Meet Our Guides

The fly fishing guides at Colorado River Outfitters set the standard in providing you with a safe and enjoyable fly fishing experience. Our guides offer a brilliant knowledge of our local rivers, entomology and wild trout. Our guides are professionally trained and state certified guide instructors and river oarsmen. We are safe, patient, professional and prepared.

Paul Killino
Born to fish, forced to work. Paul starting fishing as a young boy on family vacations to Central Pennsylvania and the Jersey Shore.  Fishing the Rocky Mountains for 20 plus years, Paul guides year round for Colorado River Outfitters, only taking time off to experience fly fishing in other destinations of the world. Paul’s guiding history is marked by a high energy level and professional attention to deadline and detail. He demonstrates strong communication and interpersonal skills, capable of conveying credibility and enhancing customer satisfaction. “I am grateful to have a profession that I truly love and enjoy. Guiding gives me the opportunity to meet interesting people from all over the world, it’s fun, I have a great office and I simply enjoy seeing anyone catch their first fish on a fly."

Tim Hood
Born and raised in southern New Mexico, Tim did a lot of fishing besides fly fishing- even doing a stint as an amateur tournament bass fisherman. Since moving to Colorado in 2002, the lakes, streams and rivers have been his regular haunt thanks to a very understanding wife. “My grandfather and uncles taught me to fly fish in the small streams and high mountain lakes of the Gila in New Mexico when I was a kid but I really have fallen in love with Colorado. I took my first guided float trip in Cody, Wyoming in 2006 and realized how valuable time with a guide can be especially on new water. It’s rewarding to get kids started fishing and if I can help more experienced anglers shorten their learning curve on the local water, that’s fun as well.”

Tim McAdow
As a Colorado native, Tim grew up fly fishing many of the rivers throughout the Rocky Mountains with his father and brother. His passion for the sport is inspiring. He is an asset to our guiding team and simply a joy to spend time with on the river!  When not fishing in the high country, you will find him on the flats of Akumal, Tulum and Xcalak, Mexico. 

John Rounds
Born Ellicottville, NY, John spent his early years in his parents outdoor/ski shop. Most of those early years were spent skiing, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors. He attended the Orvis fly fishing school in Vermont, with his parents , when he was 12 and was soon fly fishing whenever he could. Backpacking/fishing trips included the Adirondacks, the Wind River Range, and lakes and streams in Colorado. John’s parents met on Vail Mountain in 1964 and John eventually ended up back in Vail where he graduated from Vail Mountain School. John has had the opportunity to fish all over the United States as well as parts of British Colombia, Mexico, and Chile. John, his wife, and three children now live in Eagle Ranch and can be often found on the slopes of Vail/Beaver Creek and the Colorado and Eagle Rivers. John has a number of successful business ventures that take up the majority of his time but part time guiding is one of the activities he most looks forward to. “I just plain love to fish and be a part of having other people experience the outdoors and fishing. The Vail/Eagle Valley is one of those rare places where you can experience a number of world class things and fishing and floating the gorgeous rivers here is certainly one of them.”
Eric Holle
Eric is a Colorado native with a passion for the outdoors. His first passion is Mountaineering, where he has climbed Colorado's 100 highest peaks, including all fifty-three 14,000ft peaks. Looking for more ways to enjoy the outdoors, Eric picked up fly fishing and now has a hard time deciding on how to spend his time outdoors, climbing or fishing. Eric grew up fishing for trout with his father and brother here in Colorado. To Eric, it is especially exciting to watch others learn the sport and catch fish, as it is to hook a fish himself!

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Anna Mattingly

Born and raised in Oregon, Anna spent a lot of time deep sea fishing off the Oregon coast in addition to fishing the beautiful rivers throughout the state. Anna relocated to Lake Tahoe in 2009 and pursued her passion for fly fishing and being outdoors - often finding herself catching beautiful trout on the Truckee River! Enjoying her fifth year in the Vail Valley, she has a talent for hospitality as well and works as a manger at a high end resort. What she enjoys most about being a guide is putting people on big fish and watching their excitement. Anna's passion for all things fish and our beautiful rivers is contagious!

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Keith Samuelson

Sammy grew up fishing the shores of Long Island Sound where he obtained his boating license years before his drivers license. He moved to the Vail Valley in 1993 and within a few years he traded in his kayak gear for a fly rod. Sammy has fly fished throughout the Rocky Mountain region and all across the Caribbean. "I truly love guiding for Paul and with the guides at CRO. It really is a team effort here, everyone puts forth a 100 effort to make each day special. We often joke that without the teamwork, you can't make the dream work". 

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