Blaine and a happy client fly fishing in Colorado

Colorado fly fishing guide Blaine Haskell

Professional Fly Fishing Guide

Blaine turned his attention from the corporate world to the fly-fishing world several years ago.  After successfully completing the fly-fishing guide school taught up in the Vail Valley, Blaine set forth in a new career as a fly fishing guide.  By combining his newly acquired sheepskin with those of vastly contrasting disciplines that include Electronics Engineering and Computer Science obtained earlier from a well known western university, he felt ready to go forth as a guide.  These past several years have been very fulfilling for Blaine .  He has made a lot of new friends, fished in unimaginable places, and yet has furthered his love for the sport.

Growing up on an Idaho ranch with a live trout stream got Blaine ’s attention turned to trout fishing at a very early age, and he caught his first fish before he started elementary school.  He converted to fly fishing at age 15.  After years of fishing the region, which included the Big and Little Wood Rivers and the world famous Silver Creek, he now has a firm commitment to the use of flies.  In the 40 or so years since his first fly fishing trip Blaine has picked up a few more tidbits on fly fishing, and he is eager to share what ever might be useful to
his clients.

Big fish are always fun to catch, but Blaine gets a real big kick out of fooling even the smallest brookie that can be found making a living in one of Colorado ’s beautiful small streams.  Catching a fish in 2 inches of water is a real challenge.

Fly Rods: “There are so many great rods available today. The manufacturers have solved many of the problems I faced growing up
while fishing with a willow cut from along the bank with a string tied to the tip. The Sage XP 9 foot 5 weight is my favorite for strong conditions such as high wind, high water, and big fish. The Sage TXL 7’ 10” 0 weight is my favorite for fishing delicate conditions often found in the really small crystal clear streams in our high mountain valleys.”

Reel: “Ross reels play a big part in all of mys fishing activities with the Canyon Big Game being my favorite for Saltwater Flats Fishing for the elusive Bonefish. The drag systems are always reliable for handling the big fish ‘just right’. ”

Waders: “Simms products keep me dry and are very durable. I subject then to crawling up rocky slopes, under fences, and trees. Then I stand in the freezing water and am really happy when they still work properly. ”

Flies: “Being a high tech kind of guy from a low tech part of the world I like to experiment with the new synthetic materials to develop flies with increased durability, better floating characteristics, simplified tying requirements, and improved effectiveness. Some of my experiments have flunked, but like Edison I now know a few hundred ways that don’t work.”

October trout caught on a guide trip by a happy client.

One of Blaine’s happy clients with her first trout ever!!

Big trout caught fly fishing in Colorado by one of Blaine’s many repeat clients.

Blaine setting up one of his famous lunches.

Blaine uses equipment from the following manufacturers.


I've been lucky enough to fish with some great guides all over the world. Danny is about the fishiest guy I've ever met. He will work his tail off to get his clients into fish. Highly recommend getting a day on the water with him.
Mike R
Danny took me on my first ever fly fishing adventure. He was so patient with me and took the time to explain everything, every step of the way. Danny made sure my trip was successful; he helped me catch multiple fish! I had the best time! I was fortunate enough to go back for a second trip. Danny took me someplace different and made sure my second trip was just as exciting as my first. Incredibly knowledgeable, patient, and such a fun guy. Highly recommend
Amanda R
Most amazing fish whisperer you will meet. He knows where they are because they come to him! And you benefit. Great fun!!
Scott H
The best guide we have ever fished with!! His passion, knowledge, fun nature makes for many fish, laughs, and a perfect day!!!!
Annie L
I went on my first flying trip ever with Danny Frank. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the river as well as the fish who lived in it. With his help my dad and I were hooking and netting fish within half an hour of being on the river. I cannot wait to book my next trip with him!
Paige C
I have booked several trips with Colorado Trout Hunters and just want to say these guys are great! The guides are all really patient and are a lot of fun to fish with. If you want to catch fish, book a trip with Colorado Trout Hunters!
Cory C
Definitely book with these guys! I went today with Fred and he was very friendly and knew exactly where to find the monster trout we were targeting. We met many people throughout the day that had caught nothing at all, while I personally landed 8 fish 18+ inches in length, include one massive 22in brown trout!! For an experienced angler like myself Fred was great, offering helpful tips along the way and sighting the "big boys" for me to cast to. An epic day I will never forget. Thanks guys!!
Jonathan L
I have been out on the river multiple times with Colorado Trout Hunters. Every one of their guides that I have fished with has been excellent. They are down to earth, helpful and will work extremely hard to put you in the right position to catch fish and have an awesome day. They take time to work with each individual based on their skill level and ensure that fun is had by all. If you are looking for a guide to give you a great day on the water, look no further than these won't be disappointed
Peter M
I looked everywhere before deciding on a guide to take me out fishing around the Denver area. I've had a few bad experiences in the past with various guides but let me say this, best experience I have EVER had with a guide. Super professional, everything rigged up and ready and these people know what they are doing. There is no down time and if you are a serious fisher or even an every once in a while one this is the place to be. 100% attention to you and a great personality make a perfect day.
Tyler R