Cutthroat Kids


Cutthroat Kids is a 4 day program led by guide Mike Wallace focused on your child having FUN with a fly rod in their hands!

While a large percentage of our guide business each summer involves teaching kids, we feel that it is important for the youth to learn the sport amongst their peers. In this way, we feel that we can foster their fly fishing stoke while exploring our Colorado streams.

Cutthroat Kids is geared towards children aged 10-14 and no experience is necessary! We focus on skills and learning that set the kids on the path to angling self-sufficiency. Along the way, they will learn casting fundamentals, basic entomology, stream ecology and conservation, knots and fly selection, and an introduction to fly tying.


4 days of Professional Fly Fish Guiding (max ratio 2:1)

Daily allowance of terminal tackle and basic fly fishing tools ($50 total).

Use of waders for the duration of the course

1 year Trout Unlimited youth membership.

Shore lunch each day


Day 1: Meet at Cutthroat Anglers at 830 am, meet your guides for the next 4 days. Get sized for waders, and pick up included fishing equipment. After some casting practice on the lawn, we’ll head to the Arkansas River near Leadville, which will provide the perfect backdrop to cut our anglig teeth and learn some basic knots. Return around 5 pm.

Day 2:  Meet at Cutthroat Anglers at 830 am, head to a local creek like Ten Mile Creek for a full day of fishing. We’ll building on yesterday’s lessons as well as learn about aquatic insects and how our artificial flies can best imitate them. Return to Silverthorne around 5 pm.

Day 3: Today we’ll be assisting a Trout Unlimited fisheries biologist on a morning of field work. Your child will learn the value of conservation and put it into action on one of our local rivers. We’ll probably sneak in a little fishing too! In the afternoon, we’ll learn some basic fly tying skills and spin up some bugs for our last day on the water.

Day 4: For our final day, we’ll meet a little earlier (730am) so that we have the option of traveling a little further afield and exploring some more remote waters in the mountains. Return to the fly shop around 5 pm.


**all participants (and their parents) receive a 15% discount on retail and guide trips following course completion.


Dates and Pricing Details

$1100 per kid 

August 2nd to 5th, 2021

Boys and Girls Age 10-14



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