Guides

Chris Galvin

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.  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 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!

Cam Chioffi

Cam was born in Fort Collins Colorado, but his family promptly moved to Massachusetts where he was raised outside the city of Boston. At the age of 14 he attended his first US Youth Fly Fishing Team Clinic in State College, PA where mentors like George Daniels, Joe Humpreys, and Lance Wilt taught him the techniques that take trout more effectively in rivers than any other method. Since then Cam has become the most decorated youth angler the international competitive fly fishing circuit has seen.

After placing third at the 2012 National Championships Cam was one of 6 selected from the United States to travel to Ireland for a World Championship the following year. With the help of his team and coach Paul Bourcq, he won an individual and team gold medal at the Championships in Dundalk Ireland, 2013. In following years his team would go on to win two more consecutive gold medals in the 2014 and 2015 championships, Nowy Targ, Poland and Vail, Colorado, taking a silver individual medal in Poland. Cam finished his time with the youth team winning a silver team medal in Galicia, Spain. The biggest takeaway from the five year experience was how much could be accomplished with the right team of people and an optimistic attitude. He is very grateful for the support from his parents and the lessons he learned traveling the world with a tight knit group of skilled anglers and coaches.

He began his guiding career in 2015 after graduating from Weston High School. During a gap year he spent 225 days on the water mostly running guided raft trips for Harrison Anglers on the Deerfield and Swift rivers. As a student now he typically spends summers guiding float trips on the phenomenal rivers nestled in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. While at school, he mainly guides within the Front Range and fishes a variety of the trophy trout and pike fisheries east and west of the Rockies. Cam prides himself on being a multifaceted angler and is currently most obsessed with chasing freshwater predator fish like pike and musky. Fly Fishing is a dynamic sport and rewards dedication to the craft. You can’t be too young or too old to start. You never stop learning new things, and most importantly it never stops teaching you about other aspects of life.  It is Cam’s mission to share his passion and knowledge for the sport, promote stewardship for our natural resources, and bring a fresh perspective to the sport of fly fishing.

Jeremy Elms

Jeremy, a Colorado native, started fishing his home state as many of us do, with conventional tackle. A move to South Florida in 2002 gave him the opportunity to advance and broaden his fishing experience, chasing a multitude of species. After moving back to Colorado in 2010, Jeremy has become a dedicated (some might say obsessive) fly fisherman spending a lot of time on the water. He became enamored with the state’s stunning varieties of trout, and their habitats from the front range creeks to to high mountain rivers and lakes. Jeremy frequently travels to Wyoming to pursue the trout of the North Platte. In addition, he still flies to Florida for all kinds of fresh and salt water species including tarpon, snook, and peacock bass. Frequently, you’ll find Jeremy on our local watershed, the Denver South Platte (DSP), or one of our local lakes fly fishing for carp. His goal is to knock our very own 4x Carp Slam champion, Chris Galvin, off the top of the podium! Jeremy is a well rounded angler, comfortable with both fly and spin gear. Book a trip with the colorful Jeremy and be prepared for laughs, adventure, and fish!

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.  He has recently joined Galvin Guiding to expand his love for the sport and pass on his extensive knowledge of fly fishing to our clients.

 

Kirk Lewis

Kirk grew up in Casper Wyoming, and started fly fishing with his father and avid fly fisherman around the age of 10. He and his father fished streams throughout central and southern Wyoming. After moving to Colorado in 2000 Kirk has Fly fished throughout colorado and the front range extensively, concentrating mostly on trout.  Kirk enjoys fishing streams and stillwater alike, he began guiding to pass along knowledge gained from many years of enjoyment on the water.  Kirk has been working and competing for a place on Fly Fishing Team USA.  He competes in regional events throughout the nation, against some of the finest anglers. Currently he is ranked well in his pursuit to make Fly Fishing Team USA and we hope his efforts payoff!

Ed Mulhern

Ed hails originally from Boise, Idaho, and has been fly fishing since his early teens. He moved to Colorado in 2010 for school and has lived around Denver ever since. Late in his college career he became affiliated with 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 a dry-dropper-dropper setup, but is 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.