February 9th Spring Opener Fundraiser – Pat Dorsey on “Western US Rivers’ Tailwaters and Colorado’s Best Trout Streams” and Much More!

Pat Dorsey is a Denver, Colorado based fly fishing guide and co-owner of the Blue Quill Angler, a full-service fly shop that has served customers since 1988.  Pat has pursued selective Rocky Mountain trout for over thirty-five years and as a result has a vast knowledge and expertise fly fishing in Colorado’s legendary rivers’ tailwaters and streams.  As a master fly fishing guide Pat has helped anglers of all ages and skill levels discover the joy of fly fishing, knows the waters of Colorado better than almost anyone and is an expert on the equipment and flies needed to catch selective Rocky Mountain trout.  You can find additional information about Pat at his website.pat dorsey - rainbow trout

The Badger Fly Fishers are extremely thankful to the American Family Insurance Co. that its Spring Opener will once again be held at the American Family Insurance Training Center, Building A, 6000 American Parkway, Madison, WI.  The facility is outstanding and a perfect location for our event.  The Spring Opener fundraiser helps support local conservation projects.  As a result of attendees’ participation and support of this event the Badger Fly Fishers pat dorsey - brook trouthave been able to donate over $86,000 to improve Wisconsin’s fisheries through education and stream restoration projects.  A comprehensive list of these projects is included on the What We Do page.  The Spring Opener runs from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 9th.  The event includes 20+ fly tyers that provide hands-on expert instructions, a trade show with 20 or more vendors, a chance to win fabulous fly fishing related equipment in bucket raffles and a live auction that provides the opportunity to bid on spectacular fly fishing equipment and guided fishing trips.  Here are links to lists of the magnificent bucket raffle and lively auction items.  Admission for the day is only $10 for adults.  Children under 15 are admitted free.  An on-site lunch is available for a nominal charge.  The following is the schedule of activities for the day:

  •   8:00 – Registration opens, fly tying begins and commercial exhibits open.
  • 10:00 – Pat Dorsey’s presentation on “Fly Fishing Western US Rivers’ Tailwaters”.
  • 11:00 – Kid’s bucket raffle organized by the Wisconsin Smallmouth Alliance.
  • 11:15 – Lunch service downstairs begins and continues until 12:30.
  •   1:00 – Lively Auction.
  •   2:30 – Pat Dorsey’s presentation on “Fly Fishing Colorado’s Best Trout Streams”.
  •   4:30 – Bucket Raffle Drawings.

The Spring Opener event poster includes some additional information, a map with driving and parking directions can be found at this link and more information is available elsewhere on our website.  Please plan to attend this very important fundraising event for the Badger Fly Fishers that helps support the local conservation projects that all of us fly fishers enjoy and appreciate.


Buzz McFly