I sat down and picked Pat Dorsey’s brain on fishing tiny flies on tailwaters.  Pat breaks down how he gets his clients into fish on one of the most challenging rivers in the country.

He shares his best tips to help you find and catch fish even when dealing with finicky fish.  We get into the best indicator setup to use as well as the hopper dropper and the dropper hopper.


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Show Notes with Pat Dorsey

06:02 – The Red Ant fly pattern is a goto for Pat.

06:10 – Jack Dennis has been one of Pat’s biggest mentors over the years.

23:50 – We talk about the Black Beauty fly pattern.

25:15 – JP’s nymphing mud is what Pat uses when he needs to fine tune his sinking rate.

28:50 – The thingamabobber is an indicator that he uses but the yarn indicator is more of his goto.

29:40 – I play a short clip from the Gary Borger interview on indicators.  Click here if you want to here the entire interview with Gary.

37:10 – The Griffith’s Gnat is another one of Pat’s goto patterns.

42:20 – The Reach Mend is a cast that you should get proficient with.

59:30 – Dorsey’s Top Secret Midge is one of his top flies.

1:01:15 – The Sage X is the rods that Pat uses.

1:02:20 – The Amplitude Infiniti smooth Taper Lines from Scientific Anglers is Pat’s main line for trout fishing.


1:06:50 – Pat recently updated the Fly Fishing Guide to the South Platte River, one of his projects he’s most proud of.

1:08:20 – The Fishpond waste pack is Pat’s single most important piece of gear.


You can reach out to Pat at PatDorseyFlyFishing.com or on Instagram.


Resources Noted in the Show


The Thingamabobber Strike Indicator


scientific anglers

Amplitude Infinit Smooth Fly Line


south platte river

Fly Fishing Guide to the South Platte River 


fishpond wastepack

Fishpond Gunnison Guide Pack


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Conclusion with Pat Dorsey

Pat shared his best tips on fishing tailwaters with small flies including how to site fish for brown trout and rainbows.  Pat is one of the most well know guides in Colorado and has written a number of great books.

Pat shares his tips on fishing indicators and when a hopper dropper works well vs other trout rigs.  We talk about Cheeseman Canyon and the South Platte River.