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Andy Sparhawk

Fly fishing expert
Fly Fishing
Trout Fishing
Fishing in Colorado


  • Professional outdoor writer with more than a decade of experience
  • Proud resident of Colorado and avid fly fisher and fly tyer
  • Skilled editor and former head of content for Craftbeer.com


Andy Sparhawk is a passionate fly fisher who lives in the Colorado in the heart of the Rockies. He is an experienced writer and editor who puts his personality into his work for Tackle Village and other outdoor publications. He enjoys fly fishing for trout in the Denver area and beyond. From slinging streamers in big rivers to targeting midge feeders in alpine lakes, Andy is happy to take on the challenges of fly fishing and tell great stories about it. He's not afraid to tackle bluegill, smallmouth bass, crappie and other species on the fly rod. His passion is exposing others to the sport of fly fishing through making his writing entertaining and accessible.

Education and Professional Life

Andy graduated from the Metropolitan State Universty of Denver with a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing. For more than a decade, Andy worked with the Brewer's Association as their digital content editor and then editor in chief of the association's highly regarded website Craftbeer.com. Along with beer, his other passion has always been fly fishing and he's combined his work for the association with regular freelance writing on fly fishing for Tackle Village and other leading publications.

Personal Life

Andy is kept busy raising a young family, writing and enjoying his passion for fly fishing, craft brewing and spending time in beautiful outdoors in Colorado.

More From Andy Sparhawk

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The 15 Best Fly Fishing Rivers in Colorado: Expert Guide

Colorado fly fishing is as renowned as the state’s craft beer scene or perhaps the Denver Broncos (not the past couple of years, though). Fly fishing Colorado’s numerous rivers is ... Read more
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How to Choose the Best Fly Fishing Tippet: Size, Material & Brand

We’ve all been there. Scanning a fly shop wall covered in dozens of spools and plastic baggies adorned with various colors and technical jargon for lines that prove so vital ... Read more
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Best Fly Tying Kit: 7 2023 Starter Sets Reviewed

Few experiences are as exhilarating as catching a fish on a fly rod. If you fly fish, you know the thrill, but one thing that takes the exuberance level even ... Read more
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Fly Fishing a Cicada Hatch: Essential Tips for Success

Every angler has a fabled hatch on their list. Here in the Rockies, we have the Mother’s Day Caddis hatch, summertime tricos on the Platte, and let’s not forget the ... Read more
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The Best Fly Fishing YouTube Channels: Our 12 Favorites

One of the great things about fly fishing is that it gets us (and little ones) off our screens and into nature. However, living in a digital world has its ... Read more
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Fly Fishing for Bluegill: Essential How-To Guide

Some of my earliest memories are of stepping through a barbed-wire fence and following my dad and brother down a dirt trail leading to a local pond to chase hungry ... Read more
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Best Beginner Fly Fishing Combos: 9 Top Rod & Reel Options (2023)

Fly fishing is an exciting pastime that combines the excitement of fishing with the opportunity to get outside and be active. For beginners, however, the specialized equipment can make learning ... Read more
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Best Fly Tying Books Of All Time: 15 Essential Works

The best fly tying books go beyond lists of materials and step-by-step instruction. Many include tying tips, etymology insights, and a strategy for fishing the flies you tie. Our list ... Read more
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The 25 Best Fly Fishing Books: Contemporary and Classic

We can’t always be fly fishing. No matter how hard we try. Luckily, there is always a great book about our shared pursuit in those times. The first mention of ... Read more
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The History of Fly Fishing: A Short Guide

No one knows who invented fly fishing. The history of fly fishing is as old as humankind itself. And while the distinct origins of fooling fish with an imitation meal ... Read more
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The Best Fiberglass Fly Rods: 9 Expert Picks Reviewed (2023)

The best fiberglass fly rods transport the angler back to a simpler time (and style of fly fishing). Fly fishing was a serene and slow endeavor before high-tech innovations in ... Read more
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The Cutbow Trout: A Rainbow Trout and Cutthroat Trout Hybrid

A cutbow trout species is a fertile hybridization of a female cutthroat trout’s eggs and bigger male rainbow trout sperm. This fish, a favorite of anglers of all types, exhibits ... Read more