The Rio Grande Angler (located in Creede) & South Fork Guide Service are committed to providing fly-fishermen (and women!) with the ultimate guided fishing adventure. Whether it’s the majestic Rio Grande River, beautiful mountain streams, or peaceful lakes -- all surrounded by stunning mountain scenery, our guides provide you with access to a wide assortment of alluring fly-fishing waters.
We also strive to motivate and encourage our clients by providing fly-fishing lessons, so you’ll have all the information you need to be a success whether you’re experimenting with streams, lakes, or the mighty Rio Grande!
"There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind."
Home town: South Fork, CO.
Started guiding on Rio: 1997
Boat: Clack and a raft
Favorite stretch: wherever the hatch is
Favorite time to fish: mid September through late October
Winter activities: Owns a killer ski shop - www.8200mountainsports
Boxers or briefs: boxer briefs, the best of both worlds
Choc. or vanilla: get serious, chocolate
Cat or dog: dog
Other outdoor passions: wing shooting, skiing
Favorite fly: just a little something I tie…
Biggest fish: was a big one!
Goals: to keep fishing and share my passion with as many anglers as I can.
Home Town: Pittsburgh, PA and I have happily lived in Creede, CO for the past five years.
Started Guiding: I started guiding in Montana and have been fishing the Rio since 2005.
Favorite area to fish: I enjoy small high mountain streams and using a 3 wt. bamboo fly rod.
Favorite time to fish: It’s always a good time to fish.
Winter Activities: I work covering Logistics for Rio Grande Silver for the Equity and Bulldog projects. When I'm not working, I enjoy playing hockey and participating in the Polar Bear Club (in the Rio Grande). Current members include Dr. Harbert and myself.
Other outdoor hobbies: Swift water training and rescue, rafting with Mountain Man Rafting, and skeet shooting.
Favorite Fly: Flying ant
Biggest Fish: Fortunately it seems to get bigger every year.
Goals: To keep doing what I love and support the ones I love… aka Layla, the shop dog.
Home Town: Originally from Weyauwega, WI and currently lives in Del Norte, CO
Started guiding on the Rio: I have been guiding on the Rio since 2001.
Favorite area to fish: I like fishing on Ranchland from South Fork to Del Norte.
Favorite time to fish: Mid-April and late September to early October
Winter Activities: I enjoy duck and goose hunting
Other outdoor hobbies: Horseback riding, big game hunting, and upland bird hunting
Favorite Fly: Streamers, if I had to choose just one it’d be a Ginger-Tan Leach and a Rust-Wooly Craw; depending on water clarity.
Biggest Fish: A handful of 26” Rainbows and Cutbows as well as a handful of 22-24” Browns.
Goals: I want to enjoy every day I’m blessed with and help others to enjoy theirs and to create lifelong friends.
Favorite Ice Cream: Butter Pecan
Favorite Music: Old Country and Classic Rock & Roll
First thought when you wake up: Lord I hope this day is good