Thanks again to both of you for sharing your time, talents and the river with us. After you have lived on the river and known it as long as you have, I'm sure there's something a little set apart or sacred about it, and to share it with strangers has to be a little different. Thanks to both of you, and especially you Rita, for adding to the tapestry that is Natalie's life. She had the time I was hoping she would and developed the confidence to go at it and succeed the following day. She's already talking of "the next time" and scheming how she can bargain her brother out of his ne'er used rod and reel. Great memories made. Thanks again, Dan Merki
Marmot Madness...from the client's perspective. (see Marmot Madness story in Essays section) My Son and I are truly "fish 'til dark" types. We don't get to take trout trips often so we try to maximize our time on the water. We've heard some guides brag, "I was off the river by 3:30 today." That's not the type of guide we want when we're forking out $$$ but, back to the Marmot day. Rita is NOT one of those "3:30 off the river guides." She cheerfully guided us on the Conejos a few years ago until the sun was hanging low in the sky. We had to walk up a long fairly steep hill to get back to her SUV. My Son and Rita got there just a little ahead of me and, as I got to the fence crossing I could see them both crawling around with their heads under Rita's SUV. At first glance I thought maybe they lost something or were checking out a flat. Then I was told of the missing keys. We looked for them for some time and finally hitched a ride in the back of a pickup back to the fly shop after walking initially for a few hundred yards. Our cell phones, wallets, shoes, and some cash all locked up in the SUV. After retrieving a spare key, Rita had our items for us the next morning as she came to the fly shop for that day's expedition. We didn't hear of the Marmot theft until the following day. In the mean time, we were accused (jokingly, I think) of having hidden her keys to keep her out on the river longer. After she found the keys by the Marmot burrow entrance we were renamed "The Gopher Guys" or so I was told. Our day ended a little strange but, it was a great day of fishing. Rita is a top notch guide who taught us new techniques and made the day very pleasurable and successful. Her assistance and instruction helped me become a better fly fisherman. I hope to fish with her again and highly recommend her to anyone seeking a guided fishing trip. Tight Lines!
Rita Adams combines an unsurpassed knowledge of fly fishing with great humor and an infectious zeal for life. Simply stated, Rita is not only a tremendous fishing guide, she’s an extraordinary human being. I count the days I have spent fly fishing with her among the most enjoyable of my life. Joe Garrett Berkeley, California
Rita, I just wanted to tell you how much fun my wife Joey and I had with you on our fishing trip last Tuesday on the Culebra. The river and surrounding country was beautiful. We have taken several trips with guides and you are the best, not to take anything away from the others but you exceeded our expectations. Joey and I thank you again for the wonderful memory you helped us have…oh yea the Browns helped as well…We will see you again soon I hope. Eddie and Joey…your Okie friends.
I first fished with Rita Rose seven years ago on the Conejos river in Southern Colorado. Since then I have been lucky enough to fish with her all over the world: from catching my first Permit in Mexico and Bonefish in the Bahamas to the beautiful browns and rainbows of the Futaleufu River in Chilean Patagonia and Redfish in Louisiana. Rita is a wonderful fishing guide and travel companion. Her language skills make foreign travel seamless, and her level of professionalism, charm and patience is an asset on any trip. She is a remarkable young lady. I look forward to many more adventures on the water. Wenert Trich, Longview, TX