Meet The Guides

Rick Nyles

Rick Nyles has been fly fishing for over forty years and started guiding in 1999.  As the business grew Rick decided to start Sky Blue Outfitters.  Rick prides himself on 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 guided trips that will increase your understanding and skill level when fishing for rising trout.  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 techniques.  His simple “back to basic” approach for fishermen who have forgotten what got them where they are today.  Rick feels the industry has gotten too complicated with all the gear and techniques developed just to make a sale.  

Placed 3rd in the ORVIS Fly Tying Contest with his Green Drake pattern.  

Celebrity Fly Tier and Presenter at The Fly Fishing Shows 

Contributed to Bob Mallard’s book “50 Best Places Fly Fishing in the Northeast”. 

Contributed to Tom Gilmore’s book “Flyfisher’s Guide to Pennsylvania”.  

Rick contributed to numerous articles in newspapers and magazines. Fly Tying, Central PA Creeks and Hatches, just to name a few. 

 Active with Trout Unlimited and Contributor to their Blog. 

Main Office and Rick

           610-987-0073        

 rick@skyblueoutfitters.com


Nick Raftas

In 2011 Nick Raftas joined Sky Blue Outfitters as a full-time fishing guide.  Nick brings close to 30 years of fly fishing experience to Sky Blue outfitters.  In Spring and fall, Nick spends most of his time running float trips on the Lehigh River for trout and his summers are spent guiding on the Susquehanna and Juniata Rivers for smallmouth bass.

Over the years Nick has worked hard to learn as many different fisheries as possible and is providing Sky Blue Outfitter’s clients with some of the best fishing opportunities available in Pennsylvania.  Nick also regularly hosts trips to Montana, Michigan, Outer Banks, and the Upper Delaware River. 

In 2017 Nick became an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide.  Nick also authored an article in Fly Fisherman Magazine and has contributed to Field and Stream Magazine. Nick has also been a featured fishing guide in multiple Field and Stream’s video series “Hook Shots.”

During Nick’s days off from guiding Nick likes to spend his time with his wife and 2 daughters as well as supporting Trout Unlimited functions and other local conservation efforts. 

Nick Raftas

 Email 

      610-500-3147      


        

Taylor Helbig

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 over come 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.

Taylor Helbig

 Email

       610-906-6790      


 

 

 Dave Allbaugh

Dave Allbaugh is a licensed Pennsylvania guide, wet fly tier, and owner of Wet Fly Waterguides. He has been fly fishing since the 1970’s, and has concentrated his efforts at the famed waters of Central and North Central Pennsylvania, specifically streams like; Spring Creek, Penn’s Creek, Little Juniata, Kettle Creek, and Big Pine Creek. Dave specializes in the classic art of wet fly fishing. His mission is to educate new and seasoned fly fishermen about the largely forgotten art of wet fly fishing, and to show exactly how productive wet flies can be throughout the year. Over the past 30 years, Dave has spent countless hours on the stream and at the vice, perfecting and designing highly effective wet fly patterns and customized wet fly leaders. His unique guide service is one of a very few in the country that focuses on fishing with wet flies throughout the year. Dave takes great pride in teaching his clients that this lost art of fly fishing is as effective today as in the past. Dave has given numerous seminars and demonstrations on wet fly fishing to local TU chapters, FFF clubs, Boy Scout troops, H.S. fly fishing clubs, and fly fishing shows.

Dave Allbaugh

 814-322-4755    wetflywg@gmail.com 

Website:  wetflywaterguides