Kyle and PhyllisKyle Holt guides for the Taylor Creek Fly Shop out of Basalt. Kyle battled the wind for us all day on the Colorado, but did it with a smile on his face and in anticipation of a vacation. This is the time of year that guides take the rare opportunity they have during the season of run-off to get away. And guess what they usually do? Yep – they go fishing. Many of them seem to enjoy the challenge of salt-water fishing, which I have to admit is something that I have never done but am excited to try after my year on 52 rivers.

My friend Phyllis has floated with Kyle before and made the arrangements for us to float a few days before her milestone birthday. Phyllis is a fabulous angler who powered through a shoulder injury without complaining to fish the Colorado. The day was beautiful in its own right. Maybe not for the scenery; maybe not for the number of fish we caught, but definitely for the company.

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