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Fly Fishing Guide Profiles

 

Mark Gudmens
   

Jeff Randall

      

Josh Johnson

 Cameron Barker   

        

Pancho Winter

        

Marshall Pendergrass

 Kris Knackendoffel

        

John Shuler

        

Dave Allen

Chris Keeler

        

Mike Weist

        

Henry Jones

 

 

 

 

Cameron Barker

A Native of North Carolina, Cameron first began fly fishing for bass in his grandmother's pond, slinging around an ancient fiberglass rod. While attending college at Appalachian State in Boone, NC he discovered the joys of trout fishing. He simply couldn't get enough of the spring creeks and tailwaters.

 

His increasing love and passion for all things on the fly led him to expand his fly fishing horizons and explore the world of saltwater fly fishing. From stalking mountain trout to chasing redfish along the North Carolina coast, Cameron was hooked.

 

But the beautiful borders of his home state could not contain his obsession. He lived in New Zealand for 6 months where he immersed himself in trout fishing, and brought his new knowledge back to the States. In the winter of 2008, Cameron decided to move to Telluride to "live the dream." Nowadays, whether casting a 10wt to a tailing permit in Honduras or a 4 wt to a rising trout on the San Miguel, Cameron is always at home on the water.

Jeff Randall

Jeff Randall caught his first brown trout at the age of five sparking a lifelong passion for fishing. Since then he has fly-fished throughout the US, Mexico, and the Caribbean for everything from Trout to Tarpon.

 

A fly-fisherman in Southwest Colorado for more than fifteen years he has extensive knowledge of the San Juan Region and has a contagious enthusiasm for the sport that makes the novice as well as the the seasoned fisherman excited to experience a day on the water.

Josh Johnson

Josh's love of the outdoors started at childhood in the woods of New Hampshire. His initial introduction to the world of fly fishing came in the form of pan fish and bass. Eventually, his passion for fishing would lead him to New Zealand where he lived for a year.

 

Josh moved to Telluride in 2001 and started guiding for TO shortly after arriving. As one of our "senior" guides Josh provides excellent fishing wisdom, people skills and an intimate knowledge of the Telluride area.

Kris Knackendoffel

Kris grew up in Western Colorado and began fly fishing at eight years old with his father. A Grand Junction native, he spent much of his time fishing the Gunnison, Roaring Fork, Colorado and Frying Pan Rivers. While receiving a biology degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango he balanced his time between guiding and academics.

 

He now calls Telluride home. With seven years of professional guiding under his belt his passion for fishing and guiding continues to grow. His fishing experiences include much of the western United States but also range from Alaska to Belize, South America, Florida Keys and the South Pacific nation of Kirbati. While he’s had the opportunity to fish the most exotic destinations he still loves to chase bass and carp back home in Mesa County. Kris recently became a partner at Telluride Outside and Telluride Hunting Guides and is very much at home on the rivers and in the woods of the Telluride region.

Pancho Winter

In 1992, after years of working as a marine biologist in California, Pancho moved to Telluride to fish, ski, bike and camp in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado.  A lifelong angler, he began guiding for Telluride Outside in 2004 and his background in biology helped him quickly learn about the fish, insects and river habitat that make up Telluride's fly fishing.
 
Pancho enjoys working with anglers of all levels to show them the best of what Telluride's fisheries have to offer.  He believes it is the journey, more than the destination, that makes a great trip.  Pancho's recent journeys have taken him to Guanaja, Honduras to catch bonefish and to Oregon for steelheading.

Marshall Pendergrass

Marshall Pendergrass has been fly fishing in Southwestern Colorado for the past 20 years and has fished over 200 different locations on local streams and rivers. He has been a fly fishing instructor the past 5 years covering youth, family and first-timers of all ages.

 

He especially enjoys instructing/guiding family outings and guarantees a fun and successful adventure in the Colorado mountains. Marshall is also very active in Trout Unlimited on local stream improvement projects and serves on the state TU board of directors on major water conservation issues.

   

John Shuler

John has lived and worked in Telluride for almost two years. He splits his time with Telluride Outside between guiding fly-fishing and working in the fly shop. John grew up in small-town South Carolina and first threw a fly rod for bass and panfish on local ponds and lakes. It was not until a six-month study abroad stint in New Zealand in 2006 that the fly-fishing fever officially took hold.

 

He has since pursued fish on the fly in various far-flung destinations including the Spanish Pyrenees, Argentine Patagonia, and Honduras. On his days off, you can likely find John somewhere in the Telluride area backcountry, hiking into his new favorite trout water. After all, the farther you go, the better it gets.

Dave Allen

David Allen has over 20 years of fly fishing experience from the bass fisheries of Kentucky to the trout streams of the Rocky Mountains. David moved to Telluride in 2003 in pursuit of trout. He quickly became one of the top guides in the region, and he has an intimate knowledge of the trout and pike fisheries of southwest Colorado. This is largely due to his unwavering passion for fly-fishing.

 

Moreover, David has expanded his role in the industry by representing top fly-fishing brands such has Scott Fly Rods, Patagonia, Oakley, and Brodin, amongst others. (www.combenterprises.com).

 

David also spends his time working with environmental non-profits. He has played an integral role in land conservation and environmental educational campaigns in the Telluride region.

Chris Keeler

 

Chris grew up fishing for striped bass on the coast of Massachusetts and for brookies on small streams in the Adirondacks. After attending school in Vermont, Chris became allured by the idea of catching trout bigger than his index finger, and moved out West to pursue larger rivers, fish, and mountains. He has since fallen in love with the San Juans, and finds there is no better way to connect with this amazing wilderness than to fly fish within it.

 

Henry Jones 

Henry Jones

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Henry grew up spin casting for bass in the ponds, creeks, rivers and lakes around central Kentucky.  Although bass are exciting to catch, he bored of spin casting.  His father gave him a fly rod, reel and waders, and after catching his first trout, “was hooked.” Over the ensuing years, Henry fly fished the tail waters of the Cumberland River, a fantastic cold water fishery in south central Kentucky where he and his father would cast to scores of 15-18” rainbows and larger selective browns.

 

After a brief stint in college, a good friend referred him to Telluride Outside to explore guiding the fantastic cold waters (San Miguel, Dolores and Gunnison Rivers) near Telluride.  Henry has since pursued his guiding dream in Telluride, a personal and professional experience that he sums up with one word, “AWESOME.”

 

Four years hence, Henry has returned to Kentucky for continuing education during his guiding offseason.  He promises to never stop guiding, however, and will be back to guide for summers. Henry has a true passion for wading clean cold water streams, listening to the leaves rustling in the wind and the fight of a trout bending a 4-weight rod.

 

Mike Weist

Mike has lived in Colorado his entire life and has been immersed in the Rocky Mountain outdoor lifestyle for the better part of his 40 years. Mike’s first fly-fishing experience came on the fabled Frying Pan River of Colorado. For the past 20 years he has perused an active life in fly-fishing, mountain biking, skiing, rock and ice climbing

 

Having lived in Telluride off and on for the last fourteen years, the San Miguel river has a strong foothold in his spirit. As a resident of Rico, the Dolores River is in Mike’s backyard and he now considers it his home water.

 

  
Wyatt Listrom

Wyatt Listrom

Wyatt Listrom is a life-long outdoorsman who feels right at home in the woods or on the water. Raised in North Carolina, he could be found harassing local bass populations at a young age.  While attending school at Appalachian State University, he realized his  passions for Fly Fishing and Archery Hunting. A rafting/spelunking guiding internship lit his desire to further his career as an adventure guide, and after graduating with a degree in Commercial Recreation and Tourism, he moved to Telluride to expand his guiding resume. Wyatt has been exploring the local rivers and guiding in Telluride for the past few years and is ready to take you out on your next rafting, fishing or hunting adventure!

Brian Conlin


Brian Conlin grew up in Telluride, Colorado and caught his first trout on a fly rod in 1986, at the age of six. While growing up, he was surrounded by fishing as his family owned and operated a fly shop, guide service, and a fly fishing school. He has fished throughout the Rocky Mountain West and has enjoyed saltwater fly fishing in the Caribbean. Brian moved back to Telluride in the fall of 2009 and during the summer of 2010 his desire for adventure took him on many fishing excursions in Telluride and the surrounding area. His commitment is to insure that his clients enjoy the best possible outdoors and fishing experience in Southwestern Colorado. When not on the river guiding Brian is usually found fishing, or searching for powder on the ski hill.

Brian Conlin
 

 

Will Downing

Will Downing, born in Birmingham, AL and raised a fly fisherman by his father; like his father before him on the Tallapoosa River, as it cuts through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.  Will's love of the wilderness was instilled very early in life, and has taken him far from the Tallapoosa River around the world, from guiding fly fishermen on the flats of the Bay Islands in Honduras to back country skiing through the Canadian Rockies, to hunting pheasant in the moors of Devon England. 


Will moved to Telluride in 2006 after finishing a finance degree at the University of Alabama.  He now also works in the real estate industry to support his fly fishing habit.  His love for this region is one that he takes pleasure is sharing with his clients, one trip at a time.  Will's belief is that the more fun you have the more fish you catch, and there's no doubt that when you fish with him fun will be had.

Werner Catsman

Born and raised on the San Miguel River, Werner Catsman has been fishing the Telluride region his entire life.  A class V oarsman, he loves rowing down rivers as much as fishing up them.
 
As part of Telluride’s early fly fishing scene, he guided for Skyline Guest Ranch, Sawpit Fly fishers and was one of the very first guides hired by the Telluride Angler in 1994 (before Telluride Angler and Telluride Outside merged).  In 1996, he went to work for the Scott Fly Rod Company, partnering with John Duncan and others to build the Scott brand and company after it relocated to Colorado from California.  Werner held several positions at Scott Fly Rods, working as aSsales Manager, Operations Manager and eventually the General Manager. 

Having rejoined Telluride Outside in 2012, Werner will be guiding in a variety of rivers around the region.  In addition to his home turf, the San Miguel, Werner can also be found rowing the Gunnison Gorge, lower Gunnison and in the winters, the San Juan River in New Mexico.  With the San Juan’s dam controlled temperatures, anglers in the Telluride area can now venture to New Mexico with Telluride Outside in December through February.

 
         

Mark Gudmens

Mark Gudmens is an avid angler and born teacher.  He came to Telluride Outside as a rafting guide in 2011, but fell in love with fly fishing and cut his teeth on the San Miguel, Dolores, Uncompahgre and Gunnison.  He has fished throughout the Rocky Mountains and Argentina.  Mark's warm, gregarious personality make him one of our most requested guides.

 

 

   








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