Casey - did you work with Taylor at Royal Gorge Anglers?
Not in the sense of employment. He helped me with putting a box of flies together for the gorge. Taylor at Royal Gorge Anglers is good people. Ben Olson at Black Canyon Anglers and Tim with Toads Flyshop were very helpful as well.
I called this one flyshop/outfitter out of ridgeway that has a lot of youtube videos up about the gorge for information. I guess since i wasn't interested in paying the $3500 for the guided trip they had no need for me. But in all fairness if they would have been helpful i would have been more than happy to spend $100 with them for flies and other gear. Just ask Taylor and Tim
Day 1 in the gorge is posted Follow here for day 1