Who introduced you to fly fishing?
Can you tell us a little about your home waters and the fish you pursue there?
I primarily focus my attention on the Front Range waters which include the Big Thompson, Clear Creek and Rocky Mountain National Park. Each spot offers a great chance of Browns and Rainbows, but Rocky Mountain National Park is where I head for Greenback Cutthroat. I personally fish on the Colorado River, Fraser River and various bass ponds around the state.
What's the height of the season for you? What time of year is your personal favorite?
My guide season really gets busy and exciting during the mid-summer to late fall. Bigger bugs start to come off the river and there are a lot of waters open to fish. For myself I generally enjoy fishing in the dead of winter, when the ground is covered in snow and everything is quiet.
What are your favorite travel destinations? What's on the bucket list?
One of my favorite places to go to is Alaska and chase salmon or bigger rainbows. Turneffe Flats, Iceland and British Columbia have been on my bucket list for some time.
What do you like most about Thomas and Thomas rods? Which rods do you fish?
Each rod that I have used has performed exactly how I would expect it to. The expert craftsmanship, durability and accuracy never fail to amaze me and gives me a lot of confidence in any type of water.
What's your current go-to fly?
Chubby Chernobyl and Frenchie.
Other than fly tackle, what piece of gear do you find indispensable?
I would have to say buffs and sunglasses are the most important gear out on the water.
My favorite thing about guiding is?
Over the years I have enjoyed getting to meet new people and getting to know their life story. And it always surprises me how much the clients will open up to you about their life. And nothing is better than seeing a client hold their first fish caught on a fly rod and have big smile.
From an angler's point of view, what do you see as the main value of going on a guided trip?
My hope for every trip is that clients learn something new, whether they are beginners or experts. There is always something new and exciting that clients can learn from each guide. We can't talk to fish, but every fisherman has their own technique and patterns to catch them..
What's your ideal lunch when on the water? What do you actually pack?
I prefer to have a simple ham and turkey sandwich with some chips.
What fly fishing blogs/magazines do you read regularly?
Fly Fusion, In-Fisherman, and Fly Fisherman.
When I'm not fishing you'll find me:
Relaxing with my family or working on my car.