About Telluride Outside
In 1984, Bill White launched his first commercial rafting trip on the San Miguel. Telluride Outside was born a rafting and fly fishing company, with operations on the Gunnison and San Miguel rivers. A true outdoorsman, Bill acquired more permits and proceeded to build Telluride's original home-grown guide service. 4-WD tours, mountain bike tours and snowmobile tours were added to rafting and fly fishing. In the early 1990's Telluride Outside rented Jeeps and, for a short period, operated a full service snowmobile dealership.
Longtime local Todd Herrick bought Telluride Outside in 1995. Herrick, himself a diehard riverman, created a much needed basecamp for the company's multi-day float trips. Gunnison River Farms became the hub of the company's Gunnison guide service. By the year 2000, the Herrick family was spending much of their summer in the orchards at Gunnison River Farms. Late that year, he decided to sell the Telluride summer guide services to make more time for his family and farm.
Tom Craddock, a longtime manager, and head fly fishing guide Troy Youngfleish teamed up with former guide John Duncan (1991-1994), who was then working for Scott Fly Rods, to buy Telluride Outside from Herrick. In May 2001, Duncan, Craddock and Youngfleish took over the company with renewed commitment to the original guide services: fly fishing, rafting, 4-WD tours and mountain bike tours. In 2010, a photography guide service sprung from the company's resident photographers. Snowmobile tours were added back to the menu in 2012 with the aquisition of Dave's Mountain Tours and T.O. started a SUP guide service in the spring of 2015.
Along the way, West Slope native Kris Knackendoffel joined the partners, adding born-and-raised talent to the fly fishing, rafting and snowmobile guide services. Ron Solomon also joined the team, a longtime friend and experienced traveling angler. Among other contributions, Solomon helped Telluride Outside develop its Argentina fly fishing program.
Between 1984 and 2000, the company occupied four different locations including a Colorado Avenue booking office, a space above Clark 's Market, the old San Miguel Country Store Texaco station and an out-of-town reservations office in the Lawson Hill business park. In 2001, the new owners consolidated operations in Telluride Angler, Telluride Outside's Main Street fly shop. They invested in both guiding resources and the fly shop, acquiring over 12 miles of private water for the fishing guide service and opening a major online store (www.tellurideangler.com).
Over the last fifteen years, Tom, John, Troy, Kris and Ron have worked to make Telluride Outside a projection of their passions and ambitions, a guide service defined by its people, a resource for visitors and locals in common, a company with the soul of Telluride.
Thanks for 31 great years.
Telluride Outside's fly shop, the Telluride Angler, is recognized as one of Colorado's finest specialty fly shops. Located in the heart of Telluride, we're also dedicated skiers, snowboarders, and outdoor travel enthusiasts. Each year, our customers come from all over the world to fly fish and ski in Telluride.
We invite you to come fishing with us in Telluride or join us on one of our global fly fishing expeditions. The heart of our business is guiding and we look forward to spending time on the water together.