Guides

Chris Galvin – Owner/Guide

Background

Originally an Ohio native, I’ve been fishing since around the age of five.  Something about fishing clicked with me immediately, like it was part of my DNA.  Growing up, I fished for almost every species that swam near me.  Largemouth bass in local lakes were my favorite target.  Occasionally I would make it to Lake Erie for walleye and perch.  Next came trout and smallmouth bass in Michigan, followed by a long list of inshore and offshore species in Florida.  As my addiction grew, I began recording every fishing show I could find.  Magazines were my other source of new information, which I snuck into school regularly… sorry Mom.

After moving to Denver Colorado in 1992, I knew learning to fly fish was important to get the most out of the state’s trout streams and lakes.  I sought the expertise of local fly fishing guides to learn skills.  Books, magazines, and classes rounded out my growing obsession. Nearby Cheesman Canyon on the South Platte River became my favorite fishery.  I started taking friends there and soon realized how satisfying it was to help them experience catching trout on the fly! This led to my pursuit of becoming a professional fly fishing guide. Fourteen years later, Galvin Guiding was born.  I’m always eager to learn new wrinkles of the sport.  Luckily, fly fishing is an sport that allows for continuous growth and learning.

Competitive Fly Fishing

The desire to keep getting better led me to competitive fly fishing.  I was introduced to it starting with the 2006 National Fly Fishing Championships held in Boulder, CO.  The coaches of Fly Fishing Team USA wanted an all-Colorado team to serve as a benchmark to their current team anglers., and I was picked to join. To almost everyone’s surprise, our team ended up with the bronze medal and I placed 10th individually.  Boom… I became addicted and kept searching for new and cutting edge information from the U.S. and abroad.  A love affair with competitive fly angling has followed.  I’ve competed in four to five fly fishing tournaments per year ever since, including each of the U.S. National Fly Fishing Championships.  Most recently I was able to win the 2015 Conejos Superfly and the 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 South Platte Pro-Am Carp Slams.

Competitive fly angling for trout helps keep me on top of new techniques, equipment, and flies.  Most every competition I’ve attended follow the FIPS Mouche rules of fly angling.  Most notably, you can’t use attached weight or indicators on your line.  These restricitons actually open up the angler to an array of new possibilities to catch fish.  It was from competitive fly fishing that European Nymphing or euronymphing was born.  Though I prefer to call it “competition nymphing“.  I’ve enjoyed competing across the country over the years.  Tournaments in Oregon, Idaho, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Colorado have broadened my game and taught me to catch trout in different types of waters.

My Other Addiction – Carp

It is becoming no secret that I have an obsession with love to fly fish for carp.  The angling public is quickly catching on about how fun this species is to pursue with a fly rod!  Fishing to carp with a fly is a new frontier for many fly anglers.  A guided carp fly fishing trip can help get you started in this niche. Check out our dedicated carp page right here.

Guiding Style

When asked to describe my guiding style, the words “technical” and “patient” come to mind.  I feel instruction is an integral part of the guided experience.  The skills required to catch fish can be broken down into steps that are easy for anyone to learn. I’ve spent thousands of hours guiding fly anglers and fly fishing personally. My goal is to be able to answer most questions, especially why and how. Novices should not be intimidated by the common myth that the sport is difficult to learn.  With proper instruction, the learning curve is not too steep – but it sure is fun!

Scott Shaw

Scott’s love of fishing started at the age of five in Kaysville, Utah. He loved fishing for the bass, carp, catfish and bluegill in three nearby warm water ponds with spinning tackle.Scott moved to Arvada, Colorado to finish his senior year of high school and purchased his first fly rod soon after.Guide Scott Shaw As his new obsession for fly fishing grew, he explored small streams, rivers, and stillwaters all over Colorado and other western states.  Some of his favorite rivers to fly fish are The Bighorn, Eleven Mile Canyon, The Taylor River, and The Frying Pan.

Scott’s friendly, easy-going personality is infectious to those fortunate enough to spend a day with him. He has been teaching and sharing his love of fly fishing for many years to friends (and complete strangers!) he meets on the river.  Guidiing allows him to expand his love for the sport and pass on his extensive knowledge of and passion for fly fishing to you.

 

Doug Freemann

Doug was born and raised in the Philadelphia area, where we picked up fly fishing at a young age. Cutting his teeth on Pennsylvania’s technical and heavily-pressured spring creeks, he rapidly progressed as angler through his teenage years. In 2013, he earned a spot as a member of the U.S. Youth Fly Fishing Team, staying on for five years. Competitions and team practices would take him to every corner of the U.S. where he learned from the most talented anglers and fished the nation’s best trout waters.  Through his time on Team U.S.A. Youth he fished in three World Youth Fly Fishing Championships, helping to secure a team Silver Medal in Galicia, Spain.

Well-dressed U.S. Youth Fly Fishing Team members embrace with medals around necks.
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In 2017 he served as the captain of the U.S. Team at the W.Y.F.C. where they came from behind to win a team bronze medal in Solvenia’s Savinja Valley. His experiences in competitive angling are now the cornerstone of his knowledge and ability on the water, having been fortunate to learn from the nation’s best.

Doug is currently a senior at Colorado State University. He has continued his angling pursuits throughout college in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. During the summer of 2019, he guided on a long private stretch of the North Platte River. Now focusing his attention on the northern Colorado region, he is ecstatic to be a member of the Galvin Guiding team!  He hopes to ensure client’s happiness on the water, while also constantly refining techniques to maximize success. He views fly fishing as a lifestyle and spends every possible day on the water. He is easygoing and relaxed, while also always striving to help clients find success and production on the water. From those anglers interested in getting into the nuts and bolts of angling technique and refining advanced skills to those just looking to get their feet wet in the sport of fly fishing, Doug has you covered. With a deep passion for sharing the pursuits he enjoys the most with others, he is well-equipped to show you a fantastic day on the water!

Ed Mulhern

Ed hails originally from Boise, Idaho, and has been fly fishing since his early teens. He moved to Colorado in 2010 to attend the Colorado School of Mines and has lived around Denver ever since. Late in his college career he began competing on the Fly Fishing Team USA circuit, and has competed in two U.S. National Championships to date.
Ed prefers fishing the freestone streams of northern and central Colorado, and has also love exploring the stillwaters of Colorado and southern Wyoming. Additionally, he has fished for bonefish, tarpon, and snook in Belize.
His time spent competing has him favoring tight-line nymphing (Euronymphing) or dry-dropper setups, but he’s quick to switch to dry flies when the fish start rising! In lakes, he prefers to fish loch-style, drifting with the wind in a driftboat or float tube. There, he enjoys stripping streamers or crawling bugs on a full-sinking line.