As a native of Colorado, Pat Dorsey has been guiding customers of all abilities for nearly 30 years. Pat spends well over 200 days a year on the water, a combination of guiding clients, hosting destination travel-trips and personal days on the water. He shares all that experience with Fort Worth Fly Fishers at the Feb. 4 membership meeting with a presentation titled “Fly Fishing Western Tailwaters.”
Pat is the head guide and a co-owner of the Blue Quill Angler fly shop in Evergreen, Colo. He oversees and trains more than 25 guides, setting the standard for integrity and professionalism in the Blue Quill Angler guide operation. He also publishes an online stream report that monitors stream flows and conditions for the Blue, Colorado, South Platte (Cheesman, Deckers, Spinney Mountain Ranch, and Eleven-Mile Canyon), North Fork of the South Platte, and Williams Fork Rivers. He’s also a Simms Ambassador, a member of the Sage Elite Pro Team, Fishpond Ambassador, Orvis Pro Team Member, Yeti pro staff, Hyde Drift Boats Pro Staff, and Scientific Anglers pro staff, as well as Southwest Field Editor for Fly Fisherman magazine.
Pat is author of four books: Fly Fishing Tailwaters, Tying and Fishing Tailwater Flies, Colorado Guide Flies, and Fly Fishing Guide to the South Platte River. He is an accomplished fly tyer and has originated a number of effective patterns such as the Mercury series, UV Scud, Limeade, Cherry-Limeade, Paper Tiger, Top Secret Midge, Medallion Midge and the famed Black Beauty. Although he no longer has time to tie flies commercially, he once produced over 28,000 flies in a year. Pat is a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants, and his signature flies are available at the Blue Quill Angler and other specialty fly shops. He’s also a Pro Team Member for Whiting Farms, and many of his flies incorporate Whiting Farm products.
Pat lives in Parker, Colo., with his wife Kim. She is an avid angler and often appears with Pat at trade shows and other speaking engagements. They host yearly trips to Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge (Bristol Bay), and Rio Manso Lodge (Patagonia, Argentina).