years, spends at least 200 days a year on the stream. His familiarity and tremendous affection for the Platte is conveyed through his insightful advice regarding the challenges of each season, the gear needed, and special instructions, Pat has won the annual Master Fly Tournament in Cheesman Canyon five out of eight years. Pat, his wife, and their five children reside in Parker, Colorado.
Skill and expertise, which are the nuts and bolts of the sport of fly-fishing, typically take a long time to develop. At the start, however, the learning curve moves along quite quickly for beginners despite the astronomical amount of new information to be learned. Learning and mastering the basic tasks at the start is very satisfying and rewarding because of the positive reinforcement beginners receive when they catch their first few trout.
From page 25 of A Fly-Fishing Guide to the South Platte River
About the Author
Orvis-Endorsed guide Pat Dorsey, who has been guiding for more than ten years, spends at least 200 days a year on the stream. Guide Director and a partner in the Blue Quill Angler, Inc., in Evergreen, Colorado, he oversees more than thirty guides and produces a weekly on-line fishing report that keeps anglers up-to-date on fishing conditions.
Pat is also a master flightier who has been commercially tying flies for more than fifteen years, producing up to 28,000 flies a year. Part of a team of contract tiers for Umpqua Feather Merchants in Glide, Oregon, he is also a Pro Team Member for Whiting Farms, a leader in hackle distribution. Pats Fly of the Month Club has attracted anglers worldwide, supplying helpful insight to effective flies and, most importantly, how to fish them.
Pat does slide presentations and lectures at fishing clubs throughout the central Rocky Mountain region, and he is a celebrity speaker for the International Sportsmans Exposition, which makes seven stops in major western cities such as Denver, Seattle, Portland, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City. He recently did a special for ESPN and Trout Unlimited Television on the South Plattes infamous Cheesman Canyon, and he completed a national advertising campaign for Fetzer Vineyards (in the Napa Valley) on the Snake River in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He has also appeared in Fly Fisherman and other national magazines, promoting the Orvis Wonderline Advantage.
Active in Trout Unlimited and the conservation of cold-water fisheries, Pat has won the annual Master Fly Tournament in Cheesman Canyon five out of eight years, and he also won the prestigious Orvis Guide of the Year, awarded based on customer satisfaction. Pat, his wife, Kim, and their five children reside in Parker, Colorado.
Table of Contents
11 Presentation, Preparation, and River Methodology
25 Tricks, Tips, and Techniques for Mastering the South Platte
51 The South Platte, A World-Class Fishery
111 The Hayman Fire
115 Whirling Disease
118 Trout Food and Hatches
137 Fly Selection
141Flies for the South Platte River
165 Fly Shops and Guide Services
169 About the Author