2019 Best of the Boat fishing outfitter: Steamboat Flyfisher
Steamboat Springs native Johnny Spillane might have won three Olympic silver medals in Nordic combined, but he’s just as happy fishing his beloved Yampa River, or helping others do the same through Steamboat Flyfisher.
“I love sharing the experience of it, and watching people get big grins after figuring everything out and catching a fish,” he says.
Spillane grew up in Steamboat and has been fly-fishing for nearly 40 years. Employing up to 25 guides in peak season, he wets a line himself whenever possible, when not running the store or enjoying his family.
“The biggest thing is him just being a local who grew up here fishing the river his whole life,” says fellow guide and employee Jesse Rapp, who grew up fishing with him. “He knows the fish, the water and the aquatic life better than anyone. And he has a great sense of humor and is patient with people. His goal is to help people fall in love with fishing just like he did.”
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