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Meet Our Guide Team
Our guide team is comprised of experienced, hard-working professionals that have one goal in mind, to make sure you leave the water having learned something new. In the process, you’ll probably have a pretty darned good time and leave with a smile too! We have been building our guide team for over thirty years, and have assembled a top-notch team that has a dizzying amount of varied experiences, which allows us to create the perfect guided trip for each client.
Zach grew up in Denver, CO, not far from Boulder and the Front Range waters he now calls home. While his first love was ice hockey, something he still plays as frequently as possible, it wasn’t long until he developed a passion for fly fishing. Not only has Zach explored all over Colorado, he can also be found hosting anglers on destination trips to Christmas Island where they chase bonefish, triggerfish, and the famed GT’s. His passion for fishing in all areas of the world, whether it be a high mountain stream in Rocky Mountain National Park or a sandy flat in the middle of the ocean, is contagious. For Zach, fly fishing is about the constant pursuit of learning, improving, and enjoying our natural resources. For the last two years, Zach has been the Guide Service Manager at FRA, hoping to create lifetime memories and share his knowledge with anyone that walks in the front door.
Bryce grew up on the shores of Bainbridge Island, WA. Where exploring the beaches, rivers, and coastal mountain ranges were family practice. After visiting Montana one summer it was only fitting that the Big Sky State and it’s famed trout streams would host Bryce for his college years. A Welding Degree from U of M was squeezed in between fishing and other outdoor pursuits. After graduating, he took a job with Moots Cycles in Steamboat Springs, where he burned the midnight oil as both welder and fishing guide. Now calling Boulder home, you’ll find Bryce hunting for big fish in small streams.
Wallace is a Boulder native and has been fly fishing around Colorado most of his life. He has been a kayak instructor, whitewater river guide, and a baseball coach. Six years ago, after a successful career in high tech, he decided to spend more time on the water and write novels. In addition to guiding, Wallace teaches Introduction and Independent Angler fly fishing classes. “My Dad took me fly fishing on the Roaring Fork when I was 8 years old. Fifty years later, I’ve discovered helping folks hook into fish with a fly rod can be as much fun as catching them yourself.”
George grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona often taking fishing trips to the Durango area with his grandfather and father. He moved to Colorado in 2004 where he lived in Crested Butte. George is currently settled in Boulder. Having spent a few winters fishing the gin clear waters of New Zealand, George loves to sight fish. This is why you will often find him sight fishing for trout in the alpine lakes of Rocky Mountain National Park and Indian Peaks Wilderness. Let George share and teach you about his passion of fly fishing, from the beautiful lakes and cutthroat in RMNP, to some of the great brown trout fisheries in the Front Range area.
Ben is a native to Boulder and the Colorado Front Range. After years of traveling the world, Ben decided to return to Boulder to do what he loves and knows best. He is known for his commitment to the sport and enthusiasm to teach others about the world of fly-fishing. As a current student of earth sciences, Ben believes that fly-fishing is the perfect balance between art and science and that every person can benefit from the experience, especially kids. “There are moments on the stream when it feels like the world has stopped turning, time has no meaning, and all the stresses of life are forgotten. You develop a personal connection with nature that will last you a lifetime.” You can find Ben fishing the local waters either before or after work almost every day over the summer so that he can provide shop customers with the best possible fishing advice.
Andrew’s background begins in the beautiful city of Chicago. Growing up with a rod in hand, fishing in the big city, has allowed him to gain a wide range of fishing techniques. After moving to Boulder to attend the University of Colorado, Andrew transformed his old skills to enclose a more scientific approach to fishing. Since then, he loves pursuing the best bite throughout the western United States. From small trout fly-fishing on high alpine creeks, to aggressive muskellunge on a fly, he’s gained an array of knowledge on many of North American waters including wild Colorado rivers. To compliment his great attitude and expertise in fishing, he will coach you to perfect your presentation on Colorado waters.
Antonio is a highly decorated competitive fly fisherman from Portugal. He is a multi-time national champion of Portugal, and has been a member of the Portuguese national fly fishing team since 2002. He is highly decorated and regarded as one of the best fly fishermen in Portugal. On top of that he has years of experience guiding and coaching fly fishing techniques from beginner to advanced anglers, as well as serving as coach of the Portuguese National youth team. He is also the founder of the Portuguese Fly Fishing Association and served as the Vice president of the Portuguese Sport Fishing Association. A day on the water with Antonio would consist of a great learning experience, as much as it would a fly fishing experience.
Cody started his fishing journey with the pursuit of panfish in his local lakes, using a fly rod and some basic flies. At the age of six, he caught and released his first trout on the Big Thompson River. Wading in the rivers, stalking the lake shores, or floating in a belly boat, Cody loves to fish.
Cody has been guiding for Front Range Anglers since 2008. He is a previous member of the US Youth Fly Fishing Team and a current member of the Pro Fly Angling Tour. Cody has been coached and worked with some of the best to refine his advanced techniques. Some of his coaches have included George Daniels, Joe Humphrey, Michael Drinan, and other highly respected anglers in the fly fishing industry and competitive fly fishing scene. Some of Cody’s accomplishments include a 7th place finish in the 2009 US Men’s National Fly Fishing Competition and a 2nd place finish at the US Youth Nationals, held in State College, PA. At the Youth World Championships in 2012, Cody earned 6th place individually as well as 2nd place overall with the US Team. Most recently in the Pro Fly Angling Tour, Cody took 3rd place individually at the Colorado regional, and took 1st place at the Pro Fly Angling Tour Championship.
John (JB) Bruning, a third-generation native of Boulder, Colorado, will celebrate his 52nd year of fly fishing in 2014 and has guided for Front Range Anglers the past seven years. JB enjoys teaching and sharing his passion for fly fishing with others, as a great day on the water for him is always more than just catching fish. Building relationships and helping his guests improve and succeed in the sport, while having a safe and great time doing it, are his primary objectives as a guide. When not guiding, fishing, hunting or skiing, JB is a sculptor in his studio located in Longmont, Colorado.
Drew is a Colorado native and has been fishing along the Front Range since he was eight. It was only natural for Drew to move to Boulder to attend The University of Colorado, Boulder where he has been president of the CU Fly Fishing Club for the last two years. He has guided with Front Range Anglers for two years and enjoys sharing his love of the sport with clients. When not on the water, you can find Drew mountain biking, hiking, camping, or doing anything else possible in the mountains.
Anne has been fly fishing for the past eighteen years and has been guiding for the past five. She has taught quite a few people to fish over that time and truly enjoys seeing a new angler catch the fly fishing bug. “Don’t fish angry” is what she preaches and always tries to keep things simple. When she’s not guiding, fly fishing and fire fighting, she enjoys spending time with her daughters and friends.
Adam has been living in Colorado his whole life and was born with a sense of adventure and a fishing rod in hand due to his Grandpa and Granddad. He started fly fishing when he was 11 years old and continues to have a great passion for the sport and loves conveying the excitement and mental therapy fly fishing has to offer.
His fishing mottoes come down to 3 different aspects; no cast is a bad cast unless you hook yourself or someone else, a human is like a fish, why run when you can walk and “no man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river, and he’s not the same man”- Heraclitus.
Craig has been fishing the waters in and around Colorado for the past 27 years. Growing up on the Ohio River, he spent his early years in pursuit of carp, catfish, and bluegill, only later to discover the wonders of Colorado; it’s streams, and fly-fishing. Always one to explore, Craig enjoys hiking and fishing in and around Rocky Mountain National Park where Colorado’s greatest assets combine: mountains, wildlife, streams and trout. When not working in the hi-tech industry, Craig can be found introducing newcomers to the sport and helping those more experienced refine their skill and technique on the water, sharing his passion for fly-fishing with others.
Tim is a Colorado native, and has been fishing the front range since his early childhood. The thing Tim loves the most about fly fishing is the way that it connects him closely with the natural world. He also finds that the fly fishing community in general bridges generation gaps effortlessly. Tim loves guiding any skill level, and guiding allows him to show others how to enjoy our sport and get the most enjoyment out of their precious free time.
Chase is originally from Mississippi, so bass and panfish are his forte. When he was in high school, he got a chance to go to the White River in Arkansas, and after only one day of watching a couple of fly fishermen wear out rainbows on streamers, he decided that the fly rod would be his next challenge to pursue. Through his many years of fishing he has found that fishing with flies is definitely the most thrilling way to catch most every fish he has gone after, and also the most productive!
Alex grew up fishing in Wisconsin at a young age, mainly for bass and pike, but moved to Colorado when he was 16. After seeing the anglers out on the Blue River when living in Silverthorne he knew he had to get after the amazing trout streams Colorado has to offer. Ever since that day he has been addicted to chasing trophy trout on the fly. Alex is a senior at CU Boulder, studying Marketing in the Leeds School of business. Alex’s passion for fly-fishing is huge so there is nothing he finds more rewarding than teaching people the ways of the fly and passing his passion onto others. In his free time, when he’s not out on the water, you’ll find him hiking, snowboarding, camping; pretty much anything that has to do with the outdoors.
Nick grew up in the town of Chico, nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California. A fisherman his whole life, Nick was introduced to fly fishing in his early teens, and was immediately drawn in by its techniques and challenges. He hasn’t turned back since. Nick moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in Colorado for his last two years of high school, where he was introduced to some of the best rivers in the state. After spending a couple of years perfecting his abilities on rivers like the Frying Pan and Roaring Fork, it was an easy decision to move to Boulder to go to school and explore the waters throughout the Front Range. Guiding and sharing his passion for the sport of fly fishing was the natural next step in his life, and nowadays Nick can be found on the river, hiking and camping in the backcountry, hanging out in the record store, or in the kitchen whipping up some mean Italian food.
Alex grew up in Denver with the Rocky Mountains as his playground. As a youngster Alex could be found all over the Front Range fishing, hiking, skiing, and camping. It wasn’t until he moved away for school and work, however, that he realized how much he loved, and missed catching fish on the fly, especially in the Rockies. He brought his fly rod with him on many of his adventures that took him away from Colorado for the better part of six years, from Oregon to Boston to Uganda to Zanzibar, but nothing compared to waking up early, driving up into the mountains, and chasing monster trout on Colorado rivers. So, after fishing out all of the lakes in Rwanda, his last home away from home, and ensuring there were no lost trout in it’s streams, Alex returned to Colorado to do what he loves in the place he loves most. When he’s not fishing, Alex can be found coaching and playing rugby or hanging out with his two Rwandan street dogs.
Jay Alipit has been guiding with Front Range Anglers for 6 Seasons now and enjoys every minute with fly anglers of all experience levels. His love and passion for the sport allow for great teaching experiences whether its single dries or some of the most advanced and nuanced techniques in the sport today, Jay will get you up to speed. After a long career in the Film and Television industries of New York and Hollywood, Jay now enjoys time with family and friends and has made fly fishing not only a therapeutic endeavor for his clients but a life long pursuit for those he shares the sport with. Jay embraces each opportunity to fish with Front Range Anglers customers and considers this team of Guides some of the best anywhere. Jay has Captained 5 Regional National Championship Teams and specializes in European style techniques. Jay will be happy to help create experiences for you that are valued and memorable. Thank you for choosing Front Range Anglers!
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