Taylor Creek Fly Shop: Guide and Shop Positions Available

Founded in 1976, Taylor Creek Fly Shop is Western Colorado’s oldest and friendliest year-round fly shop and guide service, located on the banks of the Fryingpan River in Basalt, Colorado. We will be hiring two full time seasonal shop employees for the 2021 summer season and potentially a few float guides, with the possibility for a shop employee staying on full time through the winter of 2021/2022. 

Taylor Creek is a fast-paced environment and the typical work day is quite busy in the morning, noontime and late afternoon connecting guests to their guides and assisting visitors interested in fishing the local waters. The ideal candidate has retail experience, is a self-starter, a hard worker, detail oriented, great with people, and should have deep knowledge of all things fly fishing. This includes entomology, fly tying, salt water advice, fresh and salt water gear, performance clothing, writing, social media, and knowledge of all local waters and how to access them.

Shop Employee Responsibilities:
Assist with reservations over the phone
Daily stocking and replenishing
Lots of cleaning- dusting, shop exterior, restrooms etc
Writing River Reports
Assisting guests on the sales floor
Teaching classes to beginners
Ability to work weekends and holidays
Helping guests with fly selection, rigging and stream access
Helping local youth in fishing clinics
Assisting with shipping and receiving product
A clean and tidy appearance 
The ability to prioritize and not get flustered during busy times or in dealing with difficult people
Ringing up guests at the register, cash handling
Greeting and thanking every guest that enters or leaves the fly shop

We are also looking to hire a few float guides for the upcoming season, ideal candidates should have an intimate knowledge of all streams, lakes and rivers here in the Roaring Fork Valley in Colorado, as well as guiding experience on the majority of these waters. Potential guides that are inexperienced should consider a shop position for a year or two, to gain knowledge of how we operate, to get to know our clientele and guide staff, and have a chance to learn our culture.

Guide Responsibilities:
Deep knowledge of our local waters and how to fish them with clients of any ability level, regardless of conditions and weather
Preparedness, patience, promptness, kindness and good communication skills
A clean and reliable vehicle and well-maintained drift boat
Knowledge of all regulations and commercial outfitter policies and rules
A clean and tidy appearance
Providing quality meals and beverages to clients
Up to date on CPR and First Aid certification 
Calling guests prior to trips to check in and firm up meeting times and places
Keeping track of all Forest Service and other usage in detail
Fully prepared with quality rods, reels, flies, lines and other necessary gear
A team player

These positions should come available in June and typically end in mid-October, and the right candidate may have the possibility to stay on as a full time shop employee through winter 2021 and beyond. Please send your resume to sspooner@vailresorts.com and we look forward to chatting with potential candidates.

TCFS is an equal opportunity service provider operating under a special use permit from the White River National Forest, USDA Forest Service, the BLM and Division of Wildlife. Outfitter Number 1942.

Scott Spooner
Store Manager
Taylor Creek Fly Shops