Best Fishing Guide: Rob Burden, Steamboat Flyfisher |

Best Fishing Guide: Rob Burden, Steamboat Flyfisher

— No day is the same for local fly fishing guide, Rob Burden.

Moving to Steamboat in 2007, Burden came to town as a competitive mogul skier on the U.S. Development Freestyle Team. But in the off season, he pursued his other passion — fly fishing.

Burden’s father taught him how to fly fish at a young age and it’s something that’s always been present in his life.

“I just love everything about it,” Burden says. “It’s a constantly changing game that makes you have to adapt to different situations. I really enjoy the fact that it’s never the same and that every day will be something different.”

During his first summer here, Burden became a guide for Steamboat Flyfisher and today he co-owns the shop with business partner and former Nordic combined Olympian Johnny Spillane. The shop is known for providing professional guiding services on the Yampa and Elk rivers.

Steamboat, he says, is one of the more unique places to fly fish due to the size of local trout and the river’s accessibility, which lets him easily take clients out on half day and day trips.

As far as tips for first timers, he says start the day with an open mind and be willing to learn. After all, he adds, it’s a hobby that offers a life time of learning.

“The thing I love about guiding is that it constantly teaches people new things and teaching is something I’m passionate about,” he says. “I also like that it’s challenging. To become a master at it takes time.”

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