Your name or any nicknames you have?
I have two first names and people call me by both Chelsey and Christy.
Where are you at in the world? Where will you be fishing this year?
I live in Denver, Colorado. This year I plan on fishing all the rivers in CO and a few trips out of state. I plan on going to Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming and Florida for some salty fishing.
What river(s) and lake(s) do you guide/fish?
My shop, Minturn Anglers, has two locations and I work at both. So I guide the front range (Clear Creek, DSP, Deckers) and all the way down to the Dream Stream. I also head up into the mountains and guide the Eagle River, Gore Creek, and more near Minturn, CO. I will fun fish anywhere!
How long have you been guiding/fly fishing?
I didn’t really learn how to fly fish until a couple years ago. I quickly fell in love with it and started going every chance I got. I think that first season I put over 150 days in on the river. The next spring I was in Guide School.
What got you into fly fishing? When did you start?
My husband was the one who convinced me to go fly fishing for the first time. He took me out a couple times and once I caught that first fish, it was over, I was hooked.
Why do you fly fish? What does it “do” for you?
I fly fish because it lets me connect to nature in the most unique way. Your whole goal is to blend in and mimic a natural drift. You end up immersing yourself in nature and its like all your problems fall away. I could be sick, tired, or stressed, but the second I step into the water everything is better and it’s already an awesome day.
If you own and use a Rod Vault, what do you like about you Rod Vault?
My rod vaults are essential during guide season. It is so convenient to rig up some client rods and have them ready for any river. It’s especially nice if you fish busy rivers, like Deckers, you can just grab your rod and go while everyone is rigging up in the parking lot. If you fish a lot it’s a must have for your vehicle.
As a woman guide/angler, you're definitely in the minority. What made you decide to be a guide/angler?
I was pretty shy to the idea at first but I do love people, fly fishing, and teaching so it all lined up at the perfect time. Plus, there are a ton of amazing women who are doing some awesome things in this industry and I wanted to be a part of that. The more I looked into it, the more female guides I found and that really encouraged me to become one.
Has the fact you’re a female ever been an issue with a client or other angler (such as them hitting on you or maybe talking down to you?) If so how did you manage it/them?
You know, I have never had an issue like that on the river. Men are really respectful towards me and are generally really nice. I get a lot of comments like, “It’s great to see a woman guiding!” or “We need more young women out here fishing!” and it makes me proud. I’ve met some really amazing people on the river and make it a point to keep a positive friendly attitude.
What is a piece of advice you want to give to other anglers or a tip/trick that has helped you grow as an angler?
It’s going to sound annoying, but practice, practice, practice!!! The best way to get better at fishing is to seriously dedicate some time to it. Read books, watch videos, ask your fly shop questions and get out on the water.
What’s your favorite new piece of gear?
I’d have to say my favorite piece of gear right is my Patagonia Spring River Waders. I put these waders through hell and back during guide season and they are holding up so well!
What is your favorite fly? (To tie, or catch fish on?)
Fishing right now the Darth Baetis has been a staple in my box, but in the summertime Guides Choice Hare’s Ear is my #1.
Best catch of all time?
My best catch has to be Big Jim! I found this mondo cutthroat a few weeks back, on public water, that was my biggest personal best. He is a pretty popular 26” trout that lives in the depths of the Arkansas River.
What's your "Dream Trip"?
My dream trip would honestly be a kick ass fishing tour road trip. I want to pack up the RV and just go be a trout bum for an entire summer. At the end of the trip I could just hop on a plane and head overseas.
What are some of the best places you’ve been fishing?
Right here in Colorado! My top three have got to be Frying Pan, The Eagle, and of course the South Platte River.
How do people follow you on social media or reach you?
You can follow me on Instagram @trout_christy or on Facebook to stay updated on my adventures. If you want to contact me, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact Minturn Anglers in Lone Tree, CO.