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Flyfishing Guide Pat Dorsey
by: Pat Dorsey
For Orvis-Endorsed Guide Pat Dorsey, fly-fishing is a way of life. Pat's enthusiasm for fly-fishing is unmatched and his ability to share knowledge is what makes Pat so unique. From the complexities of fooling large trout on tiny nymphs to dry fly fishing under the most challenging of conditions; Pat loves to instruct and introduce anglers to the heart of fly-fishing. "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 absolutely 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."
Pat hooked and landed his first brown trout with his father, Jim Dorsey, on the East River near Gunnison over thirty years ago. Pat's family made annual pilgrimages to the "Gunnison Country" fishing on the Taylor, East and Gunnison Rivers. Family vacations revolved around trout, the driving passion behind the Dorsey family starting back with Pat's Grandfather, John T. Dorsey who is currently 92 years old.
Pat is a native of Colorado and has been guiding for over ten years. Pat spends at least 200 days a year on the stream, both personally and professionally enjoying a unique quality of life. " I'm blessed to make my living as a fly-fishing guide. I'll never loose sight of how fortunate I am to really love my job." Pat is also the Guide Director and a partner in the Blue Quill Angler, Inc. in Evergreen, Colorado. Pat oversees 30 plus guides and sets the standards for integrity and professionalism for the Blue Quill guiding operation. Pat also produces an expert Fishing Report keeping anglers alike informed on up-to-date fishing conditions.
A word of thanks from one of Pat's readers:
I just wanted to say you are doing a great job getting out the word on when to fish and when to leave the fish alone. A lot of anglers read and take your advice, and I hope they will on this as well.
Because of people like you, we may still have great fisheries in the future.
Pat is not only a consummate angler, he is a master fly-tyer as well. Pat's uncle, Jim Cantrall, started tying flies with him when he was 10 years old. The fly tying addiction was like a fire out of control. Even as a youngster, Pat tied flies everyday. Pat has been commercially tying flies for over 15 years producing up to 28,000 flies a year. Pat's Fly Of The Month Club has attracted anglers world-wide, supplying helpful insight to effective flies and most importantly how to fish them.
Another interest of Pat's is photography. Pat does several slide presentations and lectures to fishing clubs throughout the central Rocky Mountain region. Pat is among one of the elite, a Celebrity Speaker for the International Sportsman's Exposition, which makes seven stops in major "western" cities like Denver, Seattle, Portland, Phoenix and Salt Lake City. Pat is very active in Trout Unlimited and the conservation of cold-water fisheries. Pat has won the annual Master Fly Tournament in Cheesman Canyon five out of eight years. This two-fly competition involves 24 of Colorado's best anglers with the primary intention to raise money to enhance the South Platte River drainage. Pat is a proud father of three beautiful boys, Forrest 13, Zachary 9, and Hunter 7. They too, like their dad, also enjoy fly-fishing. Pat and his three sons reside in Parker, Colorado.
CONGRATULATIONS TO PAT DORSEY who was just presented the "Orvis Guide of the Year" award at the Orvis Guide Rendezvous in Cody Wyoming. This award has been given each year since 1988 to one guide each year who best exemplifies the standards of the Orvis Endorsement of excellence. The guide is selected primarily from feedback forms that are filled out by clients after each guided trip and sent into Orvis for evaluation.
Obtaining this award was a personal goal of Pat's for many years. I know that all of us who know Pat rejoice with him in obtaining this award. — Jim Cannon
Added: Thu Oct 16 2008
Last Modified: Thu May 14 2009
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