Tad "Boone and Crockett " Shannon

Head Guide, (641) 660-6745

Tad grew up bow-hunting, musket hunting, and fishing with his grandpappy in the woodlands of central Iowa, which is why he is a natural to be our Head Guide. The South Platte River is Tad's home water now. He is invaluable on the Dream Stream and is a master at Pike Hunting in Spinney.

Kyle Tyboroski

Kyle is a local guide. He grew up here with multiple generations of Lake George fishing people. He graduated Frying Pan Angler's Guide School and is experienced in fly fishing the Front Range, most especially the South Platte River. Kyle is also a Tenkara guide.

George Mingus

(954) 263-6943

George is absolutely focused. He is focused on hunting, fishing, working and being every bit of an honest man. When  he is not working for Teller County Sheriff, he is up here on the river. I asked him if he could guide for us and he said, "I just limited out on ducks so I guess I can." We are fortunate to have him.

Jesse Gardziel

(203) 415-0035

Jesse is a "big fish" specialist  He's developed his own style and methods. His signature is finding and landing large fish in our local river system. CHECK OUT HIS INSTAGRAM "COTROUTBUM".

Elaine Huskey

(303) 349-9286

Elaine is an all around well balanced wonder woman who understands a vast array of worldly conditions of life on this planet. She is competent and reliable for getting you a fish.

Melanie Cinkle

Melanie is a Colorado Local. She has been fly fishing in the region and volunteering with Casting for Recovery -  an organization devoted to enhancing the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique retreat program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing.  Melanie is also an active member of Colorado Women on the Fly in Denver.

Amanda Willshire

Amanda is a river woman with an extremely rich artistic talent. She takes people to the river and gets them on fish with a lovely appreciation for the beauty of the experience.

Jordan "Fish" Houck (on sabbatical to commence fish studies in Alaska)

Professional Guide (719) 339-4237

Jordan is a local - he has been fishing Colorado waters since he was six by means of spin fishing until he could master a fly rod at about age eight. His moniker, "FISH", was earned in local high school derived from his large trout tattoo. He’s also an avid fly tyer. Jordan has dedicated his young life to waterway conservation, for future generations of fishing.

Michele White

Certified Professional Guide - Tenkara guide - Certified Boat Handler, Director Pikes Peak Trout Unlimited; (720) 363-2092

I own Tumbling Trout. I am a retired geologist and a published author (under the name Michele Murray). My latest book, "Eulogies and Dead Horses," is available online and through our fly shop in Lake George.
I've been float fishing for 20 years with my husband (we are both certified boat handlers and we regularly float fish the great rivers of the west, primarily in Montana and Colorado). I learned the Tenkara method of fly fishing from Tim Hill and Mark Cole through the certification program at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville. I am also on the Board of Directors for Pikes Peak Trout Unlimited.


Our Alternate Guides

  • Cole Gray (719) 367-6319

  • Ron Shutts

  • Dale White

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Tenkara (Japanese method) Fishing

We encourage anyone to try the Tenkara method of fishing. I could emphasize this alternative method as a must-do for seasoned anglers, but I am equally enthusiastic about the novice angler picking up this enjoyable fishing method.


The significant difference between Tenkara and traditional fly fishing is - lack of a reel. The rod is extremely light and long. The rods extend telescopically from a small packable handle of about 15 - 26 inches, all the way out to a reach of 8 to over 14 feet long.


Check out Tenkara USA: http://www.tenkarausa.com/


The idea is to approach the river with knowledge of trout lairs and habitat. Then, use the fly as a trigger for the trout - very similar to playing the string game with a cat. You present the fly to the trout and it literally pounces on it. The line is (for the most part) not on the water, so there is no drag. Ideally, you have a significant amount of drag-free time to play with the trout.

Wade Fishing - streamside

Wade fly fishing means walking along the stream assessing the river for likely trout lairs. We focus on presentation and acquisition of fly fishing skills, such as casting, mending, setting the hook, and handling the fish. Your instructor will assist with any difficult aspects, like tying the flies on and spotting the trout.

Boat fishing

We guide on three reservoirs by motorized fishing. We can go about the reservoir trolling with intermittent stops to cast to visual trout; or, we can accompany you in individual inflatable boats, like belly boats or pontoon boats, and assist you in your more independent method of fly fishing  while floating. We do not guide floating any rivers.

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Belly Boating

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South Park, Colorado

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