Guides

OUR GUIDES

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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THE GUIDES

Antonio Rodrigues

GUIDE SERVICE MANAGER

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 Spoerl

Head Guide

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.

Alex Hoskin

Guide

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.

Andrew Zentner

Guide

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.

Anne Reid

Guide

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!

Bobby Ziegler

Guide

Robert (Bobby) was born in St. Louis MO but moved to Boulder Colorado when he was young. He immediately started getting involved in fly fishing because of his dad and grandpa who taught him how to fish. Bobby is a sophomore at the University of Wyoming studying business. What pushes him is his drive for adventure, he will never pass up a long road trip or a hike in the forest. When he is not fishing you can find him skiing, hiking, or playing baseball for his school. Bobby is proud to work at a place where he can do what he loves fly fish and be outdoors.

Chase Stewart

Guide

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!

Christian Krauss

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.

Colton Shaeffer

Guide

A native of North Dakota and once arrived in Colorado fly fishing soon caught on quick with Colton. Upon moving to Colorado, he came to appreciate the Colorado mountains, rivers and fly fishing. Having obtained a degree in Natural Resource Management with minors in Fisheries Biology and Conservation Biology from Colorado State University, Colton has an appreciation and knowledge for the outdoors, fly fishing and fish. He has a passion for sharing his knowledge of fly fishing, flies and fish with others. He started tying flies soon after he started fly fishing, which gives him an appreciation and skill set for fly fishing.

David Steinberger

Guide

David has been fly fishing for over 30 years now. He learned back east on the Housatonic in Connecticut, and the fabled Catskill rivers (Beaverkill, Delaware, Neversink). David has a couple of biology degrees, including one from CU Boulder, so he knows enough about the bugs trout eat to be dangerous. He’s also a bit of a traditionalist as a fly fisher (but not a curmudgeon), preferring slower rods and old-school fly patters – heck, if trout ate them 40 years ago, they’ll eat ‘em now too. David is always happiest when he’s on the water, be it a small mountain creek or one of the well-known big Colorado rivers.

Doug Norberg

Guide

Doug is a Seattle native and is headed into his senior year studying Economics and Business at Colorado College. He has been fishing since he can remember, from catching salmon back home with his family to fly fishing for trout in the rivers of Colorado. Going to school in Colorado Springs has enabled him to acquire lots of experience fishing the rivers and streams of this beautiful state. His passion for catching fish is near to his enthusiasm for helping clients, family, and friends enjoy the same experience in the outdoors. Other hobbies Doug frequently engages in are back country skiing, mountain biking, fly tying, rugby, and drawing.

George Gumerman

Head Guide

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.

Jacob Shanesy

Guide

Jake is a native Minnesotan that picked up fly fishing originally because he couldn't afford a boat. After realizing that fly fishing is more of an obsession than a hobby, he decided to move to Colorado to chase bigger trout and other opportunities in the Centennial State. He decided to become a guide to share his love for a lifelong passion and connection to the outdoors to others.

Jacob Stockebrand

Guide

Jacob has grown up in Louisville Colorado and has taken full advantage of everything that Colorado has to offer for the outdoors. Has a real appreciation for the winter time for all the skiing that can be done while still being able to ice fish on the cold days. Developed the fly fishing bug 7 years ago after an amazing fly fishing trip, and now he wants to return the favor by giving his guest the same experience. Just graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelors in biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering which helped him develop a better understanding of the science behind fly fishing.

Jesse Barrus

Guide

Born and Raised in Salt Lake City, UT Jesse has been fly fishing the Rocky Mountains and the Northwest for over 25 years. As a full-time Fine Artist and Art Director he finds peace and deep inspiration in wild places. His approach to fly fishing and guiding mirrors his passion and reverence for the outdoors. While catching fish is always a great reward, taking in the entire experience is his intention while he is on the water.

John Brown

Guide

John is a Colorado native and has been expressing his passion for fly fishing since he was 5 years old. His biggest inspiration and teacher is his father who helped him learn this amazing sport. John is currently a 5th-year business student at CU Boulder and is apart of the CU Fly Fishing Club. He hopes to be able to share his knowledge and passion with others no matter their experience level. “Every time I am on the water, I learn something new, whether it is a new technique or a valuable life lesson. I want to help others enjoy the beauty that our state has to offer while sharing my own knowledge about my biggest passion that is fly fishing.”

John (JB) Brunning

Guide

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.

Kiefer Stumpp

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.

Mark Haley

Guide

Mark has lived in the Boulder area for his entire life and is currently a sophomore at the University of Colorado pursuing a B.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering. He’s been fishing the waters of Colorado for his entire life and is eager to share the beauty of Colorado fly-fishing with fishermen of all abilities. When Mark’s not in class, he spends his time out in Colorado’s outdoors fishing and mountain biking or reorganizing his vinyl record collection. Mark hopes to spread the sport of fly-fishing to new folks who want to grow as anglers and as stewards of the rivers, creeks, and lakes that make Colorado so special.

Mike O’Shaughnessy

Guide

Mike O’Shaughnessy is an east coast native from the Washington D.C. area. He grew up spending summers surrounded by the lakes and streams of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. He is a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder studying information science and an officer of the CU Fly Fishing Club. He has a passion for spending time in the mountains and rivers of Colorado chasing the many trout species the state has to offer. Mike loves sharing his passion for fishing and time spent in the wilderness. He enjoys getting to know his many visitors from around the world, and hearing their stories. He believes each guiding opportunity brings a unique educational opportunity in fishing and conservation for both the guide and the visitors. When not guiding, Mike is also an avid skier chasing western storms in the winters or otherwise finding ways to enjoy the captivating mountains of the west.

Mitchell Ramba

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.

Mike DeCristino

Guide

Mike is a Colorado Native and a true outdoor enthusiast. Mike learned to fly fish with his dad on their family’s ranch at an early age and has never looked back. He enjoys guiding on the local waters where he first began his fly fishing journey. He is currently a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder studying Business Finance with hopes of opening his own fly shop one day. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, tying flies, and hunting. Mike’s favorite part of fly fishing is all the incredible places it has taken him.

Rachel Donati

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.

Rob Kolanda

Guide Expert Techniques * Shop Specialist * Sage Elite Pro

Rob is a Colorado native who has been guiding, instructing and managing in the fly-fishing industry for the past 25+ years. He is FRA's Shop Specialist, current Sage Elite Pro, and prior member of Fly Fishing Team USA.
Rob began to fly fish on the small streams of Rocky Mountain National Park and Lower Big Thompson area in his late teens. In addition, to being an accomplished freshwater angler/guide/instructor he is also an expert in saltwater fly fishing and teaches FRA's Introduction to Saltwater Fly Fishing classes.

Tim Neering

Guide

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.

Wallace Westfeldt

Guide

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.”

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