Fishing guide

Best Fishing Guide: Mitch Melichar, Anglers


Cutthroat Anglers fly fishing guide Mitch Melichar is pictured after a catch on the Colorado River below Glenwood Springs on September 14, 2020.
Photo by Mitch Melichar

During a break between college and graduate school in 1984, Mitch Melichar, originally from Minnesota, traveled to Summit County with his brother. He never left.

He came to ski, and over 35 years later you will likely find him fishing in local waters.

Melichar has been to Cutthroat Anglers for years, working for the famous Silverthorne boutique back when it was known as Columbine Outfitters and Arapahoe Anglers. He also guided a few other stores that no longer exist: Gold Medal Fly Shop and Summit Guides.

After growing up in spinning fishing on the lakes of Minnesota, Melichar began fly fishing in the early 1990s. He began working as a guide a few years later when his passion for fishing shifted from fishing to Fishing for loneliness to take on the challenge of finding the best insects to be successful on the water.

“Nothing against spinning fishing, but once I started fly fishing I fell in love with it,” said Melichar.

Melichar was pushed into guiding after hiring one of the Gold Medal Fly Shop owners for one of his personal businesses. He plugged Melichar into the world of professional fishing. When Gold Medal asked him to guide, he said he was not ready.

“And they said, ‘No one is ready to lead,’” said Melichar.

Melichar quickly learned to fish in local rivers within the mountain ecosystem, succeeding in different places at different times of the year. He began to appreciate the diversity of the waters in the greater Summit County area. Some of her favorite spots include wading behind the Cutthroat store in Silverthorne, South Platte, Roaring Fork, Colorado River, Yampa River – the list goes on and on.

These days, Melichar particularly enjoys float fishing.

“Quite frankly, because I’m over 60 now, it’s a lot easier on my body,” Melichar said. “But I think for most anglers this offers a legitimate chance to have a very successful day on the water, even if it’s their first time.”

As for what makes a great Summit County fishing guide, Melichar said it’s all about providing the experience that guests want rather than one that they would like to provide.

“There are a lot of great guides in the county, and the best offer the experience of meeting the needs of anglers and trying to give them a day to remember,” said Melichar. “It doesn’t always work, but that’s the point. It’s about giving the customer the best possible day given their fishing abilities and their expectations for the day.

Cutthroat Anglers can be found at 400 Blue River Parkway in Silverthorne.