Mike Geisler | Mark Wechsler | Cooper Anderson | Katie Anderson | Scott Ferguson | Matt Debus | Jesse Colten | Chad Sperry | David Phillips | Mike Rasmussen | Stephen Balough | Marshall Nixon | Walter Akin | Nick McCandless | Dan Silva | Nathan Simmonds | Freddy Pixtun | Keith Trumbull | Dan Werney | Max Stratton
Mike Geisler - My dad had a Pontoon boat with a crib on it. He would put me and my two sisters in it while he fished. My sisters would feed me worms, but I was really checking to make sure the bait was fresh. He once caught a huge northern pike with three screaming kids in the boat. Without a net he wrestled that beast in the boat and everybody in town took pictures of him. When I was ten I had sold enough fresh worms to buy my first fishing pole. I bought a fly rod because I thought it looked neat, and I still have that rod. Once, on summer vacation my friend caught a big musky on a bobber with a worm, when he first saw the fish he threw me the rod. When I was older I tied a dimond ring on the end of a fishing pole and had the catch of a lifetime. My beautiful wife, a skilled angler herself. One time she tried to lift this gigantic lake trout out of her ice hole when the line snapped, but the fish was soooo big it was stuck in the hole. Another time she thought she was stuck in the weeds and it was a monster bass, or was it a walleye. That woman catches so many fish one time I "accidentally" kicked the tackle box and all the lures stuck in the back of her sweater. I'm glad she puts up with me. Our daughter once dropped her fishing pole to chase a butterfly, with a nice trout on it! She also fell in an ice fishing hole after I promised my wife she would'nt fall in the ice fishing hole. I am a hard working guide who loves his job. I can't wait to hear your stories, or make some ourselves.
Mark Wechsler – Bringing over twenty years of experience, Gore Creek Fly Fisherman guide Mark Wechsler began fly fishing a few years after moving to the Vail Valley in 1994. Since then, fly fishing has become more than a favorite sport or hobby – it’s become a passion that he enjoys sharing with clients, friends, and family. Mark has been working for Gore Creek for over a decade and has successfully guided clients of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels on the Eagle River. He is also on the pro staff for Cortland Line – a pioneering fly fishing company that is known for creating the most advanced products on the market. When Mark is not guiding trips for Gore Creek, he can be found on the river with his wife Kirsten who also loves to fly fish.
Cooper Anderson – Cooper Anderson, a Vail Valley native, is one of the Valley’s longest-running fishing guides with over 18 years of guiding experience! He grew up fly fishing with his dad and brothers in Vail, and knows the local rivers and creeks like the back of his hand. Cooper’s life-long dedication to the sport, along with his unrivaled knowledge and patient teaching techniques are a winning combination for success on the river. Cooper’s love for fly fishing doesn’t stop in the Vail Valley, get him talking about his travels for bonefish, tarpon, snook, bass, pike, carp, or salmon and you will surely catch a glimpse of his passion for fly fishing. Request Cooper as your guide- he will show you where the hungry trout hide!
Katie Anderson - Katie Anderson , one of Gore Creek’s veteran fly fishing guides, is one of our most enthusiastic and patient teachers. She loves to spark passion for the sport of fly fishing by sharing her knowledge gained over 11 years of guiding. If you ask Katie her favorite part of guiding, she will tell you it’s tied between seeing a young angler net their first trout or a seasoned angler have a breakthrough moment that elevates their fly fishing game. Katie takes fly fishing everywhere she travels. She competes in the invite-only Women’s Tarpon Fly Fishing Tournament in the Florida Keys and also loves to reel in bass with her dad in Illinois. Request Katie as your guide today- she will help create fun-filled memories outside in some of the Vail Valley’s finest stretches of trout filled rivers by showing you simple and effective ways to make fly fishing a sport for the entire family!
Scott Ferguson - My name is Scott Ferguson. I grew up in Kansas City, and have had a passion for all things “Fishy” as long as I can remember. I began fishing when I was 6 years old, for bass, carp, bluegill, etc…The pond fish if you will. When I was 12 years old, I started sneaking out to the pond in my backyard, with my dad’s fly rod and without his consent, and started trying to learn to fly fish. Eventually I got caught using my dad’s gear, and he taught me a couple of things. My dad wasn’t the best of fly fishermen, but it was a good starting point for me to quickly realize, “time to get rid of these spinner rods”, fly rods are much more fun to catch fish on! Soon after this, and with the help of a good childhood friend, I caught my first rainbow trout on a fly rod! It was all over after that!! I FELL IN LOVE WITH FLY FISHING. I’ve lived here in the Vail Valley for 15 years now, and have been guiding fly fishing for 14 of those years. My favorite guide trip to do is a ½ or Full Day float on Colorado or Eagle Rivers. I love to guide everyone from the novice angler to the most advanced of fly fishermen. Each has their own challenges and rewards. My top 3 go to flies are: The Moose Knuckle, The SchamalamaDingDong, and the Kitty Ass Scratcher…..well and the Parachute Sculpzilla, but that’s a given… There’s no place I’d rather be than on the water! Whether it’s in my boat hucking streamers/buggers for big ‘ole browns, or just out wade fishing for a nice relaxing afternoon. Getting out and trout fishing is not just about catching fish all the time. Sure that’s awesome, but that’s the extra bonus sometimes. It’s also about the gorgeous places you get to be when you’re catching trout, and getting to enjoy nature and a bask in the beauty of a trout’s home. It’s also nice to forget about the BIG CITY AND YOUR CELLPHONE FOR A DAY! So come on and let’s go fishin’/floatin’!
Matt Debus - Matt Debus is a 3rd generation Colorado native with over 25 years of fly rod expertise. He can be found floating the eagle River with dry flies in the summer, and braving frozen finger tips and fly lines in the winter. In the spring and fall look for him to be chasing bonefish and permit in the flats of Mexico Belize and Guanaja, Honduras.
Jesse Colten - My name is Jesse Colten, some of my colleagues call me Sunshine. I am 26 years old, Colorado Native with an extreme passion for fishing and for helping others fly fish. I am in my 4th year as a float guide and I feel that is my most effective form of guiding. My speciality is guiding on the upper eagle river. I love helping people catch their first ever trout as well as guiding experienced anglers. Great with kids and folks of all ages!
Chad Sperry - Growing up in Colorado Springs, Chad got a head start on a lot of other fisherman. Handed his first fly rod at 9 years old, under the instruction of his old man, Chad became instantly addicted. Starting with the local trout in his home waters, "Dingle" has added a saltwater addiction to keep him on his game during the offseason. When he's not on the water or skiing his backyard or you can find Chad snowmobiling the backcountry all over Colorado. Come get in the boat and catch some fish!
David Phillips - 20 years of experience chasing Trout in the Vail valley. Originally from the great state of Michigan I've found my home here in Vail. I'm always excited to take anyone who is interested fishing are amazing fishery. If you have not given the vail valley a shot your missing out on one of the best fishing experiences in the west.
Mike Rasmussen - Mike has been in the Valley for several years as a private ski instructor for Vail Resorts, and enjoys guiding and fly fishing all year around in our local rivers. Mike grew up fly fishing in Northern California where he was later on UC Davis’ Ski Team, as well as stationed at Naval Air Station - Alameda. What Mike likes most about fly fishing, “you can do it anywhere…in a river, lake, ocean bay, canal, or off the stern ramp of an aircraft carrier, ha.” Like most anglers, Mike values the solitary of fly fishing, and loves to share that passion with our guests.
Stephen Balough - Born and raised in Texas, he started fishing all species at a very young age. Instead of playing on the playground, you could find 4 year old Stephen with a rod in his hand tying his own knots and baiting his own hook. His passion for fly fishing took him to school in Arkansas (Woo Pig!) where he spent more time on the water than in class. After a few years guiding trout and smallmouth there, Stephen made a childhood dream come true and made the trek to guide in Alaska. Finally making his way to Colorado, Stephen has been with Gore Creek Flyfisherman for the past 4 years loving every second of both wade and float fishing..... mainly float'n. @fishstephenbaylowfish
Marshall Nixon - Growing up on the Chesapeake Bay, in Virginia, my love for fly fishing has been life long. I have been fly fishing since I can remember. My father, an inshore charter boat captain instilled this love for fishing within me. I have worked on inshore and offshore boats. I have stalked the flats of the Florida Keys. I have chased steelhead and salmon all over the PNW. Fly fishing is my passion and I would like to share it with you.
Walter Akin - "Well, I love her... But, I love to fish. I spend all day out on the water, and grief is all I catch." I love pursuing the art of angling on the fly. My passion is for the ecology of the waterways and the species it contains. We are stewards of the land and waterways. I love sharing my passion for fishing with anyone that has an interest in the sport. I grew up fishing rivers, lakes, and coasts of North and South Louisiana, Indiana, and South Carolina. Drop us a "line," on our website, call the shop, or just come by.
Nick McCandless - I first fell in love with fly fishing on a guided trip in the Tasmanian backcountry fishing for monster brook trout. Since then I have fallen head over heels for the sport, and as an educator I love sharing my passion and knowledge with my clients in the hopes that they too will fall in love with fly fishing.
Dan Silva - Dan comes from a rich fly fishing legacy. Although he was born in Capitola, California, Dan was raised in New Zealand staking giant brown and rainbow trout in the central North Island and Lake Taupo regions. The wisdom passed down from his Grandfather, Father and Uncles and shared among his cousins and brother made fly fishing not only a family passion but a way of life. In his early days Dan could be found braving the cold winters on the Tongariro river or fishing the mouth of the Hinemaiaia on a warm summer evening with the hope of catching a fat trout for Mum to fry up for dinner. In 2002 Dan moved to Vail, Colorado to pursue a career as a snowboard instructor. After an amazing first season and meeting the love of his life and now wife, he decided to stay in the valley and become a fly fishing guide. Following several epic years honing his skills and creating lasting memories for his clients in Vail, Dan moved back to New Zealand to guide for Huka and Poronui Lodges. This was the experience of a lifetime, guiding backcountry rivers with helicopter only access for giant wild brown and rainbow trout. After this extraordinary season in New Zealand and a stint in New York City, Dan returned to the Vail Valley with his wife to start a family. He can now be found at the local fishing pond passing the family legacy on to his two daughters. If you are looking for an interesting, passionate and knowledgable guide with a great attitude and pragmatic approach to fly fishing….Dan’s ya man!
Nathan Simmonds - I grew up fishing the mountain lakes of the Appalachians with my dad. It was there I learned waking up early to fish is always a worthwhile endeavor. After graduating from the University of Georgia, I packed the truck, loaded my dog and drove west to the Rocky Mountains. It was here I met my wife, Lindsey. Over the past 18 years we have been traveling, exploring and fishing. Now, we bring our 4 year old son Fisher along! I’ve been lucky enough to fish waters from Bermuda to Hawaii- and all the great stuff in between! When I moved to the Eagle Valley, I knew we had to live near the water. Now, I have the Eagle River in my backyard. Most nights I can be seen sneaking off to wet a line, until darkness comes and pushes me home. I am proud to work with the amazing staff and anglers at Gore Creek Fly Fisherman. I look forward to sharing my experience and love of fly fishing in the Rockies with the clients we serve.
Freddy Pixtun - I am originally from Southern California, and have been in the rockies for about 4 years. I have always said California is the dream, but unfortunately it wasn't my dream. The lifestyle of fly fishing, hunting, foraging, and snowboarding/touring in the winter could not be lived where I was. The two things I want to accomplish in my life is rafting the grand canyon, and road trip my way to South America. Patagonia to be exact!
Keith Trumbull - Trout Counseling 101. I moved to Colorado back in 2000 in search of fresh powder and to explore all the skateboard parks that were popping up throughout the state. Back then my day adventures would consist of carving, grinding the skateparks until early afternoon, then I would head out to unwind at a local stream to fly fish. As time progressed I found myself skateboarding less and fly fishing more to keep active and stay injury free. I regularly fished Deckers, Cheesman Canyon, Clear Creek, Elevenmile Canyon, and the Big Thompson River to learn the art of stalking trout on a fly rod. I have been guiding plus 10 years and the Eagle River is my favorite place to show others the techniques of fly fishing. I have worked in a couple fly shops, managed a fly fishing guest ranch, and have chased many different varieties of fish to continually improve upon my fly fishing skills. I also enjoy tying flies and some of my fondest fly fishing experiences are fishing the Rio Grande River for trout, carp and pike and the infamous night bite, ice off at the Delaney Lakes. Tight lines, Keith
Dan Werney -Growing up in the suburbs of New York City, fly fishing does not come to mind for many people. My father had always been a fisherman. “Whatever gets a fish on your line” is what I remember him saying. I never had any appreciation for fly fishing until after graduation from The College of Charleston in South Carolina. I began working in the city commuting from home, about an hour and a half each way. That was a long year working in midtown Manhattan for me, and what helped me through were the long weekends spent in the woods in Westchester county fly fishing local streams. After a that year I made my way out west to Gods country, Colorado!
Max Stratton - Max moved from Kansas to Colorado in 2008. His love for the outdoors started as a child and only grew stronger when he moved to the Rocky Mountains. You can find Max fishing the Eagle River behind the shop or casting a dry fly to a native cutthroat at 12,000 feet. He loves sharing his knowledge about the rivers' ecosystem and helping new and advanced anglers progress. It's always a good day on the river with Max.
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