Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing Guides

Your Fly Fishing Advisors

Kerry Caraghar

Kerry Caraghar

Director of Fly Fishing Schools

Kerry was born in Colorado where his family has lived since the mid 1800‘s. His love affair with fly-fishing began at an early age when he learned to fish on the beaver ponds of Buffalo Creek, CO. near his grandfather’s hotel. Summers spent fishing and storytelling on the hotel porch remain as fond childhood memories.

Pat Dorsey

Pat Dorsey

Fly Fishing Guide

For professional guide Pat Dorsey, fly fishing is a way of life. Pat’s enthusiasm for fly fishing is unmatched and his ability to share his knowledge with others is part of what makes Pat so unique. From the complexities of fooling large trout on tiny nymphs to dry fly fishing under the most challenging conditions, Pat loves to instruct and introduce anglers to the heart of the sport.

Bob Dye

Bob Dye

Fly Fishing Guide

Bob Dye is a Colorado native with two passions in life, his family and fishing. Bob has guided for the Blue Quill for 10 years and leads the majority of the Blue Quill’s Colorado River float trips throughout the spring and summer. Recognized as a SIMMS Ambassador (one of only a handful in the country), Bob spends 200+ days on the river and will work hard to hook you into as many fish as possible.

John Keefover

John Keefover

Fly Fishing Guide

John Keefover is a Colorado native who’s been fly fishing since he was 14. Growing up near Pine, the South Platte naturally became (and still is) his home water. He likes to joke that he was educated at Deckers College, got his Masters at the Dream Stream Institute, and his Ph.D. at the University of Cheesman Canyon.

John ‘’JP’’ Perizzolo

John ‘’JP’’ Perizzolo

Fly Fishing Guide

’’JP" is a second generation Colorado Flyfisherman. With over 50 years of flyfishing experience, he has developed a simple, analytical approach to catching fish that will benefit both novice and experienced anglers alike. He grew up fishing Waterton Canyon, Cheesman Canyon and other public stretches of the South Fork of the South Platte. When he is not guiding for the Blue Quill, you will probably find him chasing big fish on a South Park Reservoir, float fishing a west slope river in his drift boat or wading other favorite waters.

Peter Ryan

Peter Ryan

Fly Fishing Guide

It is the complex, and often challenging balance between nature and person; its beauty; as well as a persistent desire to distill those complexities that have driven Peter’s obsession with fly-fishing. An unyielding need to have others experience similar moments of connection with nature drives Peter’s passion for guiding and his devotion to sharing his experiences and knowledge with others.

Joe Shafer

Joe Shafer

Fly Fishing Guide

Joe Shafer was born and raised in Colorado. He was taught to fly fish at the young age of five by his grandmother at their family cabin on South Boulder Creek. He has a fierce passion for fly fishing and really enjoys teaching beginners the wonderful sport. Joe noted, " there‘s nothing more rewarding than seeing an angler catch their first trout on a fly". Joe’s sense of humor combined with his outgoing personality really makes for a fun day on or off the river.

Chris Steinbeck

Chris Steinbeck

Fly Fishing Guide

Chris started fly-fishing when he was 10, and had his first vice when he was 12. "Once I started tying flies, my passion took off! I was constantly tying up new flies to fish at Deckers. In fact, I can still tell you the exact spot at Deckers where I caught my first fish on a fly I tied". Chris spent the majority of his time fishing locally in his ‘home river’, the South Platte in Cheesman Canyon and Deckers. He also made annual trips with his best friend to the San Juan River in NM, and up at the Miracle Mile in Wyoming.

Jerry Vigil

Jerry Vigil

Fly Fishing Guide

In his free time, Jerry loves fly tying and fly fishing with his best friend and fellow BQA guide, Joe. His favorite place to fish is the “Dream Stream” section of the South Platte River. But you may see “V” on just about any stream in Colorado or for that matter practicing his casting at the neighborhood pool. Jerry also enjoys just hanging out with his two wonderful sons, Jerry, Jr. and Michael.