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Favorite Flies for Colorado - (Pat Dorsey)

Favorite Flies for Colorado: 50 Essential Patterns from Local Experts

My newest book showcases 50 important flies from a particular region, tied by anglers with close ties and local knowledge of the place. Though not a tying manual, each fly is featured in a spread that includes a large, easy-to-see image, recipe, and tying notes.

Fly Fishing Guide to the South Platte River


Fly Fishing Guide to the South Platte River by Pat Dorsey is now available at Blue Quill Angler.

My goals and objectives for this updated version of a Fly Fishing Guide to the South Platte River is to produce a reasonably priced book in a smaller format that can be put into your fishing vehicle for a streamside reference.

The revised edition of a Fly Fishing Guide to the South Platte River has new photos, maps, hatch charts, and fly images with corresponding recipes.

There are numerous side bars on important topics like the Hayman Fire, Whirling Disease, Streamflow Data, etc. all of which will be helpful.

**Signed by Pat Dorsey**

Tying & Fishing Tailwater Flies

"Tying and Fishing Tailwater Flies" by Pat Dorsey is instock and shipping at Blue Quill Angler.

This book contains new flies and old standbys from one of Umpqua Feather Merchant’s top-selling fly designers, Pat Dorsey with 500 step-by-step photos of 24 proven patterns for the most demanding trout.

Patterns for streams across the country, not just tailwaters; includes nymphs, emergers, and dry flies that imitate mayflies, midges, stoneflies, and caddis.

Detailed information on how to fish the patterns with over 30 rigging illustrations from artist Dave Hall. Hardcover

**Signed by Pat Dorsey**

Fly Fishing Tailwaters

Tailwaters provide extraordinary year round fishing, but you have to know how to fish them. Tailwater expert angler and guide Pat Dorsey provides the tips and tactics you need to succeed in these challenging waters.

The author explains how Tailwaters work— how cold waters released from a dam affect the water, the aquatic insects, and the fish that eat them. He describes the hatches, season by season, and provides 60 fly patterns for some of the best imitation flies to use in every season and every circumstance.

His detailed tips on how to “read the river” and how to “read the fish” are straight from his years of experience guiding and fishing some of the most fascinating water in the country.

This book has it all. Chapters on nymphing, dry-fly, and streamer tactics provide a wealth of information for fishing a tailwater. Thorough explanations of surface and subsurface tactics, clearly illustrated by artist Dave Hall, help anglers understand how to catch these finicky trout.

Packed with information on the ecology of tailwaters, including the behavior of midges, mayflies, caddisflies, stoneflies and anything else that a trout might eat, every tailwater angler will find this book valuable. First edition signed copies are sure to become collectors items, just like Pat's first book" A Flyfishers Guide to the South Platte River".

Colorado Guide Flies

My new book Colorado Guide Flies: Patterns, Rigs, and Advice from the States Best Anglers and Guides is now available.  It features approximately 600 Colorado guide flies with tying recipes and is jam packed with information and tips from the best anglers and guides in Colorado.  This book allows you to peek into the fly boxes of industry professionals that make their living putting people on fish 365 days a year.
This is a great bench-side reference for fly tyers of all abilities.

A Fly-Fishing Guide to the South Platte River

A Fly-Fishing Guide to the South Platte River is currently out of print and being revised. Look for a revised edition to come out soon. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at your earliest convenience at

Pat Dorsey Fly Fishing