img_1403-1Your name or any nicknames you have?


Where are you at in the world? Where will you be fishing this year?

I grew up in Castle Rock, Colorado but I’ve lived in Fort Collins for the last 5 years.

I’ll be fishing throughout northern Colorado and Wyoming mostly, but I’ll be making my way to the Bahamas to chase bonefish in November.

What river(s) and lake(s) do you guide/fish?

I typically fish various sections of the North and South Platte. When it comes to still water I fish for carp all over and love to get some action in on high-mountain lakes and streams when the time is right . Warm water is super fun but  that season only lasts so long here in Colorado since its snows all but 2 months in this state, so I stick  to trout in the winter months.

img_1704How long have you been guiding/fly fishing? 

My dad got me started as soon as I could hold a fly rod around 5 years old so at this point it’s been around 17 years. I’ve been avidly fly fishing for about 5 years. My guiding career should be up and running by spring 2017.

What got you into fly fishing? When did you start? 

Like I said my dad got me started at a young age . Being a fourth generation Colorado native, it’s always been a popular hobby within the family. Once I moved to Fort Collins to study fishery biology at Colorado State University and obtained a job at St. Peter’s Fly Shop, fly fishing basically took over every aspect of my life. 

As a female guide/fly angler, you’re definitely in the minority.  What made you decide to be a guide/angler?   

 I’ve always been fond of sticking out and keeping up with the boys. My outdoorsy spirit loved the thought of exploring the endlessness of the sport as well as continuing to feed my enthusiasm for the outdoors.

Has the fact you’re a female ever been an issue with a client or other fishermen (such as them hitting on you or maybe talking down to you?  If so how did you deal with it/them?  

 Being a female in this industry has both it’s ups and downs. I’ve had a lot of awesome fishing opportunities because of it. On the other hand, I’ve definitely encountered a lot of sexism but most of the time it just makes me laugh.

img_2139Do you think being a female gives you a different perspective as a guide/angler?  If so, how?  

 I think I have the advantage of connecting with other females interested in fly fishing because it makes me more approachable in some cases. Overall, I like to look at all anglers as equal and feel my perspective and experience is just as credible as anyone’s with my level of experience.

How can the fly fishing industry and community encourage more females to get involved?  

 Well I think when other females see women in the shop and on the river guiding it makes them realize that that women do this too, not just men.  So getting more women involved in the industry alone can help get more women involved. I am about to start teaching all women’s casting lessons at the shop I work at and I think if the industry had more programs like that available to women they would be more inclined to give it a go.

What’s your favorite new piece of gear?

 I’ve been fishing my Scott women’s Radian 5 weight rod a LOT lately. It is such a sick stick that can perform however I need it to, whether that means presenting delicate dry fly’s or packing a punch for my streamer addiction. Being handmade in Colorado for lady anglers far and wide is just the icing on the cake.

img_1153Best catch of all time?

 Too many to count, but a couple weeks ago I caught two cutthroat trout at the same time… on a double dry … on my first cast. That was pretty sweet because one of those cutthroat was a greenback, the very illusive Colorado state fish! They might not have been “pigs” but I’ll probably never be able to pull that off again.

What’s your “Dream Trip”? 

 I’d love to go to Christmas Island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and catch a GT. A girl can dream…

What are some of the best places you’ve been fishing?

I got to spend a semester on the South Island of New Zealand, met some awesome Kiwis and Norwegians that took me on some epic adventures hunting brown trout in crystal clear water. That was probably the best place I’ve ever been… ever.

img_1476If you own and use a Rod Vault, what do you like about you Rod Vault?

My rod vault makes it super easy to bop up and down the canyon from hole to hole without having to worry about my friends or dog getting in the way of my graphite. When the rods are in the car I get a bit anxious. Plus, it will be huge when I start guiding.

How do people get ahold of you for guiding / sponsorship if interested? 

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2 thoughts on “Caley Smith our #FlyGalFriday

  1. That’s my girl. It’s fun watching her enjoy fly fishing so much and taking it to the next level. Fly fishing has evolved so much from when we used Potts horse hair flies with her grandpa

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