DISTANCE FROM CRYSTAL FLY SHOP TO:
31 Miles 45 Minutes
BASALT (& FRYING PAN RIVER)
13 Miles 20 Minutes
GLENWOOD (& COLORADO RIVER) 13 Miles
16 Miles 25 Minutes
ROARING FORK & CRYSTAL RIVERS ½ Mile
DIRECTIONS TO CRYSTAL FLY SHOP FROM UPVALLEY: (Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt): Driving northwest (downvalley) on Highway 82, drive to the main entrance to Carbondale, which is the
light at the intersection of Highways 82 and 133. Take a left, and we are about a mile away in the City Market shopping
center plaza at the lighted intersection of Main St. and 133.
DIRECTIONS TO CRYSTAL
FLY SHOP FROM DOWNVALLEY: (Glenwood Springs, Denver): Driving southeast (upvalley) on Highway
82, turn right at the main light for Carbondale, which is Highway 133. We are about a mile away in the City Market shopping center plaza at the lighted intersection of Main St. and 133.
stories and accounts contained herein are fictitious and any similarities to any persons living or dead are purely
coincidental. The names and faces have been changed to protect the lives of the innocent...(and that
includes the fish too!)
Pictured: Matt Selig, Travis Beard, Andrew Clingman
GLENN MELUS is a rarity
in a valley full of great fishermen--he's a great fisherman who also has the patience,
knowledge, and versatility to be a great guide and teacher to practically any level of
client. Glenn has been guiding some 15 years and is a wade fishing specialist. To
watch Glenn pick apart a section of river and systematically catch every fish in it is to watch a talented
artist at work. He is not only a great guide to those more experienced anglers who share that
same intensity--he is also a great mentor with an unassuming style who can scale things
back to a beginner's pace and show anyone a great time. A native of Maine,
Glenn has fished extensively in many Eastern trout streams, throughout the Mountain West, and knows all
our local waters intimately. Glenn's mug has graced the covers of Outdoor Life
and the Cabela's catalog (pictured above). When he's not guiding or fishing, he's out chasing birds
with a shotgun or elk with his bow (or the bears are chasing him!)
OLIVER has been guiding at Crystal Fly Shop for a number of years and also helped out in the shop a bit this spring.
Nick has been guiding in the valley for 7 years, and we're looking forward to another great year with him in
2016. Nautilus reels contacted us and featured Nick in a Nautilus ad that was in the Feb/Mar 2015 issue of Fly Fisherman
Magazine. Nick was born in the foothills of the Appalachians in Athens, Georgia. He spent his youth ducking "No
Trespassing" signs and chasing largemouth on farm pond and lakes, where he developed an obsession for catching fish.
After high school, in search of new water, he headed to Statesboro, where paddling through the Cypress swamps and alligator
holes in search of giant bass took up all his free time. After receiving his masters in Bassology, Nick set his sights
North in search of cooler weather and a different way of looking at the world, and found his true calling in the small trout
streams of Southern Appalachia. While on the water one day, a swift westerly wind picked up and blew Nick clear to Colorado,
where he spent the next 4 months trout-bumming around the Rockies before settling in the best fishery he could find--the Roaring
Fork Valley. He now lives here year-round where he spends 250+ days on the water, learning every fish, rock, and snag
in our rivers. He is equally at home floating the lower valley in his driftboat or wade fishing on the Frying Pan.
Nick has steadily built up a return clientele over the past 6 years because he is a very good fisherman
and a gentleman who is a pleasure to be around. That's why Nick has so many clients requesting him.
MALLORY (MAL) BURKS has been a fishing guide in Colorado for over 13 years--and
been a float guide with his DRE raft for the last 9 of
those years. He still takes wade trips as well as floats, and is another
on our roster who spends a lot of time in May and June guiding
in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. He also spent a few years
guiding down in Chile during a former life, so he is
fluent in Spanish, Italian, and also knows some Portuguese. Mal has a lot of enhusiasm
for the sport to share with his clients,
and an extrensive knowledge of fly patterns guaranteed to create mayhem on the end
of your leader! His favorite local haunt is the Roaring
Fork river, and he knows the hatch and feeding patterns intimately from Aspen all
the way down to where it joins the mighty Colorado--and Mal
prides himself on being a winter fishing specialist.
CODY BRIDE is a wealth of knowledge for Crystal Fly Shop guide trip clients and retail
customers. You'll find Cody offering very friendly service and lots of helpful advice
when he's working in the shop, where he started in 2011. For 5 years now, Cody has been taking wade
trips on the Roaring Fork, Frying Pan, and Crystal Rivers after cutting his teeth
in the guide business on a private ranch in 2010. Cody is young and enthusiastic, and he gets along
with everyone he meets--literally. Cody's favorite turf is around Basalt on the
Roaring Fork and Frying Pan--with a special affinity for the Canyon of the Frying
Pan near town. We are very proud to have Cody on our staff--he lifts the energy level of everyone
he is around, which is why has quickly developed a following of guide trip clients
and in-store visitors. Like our customers--we love this guy!
THOMSEN is in the upper echelon of guides in a valley full of great guides.
Chris is a float fishing specialist who has a drfit boat and raft at his disposal, and has been fine tuning his float guiding
skills for at least 16 years on the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers. Like all great guides he is personable, charismatic,
and patient as well as a great fisherman and teacher. In addition to fishing guide, Chris has a long resume that
includes wine rep, sommolier, restaurant manager (Pinions in Aspen), husband and father. Be sure to book Chris in advance
because he has a loyal following of clients who have requested him for years, and for the 2015 season he is back to wine repping
for most week days and is only available for guide trips generally Fridays through Sundays.
JAKE MCKITTRICK is an important figure in the Colorado fly fishing scene and we are excited
to have him back on our guide staff for the 2016 season. Jake is a product rep for Ross Reels, Scott Rods, Montana Fly
Company, Abel Reels, Airflo lines, Buff, Loon Outdoors, and other companies. Jake has tons of friends and big name contacts
in the small fly fishing world, and is a Western Slope native whose fanaticism for fly fishing started at an early
age chasing trout on the Grand Mesa and Gunnison River. Jake started building fly rods for Scott in the Telluride factory
when he was in high school and then went off to college in Bozeman and New Zealand to pursue new trout waters. After
college, Jake moved to Denver and became obsessed with targeting bass and other warm water species in still water environments.
Jake has been a guide off-and-on throughout his life in such locations as Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Basalt, Telluride,
Livingston, Ft. Collins, and Denver. Jake is currently a fly designer for Solitude, a pro angler for several fly fishing companies
and gives warm water seminars throughout Colorado. He also had top five finishes in two fly fishing bass tournaments this
year and is featured in Barry Reynolds newest carp movie with more to come. Jake is available for float and wade trips
when his repping duties are not calling him to the road, where he definitely drinks too much caffeine. Spending
a day sticking fish at Jake's pace will make you feel like you drank too much caffeine too.
DAVID JOHNSON knew from a young age that fishing was the road to fame
& fortune. Since getting his start under mentor Roy Palm he has
been guiding for 19 years--the last 10 as an outfitter, & 9 as a shop owner, with some
2300+ guide trips--and he sees that wealth coming to fruition every night when he
walks up the steps into his rental house in Carbondale. Living proof that fishing guides are overeducated,
underachieving, maladjusted, escapist misfits, DJ dropped out of college with a high
GPA after studying English Lit. in London his junior year, & has been dropping
out with his guitar and fly rod ever since. Never one to do anything
half-assed, he has filled his surroundings with necessary trappings like a raft and driftboat,
& unnecessary trappings like a fly shop & its fixtures, all to help himself
& his clients escape from that dreary place known as the "real world".
He enjoys changing the scenery & mixing it up between float and wade trips, beginners
& experts--because a guide isn't anything if they aren't versatile (except
schizophrenic, of course). When he grows up, he wants to be a big boy, & perhaps begin thinking
about buying a place by the age of 50, & may some day publish
his memoirs, "Red Letter Ravings--or How to Win Friends & Influence People with a Poison
CHRIS JACKSON will be back to help Crystal Fly Shop with his accomplished guiding duties for the 2016 summer and
early autumn season. It's an honor for us to welcome Chris back to the valley, where he spends the warm months.
Chris is a veteran guide in many places, and also owns a fly shop and outfitting service called Action Angler in
New Braunfels (Austin) Texas. It's too hot to fish and guide in Texas in the summer, so Chris ventures back to Colorado
to do what he loves--share his passion for a great sport with a down to earth manner that is a pleasure to be around.
We love this guy--and so do his clients. A number of them follow him up here to Colorado in the summer, and if you are
in Texas and want an awesome guide (and guy) to show you a great time on the Guadalupe, look Chris up!
PATRICK MURRAY divides his time between New York, LA, and the
Roaring Fork Valley (with an occasional stop-over in Cannes or Sundance). While
often confused with his early role model Victor, Patrick mainly portrayed villainous
characters in various daytime soap operas, and also appeared in the occasional outdoor print ad, i.e.
Orvis and Jeep. When he is in-between shoots for his latest big
budget Hollywood action blockbuster, he hones his fly fishing skills in the Carbondale
area. You'll find Patrick to be a very conversational and thoroughly entertaining wade fishing
guide, with a wide knowledge of the Roaring Fork River and its hatches. He has great enthusiasm
for the sport and for your day on the river. Patrick's productions on our local
rivers are consistent Emmy winners, and you may just land yourself an Oscar during
one of his amazingly entertaining days on the water with you.