Tim Heng | Ollie Fields | Kyle Holt | Will Sands | Gifford Maytham | Brandon Soucie | Mike Thomas | Craig Langlinais | Taylor Logsdon | Lincoln Neiley | Tim Robinson | Cameron Scott | Matt Ippoliti | Glenn Smith | Kevin Sullivan | Will Cardamone | Woody Boughton | Christian Hill | Nick Ferraro | Jerry Pazar | Molly Mix | Rich Hastings | Shannon Outing | Natalie Markuson | Ham Wallace | Grant Nissen | Glenn Melus | Justin Moore | Scott Spooner
Tim Heng - or "Curly" as he is affectionately known by his fellow guides, has been a fixture in Colorado fly fishing for the past 35 years. Since founding Roaring Fork Anglers in Glenwood Springs he has enjoyed a well-earned reputation as the valley's premier boat jockey and authority on the lower Roaring Fork and Colorado. Tim became manager of Taylor Creek 28 years ago and his wealth of experience made him a valuable addition to the staff. Tim handed the managerial reins to Will Sands in 1999 and has been “seasonal” since then in the fly shop. Tim retired officially from shop work in 2016, but if you are lucky enough to hire Tim and spend a day floating one of our rivers, you will surely end your day with the realization that you have been going downstream a good portion of the time. When not on one of the local rivers or in the tropics casting at bonefish, Tim can be found rearranging large chunks of sod on local golf courses.
Ollie Fields (now retired) - claims to have been fly fishing for as long as he can remember. Those of us who know him well believe he's been at it considerably longer than that. He started fishing and hunting in The Roaring Fork Valley with his dad in 1955. After saying farewell to the IBM corporate world he moved here 28 years ago and has been guiding and introducing others others to the sport he loves. Ollie has been a guide at Taylor Creek for over 30 years. During recent sojourns out of the valley he has fished for Atlantic Salmon in Russia, bonefish in Belize, and is of the belief that he may also have been in Alaska for steelhead, the Baja for billfish, Costa Rica and Panama for tarpon, and on Midway Island for a whole bunch of huge things that swim. His specialty is easy-going instruction and he is known for his ready smile and infectious sense of humor. On those days that he remembers to don his waders he is truly a guiding force to be reckoned with.
Kyle Holt – Taylor Creek’s head guide, whose favorite saying is "Fish Hard and Die Rich," is one of a few Mid-Westerners on staff. Having been reared in Springfield, Illinois, Kyle became heavily involved in fishing, hunting, and trapping the "flatlands" surrounding his home. As fortune would have it Kyle's family decided to take regular vacations to Rocky Mountain National Park where he hooked his first browns, rainbows, and brookies - subsequently becoming hooked himself. In 1983 Kyle packed up all of his worldly possessions (which he relates were few) and moved from the cornfields to the Rockies in pursuit of any trout that would take a fly. Mr. Holt has been fishing in the Valley for over 25 years, and is now considered a sub-god by many of his clientele because of his skill and knowledge of the area waters. On a less positive note, however, depending on your perspective, Kyle is also a non-recovering addict. Many years back, after taking a trip to the Bahamas with a group of apparently seedy people, Kyle returned to Colorado in a sorry state. He was tired, dehydrated, and constantly complaining of re-occuring flashbacks. Everyone instinctively knew what had happened. The Bahamas, and the hedonistic lifestyle that he maintained while there had forever destroyed him. It had, as stated earlier, caused him to become addicted… to saltwater fly fishing that is. If you can't find Kyle guiding and fishing in the Valley, or at home with his dogs and horses, then the best bet is to look south. He's probably after another fix.
Will Sands – Will is now the area manager of Taylor Creek Fly Shops, overseeing Taylor Creek and our sister stores, San Miguel Anglers and Gore Creek Fly Fisherman. One of several "East Coasters" on staff, Will Sands was born in N.J. and began fly fishing early in his childhood around the age of 8 years. Initially following mom and dad up and down many a trout stream, fly fishing became an addiction and he was tying flies and building rods by age eleven. Spending his early years on Catskill (NY) rivers and throughout much of New England, as well as pursuing favorites of the Atlantic like stripers, =blues and false albies, it never occurred to him that it could and would become a "real job". Blaming the fact that he switched majors three times while attending the University of Maine, Will graduated after five years with a degree in Forest Recreation Management. Others argue it was more attributed to too many days in duck blinds or chasing wild brookies and landlocked salmon throughout northern Maine. After a brief pursuit of college ideals working as a Backcountry Ranger for the U.S. Forest Service, he found his way out west. Had he known there were no closed fishing seasons, he would have made the journey sooner. Funny how he wound up working in a fishing shop in Denver. Quickly realizing he left "Jersey" to escape the fast lanes of cities, Will soon discovered the treasures hidden in the rivers of the Roaring Fork Valley. When he's not hunting the Jewels of the Roaring Fork, Frying Pan and Colorado rivers, you'll find him behind the counter offering up advice on "what are they biting on?" He also instructs Fly Tying classes throughout the winter months and will often be heard telling people "why ski when you can fish year round?” When not in the shop or on the water, the former “longhair" might be looking out over a spread of decoys or standing in a sand trap thinking of beaches and saltwater.
Gifford Maytham - Began his career in the flyfishing industry with "The Big O" (the Orvis company) back in Manchester, Vermont in 1989. It has taken over 25 years but we finally have coaxed most of the easterner out of him. Giff does floats on the Fork and Colorado as well as being one of the shop's resident experts on fishing the high country above Ruedi Reservoir. In a past life he guided for Frying Pan River Ranch and for Elk Creek Lodge up near Meeker. An active father of two teenagers, you will rarely find Gifford lounging around (at least before 5 o’clock.) Gifford also is a snowboard and ski instructor during the “off season” here in the Roaring Fork Valley, and many of his fishing clients also hire him during the winter months as both an on the water and on the hill guide. As is the case with many of the Taylor Creek guides, Giff makes the time each year to head for the salt and fish the spring tarpon runs in the Keys, and is one of those guides who still, miraculously, fishes on his day off.
Brandon Soucie - grew up right here in Basalt, and has been fishing the Fryingpan, Crystal, Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers since he was a youngster. After getting a job in the fly shop at 14, he couldn't wait to start guiding when he turned 18. Brandon started guiding before he started shaving, and it shows. Guiding is a year-round, full time gig for Brandon, usually well over 200 days per year. Having a keenness for client relationships and teaching clients on his home rivers has been a source of pride since day one. In his spare time he likes to take his wife and daughter fly fishing, tying flies and pursuing as many fresh and salt water species as he can.
Mike Thomas - It is believed that river water probably flows through the veins of MikeyT, as there are few who spend as much time in, on, and around water. Since his earliest childhood memories, Mike grew up chasing any and all finned critters found in the farm ponds around his home town of Wichita. As his skills developed, he naturally progressed and discovered fly fishing and it was not long before he also discovered trout fishing. Moving to Colorado in his early twenties, Mike felt blessed with the many choice fisheries and surprising year round fishing. A brief detour to Maine allowed him to sample some exceptional "Down East" fishing for brookies and landlocked salmon, but the lack of year round fishing soon led him back to the Rockies. Guiding front range rivers like the technical South Platte, Williams Fork and South Park areas, he honed his skills before making the move to the Roaring Fork Valley. Between fishing and guiding Mike logged over 300 days on the water his first season, and hasn’t slowed down since. Mike is a father, tarpon and redfish addict, and one of the best darn oarsmen you will ever have the pleasure of fishing with.
Craig Langlinais – Craig, who answers to “Critter,” carries a wealth of guiding expertise with him. Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, Critter grew up fishing for bass, crappie, seatrout and redfish. A graduate of the University of Southern Louisiana, this Ragin' Cajun left the warm southern waters for Rocky Mountain trout streams in 1988. After a couple of years adapting to the altitude, snow, and ways of the valleys' trout, Critter began guiding. With almost thirty years of experience, Critter has become one of most knowledgeable and diverse guides in the Roaring Fork Valley. From our intimate high country streams, middle and upper Roaring Fork, to the technical Fryingpan, Critter brings it all together. If you are able to make out what Critter is saying through that marble-mouthed cajun accent during your day on the water, there is a whole lot to learn. When you can’t find him somewhere on the trout streams here in the valley, you can bet he's warming up down at lake Powell chasing stripers, bass and crappie or back in the Louisiana bayou chasing his native redfish and speckled trout.
Taylor Logsdon - grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley where he learned to fly fish on the waters of the Roaring Fork and Gunnison rivers. Taylor began his guiding career here in 2002 and is the prominent host of the morning guide “bumper show” showcasing his dry sense of humor before everyone goes fishing. He is most often found behind the oars in his drift boat or raft but occasionally dons his water pants for a wade trip. If you’re fortunate enough to spend a day with Taylor, he’ll have you laughing and catching fish from boat ramp to boat ramp. When he’s not guiding fly fishing, you’ll usually find him guiding elk hunts, gobblin' for turkeys or tarpon fishing in the spring.
Lincoln Neiley - Some are just destined to become fishing guides. Lincoln Neiley is no exception. While growing up in a local fishing family, Lincoln has been floating the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers since he was a toddler. His father was one of the first guys to own a drift boat in the valley, and his love for float fishing was not lost on Lincoln and his brother Ry (who also guided for Taylor Creek for years). Like many of our guides,Lincoln originally worked in the fly shop as a teenagerand then began guiding in 2005 when finally of age. He is one of the few at Taylor Creek to guide from both a drift boat and a raft allowing for a huge range of options for floating. Whether putting in just below Aspen near Woody Creek or floating as far west as Rifle, Lincoln can take you there. When he's not on the water you might find Lincoln skiing, playing hockey, or chasing Tarpon in Florida. For over a decade now, Linc's been guiding anglers from the boat, as well as on foot, and enjoying every minute of it.
Tim Robinson - a Colorado native, remembers being introduced to fly fishing by his uncle Rick who lived on the Roaring Fork outside of Aspen. During the early 80's he would catch his breakfast using twist on weights and Western Coachman flies. Uncle Rick’s fly fishing mentor was an older Frenchman named Gorges Odier, an old school guide who claimed (in a very thick French accent) "Ah, the Western Coachman is the only fly you will ever need!" ”TR” started guiding in 2004 with Taylor Creek after a float trip with now-retired TC guide Mike "Chewey" Chmura. TR knew there and then that he had a lot to learn but needed to be on the water. Tim is a humble guide, and feels very fortunate to work with and learn from the best guides around here at Taylor Creek Fly Shop.
Cameron Scott - Born in Denver, CO, Cameron Scott (www.writerfish.com) grew up in Colorado and Washington State and b-lined it back to Colorado after getting an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. Obsessed with fly-fishing, teaching, and writing he began guiding at Dragonfly Anglers in Crested Butte before finding his home at Taylor Creek. In the off season he teaches K-12 graders for Fishtrap Story Lab (www.fishtrap.org) and steelhead fishes out in Oregon. His writing has appeared in various literary journals and magazines including The FlyFish Journal (www.theflyfishjournal.com). He also writes a monthly outdoor column for The La Grande Observer called Steelhead Nation. Good with kids, adults, and everyone in between, Cam is an energetic and fish focused wade-fishing guide who has a great group of returning clients. Book early and book soon. If you have leftovers, he will eat them.
Matt Ippoliti - began guiding after college and transitioned from Boulder to Basalt in 2000 to work for Taylor Creek. Industry legend Tim Heng and his cast of senior guides created the environment for Matt to combine their knowledge with his abilities. Stewardship, grace and professionalism were (and still are) required to continue the impeccable reputation Taylor Creek was built upon. Matt embodies these values, and he has successfully taken the next step with his guide service in the Eastern US during “off season” here in the Roaring Fork Valley. “Steelhead Jones” has taken off for him, operating his mobile fish camp from Colorado to Pennsylvania, Ohio to Tennessee. Matt has no shortage of local expertise, and guides here in the Valley from a drift boat and on foot during the summer months with his trusty sidekick, Bouret the black lab. http://www.steelheadjones.com
Glenn Smith - Proudly, as a rare Colorado native and a Roaring Fork Valley resident, Glenn Smith has been a long standing 22 year veteran guide exclusively at Taylor Creek Fly Shop. Glenn has been referred to as TC’s “Renaissance Man” and that “tall fly fishing madman comedian artist guy that’s a chef as well.” He is an accomplished high-stick, fast water nymph fisherman as well as a gun of a dry fly fisherman. His instruction surpasses most expectations due to the breadth of information and good conversation skills. Having guided all sorts of clients ranging from world business leaders to bishops, super models to brain surgeons, he has a uncanny ability to relate on all kinds of levels. He states “The fish doesn't really care who you are, so you gotta do everything right.” Glenn prides himself on being respectful of his surroundings, polite most of the time to his clients, and always treats the fish as he would anyone that has done something kind for him. When he’s not guiding for Taylor Creek, he is a sculptor and artist, works with Bezos Scholars Program (BSP) at the Aspen Institute, instructor at The Cooking School of Aspen, standup comedian and all around decent guy with too many interests. His blog can be found at glennandtheartofflyfishing.com, his artwork can be found at www.glennhsmitharts.com and www.chefglennsmith.com.
Kevin Sullivan - began his guiding career with Cutthroat Anglers before wising up and joining Taylor Creek here in the Roaring Fork Valley. Operating primarily as a float guide, Kevin has been fortunate enough to hone his skills on two of the most competitive and difficult rivers here in Colorado, the Roaring Fork and Upper Colorado. Raised in Denver by two adventurous angling parents, Kevin has been getting an education since a very early age. Kevin now guides here in the Valley in the summer and fall and transitions to Wyoming in the winter and spring, guiding for Casper’s Cowboy Drifters among others. Kevin is a world-class float guide and his enthusiasm and attentiveness are infectious. Kevin is the future, and we are proud to have him here at Taylor Creek.
Will Cardamone - Will Cardamone was born and raised in the wilds of The Roaring Fork Valley. His parents first put a fly rod in his hands at the age of five and set him loose on the many high lakes surrounding Aspen to chase cruising cutthroat. From this early introduction to fly fishing Will’s love for the sport and the outdoors only grew until the majority of Will’s time was spent exploring as many new fishing opportunities as possible (as well as chasing elk around for months on end with his bow). It only seems fitting that through becoming a fishing guide Will can pass on his passion for not just fly fishing but for all the wildness that accompanies it. When not on the river chasing trout or in the woods living with the elk, Will spends his winters chasing powder skiing as well as coaching for the local Ski Club, but when spring rolls back around you can find him on the river.
Woodson Boughton - or Woody, was born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley. Woody grew up with his twin brother Matt, fishing bobbers on the banks of Maroon Bells Lake, and causing a general ruckus around the town of Aspen. It was not until the age of twelve that Woody was introduced to fly-fishing on a school trip, which lit the fuse of a life-changing obsession. Fishing steered him into Taylor Creek Fly Shop where he slung bugs through his high school days, and later Woody attended Western State Colorado University (WSC) to fish the legendary Gunnison Valley. Fast-forward seven years, armed with a PhD in Fly-Fishing from WSC, Woody is stepping into his river-pants for his sixth season wade guiding with Taylor Creek. Be it throwing big bugs on the Valley’s freestone rivers or dialing in techy hatches on the tailwater, Woody is your man. Nothing makes him happier than seeing his clients hook up and land wild trout, and he does everything in his power to do so on a regular basis.
Christian Hill is native born, and was fortunately raised fly fishing Colorado’s streams and rivers with his father and twin brother. “Tian” moved to Gunnison after high school and quickly realized that fly fishing was his true life's passion. He began his Taylor Creek career with Tony Derosier at our Aspen location back in 2008. Often found in the Florida Keys, his grandfather and father taught the twins all they needed to know to find tarpon, bonefish and peacock bass. Christian is an ace behind the oars but also enjoys wade fishing with clients outside of “float season.” An avid fly tyer, his homemade patterns fool fish from Colorado to the Bahamas, and everywhere in between. Christian resolutely believes there is nothing better than sharing his addiction to the sport and fostering the joy it can bring to those who heed the call, like he did.
Nick Ferraro - Hailing from the outskirts of a big place known as Mil-wauk-ee, Algonquin for “the good land,” Nick somehow found himself on the banks of the Roaring Fork River in a little place called Aspen over 10 years ago. Searching for the salmon of Capistrano, Nick has wandered many roads to find himself most content on our local rivers and in our majestic mountains. Nick’s diverse background (BA in History from UW-Madison, multiple certifications in sustainable agriculture, previous EMT, cushion warmer at Zen Buddhist monastery and ashram, race crew worker with Aspen Ski CO, hippie farmer at international community in Big Sur) and easy going demeanor allow him to relate to fish and fishers alike. Nick is content spending his day with seasoned anglers and beginners alike.
Jerry Pazar - Born and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut, Jerry Pazar began fly fishing on his 10th birthday when he received his first fly rod from his grandfather. Jerry is a 30-year resident of the Roaring Fork Valley and was first introduced to the local fisheries as a teenager. Jerry enjoys sharing his vast fishing knowledge with a smile in a comfortable, patient way. Whether on the Roaring Fork, the Frying Pan or at Bar ZX Ranch, he loves fishing and looks forward to guiding as many days as possible. In his spare time he can be found carving powder turns on Burnt Mountain in winter, hiking to fish high mountain lakes in summer, and doing year-round fishing "research" in the Roaring Fork Gorge, known to locals as “The Canyon.”
Rich Hastings - got his start, like most guides, in 2013 working in the fly shop. Rich loves (lives) to fish and especially tie flies. You can frequently find him on the water floating, even after he’s been guiding all day. Rich grew up bass fishing in New Hampshire before moving to Colorado for the skiing, but it was the trout that kept him here. Time took its toll on Rich’s knees, so he has found a new vocation on the rivers versus the slopes at this point. You can find him in the Florida Keys during the winter months, chasing any species willing to eat a fly. Whether you enjoy trout, carp, tarpon or bonefish, this guy will put you on them. Rich is a high energy guy, so be ready for an action packed day on the water!
Shannon Outing - came to the Roaring Fork Valley via Montana in 2014 to pursue a degree in photography and Colorado trout. Now that she's caught both, Shannon devotes her dual talents to guiding Taylor Creek's clients and documenting the fly-fishing life with her cameras. She will take you to some of the best and most scenic fishing locales in the valley, and she possesses a deep knowledge of the area’s rivers and fish. In addition to being a personable guide, she is fast becoming a known professional photographer in the fishing community. Watch for Shannon's images in the Fly Fishing Journal and elsewhere, and find her work on Instagram (@shannonouting) or her website, shannonoutingphotography.com.
Molly Mix - Hailing from the not-so-verdant plains of Midland, Texas, Molly Mix upped her scenery game in 2010 and moved to the mountains. She has filled the past 7 years here with ample camping, skiing and fishing the heck out of all that our beautiful local waters have to offer. When she’s not guiding you might find her sipping cold Coors Light at the Riverside Grill or baking up sweet treats to enjoy on the river. Molly part-times as a cake decorator and pastry extraordinaire—dangerously delicious skills when combined with her keen angling abilities. A recipe for success on the river for sure!
Grant Nissen - Grant Nissen found his way to the Roaring Fork Valley from Southern Colorado where he was raised on a ranch in the San Luis Valley. Kindled by his family's encouragement he has always been passionate for the outdoors. Grant is an avid hunter and fisherman staying active year round in pursuit of everything Colorado has to offer. When he isn't donning his waders or hunting pack one can find him tending to his honey bee hives. Just as many of our guides, Grant started working in the Taylor Creek Fly Shop and soon eagerly transitioned into guiding. He enjoys sharing what he has learned about fly tying and fishing our Fryingpan, Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers.
Glenn Melus - Glenn Melus was raised in New England. At the age of 5 his mother handed him a birch branch with a purple rubber worm and his first catch was a bass (that got away). As Glenn looked out into the lake knowing that bass was still out there, his youthful determination took him back to that water every chance he got. This passion for fishing took him to the University of Maine where he studied communications, but mostly applied himself to mastering fishing! After fly fishing all over Maine and most of New England, his appetite for more drew him west. Realizing the rivers were open year round in Colorado, all of his energy became focused on becoming the best angler he could be. Glenn has been guiding here in Colorado for 18years now and is a wade fishing specialist. To watch him pick apart a section of river and systematically catch every fish in it is akin to watching an artist at work. He is not only a guide to those more experienced anglers who share that same intensity- he is also a great mentor with an unassuming style who can scale things back to a beginner's pace. All experience levels of anglers can learn and improve their fly fishing skill with Glenn, and have fun in the process. Float fishing is secondary to Glenn but he still carries that same passion, no matter what piece of water you might find him on.
Natalie Markuson - Natalie Markuson has spent most of her life on the water, fishing rod in hand, angling for trout, salmon, bass, tarpon, bonefish, permit, and anything else that would eat a fly. She grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley and started fly fishing with her twin and older brother at five years of age. Traveling the world in pursuit of her obsession has shaped her life: Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Alaska, Canada, New Zealand, Florida-anywhere there was a body of water to cast into she was there. After guiding full time year round for nine years she relocated to Florida to attend nursing school. On her days off she paced the flats for reds, tarpon, and bonefish. With a bachelor of science and a bachelor science in nursing she returned to the Roaring Fork Valley for the love of the surrounding rivers and mountains, to guide, and work as an ICU RN. She continues to travel in seek of standing on a platform, dock, or riverbed to chase her passion.
Ham Wallace - was born in Nashville, TN and grew up exploring warmwater streams and lakes of central Tennessee and northern Alabama. It wasn’t until a family vacation to the Roaring Fork Valley at 9 years old when he discovered the awesomeness of trout fishing with a fly rod. Ham moved to Colorado Springs in 2011 to pursue an undergraduate degree at Colorado College, spending every ounce of his free time exploring the South Platte and Arkansas River fisheries. Thirteen years after his first guided fishing trip with Taylor Creek guide Matt Ippoliti, Ham would begin his own journey as a guide on the very rivers that ignited his passion for fly fishing. Since then, he has guided three seasons in the Roaring Fork Valley and one season in Chilean Patagonia. Second to throwing dries for rising trout, his hobbies include photography and trail-running. Ham currently lives in Basalt, CO with his dog and best friend, Doc.
Justin Moore - Southern born and bred, Justin Moore was raised in Nashville. The Rocky Mountains were calling, and he came running. He has lived here in the Roaring Fork Valley for 5 years now, and is the new Assistant Manager of Taylor Creek Fly Shops. Your interactions with Justin will have you leaving the shop with a smile, and more importantly the knowledge you need to entice even the most difficult local trout. When not in the shop, you will find him tossing his streamer creations or up in the high country chasing native cutthroat and beautiful brook trout. Justin fully embraces the stoke of fly fishing and loves sharing it with others. You’ll see.
Scott Spooner - “Spooner” hails from southern Missouri, where he began his so-called “career” at an early age fishing for perch, catfish, bass and crappie. After spending a few Christmases in Crested Butte as a kid, Colorado’s siren song pulled him westward once he was old enough to fly the coop. After working in the restaurant industry for over 25 years, Scott began a new career in the fly fishing industry in 2010 and never looked back. Whispered rumors of rainy summer day Fryingpan hatches drew him to the Roaring Fork Valley, and the myriad year-round fishing opportunities keep him rooted here. As the manager of Taylor Creek Fly Shop, he tends to be mostly an indoor cat versus outdoor at this point in his career, but occasionally still guides when his schedule allows. More often than not, you’ll find Scott flipping over rocks and running around with his butterfly net pursuing entomological interests instead of fishing with any real focus. Scott is the Guide Coordinator for the Western Slope’s Casting for Recovery program and enjoys hosting bonefish trips to Christmas Island, tying flies, float fishing, curling and politics.
John High (passed) – John lost his valiant battle with cancer on May 11th of 2001. He was a fixture at Taylor Creek for over 17 years and guided in the Roaring Fork Valley for over 20 years. His infectious attitude on life and his extreme love of the outdoors was evident to anyone lucky enough to have known him. One of the most common things that John said and truly believed was, " I may not make a lot of money guiding, but just take a look at my office." John's absence will always be felt here in the shop and by those he guided and befriended over the years. If you had the pleasure of knowing and fishing with John, be sure to spend a moment of reflection sitting on his bench behind the shop before you head up the Fryingpan. You’ll be glad you did.