Join us for our 32nd Annual Authors Day!
Our stellar lineup of great authors will be in-house to talk fishing and to personally sign their latest books for you. This is a great time to add to your book collection or to pickup a special gift for the fly angler in your life! We will have books on-hand to purchase, but feel free to order in advance and bring your copy to get signed.
When: Saturday December 3rd, 2022 from 10am – 3pm.
Where: The Blue Quill Angler – 1532 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen Colorado
Added Bonus: Come hungry because there will be plenty of chili provided. You will also have the opportunity to be one of the unbiased judges of our annual staff Chili Cookoff!
Our 2022 Line-up.
Ron Belak is an award-winning writer and photographer from Evergreen, Colorado. He has fished the Colorado backcountry as an adult for 40 years. In that time, he has fished about 600 different high lakes and small reservoirs in Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Alaska, British Columbia and Argentina. Ron has published about 80 magazine articles on fly fishing, mostly in Colorado Outdoors magazine–the official publication of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. He has also published two books on fishing the backcountry.
Educated as a scientist with degrees in geology and significant coursework in the biological sciences, Ron approaches fly fishing from an analytical perspective, trying to decide what strategies, techniques, equipment and patterns work and what is the scientific basis for why they work. In addition to Colorado Outdoors magazine, Ron Belak’s writing has also appeared in Fly Fisherman and American Angler magazines. He is a frequent presenter at chapter meetings of Trout Unlimited, other fly-fishing clubs, the Fly Fishing Show in Denver and the International Sportsmen’s Exposition in Denver.
Ron’s latest books:
“Fly Fishing Colorado’s Backcountry”
“The Fishing Guide to 800 High Lakes in Colorado”
John Barr is the most successful designer of commercially tied flies in the world! His fly, the Copper John, has evolved into one of the most popular commercially tied flies ever created. The Barr Emerger remains one of the best producing flies throughout our mayfly hatches, specifically BWO’s, PMD’s, and Trico’s. Other patterns John has created throughout the years include: the Graphic Caddis, Vis-A-Dun, the Meat Whistle, Tung Teaser, and the Slump Buster among many others.
John has influenced fly tiers and fly anglers alike for decades. His innovative tying techniques are found in many patterns nowadays. John just released a new book, “Out of the Box: Unconventional Fly Fishing Strategies and Winning Combinations to Catch More Fish”. This new title covers techniques to catch trout and warm water species like bass. John’s unconventional techniques include adapting tactics for bass and panfish for catching trout – and using trout techniques for warm water species. Even if you’re wise to the technique of fishing multiple flies to increase your chances of catching fish, Barr takes that game to a whole new level in this book.
John’s latest book:
“Out of the Box: Unconventional Fly Fishing Strategies and Winning Combinations to Catch More Fish”
As a native of Colorado, Pat Dorsey has been guiding customers of all abilities for nearly 30 years. Pat spends well over two hundred days a year on the water, a combination of guiding clients, hosting destination travel-trips, and personal days on the water.
Pat Dorsey is the head guide and a co-owner of the Blue Quill Angler fly shop in Evergreen, Colorado. He oversees and trains more than 25 guides, setting the standard for integrity and professionalism in the Blue Quill Angler guide operation. Pat Dorsey in a Colorado Fly Fishing legend. Dorsey has authored 5 extremely successful books, to go with nearly 30 years of professionally guiding and fly tying. Pat’s patterns continually prove to be standards on the South Platte River, and tailwaters all over the country.
Pat’s latest books:
“Favorite Flies for Colorado: 50 Essential Patterns From Local Experts” (New!)
“Colorado Guide Flies: Patterns, Rigs, and Advice from the State’s Best Anglers and Guides”
“Fly Fishing Guide to the South Platte River”
“Fly Fishing Tailwaters: Tactics and Patterns for Year-Round Waters”
“Tying & Fishing Tailwater Flies”
Blue Quill Angler is proud to have Bob Dye as our lead float fly-fishing guide. He’s been with us for 15 years, and has a total of 20 years of experience as a fly-fishing guide. Bob has an extensive knowledge of the Colorado River which is unparalleled, so it’s no surprise that he spends most of his time float guiding on the Colorado River.
Bob wrote the book on fly-fishing the Colorado River… literally! In 2018, he published the book “Fly Fishing Guide to the Colorado River, Hatches Tributaries and Guides Advice,” which describes the Colorado River in detail; from its headwaters on La Poudre Pass all the way down to Silt, Colorado. Bob is also a proud member of the Simms Ambassador Team.
Bob’s latest book:
Ed Engle is an accomplished author, fly angler, guide and overall icon in the fly fishing industry. After receiving his first starter kit from his parents, Ed started his fly fishing journey fishing the South Platte River. Being primarily self-taught, Ed learned the importance of presentation and fly choice in order to fool the finicky South Platte fish. Decades of experience fishing and guiding turned Ed into one of the finest anglers around. Ed shares his tips and tactics through his books, which have helped countless anglers learn the nuances of fly fishing, especially tying and fishing small flies that are incredibly important on our tailwaters. Ed also travels the country, and shares his knowledge through presentations, magazine articles and classes.
Ed’s Latest Books
Fishing Small Flies
Fishing and Tying Small Flies
Splitting Cane: Conversations with Bamboo Rodmakers
Trout Lessons: Freewheeling Tactics and Alternative Techniques for the Difficult Days
Tying Small Flies
John Gierach is a freelance writer and the author of over 20 books – some of which have been published in Norway, Japan, and France. Gierach’s books are second to none and have entertained anglers through stories for decades. John is one of the most accomplished authors in the fly-fishing industry.
John has also written numerous magazine articles, essays, and columns. He is a regular columnist for Trout Magazine and the Redstone Review. John’s work has appeared in Field & Stream, Gray’s Sporting Journal, and Fly Rod & Reel Magazine. John is a resident of Colorado and has been coming the BQA’s Author’s Day event for over 30 years! The continual support throughout all these years means the world to the BQA, and we can’t wait to have John back!
John’s Latest Books
Dumb Luck and the Kindness of Strangers
A Fly Rod of Your Own
All Fisherman are Liars
Another Lousy Day in Paradise & Dances with Trout
At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman
Death, Taxes, & Leaky Waders: A John Gierach Fly Fishing Treasury
No Shortage of Good Days
Standing in a River Waving a Stick
Landon Mayer has been guiding in Colorado full time on the South Platte River for the last 20 plus years. Mayer’s angling success is fueled by an addiction to pursuing selective quality trout on the fly. Mayer enthusiastically teaches and demonstrates his techniques and on-river knowledge to fellow anglers and has developed innovative strategies for sighting, hooking, and landing selective trout. Landon shares these tips and secrets in his books.
Landon is a contributing writer for Fly Fisherman and High Country Angler magazines. His contributions also have been featured in publications such as Fly Fusion and American Angler magazines. Landon is a signature fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants, with many of his flies being staples on watersheds all over the country.
Landon’s Latest Books
Landon Mayer’s Guide Flies: Easy to Tie Patterns for Tough Trout
101 Trout Tips: A Guide’s Secrets, Tactics, and Techniques
Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing: Flies, Access, and Guides’ Advice for the State’s Premier Rivers
Hunt For Giant Trout
Sight Fishing For Trout 2nd Edition
Phil Tereyla grew up in Colorado Springs and started fly fishing when he was 10 years old. While going to school at UNC in Greeley, Phil started his guiding career on the South Platte River. Through 2019, Phil was a contributing author with American Angler Magazine. In addition, Phil released his book, “The Flyfisher’s Guide to Colorado’s Easy Access Mountain Lakes”, in July of 2021. Phil is not only an accomplished angler and guide, but he is also an incredible photographer and a signature fly designer with Montana Fly Company. Phil’s true passion in life is fly fishing, and nowadays, you can find Phil guiding down in Colorado Springs for Anglers Covey.
Phil’s Latest book:
“Fly Fisher’s Guide to Colorado’s Easy Access Mountain Lakes”