Rick has been fly fishing for over thirty five years and started guiding in
1999.  As the business grew Rick decided to start Sky Blue Outfitters. Rick
prides himself as being one of the best "Dry Fly" fishing guide you will find
in Pennsylvania.  It does not matter if you are a novice or experienced fly
fisherman,  Rick offers a guided trip that will increase your understanding
and skill level.  If you want to learn how to "match the hatch", understand
the feeding pattern, identifying the hatch, type of rise, where and how to
cast, you have found the right guide. Rick will also teach you nymphing and
streamer fishing.  His simple "back to basic"  approach is great for the
beginner and the experienced fly fisherman who has forgot what got him to
where he is today. Rick feels the industry has gotten to complicated with all
the gear and techniques developed just to make a sale.
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       Rick Nyles, Licensed PA Fishing Guide
     Nick Raftas, Licensed PA Fishing Guide
Call or email Nick at 610-987-0073

Nick Raftas has been fly fishing for over 25 years and began guiding in
2011.  Nick is familiar with most of Pennsylvania's more popular rivers
as well as those lesser known rivers ranging from eastern to central,
Pennsylvania.  The majority of Nick's time is spent guiding on the Lehigh
River for trout and the Delaware and Susquehanna Rivers for
smallmouth bass.  Nick is one of the few guides that has been issued a
permit to run float trips through the Lehigh Gorge which offers a truly
western experience where you can fly fish over wild trout in a very
rugged and isolated setting.  

Nick has contributed to Field and Stream Magazine for hunting large
fall brown trout as well as the "Hook Shots" video series where he was
the featured guide for smallmouth bass fishing on the
Susquehanna River as well as a separate video on carp fishing.  Nick has
also contributed to other popular fly fishing publications and books.

Whether it be floating large rivers for trout and smallmouth bass,
fishing for wild brook trout on small mountain streams, casting at
finicky brown trout on spring creeks, stalking carp in lowland farm
creeks or throwing big flies at pike and musky that will crawl up your
arm to eat a fly Nick goes above and beyond to provide a unique
experience. These unique experiences do not go without notice as Nick's
clientele is booking year after year.
     Taylor Helbig, Licensed PA Fishing Guide
Call or email Rick at 610-987-0073
Call or email Taylor at 610-987-0073
For Taylor, fly fishing is a way of life. Through it, the fisher
becomes intimate with details of nature that are elusive and
otherwise unknown. After realizing the joys of becoming close
with flowing waters, Taylor was driven to share his passion: a
passion that began at age four and was accelerated when he
became a fly fishing addict during his days at State College.
There he honed his techniques for targeting wild trout on Spring
Creek, Penns Creek, Big Fishing Creek, the Little Juniata River,
and more. Experienced in all facets of fly fishing, he focuses
much of his time practicing the modern techniques of nymphing,
due to its year-round effectiveness for trout. In addition, he
obsessively pursues muskies, smallmouth bass, and carp with a fly
rod. Taylor’s greatest satisfaction comes from sharing the joys
of fly fishing, and helping others overcome obstacles to better
enjoy their time on the water. He will be available for guiding
and teaching in Southeastern and Central PA, along with leading
Destination Trips in PA and outside the state.
What clients are saying...

"My son and I went on the Sky Blue March Brown trip this year (2016)
with Rick and Taylor as our guides.  Their individual styles of guiding
and instruction complement one another allowing us to learn and

apply many varied and successful fly fishing techniques.

Rick and Taylor both have a broad and diverse knowledge of the

various streams we fished, the "hot spots", the hatches, and the
ecology. They put all this information together to

provide you with an enjoyable fishing experience. Their enthusiasm
is contagious and their dedication to your success is their priority.

We fished hard and caught many trout.  The highlight for me was
watching my son catch his largest trout ever; a gorgeous colorful

feisty brown.  We had the father-and-son
experience of a lifetime!  

Sal and Lowell, 2016
Learn from Nick's

Sky Blue Outfitters is one of the most experienced and comprehensive fly fishing guide
service in Pennsylvania. Rick Nyles, owner, started guiding in 1999 and formed SBO in 2002.

Rick has been fly fishing for over 40 years all around the state and country. All our guides

are native to Pennsylvania and have lived their whole life right here. SBO started running
day trips and packaged trips to central PA (lodging, food and guiding) to fish Penns,  Pine,
Spring, Little Juniata, Big Fishing Creek, Spruce Creek, Bald Eagle, Slate, Cedar,
Little Pine Creek, just to name the a few.

Rick was first licensed in New York, SBO ran trips to the Lake Placid area to fish the

West Branch of the Ausable and the Saranac rivers. As the business grew,  SBO added
Nick Raftas and Taylor Helbig to support and expand the business adding another
25 years of experience.

Over the years SBO has established itself as a leading guide service in PA. With the

addition of three drift boats, this will open up even more water to target Bass,
Pike and Musky. SBO offers (maybe first in PA) fly fishing guide service to  catch Carp.
Along with trips in PA, SBO offers unique trips to Montana (Trout) and the
Outer Banks targeting Redfish, Sea Trout  and Stripers. Future trips are being planned
to pursue Pike and Musky on a fly rod.  SBO and Nick Raftas have provided  services for
Field and Stream's Hook Shots videos programs.  

Come join us on one of our day trips, a drift down the Lehigh, Susquehanna rivers or

one of our many overnight packages targeting specific hatches to catch trout.

Trout Unlimited Endorsed Business
Rick placed 3rd in the Orvis Fly Tying Competition in 2015
Field & Stream named SBO in the top 90 guide services in the USA, 2016
SBO contributed to Bob Mallard's book "50 Best Places Fly Fishing in the Northeast"
SBO contributed to Tom Gilmore's book "Flyfisher's Guide to Pennsylvania"
Holly Flies, ALEKA Prostaff
StealthCraft (boats) Pro Staff
Just wanted to reach out and thank you for providing one of the best
fishing experiences we have ever had.  The knowledge,
professionalism, and passion you bring to your clients made this
one of the most remarkable experiences.  I can't stop thinking about
fly fishing and when I can get back out there!  Again, the experience
you gave us will last a lifetime.  Ed C. 2017
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