Fly fishing and fly tying have been a life-long passion of mine. I caught my first trout with my dad, Jim Dorsey, on the East River near Almont, Colorado, when I was ten years old. I remember that “Gunnison Country” experience like it was yesterday—dad and I tromped through a dense stand of mosquito-infested willows that eventually funneled into a prime run downstream from the Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery. The East River is a classic cottonwood-lined freestone river loaded with 12-inch brown trout. Fishing was good that day; in fact, that adventure changed my life forever. My first few trout ignited an undying love for fly fishing and the outdoors, which ultimately led to a livelihood in the fly-fishing industry.
"Fly-Fishing is a problem solving exercise, the more you know about the fish, their environment and the specific techniques required to catch them, the better angler you will become. There is “no luck” involved in fly-fishing, it's a set of learned skills and your ability to execute them that makes you a great angler. I learned early on, there is no substitution for time on the water if you want to become a good angler. You will have to “eat, sleep, and drink” fly fishing if you want to become proficient.
Sometimes, I have to remind myself that fly fishing is not a “way of life” for everyone. Most people don’t have the time to take fly fishing to this level. In fact, it is said that the average person only has enough time in their life to devote themselves entirely to two things. This holds a lot of truth to me. Family and fly fishing have always taken precedence over everything else in my life.
I have been blessed in so many ways. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the best fly fishers, fly-tiers, outdoor writers, and guides in the Rocky Mountain region who have all shared with me their advice, flies, tricks, tips, techniques, and other nuances to becoming a better angler, tier, and guide. Now I feel like it is time to give something back! This is why I decided to build Dorsey’s corner.
My vision for Dorsey’s corner is to provide you with easy-to-find, up-to-date information on our local rivers and streams. I want you to be successful on the river and the best thing I can do is help take the guess work out of what’s fishing well, how to fish it, and recommendations for the most productive patterns available. My stream report will always be available, here, for you to read and if you’d like a copy sent to you monthly, all you need to do is sign up
. I will, also, be featuring several articles, here, in order to provide you with helpful insight into the many technicalities surrounding this wonderful sport. In addition, the Fly-of-the-Month club was designed along this same thought process, so if you’re not a member and struggle finding the right bugs, you need to check it out. I want this to be a success, so your feedback is extremely important to me. Thank you for visiting Dorsey’s Corner and enjoy your day, out on the water. - Pat Dorsey
You can contact Pat by e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org