History Of Sky Blue Outfitters Guide Service

  • Catching Memories Since 1999

Rick guiding on the West Branch of the AuSable River, New York Circa 2002

Sky Blue Outfitters LLC has been in business since 1999 when Rick started guiding in Pennsylvania. Because of his travel to the Adirondack Park in New York, Rick decided to get his NY license in 2002 and to start running packaged trips to the West Branch of the Ausable River. Since then, Sky Blue has been putting together packaged trips to Central PA, Delaware River, Outer Banks, Montana and Labrador.  Over the years Sky Blue has grown into one of the most comprehensive guide service in Pennsylvania offering day trips, drift boat trips and overnight destination trips. We have the most experienced guide teams in the state. The team of Dave Rothrock, Dave Allbaugh, Brian Shumaker, Bill Nolan, Derek Eberly and Taylor Helbig have well over 100 years of guiding experience all around Pennsylvania and outside the state for Trout, Pike, Muskie, Bass, Redfish, Seatrout and Mahi-Mahi.  Each staff member has different skill sets to provide the client with education, fishing techniques and most important, how to catch more fish.  

Sky Blue is the only GOLD LEVEL Trout Unlimited Endorsed Business in Pennsylvania. The Sky Blue Guide Staff has contributed to books on fly fishing in Pennsylvania and the Northeast, along with contributing to local and national magazines. COME LEARN FROM OUR EXPERIENCE and Catch A Memory! sm               

Brian Shumaker   Rick Nyles   Taylor Helbig   Dave Allbaugh   Dave Rothrock

Missing Derek Eberly, Bill Nolan

Link To Guide Profiles>>>

 Sky Blue Guides contributed to “Keystone Fly Fishing”

Sky Blue Guides contributed to Bob Mallard’s book “50 Best Places Fly Fishing in the Northeast”  

Sky Blue Guides contributed to Tom Gilmore’s book “Flyfisher’s Guide to Pennsylvania”

Rick placed 3rd in the ORVIS Fly Tying Contest for his Green Drake Pattern

We cannot name all the publications we have contributed to…

Brian Shumaker, Rick Nyles, Dave Allbaugh, Taylor Helbig, Derek Eberly and Dave Rothrock have accumulated many awards and have contributed to many fly fishing events, publications/print media and digital media around the country.


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