GUIDES

THE BASICS

Tightline Outdoors operates on special use permits on more than a dozen reservoirs and offers guide trips all year and at all different times of the day. Your guide will meet you at a specific location at the reservoir on the day of your trip. Tightline will provide all the fishing gear needed for your day of fishing.

Following is a list of items that we suggest you bring on the day of the trip:

  • A valid Colorado Fishing License (A second rod stamp can be helpful in some situations)
  • Appropriate clothing as Colorado has weather that is quick to change (Ask your guide for suggestions on clothing)
  • Snacks and drinks, no Alcohol please. Your Guide will have bottled water on the boat but bring any additional food or drink you would like.
  • Sun Screen
  • Sun Glasses
  • Camera
  • Baggies and cooler if you wish to harvest fish.

A $150 deposit is required on all trips booked with Tightline Outdoors. 
This is Non-Refundable however we are willing to reschedule to another date to accommodate your needs.

Nate Zelinsky

Owner/Operator/Full-Time Guide

Nate Zelinsky founded Tightline Outdoors in 2001 but has been fishing since he was a little boy. Nate and Tightline Outdoors are involved in all aspects of the fishing community. Nate is a professional Walleye Angler and All Species Guide. Nate values the concept of ALWAYS keeping up with current bite whether that be open water or ice, conventional tackle, fly, bait, or ice fishing. Nate is senior educator and creator of Tightline’s two-day Ice School. Nate also developed and continues to run the Ice Addiction Tournament Series and the Catch Rate Tournament Series. Nate can be seen on many episodes of Jarrett Edwards Outdoors TV, many episodes of In-Fisherman television, and lastly on the Tightline Outdoors YouTube channel. Nate can be heard on Saturday Mornings on Denver’s Fan Radio on 104.3FM at 10am. Nate hosts dozens of seminars across the country with a primary focus on education. Nate’s goal is to make every angler a successful angler. Nate is a dedicated husband and dad to twins.

Will Dykstra

Full-Time Senior Pike Guide/All Species Guide

Will Dykstra is a Colorado native that has a passion for large predator fish. Will grew up in pursuit of large muskies and northern Pike in the Midwest and Canada. That passion spilled over into a career as the Senior Predator Guide for Tightline Outdoors. Since becoming a full-time fishing guide, Will has applied innovative tactics and techniques for chasing other desirable species in Colorado including large Trout, Lake Trout, Smallmouth Bass, and Walleye. Will spends the majority of his time in the South Park region targeting big Rainbows and Northern Pike. Will is a published Outdoor Author, a frequent guest on The Fan Outdoors Radio Show, and has appeared on several episodes of Jarret Edwards Outdoors. Will is a loving husband and a father of 3 boys who are all well on their way to being accomplished anglers and stewards of the outdoors.

Matt Endsley

Senior Bass Guide/All Species Guide

Born in Newport News Virginia I was taught the skills for successful angling as young boy. I moved to Colorado in 1986 and fell in love with the many angling opportunities this state has to offer. From Trout, Walleye, Bass, and Panfish, Colorado is an awesome state to enjoy the big blue sky and angling. I have an expert knowledge of Colorado’s best lakes and will always put you on the best seasonal bites. Success in fishing is all about knowing the best locations with the best baits for the time of year.

Dustin Sigler

Full-Time Senior Walleye Guide/All Species Guide/Senior Ice Fishing Guide

Colorado Native, Dustin Sigler, is a versatile still water expert on open water and ice fishing adventures.  He excels when targeting Walleye and was the Colorado Walleye State Champion in his rookie year appearance. His talent is not limited to Walleye however. Dustin successfully guides all species including Trout, Pike, Bass and Lake Trout. 

Guiding for Tightline Outdoors has brought Dustin multiple opportunities to share his knowledge through radio co-hosting with Nate Zelinsky on Terry Wickstrum Outdoors and guest speaking on Terry Wickstrum’s radio show.  He has also been an instructor for Tightline Outdoors’ Ice School and has presented seminars for local anglers at Bass Pro Shops Denver. 

Dustin has worked with writer David Harrison and has made appearances in In-Fisherman Magazine!

Dustin is extremely experienced with electronics. He works with and uses Humminbird, Lowrance, and Garmin products on a daily basis. Not only does this ensure that he puts his guests on fish, but it also makes for an educational opportunity for those who fish with him, whether on the ice or on open water, as Dustin generously shares his electronics skills and knowledge.

Dustin has a passion for the challenge of sport fishing that started for him when he was only 6 years old.  Here is Dustin’s perspective of what fishing means to him.
“I fish because fishing brings its own set of challenges. A tough day on the water that demands the mind to find the answer for success. Without tough days on the water, there would be no fulfillment on days that bring that success. Fishing to me is an endless puzzle with pieces that change daily.  Not one day is the same as the  last, but yet you still can see the puzzle coming together through experience. 

Understanding fishing is not only knowing how to operate the equipment necessary for success, but also understanding fish biology through experience, and trial and error. At the end of the day, nobody will understand fish to the point that they can consistently catch both quantity and quality of fish every day of every year.  For this is what keeps the sport alive and the angler driven to find that success.”