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.

The Guides

 

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.”

 

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.

 

An avid fly fisherman since eight years old, Colorado native Cody Burgdorff knows the waters of the Front Range and Rocky Mountain National Park extremely well. Cody was a US Youth Fly Fishing Team Member from 2009-12, and was instrumental in the team taking a silver medal at the World Fly Fishing Championships held in France.

No matter what skill level or age you are, Cody can get you on to fish and teach you new fishing techniques from Euro, to dry dropper, to dries.

Now a senior at Augustana College in Illinois, his summers have been spent guiding for FRA since 2009. He spends every free moment on the water honing his skills and working on conditioning his body for The Professional Fly Angling Tour.

 

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.

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