Camp Caddis for Kids
Welcome to Camp Caddis. Hosted by Telluride Outside on the magical rivers of SW Colorado, Camp Caddis aims to inspire and educate young people in the captivating sport of fly fishing.
Our 5-day camps are offered for two age groups: 8-11 and 12-15. As a family-friendly guide service for over 30 years, Telluride Outside conceived Camp Caddis as an opportunity to enthrall our children by dedicating the very best resources to this endeavor.
Every aspect of Camp Caddis will reflect our mission, from top quality equipment to our clean and safe vehicles, use of world class private water, guest instructors and, most of all, our energetic professional guides chosen for their affinity for teaching.
Our maximum guest-to-guide ratio of 4:1 will more closely resemble a private guided trip than a typical summer camp. Each participant will receive extensive instruction, both 1-on-1 and in group settings. Camp Caddis is characterized by efficient handling to optimize fishing time each day. We have created an itinerary to be hosted on three different rivers with a menu of fly fishing scenarios intended to impart a broad base of experience and related skills while offering the elements of pure fun that keep children excited about each successive day.
|Day 1: Introduction to fly fishing on the Uncompahgre River|
|9:00 am||Meet your instructors at Telluride Outside. Each child will be issued equipment for the week and we will review the schedule and expectations.|
|9:30 am||Drive to Pa-co-chu-puk State Park on the Uncompahgre River (55 minutes north via HWYs 145, 62 and 550).|
|10:30 am-12:30 pm||Intro to fly fishing classroom. Modeled after our acclaimed "Local's School," we begin the week with a two-hour classroom style session with rotating stations that focus on major subject areas, including casting, insect identification, fly selection and rigging/knot tying. We deploy plenty of props to make this a hands-on learning experience that taps our children's curiosity from the first moment.|
|1:15-4:00 pm||On-the-water instruction on both ponds and the river at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk. We will use every element of this gifted natural classroom to impart a learn-it-while-you-do-it approach to Camp Caddis.|
|4:00-5:00 pm||Drive back to Telluride Outside.|
|Day 2: On the water instruction and guided fishing on the Upper Dolores River|
|9:00 am||Meet at Telluride Outside and drive to the Upper Dolores River (public lands approximately 30 minutes south from Telluride on HWY 145).|
|9:45 am-12:30 pm||Fly fishing the Upper Dolores River with emphasis on tactics and style. The Upper Dolores is a small river with lots of structure. This an ideal place to learn the intricacies of trout habit and a practical approach to trout fishing while wading easily in this stream of modest size and water volume.|
|1:15-4:15 pm||Fishing the Upper Dolores with an emphasis on catching some fish and having a great time. For both confidence and the thrill of success, It is important for kids to start catching fish early in the week. The Upper Dolores offers an ideal setting with high odds of success.|
|4:15-5:00 pm||Drive back to Telluride Outside.|
|Day 3: Paddle board fly fishing at Cascabel Club|
|9:00 am||Meet at Telluride Outside and drive to Cascabel Club on the San Miguel River (40 minutes west on HWY 145).|
|9:45-10:45 am||Learn the basics of paddle boarding on Cascabel Club's two private ponds. Safety and baseline skills will be learned as each child has the opportunity to use their own paddle board for this special session. Proper safety equipment, including personal floatation devices, will be utilized at all times.|
|10:45 am-12:30 pm||Casting instruction on the ponds. This is the perfect setting to isolate the most critical skill in fly fishing. The ponds are loaded with large fish and offer easy casting access from all banks.|
|1:15-4:00 pm||Fly fishing on paddle boards in the Cascabel ponds. Your children will probably never have more fun. This engaging approach to fly fishing combines two different inherently enjoyable activities in an entertaining afternoon that is sure to provide plenty of photo opps, both with and without fish.|
|4:00-5:00 pm||Drive back to Telluride Outside.|
|Day 4: Hike-in creek fishing to the Upper East Fork Dolores or Bear Creek|
|9:00 am||Meet at Telluride Outside and drive to trailhead (25 and 50 minutes south from Telluride, respectively, on Highway 145).|
|9:45-10:45 am||Hike 1-2 miles up trail to access the creek in a remote area.|
|10:45 am-3:45 pm||Fly fishing on a small alpine stream for wild fish. Lunch will be taken at the appropriate interval. Our students will be divided into smaller groups with a specific guide for the whole day, rather than descending upon the creek like a swarm of locust. These creeks offer some of the finest wild trout fishing in Colorado, the perfect opportunity to catch gorgeous fish on dry flies and learn the value of conservation.|
|3:45-5:00 pm||Hike out and drive back to Telluride Outside.|
Frequently Asked Questions
Licenses? Children under 16 years of age do not require a license.
Lunch? Telluride Outside provides a healthy and delicious lunch every day for our students. We are happy to accommodate dietary restrictions.
Gratuities? Tips are included in the price of Camp Caddis.
Fly fishing equipment? Students who own their own equipment are encouraged to bring it along. The use of Telluride Outside's top quality rods, reels, waders and boots is included with Camp Caddis. Both before and after the camp, parents will be offered a discount coupon for the purchase of fly fishing equipment for their young angler from Telluride Angler, our fly shop.
Each child should bring the following articles every day:
Meet the Instructors
Allie grew up in a small town in Massachusetts and relocated to Colorado after working and studying out West.
Before coming to Telluride Outside, she was a fly fishing guide at Teton Valley Ranch Camp in Wyoming. There, she was in charge of the fly fishing program where she taught an age range of 9-17 year olds and integrated fly tying, day trips into the Wind River Range, fly fishing based backpacking/pack trips and much more.
Allie loves helping kids catch their first trout on a fly rod and sparking a life-long hobby.
Chris grew up fishing for striped bass on Martha's Vineyard, and for brook trout in the Adirondacks.
While attending the University of Vermont, he fell in love with fly fishing for rainbows and browns in the rivers surrounding Burlington, VT. Soon after finishing school, he moved to Telluride to be amongst larger mountains, rivers, and trout.
Chris loves teaching kids about the San Juans, rivers, fish, and how to catch them.
Will Roberts is a junior at the Telluride Mountain School. He loves, skiing, playing music, and of course, fly-fishing.
Will attended the student program offered by Flyfish Guanaja for several consecutive years. During his time there, he fly-fished for various species of fish including snook, bonefish, tarpon, and permit. He's fished in the Northeast for wild brook trout, Southern, Louisiana Marshes for redfish, and in various streams and rivers in his home state of Colorado for all kinds of trout.
Last year he spent time data sampling with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, working on an independent research project and, when he could, fly fishing for red drum off the coast of Louisiana. He ties most of his own saltwater flies and, like any committed angler, shows a fascination for, and is constantly gaining knowledge of the ecosystems and the behavior of the wildlife within them everyday that he's out on the water.
To learn more about Camp Caddis or to register a young angler,
please call Telluride Outside: 1-800-831-6230.