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Pat Dorsey

Pat Dorsey

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Pat Dorsey, a native of Colorado, has been guiding for over 24 years. Dorsey spends approximately two hundred days a year on the water, enjoying a unique quality of life both personally and professionally. "I am blessed to be able to make a living as a fly fishing guide and I will never lose sight of how fortunate I am to really love my job."

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Fly Fishing Colorado's South Platte River
Pat Dorsey has guided on the South Platte for more than eleven years. He spends at least 200 days per year on the stream so he knows the water intimately. Join us to learn everything you need to know about fly fishing one of the most challenging trout streams in the United States.
Fly Fishing Tailwaters
Pat Dorsey shares his tips and tactics for fishing tailwaters. Don't miss this show he'll cover nymphing, dry-fly and streamer fishing for those difficult, hard to catch lunkers.
Colorado Guide Flies
Pat Dorsey, a professional guide in Colorado, will give you the inside scoop on what the top Colorado guides have in their fly boxes. These are the flies they use day in a day out to get their clients into fish. You don't want to miss this one.

Pat is the Guide Director and a partner in the Blue Quill Angler fly shop in Evergreen, Colorado. He oversees and trains more than 20 guides and helps to set the standard for integrity and professionalism in the Blue Quill Angler guide operation. He also, maintains a central Rocky Mountain stream report that monitors stream flows and conditions on the Blue, Colorado, South Platte (Cheesman, Deckers, Spinney Mountain Ranch, and Elevenmile Canyon), North Fork of the South Platte, and Williams Fork rivers.

He is proud to be a Simms Guide Ambassador. “I cannot imagine guiding without Simms apparel; their gear is simply the finest and most durable stuff available.” Pat is also a member of the Sage Fly Rods Advisory Team. “My favorite rods are the 9’ 4 weight Sage Method and 9’ 5 weight Sage One.”

Pat is the Southwest Field Editor for Fly Fisherman Magazine. You can find his articles archived on

In 2005, Pat authored the book, A Fly Fishing Guide to the South Platte River, a complete how-to fly fishing manual for the entire South Platte River drainage. It encompasses a thorough look at each section of the river detailing the hatches and recommended fly patterns for each of the four seasons of the year.

He didn’t stop there, in 2009 he authored Fly Fishing Tailwaters, a comprehensive book on how to fish tailwater fisheries. In 2010 a companion book to Fly Fishing Tailwaters hit the shelves, Tying and Fishing Tailwater Flies, which is jam-packed with how to tie Pat’s favorite “guide flies”. This book includes 500 step-by-step tutorials, as well as, helpful tips and illustrations on how to rig and fish them.

His latest book is Colorado Guide Flies, which was released in 2015. It features tips from the state’s best guides and includes approximately 600 proven guide flies with recipes.

Dorsey is an accomplished fly tier and has originated a number of very effective patterns such as the Mercury series, UV scud, Limeade, Cherry-Limeade, Paper Tiger, Top Secret Midge, Medallion Midge and the famed Black Beauty. Although Dorsey no longer has the time to tie flies commercially, he once produced over 28,000 flies in a year. Dorsey is a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. Dorsey’s signature flies are available at the Blue Quill Angler and other specialty fly shop throughout the United States. Dorsey is also a Pro Team Member for Whiting Farms. Many of his flies incorporate Whiting Farm products.

Another one of Pat's interests is photography. He produces many digital slide presentations used in his speaking engagements at fishing clubs throughout the United States. He is a Celebrity Speaker for the International Sportsmen’s Exposition in Denver and is very active in Trout Unlimited and the conservation of cold-water fisheries.

Pat is the proud father of three wonderful boys, Forrest, Zach, and Hunter. He also has two step children, Nicole and Michael Richardson. They, like their dad, enjoy fly fishing. His wife, Kim, is an avid angler and often appears with Pat at trade shows and other speaking engagements. Kim and Pat, also, host a yearly trip to Alaska Sportman’s Lodge each September with a group of his clients.

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