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.
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.
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.”
John (JB) Brunning
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.
Austin is a Colorado Native who grew up with two feet in the water of the South Platte. He has been guiding for a few years now all over Colorado! From chasing trophy trout on Colorado tailwaters or pursuing aggressive brook trout in high alpine streams he can be found doing it all. Austin currently attends Colorado State University and is pursuing a degree in Finance. When he is not guiding his second passion is duck and pheasant hunting. Helping others succeed on the water his just as rewarding for him as succeeding himself! Let Austin guide you on a fantastic day along the Front Range!
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.
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; its 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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