Paul Vertrees Backcountry Fly Fishing Trips & Tenkara Products

Paul Vertrees Tenkara


Introducing Paul Vertrees...back-country adventure enthusiast, long time fly fishing guide and Tenkara aficionado. Paul has been a key Royal Gorge Anglers team member for some time now, and is not only one of the most experienced backcountry fly fishing guides in the Rockies...but a visionary and progressive in the niche Tenkara field. Our partnership with Dragontail Rods and Paul's Tenkara expertise combine to offer of the best product collaboration opportunities in the Tenkara industry. Please browse some of Paul's custom line products, our current stock of Dragontail products and backcountry & tenkara specific trip options below...and let us know if you have any questions at (888) 994-6743.


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Royal Gorge Anglers' tenkara guides specialize in backcountry trips in the canyons of Colorado's southern Rocky Mountains, with a focus on small water effectiveness with fixed-line fishing. We can accomodate a wide range of experience levels, ranging from anglers who are just starting out with tenkara, to experienced tenkara anglers who are looking for new backcountry adventures. We cover everything from traditional Japanese methods and fly patterns to cutting-edge American tenkara techniques such as nymphing, "matching the hatch", and terrestrials to name a few. We're not afraid to push the tenkara envelope, but we also value tenkara's historic Japanese roots.


Tenkara isn’t just for small water! Pushing the limits of tenkara is something we’ve spent a lot of time working on and perfecting. Taking tenkara to a larger river like the Arkansas will be an experience that will greatly expand your knowledge of fixed-line fly fishing on one of the top 10 trout fisheries in North America. The Arkansas holds more than a hundred miles of Gold Medal Water, and the granite crack of Bighorn Sheep Canyon is the epicenter! There we’ll focus on the huge pools, pockets, and boulder-studded edges along the river. Our tenkara guide has combined tenkara’s simplicity with innovative big-water techniques that produce, whether you’re casting dry flies, using traditional Japanese kebari patterns, nymphing, or throwing a hopper-copper-dropper rig. All are possible with a tenkara rod! Helping new or experienced tenkara anglers alike understand larger water and learn how to be effective is our goal. Your guide will provide all transportation, guiding and instruction, including a riverside lunch featuring unique, homemade cuisine.


This is an adventurous two-day backpack trip that will take you deep into the canyonlands of southern Colorado! Our expert wilderness fly fishing guide will safely lead you into a landscape that few anglers ever experience. The canyons of the Lower Grape Creek Wilderness Study Area offer unparalleled solitude and a fly fishing experience that is unmatched. This professionally guided three-day backpack/fly fishing trip is perfect for backcountry anglers who are interested in a wilderness trip, but may not have the gear or experience to do it alone. Our guide will provide a lightweight but comfortable backcountry camp outfitted with top-notch gear, prepare delicious meals, and guide you to small stream trout that can’t wait to take your fly. Join us for an unforgettable backcountry experience! Primetime dates: March through June 15, August 15 through November. *Please also note that we have several other alternative venues based on conditions, and we can customize this trip to fit your group's needs and wants. In addition, your fitness ability will be pre-qualified at or after booking to ensure your safety and enjoyment...however we do rate this as a moderately strenuous activity. *Please click the "rates & availability" button (right) to peruse extra trip info panels for a sample itenerary, trip photos, gear list, and what is provided to you on the trip.