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20 Years of Experience


John Keefover is a Colorado native who’s been fly fishing since he was 14. Growing up near Pine, the South Platte naturally became (and still is) his home water. He likes to joke that he was educated at Deckers College, got his Masters at the Dream Stream Institute, and his Ph.D. at the University of Cheesman Canyon. He has been guiding professionally through the Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen since 2005, with mentors like Pat Dorsey and other great Quill guides.


See some of Colorado's most beautiful waters


John spends over 200 days a year on the water, pursuing the art and science of deceiving trout. “It’s all about time on the water,” he says. “If I’m not guiding, I’m still out there doing what I call research and development.” He logs all his trips in terms of weather, stream flows, hatches, and hot flies, always keeping a finger on what’s going on throughout the season. This data-based discipline may be what gives him his uncanny knack for what’s going to work, where and when.

Perhaps his most distinctive quality as a guide is keeping the focus on the client. “It’s not about how good a fisherman I am, but putting my guests in a good place with the confidence to succeed.” He prides himself in his preparation and attention to detail – his client’s skill level, needs, expectations, and what they want to learn, in order to deliver the best fly fishing experience possible.


Our Fishing Destinations


Experience some of the best fly fishing in the Rocky Mountains. These are some of our favorite waters that hold various species of trout such as Rainbow, Cutthroat, Brown and Cutbows. 

Some of the waters I guide

South Platte River

Cheeseman Canyon


Dream Stream

Colorado River

Williams Fork

Blue River

Fishing Rod

What are people saying?

“John Keefover is a different kind of guide, more humble and unassuming than some of the show-offs I’ve encountered in my career.  He’s given my wife and I some unforgettable experiences on the Platte, and I highly recommend him for his people skills as well as his technical knowledge.”

Ed Dentry

former Outdoor Writer for The Rocky Mountain News

“Keefover has such a calm, polite and soft-spoken approach to guiding that I call him “Gentleman John.”  At the same time I have seldom seen such enthusiasm and passion for the sport, nor anyone better at communicating it to others and building their confidence.  I never fail to learn new things from him, and he counts as one of my all-time favorite guides.”

Hugh Gardner

former publisher of Rocky Mountain Streamside & Western Field Editor for The Angling Report

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