Meet Our Guide Team
Front Range Anglers fly shop is located on historic Pearl St. at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. We offer guided fly fishing trips for trout in Boulder and along the entire Front Range. Plus, we specialize in fly fishing trips into Rocky Mountain National Park, where anglers can catch the beautiful greenback cutthroat trout. In addition, based on our owner, Steve McLaughlin’s love for travel, we have garnered quite a reputation for our Adventure Travel Program hosting and booking anglers to Christmas Island, Alaska, Belize, Mexico and more.
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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.
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.
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. Ten years ago, after a successful career in high tech, he decided to spend more time on the water. In addition to guiding, Wallace teaches Introduction to Fly Fishing classes, and hosts Salt Water trips. “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.”
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.
John (JB) Brunning
John (JB) Bruning, a third-generation native of Boulder, Colorado, is a long-time Front Range Anglers Guide. 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.
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 the 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 its 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.
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.
Hi, I’m Anne Reid! I am a mother of two wonderful daughters and a volunteer firefighter at the community of Lyons. I have been fly-fishing most of my adult life. My introduction to the sport “just happened” on a camping trip on the Cache La Poudre River. After hooking a beautiful brown trout, I fell in love with the iridescent orange spots and the excitement of pulling the fish out the flowing water. I’ve been fortunate to meet others along the way that share the same passion I have for the sport; we have been allowed to share this excitement, knowledge, passion, and fun in the form of guiding. I guide mostly women clients.
Fly fishing has become a sport that can be shared with friends and family or celebrated on your own. It gives us the opportunity to see some beautiful areas of the world and have some great fun getting there!
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!
Kiefer grew up in the Denver area and has been fishing one way or another for as long as he can remember. At 10 years old he discovered fly fishing and hasn't looked back since. He loves every aspect of fly fishing, including the challenges of new water, new techniques, or new species. He enjoys fishing everything from the smallest of headwaters for cutthroat to much larger and more managed waters far downstream. Kiefer enjoys sharing his love for fly fishing with others as much as getting out on the water himself.
Mitchell is a Cleveland native and currently a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder studying geology. He was drawn to Colorado by the mountains, and intrigued by the state’s reputation for fly fishing. His passion for fly fishing started when he was 12 and would explore small streams with his grandpa. His interest eventually evolved into chasing steelhead on Lake Erie's tributaries and working at his local Orvis shop. When Mitchell is not in class, he is exploring Colorado’s waters; he has fished them for years now, but still learns more every time. He enjoys sharing his experiences with others and coaching novice fishermen through the struggles he too experienced when first learning to fly fish.
Rachel grew up in California but learned how to fly fish in Upper State New York as a young child with her mom and grandpa. She is a fifth year geology student at CU plus a member of the CU Fly Fishing Club sponsored by Front Range Anglers. Her passion for fly fishing is based on "you never know what's going to happen when you’re on the river." You can always learn something new and I love being able to share that experience with people when I’m guiding. It’s always fun to take people out on an adventure whether they are 1st time anglers looking to enjoy a day in the mountains or an advanced angler who looking for new locations to fish.
Christian is a full hearted outdoor enthusiast and has had a life long passion for fishing. Roughly 10 years ago he picked up his first fly rod and has never looked back. He often says, "the best part about fly fishing is you can always learn more and become a better angler." Before becoming a fishing guide, he spent a lot of time teaching friends, "because everyone should try fly fishing at least once!" When he is not guiding, Christian spends his time fishing, biking, skiing, and exploring the great state of Colorado.
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.
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