Tad Howard
Owner/Director and Pro-Fly Fisherman:

Colorado Division of Wildlife Master Angler

Click this link to read an article written about one anglers
guided fly fishing experience with Tad.

Tad has chosen a career path that defies tradition.  After
completing an undergraduate degree in business, at a well
known east coast university and completing a J.D. at the
University of Denver’s Law School, he made the decision to turn
his passion into his profession.  

Tad has been fly-fishing for 22 years and guiding professionally
for 16 years.  A native of western New York, he completed
undergrad with dual degrees in business as well as fly fishing!!  
We do consider the thousands of hours spent fly-fishing and
guiding for monster Great Lake steelhead, brown trout, and
salmon enough to warrant an honorary degree.

After graduation, the lure of the Colorado Rocky Mountains
called. Every summer during law school, and full time since
completing law school, Tad has found nothing as fulfilling as
fishing and guiding for trout.  His love for the sport has made it
possible to guide, fish, or hunt nearly everyday. Of all the time
spent on the water each year, Tad is pressed to think of a
single hour that would have been better spent behind a desk.

Introducing novice fisherman to fly-fishing is probably the most
rewarding for Tad.  Watching students grow into accomplished
fly-fishermen and fishing buddies is the ultimate compliment for
this easygoing guide.

Also an accomplished hunter, Tad hunts everything from
upland birds to big game.  Comfortable calling ducks and turkey
as well as stalking whitetail deer and elk, character traits that
make Tad a successful hunter (patience, acute observation,
and a love for the outdoors) are invaluable when it comes to
stalking and catching big trout.

Tad is at his best guiding on the South Platte.  
The North Fork
of the South Platte and the Dream Stream are two of his
favorites.  Figuring out stillwater lakes, ponds and reservoirs is
always a fun experience.  Spend a day with Tad and you too will
become one of his many repeat clients!  

Fly Rods: "It is hard to pick a favorite.  Sage always stands out,
but the new Winston BIIX is the first rod I grab when I'm heading
out the door."

Reels: ”It’s a coin flip between Galvin's OB series and Ross
Evolution.”

Thoughts:  "Fishing is meant to be FUN! Going the extra mile
to make sure everyone has fun, whether catering to a particular
style, stalking huge fish, or catching brookies and browns on
dry's, teaching is where I find my greatest enjoyment."

Waders: "Whatever keeps me dry, but it must be Gortex."

On the water, Tad prefers the G-3 Simms fishing vest.  It is very
well-designed and has a slot for everything.

Flies: "One of my favorite parts of fly fishing is altering existing
fly patterns and developing new patterns to consistently fool the
wary fish on our streams!  Old standby patterns like Parachute
Adams, stimulators, and PT's will always have a place in my fly
box.  The patterns I like most are my own including Clear Creek
Special, 2 Tone Sparkle Wing RS2, crystal buckskin, and the
red headed stepchild."

Favorite Locations: ”The South Platte will always have a soft
spot with me because it is close and there are so many quality
fish.  The huge lake run fish of the Great Lakes are also hard to
beat.  Once you learn to beat the crowds, the fishing is
amazing.”

Testimonials:

"I just wanted to thank you again for a great day of fishing.    
We all had a great time.  My hope is that I can have you take
me and my two boys fly fishing sometime.  My youngest son
might be too young to fish the river, but I am sure that he would
love to go fishing with you."
- Rich

"Thanks again for a great day out on the North Fork!  It was
really great to learn so much from you and land all those fat
fish.  I look forward to the next time I can get out with you.  
Thanks again!!!  You did a great job!"
– John R.

"Thanks for the pix! For some reason, pictures never do justice
to the image I have in my head - but what great fish they were! I
really appreciate the great trip as it was one of the best days of
hookie I've had out here fishing. Thanks for the great time and
the incredible fishing!"
– Mike T.

"Thanks again for everything yesterday.  I've been dreaming of
getting into monsters like that for a while.  As much as we've
been fishing together, I'm amazed that I keep coming away from
each day having learned so much.  I don't know how you keep
opening so many new dimensions of fly fishing.  It's truly
amazing!"
– Luther B.

“Thanks for all your good advice on the river.  It amazed me
that we could keep on catching trout on small nymphs in the
leaf-filled water.  You never stop learning, I guess.  And that is
part of the charm of the sport. Thanks for a great day!”
– Eric P.

“Man you get with it right away!! Thanks for a great day!! This
was one of the best ever.  I'm surely going to come back to
Colorado.  The day couldn't have ended any better, then I see
the pictures!!!  Take good care of yourself and I hope to go
fishing with you again
sometime.”
-- Darral

"What a day!! We quit counting after 30 monster cut, brook and
bow trout and my master angler certificate just added to the
excitement and pleasure of fishing with you in many different
types of environments, using every method of fly fishing...To all
who read this review, a guided trip with Colorado Trout Hunters
and especially Tad Howard is truly the Super Bowl of fly fishing,
something really not to be missed...After many trips with Tad, I
can say he is the TOTAL class act and a great friend...Book a
trip with him, find out for yourself, you WON'T BE SORRY !!!!!"
Thanks again
--Marty Jasion
Westminster, CO

"Thank you again for an amazing time on Thursday.  Larry and I
had an amazing time and look forward to fishing with you in the
future. I will gladly pass your name along and feel free to use
me as a fly fishing trip reference if it helps at all."
-Mike
Tad uses equipment
from the following
manufacturers.
Palomino Rainbow Trout Photo from the North Fork of the South Platte river.
Largemouth bass fly fishing Colorado in Quincy Reservoir Denver, Colorado.
Large brown trout photo caught by angler Tad Howard.
Winter fly fishing guide trip on the Dream Stream in Colorado.
Nymph fishing for Taylor river brown trout with Colorado Trout Hunter guide Tad Howard.