Originally from the east coast, Tom went to college in Vermont for ski area/ recreation management, and then migrated to the big mountains of Colorado. When he was 24, Tom started and still runs a group travel business that specializes in ski and summer trips to the resorts and rafting rivers of Colorado and New Mexico.
Tom enjoys sharing his love of the skiing the mountains in the winter, and fly fishing the rivers and lakes the rest of the year. His passion is helping others improve their skills and seeing the excitement when they catch fish in beautiful surroundings. In addition to guiding/teaching fly fishing, Tom has taught skiing and is a current hiking/backpack trip leader and fly fishing instructor for the Colorado Mountain Club.
- The 2000 flies in my boxes (although I usually only use 20…but which 20??)
- Sense of humor and patience!
- Towel to dry hands in cold weather
ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE YOUR FISHING STYLE
Diverse – I like to fly fish different ways and in different places. I usually carry 2-3 rods, each rigged differently to try different techniques during the day.
Backpacking to the middle of nowhere for goldens, cuttroats, tigers, or big brook trout. To a place where I’d see no one else.
- Rainbow warrior
- Parachute adams
- Barr’s emerger
CELEB YOU’D MOST LIKE TO GUIDE
Comedian Jay Leno for a hysterical day on the river.
WHEN NOT FISHING
Skiing in the winter. Backpacking and hiking in the summer. Working my ‘real’ job.
FAVORITE STREAM SIDE SNACK
Oatmeal raisin cookies
THING YOU TELL YOURSELF WHEN THE FISH AREN’T EATING
These fish have a pea size brain, they can’t be smarter than we are, can they?
They’ve got to be willing to eat something. Nap time?
FAVORITE SUGGESTION FOR YOUR CLIENTS
You’re going to hook those bushes sooner or later, just try not to do it on your first cast!