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Eric Grand

Eric Grand

Eric grew up fishing, hunting and skiing in Ashland Wisconsin on the south shore of Lake Superior. He moved to the Gunnison Valley in the fall of 1999 and quickly fell in love with the area and all of the incredible outdoor recreational opportunities, particularly the incredible year round fly fishing. Eric soon found himself spending time floating the river and fishing as much as possible. He began guiding professionally in the summer of 2003 and has been guiding full time since. Eric truly believes “it’s always a good day to go fishing.”

 

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Dewey

Shawn Dewey

“Dewey” is a native Coloradan and grew up fishing the Poudre and Thompson Rivers. His uncle taught him how to fly fish at 12 years of age, taking him to Wyoming and Utah. He then became addicted to catching big fish. When he moved to Gunnison in 1999 he began spending time fishing with a guide for Willowfly Anglers and then in 2001 he began guiding as well. Dewey’s favorite part about guiding is seeing the satisfaction on his clients’ faces as they learn something new. Ultimately, Dewey loves guiding because of all the great people he gets to meet. He is one of only a few guides who has access to take you fishing on the private waters of the East River Anglers Club (ERA).

Roark

Roark Kiklevich

Roark Kiklevich

Roark grew up in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York and arrived in the Gunnison Country in 1971 as an 18 year old freshman on a ski racing scholarship to Western State College. In  1975 he joined the Crested Butte Ski Patrol, the first step in what became a 38 year career with Crested Butte Mountain Resort, rising through the ranks to Director of Mountain Operations before retiring from the ski resort business in 2011. Roark’s passion for fly fishing began while he was in college. In 1982 he and a friend founded Willow Fly Anglers Guide Service and introduced the first fiberglass drift boat to the Gunnison Valley. The next year they affiliated with Three Rivers Resort and Roark has been a part of the resort’s guide team ever since; long enough to have guided three generations of more than one family. Roark has two children; son Eric and daughter Abby, both accomplished fly fishers. Eric is also an accomplished river guide, but most importantly, father to Roark’s two beautiful granddaughters. Be sure to book well in advance, as these girls will soon consume much of Roark’s available fly-fishing time.

 

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Dave Pinkerton

Dave Pinkerton

For 40 years, Dave has been fishing Colorado waters—the last eight as a guide at Willowfly Anglers. He’s a retired high school teacher who finds great joy in helping folks experience fly-fishing success. Beginners and experts alike benefit from his knowledge, patience, and easy going instruction. His “keep it simple” fishing approach helps young and old gain confidence, catch wild trout, and make lasting memories. He guides wade-walk trips on the many exceptional waters in Gunnison Valley.

 

 

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Patrick Black-Dale

 Patrick Blackdale

Patrick is a Colorado Native who has been guiding for the past decade in the Rocky Mountain west. This is Patrick’s sixth year guiding float fishing and walk/wade trips for Willowfly Anglers in Almont. He loves teaching clients of all abilities, from first timers to competitive trophy chasers. Patrick is also the Assistant Outfitting Manager at Three Rivers, so you can often find him in the fly shop where he is happy to help you get geared up for any angling pursuit. You can read Patrick’s fishing report on our website year-round, as he likes to stay in tune with current fishing conditions across the Gunnison valley. Patrick is also one of only a few guides who has access to guide the East River Anglers’ Club (ERA). When he’s not guiding or working in the fly shop he loves to float and fish rivers, hike with his dogs, and travel to new places. He lives in Almont, CO year-round with his girlfriend Taylor and his dogs, Chip and Percy.

 

 

Chad Stone

Chad Stone

Chad Stone is an Arizona native with a career in outdoor education as well as guiding professionally in places like Colorado, Alaska, and Germany. Chad was a long-time boatman in his home state of Arizona on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, and an outdoor educator for Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. Growing up Chad was raised on fly fishing by his Father and Grandfather on the creeks and lakes in the White Mountains of Eastern Arizona and has since fly fished worldwide. Chad has returned to the Almont area to share his love and appreciation of fly fishing with our guests and clients. His enthusiasm for fly fishing is infectious and with his jolly laughter and demeanor you will soon find out why Chad’s past students and clients have requested him again and again. If you’re looking for a day filled with plenty of laughter and great fishing you should stop by and visit Chad in the fly shop or hire him as a walk/wade or float trip guide for any age and skill level, especially beginners.

 

Jake Alpert

Jake Alpert

“The finest gift you can give to any fisherman is to put a good fish back, and who knows if the fish that you just caught isn’t someone else’s gift to you.”  – Lee Wulff

Graduate of the Orvis-Endorsed guide program, Jake is thrilled to be in his fourth season guiding with Willowfly Anglers. Jake was fishy from a young age, not only behind the rod, but in the library pouring over books on marine biology, transfixed by his family’s 50 gallon African Cichlid display, and recreating scenes from Jaws with his toys in the bathtub. Jake started fishing from his grandfather’s dock in the Florida Keys and then on a tiny panga boat with his dad in Baja California, learning all he could from the wisdom of senior anglers to find his now life long passion. He discovered his love of fly fishing on the Front Range of Colorado during college in Boulder. Now he spends summers in the Almont area fishing every chance he can get and learning about the Rocky Mountain flora, fauna, and stream-side ecosystem. Sharing his passion for fishing with others is one of his greatest joys, from the excitement to the challenges and humility only a trout can induce. A day on the river with Jake could leave you with a friend for life. During the winters he’s a chef in Tucson, AZ, and enjoys free time cooking with his family, friends and wife, playing guitar, and tying flies. His favorite animal is the Great White Shark. Secret talents include catching grapes in his mouth at record distances and beating ten year old kids at chess. (Ask Jake about guided Euro Nymphing and Tenkara trips!)

Holden Rexius

Holden Rexius

Holden grew up in Casper, Wyoming where he found a love for fly fishing on the Miracle Mile section of the North Platte River. He came to the Gunnison Valley for college and to play football at Western State Colorado University. Holden has enjoyed making the Gunnison Valley his home; floating down the Gunnison and Taylor rivers and exploring the many high mountain creeks in the area. More than anything, Holden loves to share his passion for fly fishing with other people. He finds it “incredibly rewarding” to see a child or adult hook their first fish on a fly rod. He believes that this is the best way to experience the Gunnison Valley.

Greysen “Grey” Lincoln

Greysen Lincoln

“A mountain is a fact- a trout is a moment of beauty known only to men who seek them”- Al Mclane

Grey grew up on the front range of the Rocky Mountains, on a ranch in Evergreen, Colorado. Both he and his father have had serious fishing addictions for their entire lives and picked up fly fishing in the summer of 2005. Since then, Grey has spent a considerable amount of time traveling and fishing, including a number of fresh and saltwater locations. His favorite fishing includes dry flies for voracious high mountain cutthroat and bombing double hauls for vicious streamer eats. Greysen moved to Gunnison in the summer of 2015, and immediately fell in love with the area’s waters. He decided that he wanted to share his passion and knowledge with others, and completed Sweetwater Travel’s Guide School, on Montana’s Bighorn River in March of 2016. In the summer of 2016, he began guiding for Willowfly Anglers, in addition to guiding whitewater rafting trips. He quickly fell in love with the experience of sharing his home waters with others and takes great joy in the continual learning experience that fly-fishing will always offer. In the very few instances you find him off the water, he enjoys cooking, hunting, attending Western State Colorado University, and playing rugby.

Audrey Morris

Audrey Morris

Audrey began fly fishing at 8 years old and has been hooked ever since. She grew up fishing trophy waters in northern Arkansas on the Little Red, White, and Norfolk rivers. After earning a degree in biomedical engineering, the call of the rivers and mountains brought her to the Gunnison Valley where she has fallen in love with the world class fishing and incredible wilderness access. Audrey is an encouraging teacher, accomplished angler, and skilled outdoors woman. Her passion for both the art of fly fishing, and the beautiful places it can take you, is contagious. Whether exploring mountain streams for native trout, hunting for trophies in gold medal waters, or float fishing free stone rivers, everyday of fly fishing is full of fun and unique experiences. She truly feels the only thing better than a day on the water, fly rod in hand, is sharing the sport and adventure with others. Audrey’s knowledge and enthusiasm are sure to get you hooked on the amazing, lifelong pursuit of fly fishing!

Evan Hammans

Evan Hammans

Evan has been on the water almost every day since he first started fly fishing at age eight. Evan grew up fishing rivers in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, chasing trout, bass and carp on the fly. Everyone in Evan’s family, even Gramma, has the fly fishing fever, and it is fitting that he began guiding trips. Evan grew up fishing with guides across Colorado and New Mexico, helping him learn the ins and outs of fly fishing.  He began his fishing career with the High Desert Angler in Santa Fe New Mexico, at age 15, and started guiding at age 16. His knowledge and passion for fly fishing grew greater with every season on the water. Evan now attends Western State Colorado University, pursuing a degree in Biology, and started guiding for Willowfly Anglers in 2017. His passion for the Gunnison valley extends beyond fly fishing as he leads the Gunnison Sockeyes Conservation and Fly fishing club at Western State, donating community service hours to trash pick-up projects, and volunteering through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Apart from school and work, Evan spends most of his time floating and fishing the Gunnison valley, enjoying all of the great fishing that the area has to offer. Evan’s favorite part about guiding, is creating valuable memories for his clients, and sharing the excitement that fly fishing offers every day. You can find Evan in the fly shop, or on the water almost any day!

 

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