EXCITING!! I had an AWESOME time fishing with Tad Howard on the ROARING South Platte River. This was the best fly fishing trip I had ever been on. The scenery was BEAUTIFUL………the river was ROARING….and Tad was so patient with me—as he kept having to retrieve my hook from somewhere that it shouldn’t have been. I did get the hang of it…right? He was GREAT!!! I have never CAUGHT so many HUGE fish. As they always say…the BIG one REALLY did get away—just ask Tad. I would recommend
him to EVERYONE!!!! I will be back! Thanks again Tad!

B. Fox
Our fly fishing day trip at North Fork Ranch was awesome.This was our first fishing trip in Colorado, and we will definitely be returning. Colorado Trout Hunters is very organized (great communication too – even had notes about my need for a left-handed rod setup).
Jake, our fantastic guide, was so attentive; he keep a watchful eye on both of us, making sure we landed fish, took photos (helped net the fish I dropped from trying to hold for photos), and untangled us quite often. Though I need to work on my “holding the fish for photos” technique (and fly-fishing skills), the entire day trip was a memorable experience. I am so excited to return, I can hardly wait! In fact, I told Kevin that I want to return for my birthday. The North Forth Ranch was amazing too; lunch was unforgettable. Thank you again Jake for being one of the best fishing guides we’ve had.

Janelle Lau
I can’t thank you and Jake enough for the wonderful 2 days of fishing. Both of you were so kind and patient with me and I learned so much. Appreciated the CD and hat-have already showed the pictures to my friends.
You made my 2 day summer vacation a dream of a lifetime. More fish and larger than I’d ever imagined. Colorado Trout Hunters has “hooked” a loyal customer. Best wishes for continued success and hope to see you again soon.

Tad: Thank you again for the amazing day at Sheephorn. In a word, it was epic. Catching over 100 fish, several of which qualified for Master Angler status, and loosing track of how many doubles Rowdy and I had will not soon be forgotten. It’s too bad that you didn’t spend some time with a line in the water; we undoubtedly would have had nearly as many triples.

I am also thrilled that you took the time to explain to Rowdy and I how to fish a midge hatch, like the one we encountered at Sheephorn, in the future. I continue to maintain that your outstanding ability to teach is one of the greatest differentiators between you and the majority of other guides who can put their clients on big fish.

I look forward to fishing with you again soon,

Luther B.
I took off last Saturday and headed to the Davidson River and ended up catching 4 or 5 trout two of them were good sized for the streams we have here. Here is a picture of a nice brown and rainbow that I caught using techniques Tad Howard showed me in Colorado. Thanks for everything, I really appreciate you taking the time to teach me some things as well as catch some great fish!

Trey M.
There are a lot of websites listed for guided trout fishing tours in Colorado, but as far as I’m concerned there is only ONE worth going for and that is COLORADO TROUT HUNTERS!!!!! I had the privilege of fishing with a true gentlemen and one of the best guides I have EVER been with, the owner Tad Howard….

Tad is the ultimate professional and an expert guide in catch and release trout fishing…His true concern for the environment and the fish themselves is quite impressive…

I am from NJ, recently moved to CO, and have never had an experience like this, in that we caught many different varieties of trout and plenty of them…

Book the whole day tour, with a great lunch at a local ranch, you WONT be disappointed!!!!!
PS….Check out the pictures on their website.

Marty Jasion, Westminster, Co.
Fishing with you and on the South Platte was awesome! The quality of the fish in that river spoiled me and my buddies for life. Thanks for the day, and you being our guide, made us just have to cast and catch. Beautiful job Tad!!!

Brian, Dave, Mark, Las Vegas, Nev
I had an awesome time fly fishing the South Platte, and i know that my father even had a better time. Thanks a lot again, that was some of the best fishing I have ever had.

Scott Bogdan
Thanks for taking and sending the pictures of our successes. Once again thanks for a phenomenal day on the water. Scott and I could not have imagined a more perfect outcome. The fish were HUGE and hungry and your expertise allowed us to net many in the 20″ range! We learned a lot as well, and for sure will be back.
Tight lines,

Mike Bogdan
Thank you very much. The pictures are great, but the experience was much greater! I thoroughly enjoyed our 2 days fishing the South Platte River with the “Trout Hunter”, and I hope that we will be able to do it again. Although my son, used to prefer spin fishing to fly fishing, I would much rather fly fish,
and I think he has officially been converted to the wonders of a fly rod.

Thank you very much. You have helped create some memories that will last us both a lifetime.

Tad – here are a few photos from our trip on Wednesday. I can’t
thank you enough for the wonderful trip. I really learned a lot from
you and look forward to fishing together again sometime. We just got back to MN this evening and we’re heading for the lake in WI tomorrow morning so I’m looking forward to fly fishing for smallmouths / pike. I really had a wonderful time – it was the highlight of my trip. Especially being able to land the two big ones and the front row seat to the lightning show.

Take care – let me know if you’re ever heading to the midwest! I’m
sure I’ll get in touch with you next time we head out to CO.

“Our first guided trip of our life couldn’t have been any better. Tad Howard was incredible with guidance, tips and knowledge. My son and I had no idea this would be one of the best days of our life and we can’t quit talking about it. We spent a full day with Tad and it actually kept getting better as the day went on, did I say we caught over ten fish in the first hour? We noticed other fishermen out there, but they were all watching us! We’ll be back soon, this is an unbeatable deal.”

Steve and Steven Holiday
Just arrived back at the hotel after various meetings and felt that the first thing I needed to do was to send you my very sincerest thanks for making yesterday a very very special day
that exceeded my own wildest expectations.

Truly it was one of those rare occasions that the expression “WOW” was meant for – my wife calls them my Cheshire Cat moments when all I can do is grin broadly and pinch
myself to make sure it wasn’t a dream!

When a fisherman can say ‘enough I don’t want to be greedy’ it says volumes for the experience. Needless to say when you lose count of the number of fish that put up a ten
minute + fight, running upstream and downstream tearing off line, then leaping and diving – in one case bending the hook – how can you say anything but that it was fantastic!

Needless to say I am all too aware of the part you played in making this a wonderful day and indeed for your companionship – both of which I am truly grateful for – thank you.

Rest assured I’ll be making contact with you very soon with a number of queries and advice and of course to send you a photo. Regardless I’m already looking forward to your guiding me on future days.

I’m forwarding this to my brother to pique his attention and interest in accompanying me since I can’t imagine there is anything to compare in Europe that doesn’t entail taking a mortgage from the Bank of England.

Paul S
Just a quick note to let you know how much I enjoyed my fishing
experience with your guide service. In a word, it was extraordinary!

Most of my fly-fishing experience has been saltwater angling in
Florida. Visiting Colorado presented an entirely new fishing opportunity that I was keen on pursuing. Choosing Colorado Trout Hunters, with Chris as my guide, proved most fortuitous.

Chris could not have been more professional, helpful or friendly. He
went above and beyond to put me on fish in a beautiful setting, and
provide me with much appreciated instruction so that I might develop skills that I can employ in any trout fishing environment. I suspect, however, that I will find my way back to Colorado again soon, largely due to the favorable introduction I received through your organization. I look forward to calling on Colorado Trout Hunters when I plan my return to the Rockies.

Just wanted to tell you that Hunter and I were in “Heaven on Earth” the 2 days you and Blaine guided for us. Both the high mountain lake fishing and the South Platte river fishing was a lifetime experience for us. Your professionalism and patience with us is to be commended. I am definitely going to tell all my friends and relatives to use Colorado Trout Hunters if they ever want an amazing fishing trip in the most spectacular scenery in Colorado.

Thanks again for putting us on the fish.

Thanks again for everything yesterday. Not only did we catch some great fish and have an awesome time, we all agreed we learned a ton from you.
My brother caught the biggest trout of his life and my dad thanked us a million times for bringing him up there. I am sure no matter what we would have had a great trip, but we all really had great time with you as our guide and will recommend Colorado Trout Hunters to anyone and everyone. I am sure this will become an annual tradition for the three of us.

Clint W
Thanks again for the great two days on the South Platte. Erin and I
had a fantastic time and I think the second day even beat our day last spring. Catching the big five was a thrill. We had fun at Cheesman Canyon the following day as well, although it was pretty crowded. We caught a few fish but missed your sighting capabilities and expertise. Hope to fish with you again soon.

Alan F
Thanks for a memorable trip with my son, Will, on the South Platte. With a five pound rainbow on the first cast, I knew it was going to be an incredible day. This was a very special time with my son, which both of us will remember fondly for the rest of our lives.

We have already started talking about making this an annual trip.
Your incredible ability to see the fish and even their wet takes is what made what could have been just an average day into a spectacular day.
Hope to see you soon.

Wow, my son Brandon and I had a great time fishing with you last week on the Platte River !! You picked a great location, with outstanding water and scenery — and your expertise and passion for the sport was very apparent.
We were extremely pleased with the quality and quantity of the fish we caught. While it was our first fly fishing experience, the fish we caught were much larger than most I see in magazines and a friend of mine who used to be a fly fishing guide in Colorado was shocked at the size of the fish. I will definitely recommend you to any friends that want a great Colorado fly fishing experience and will be back in touch when we return to Colorado .
Thanks for the memories!!

Our experience was that Fred Gray was exceptional, the best guide we have ever had, Fred showed patience and expertise along with safety on the river for my wife who is beginning. She came away with the best fishing experience of her life. We greatly appreciate his knowledge and his willingness to share this knowledge of trout fishing. We recommend Fred to anyone who wants to enjoy a true fishing experience. We will come back for the trophy trout!!
Thanks Fred

Tommy and Julia, Sanford NC
Just wanted to drop you a short note to say “Thank You” again for a great time and one that I am sure that my son and I will not forget. Having hunted in the past and familiar with guide services, my only expectation and hope was to find a guide who was passionate about their line of work, knowledgeable about their field of expertise and was courteous and polite with their customer(s). Having never done any fly fishing and knowing that there are no guarantees when you are dealing with nature and those that are living in their streams and lakes — as well as on their banks, I was only hoping for an opportunity to catch a fish with my son and capture it
with a picture. You met and exceeded all of our expectations. We had so much success, both in quantity and quality, that we even had to give up taking pictures! I was also impressed that you were able to teach and instruct while we were catching fish so that we were immediately immersed (literally and figuratively) in the experience of catching fish from the moment we took our first step into the riverbed. I was also amazed as to your ability and sense of where the fish were and were also able to actually see fish in places where I would have bet you there were none.

Your expertise and proficiency was even more established when we
bumped into another group of fishermen from another outfitters service who had been fishing in the exact spot where we had been the afternoon before and were complaining that they had not had any luck when, every time we casted a line in the water, we were catching fish. For those of you who are looking for a guide who will work hard for you and with you to insure your trip is a success, Tad Howard with Colorado Trout Hunters is who I will both highly recommend and will exclusively use in the future with my family and friends.

Steve A, Odessa, Texas
I’ve been fly fishing for almost 40 years and this was the best day I’ve ever had. Most fish, biggest fish, best guide, period. I actually told friends it was one of the best days of my life, and when I did the math, there have been over 20000 of those! Fred Gray was just terrific. Patient, helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, and persistent. The whole process of using you guys was wonderful, the equipment was first-rate, the private water rich and challenging, and your operation flexible to meet my schedule and demands. I will use CO Trout Hunters myself again and won’t hesitate to recommend you, as I have already done to colleagues in Denver. All the best and good fishing.

B. Kingston
Fred Gray was our Guide. Let’s just put it this way, my twin and i had never fly fished before and it seemed like we were the only ones on the river catching fish. Was it luck? I think NOT. Fred had quite an eagle’s eye for spotting the fish. We even went to a spot where other fisherman had just left empty handed and sure enough, Fred would spot them and we would catch them. My brother did better than i but Fred did a good job at keeping us both encouraged. He was really funny too. We had a great time. Thanks again!

P. Cortez
As a father it has always been my belief that ones life is made of
experiences and memories, and those memories are priceless. I’ve been Wanted to say again, how perfect our first trout fishing experience went. blessed to be able to make memories with my children and my wife and thanks to you, and your efforts, Weston and I have another “experience” that we will always cherish. Again, I’m glad our paths crossed and we both look forward to the next time we fish with you and Colorado Trout Hunters.

R. and W. Helms
Colorado Trout Hunters, From day one, I have been impressed by the professionalism shown by Colorado Trout Hunters. With help from Tad Howard he set us up with a guided trip. My wife Lindsay and I were guided on the South Platte, and we had a blast. From the second we arrived it was all about learning and catching fish. Our guide made sure to take every extra effort to spot, assist, and put us on some good fish. With this being our first time fly
fishing I would recommend Trout Hunters guides to anybody who is
searching for one. There is nothing like catching wild Brown and Rainbow trout! Thanks again for all the professionalism and extreme concern for the clients needs and abilities.

Ryan and Lindsay
Fishing with Tad Howard today was one of my best days ever trout fishing. Tad put me on a Colorado grand slam in trout. Starting with rainbow trout, brown trout, Colorado cutthroat, Snake River cutthroat, and brook trout. These were my first ever cuttroat & brook trout. I caught over thirty fish, lost 10 in the grass (including two of at least 4 lbs) and missed at least 15 strikes. All fishing was in an alpine lake about three acres. Grass from 10 to 20 feel along edge of bank and very thick. All fish caught on dry flies (usually a speckled dun and a midge or knat).No current, Just let the flies sit and eventually one would hit it. Fishing with strong tippet. Great fun trying to get them to the top and over the grass to the net. No way on the 4 pounders. All the fish were 14 – 18 inches. The 16 & 17 inch cutts & brookies are real trophies at that size. Took four
brookies,six cutthroats, five browns and the rest rainbows. Kind of a unique experience fishing flat water but I like streams the best. Also had two thunder storms with the best hour of fishing between them. Had lightening and hail (did sit in the truck through that).

I called Tad after looking at his website ( He had no problem when I told him I wanted to catch cutthroat & brook trout but he hesitated
some when I added I would like to find fairly large specimens to make replicas for the wall. Tad finally said he could probably deliver if I did not mind fishing an alpine lake. Deliver he did. I have caught more and larger trout in a day but never five different species. The brookies waited until an hour window between two major thunder storms. Maybe it took that to wake them up for the day. Hated to leave the lake but lightening has a way of convincing even to avid anglers like Tad & me. I would highly recommend Tad Howard. He was very knowledgeable and professional. He provided excellent equipment with the right flies and he knew the best presentation to make the fish strike

I can’t thank you enough for the great time I had yesterday. Your certainly provided me with a “Colorado Experience” that I will never forget. You are a great guide, and I look forward to fishing with you again next year. I already have several friends that want in next year with me.
Thanks Again!

I am so stoked about our day today. You were a great and knowledgeable guide. I mostly appreciate your advice about how to approach each hole with the utmost concentration. Specifically, I learned that fishing every possible hole with care and
attention to detail can really pay off.

I will never forget the toad we caught. For the rest of my life I will remember every detail from its initial chase on the small brown, streamer, 4 charges, a quick fly adjustment, a tight cast and swing, a strip, a tug, a log, a broken rod, hand lining, and triumph. Truly, that fishing experience will never die. I already told my 3 month old daughter!

Chris Eisenhard,
Many thanks for your awesome guiding, fishing tips, advice, patience, understanding and opportunity to hook into some monster fish. I’m still amazed on how big some of those fish were!

I really appreciate your individual time, volunteer time, kindness, teamwork and helping me to pay more attention when the indicator is active. I will definitely will apply the skills learned, awareness and scouting techniques in my future fishing trips. It really meant a lot for you to take your personal time and help me to enjoy
the sport even more and become more skilled. You’re a awesome guide and person. It was an honor to fish with one of the best, meet you, your team and just be on the water, soaking up the scenery. I hope all is well, please stay in touch and if I know of any of my friends looking for a awesome guide, I’ll refer them to you.

Many thanks again and take care,