Taylor Creek Fly Shop

Taylor Creek Fly Shop

Business Hours:

Everyday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Located: 183 Basalt Center Circle Basalt, CO 81621

Contact Us

Phone: (970) 927-4374

Email: 650taylorcreek@vailresorts.com

Our Guided Trips

The Taylor Creek Fly Shop, celebrating its 44th year in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado, is located less than 30 minutes from Aspen. Situated on the bank of the renowned Fryingpan River in Basalt, we are western Colorado’s oldest and friendliest guide service and specialty fly shop. From the Fryingpan, Roaring Fork, Colorado and Crystal Rivers you can enjoy the best fly fishing Colorado offers all within the Roaring Fork Valley. We hope you stop by for detailed and helpful information, or join our knowledgeable staff for a day on the water.

Water Guided

-Colorado River
-Frying Pan-Roaring Fork
-Crystal
-Bar ZX Ranch

equipment Included

- Rods
- Reels
-Waders
-Boots

Ammenties

- Meal on full day trips, beverages on all trips

Wade Trip and Float Trips

We offer a variety of both wade and float trips.

Fish Species

- Rainbow Trout
- Green Cutthroat
- Brown Trout
- Brook Trout
-Tiger Trout

Guides

The guides make their selection of water based on angler preference, level of experience, water conditions, and current hatches. Wade trips are taken on all local waters and floats utilizing McKenzie River dories are done on the lower Roaring Fork and Colorado.

Meet Our Guides

Kyle Holt

Kyle Holt

Click Here to view My Profile

Bio: 

Taylor Creek’s head guide, whose favorite saying is “Fish Hard and Die Rich,” is one of a few Mid-Westerners on staff. Having been reared in Springfield, Illinois, Kyle became heavily involved in fishing, hunting, and trapping the “flatlands” surrounding his home. As fortune would have it Kyle’s family decided to take regular vacations to Rocky Mountain National Park where he hooked his first browns, rainbows, and brookies – subsequently becoming hooked himself. In 1983 Kyle packed up all of his worldly possessions (which he relates were few) and moved from the cornfields to the Rockies in pursuit of any trout that would take a fly. Mr. Holt has been fishing in the Valley for over 28 years, and is now considered a sub-god by many of his clientele because of his skill and knowledge of the area waters. On a less positive note, however, depending on your perspective, Kyle is also a non-recovering addict. Many years back, after taking a trip to the Bahamas with a group of apparently seedy people, Kyle returned to Colorado in a sorry state. He was tired, dehydrated, and constantly complaining of re-occuring flashbacks. Everyone instinctively knew what had happened. The Bahamas, and the hedonistic lifestyle that he maintained while there had forever destroyed him. It had, as stated earlier, caused him to become addicted… to saltwater fly fishing that is. If you can’t find Kyle guiding and fishing in the Valley, or at home with his dogs and horses, then the best bet is to look south. He’s probably after another fix.

 

Will Sands

Will Sands

Click Here to view My Profile

Bio: 

Will is the senior manager of Taylor Creek Fly Shops, overseeing Taylor Creek and our sister stores, San Miguel Anglers and Gore Creek Fly Fisherman.  One of several “East Coasters” on staff, Will Sands was born in N.J. and began fly fishing early in his childhood around the age of 8 years. Initially following mom and dad up and down many a trout stream, fly fishing became an addiction and he was tying flies and building rods by age eleven. Spending his early years on Catskill (NY) rivers and throughout much of New England, as well as pursuing favorites of the Atlantic like stripers, blues and false albies, it never occurred to him that it could and would become a “real job”. Blaming the fact that he switched majors three times while attending the University of Maine, Will graduated after five years with a degree in Forest Recreation Management. Others argue it was more attributed to too many days in duck blinds or chasing wild brookies and landlocked salmon throughout northern Maine. After a brief pursuit of college ideals working as a Backcountry Ranger for the U.S. Forest Service, he found his way out west. Had he known there were no closed fishing seasons, he would have made the journey sooner. Funny how he wound up working in a fishing shop in Denver. Quickly realizing he left “Jersey” to escape the fast lanes of cities, Will soon discovered the treasures hidden in the rivers of the Roaring Fork Valley. When he’s not hunting the Jewels of the Roaring Fork, Frying Pan and Colorado rivers, you’ll find him behind the counter offering up advice on “what are they biting on?” He also instructs Fly Tying classes throughout the winter months and will often be heard telling people “why ski when you can fish year round?”  When not in the shop or on the water, the former “longhair” might be looking out over a spread of decoys or standing in a sand trap thinking of beaches and saltwater.

 

Gifford Maytham

Gifford Maytham

Click Here to view My Profile

Bio:

Began his career in the flyfishing industry with “The Big O” (the Orvis company) back in Manchester, Vermont in 1989. It has taken over 28 years but we finally have coaxed most of the easterner out of him. Giff does floats on the Fork and Colorado as well as being one of the shop’s resident experts on fishing the high country above Ruedi Reservoir. In a past life he guided for Frying Pan River Ranch and for Elk Creek Lodge up near Meeker. An active father of two teenagers, you will rarely find Gifford lounging around (at least before 5 o’clock.) Gifford also is a snowboard and ski instructor during the “off season” here in the Roaring Fork Valley, and many of his fishing clients also hire him during the winter months as both an on the water and on the hill guide. As is the case with many of the Taylor Creek guides, Giff makes the time each year to head for the salt and fish the spring tarpon runs in the Keys, and is one of those guides who still, miraculously, fishes on his day off.

Brandon Soucie

Brandon Soucie

Click Here to view My Profile

Bio:

grew up right here in Basalt, and has been fishing the Fryingpan, Crystal, Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers since he was a youngster. After getting a job in the fly shop at 14, he couldn’t wait to start guiding when he turned 18. Brandon started guiding before he started shaving, and it shows. Guiding is a year-round, full time gig for Brandon, usually well over 200 days per year. Having a keenness for client relationships and teaching clients on his home rivers has been a source of pride since day one. In his spare time he likes to take his wife and daughter fly fishing, tying flies and pursuing as many fresh and salt water species as he can.

Guided Trip Packages

Wade Trips

STARTING AT
$ 325
  • Gold Medal Water
  • Waders
  • Rods
  • Reels
  • Beverages
  • Premium Guide Service

Float Trips

STARTING AT
$ 425
  • Float
  • Waders
  • Rods
  • Reels
  • Snack and Drink
  • Premium Guide Service
MOst Popular


Our Media

When to Join us?

 Any day of the year. Yes, we guide 365 days a year as we have exceptional fishing year round. Yes, we fish during the winter, it is no colder than skiing, in our opinion a lot more fun and like you and I, fish have to eat every day! Wade fishing is possible year round as the Fryingpan river is a tailwater. This means water temperatures are 40 degrees flowing from the dam whether it is July 4th or Christmas day. The Fryingpan is a wade only river, as it is too small to float. The river also runs “gin” clear year round when other rivers run high and muddy during spring runoff. Ah,spring runoff! Unfortunately, we do experience high and muddy water on the Roaring Fork, Crystal and Colorado rivers and this does prevent us from float fishing from about May 10th, give or take until June 10th-20th. The dates vary depending on how soon it gets warm to start winter snows melting and how much snow we had over the course of the winter as to how long runoff lasts! Outside of this breif period we float the entire year. We’ll do floats in December and January weather permitting.

 

Additional Information

Colorado Fly Fishing at its finest. Come experience the best fly fishing Colorado has to offer with Western Colorado’s oldest and most experienced Colorado guide service. The Roaring Fork Valley contains more “Gold Medal Water” than most other areas in the state of Colorado with over 40 continuous miles. We revel in the opportunity to extend our professionalism and the exceptional Fly Fishing within the Roaring Fork Valley! Just outside of Aspen, CO from the Fryingpan River, Roaring Fork , Colorado and Crystal rivers this is Colorado Fly Fishing mecca. One can experience everything from small and intimate high-country streams filled with brookies or cutthroats to the huge brawling runs of the lower Colorado and all choices in between. The guides make their selection of water based on angler preference, level of experience, water conditions, and current hatches. Wade trips are taken on all local waters and floats utilizing McKenzie River dories are done on the lower Roaring Fork and Colorado.

Great Guides. Great fishing