Meet Our Guides!
Brett is originally from Great Falls, Montana. With over 50 years of fishing experience, Brett is now in his 30th year as a professional fishing guide. Some of Brett's clients include Coach Bob Knight and Nick Faldo. An avid outdoorsman, Brett is also an expert skier and an accomplished bow hunter.
Steve is a twenty-year veteran guide with a wealth of knowledge about our region's waters. An excellent teacher, who enjoys spending time on the water with anglers of all skill levels. Steve has been featured in many publications including Pat Dorsey's book, Colorado Guide Flies, and the Angler Guide.
Rich grew up in western Pennsylvania fishing with his father, a renowned fly rod craftsman, who built the very rods Rich learned with as a child. As a guide with Straightline Sports since 1999, Rich's experience and knowledge make him someone any person can learn from while enjoying their time on the water. He is also one of the few guides qualified to guide float trips through the Yampa Valley's public waters as well as Straightline's private waters. When he's not guiding, Rich enjoys fishing his home waters in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania.
Andy Janoski is the local float specialist with over 10 years of experience throughout the west and beyond. Hailing from steelhead alley in Ohio and fly fishing since the age of 6, Andy has a vast knowledge of bugs, fish, and wildlife. Attaining a degree in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State in 2009 and working for Oregon dept. fish and wildlife has progressed his knowledge of the science of rivers. Andy is also an expert fly tier of 18 years and can set up a lesson anytime! Check out Andy's latest pictures and reports on Troutywater Instagram or Facebook!
Ben lives to fish. Whether he is stripping streamers on the Yampa River or ice fishing Steamboat Lake, Ben is in his element on the water. His passion for hunting trout was sparked when he moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and started angling at eight years old. The Snake River and its tributaries yielded years of learning and progressing as a fisherman and eventually a guide.
Ben is an avid fly tier and naturalist. Your day on the water with him will surely include more than just a fishing lesson. His versatility as a fisherman and his excited attitude will make for a great experience on the river no matter your age of angling level.
Michael Maroney is a Colorado native. He's been fly fishing in Steamboat and all over Colorado for 15 years. He has been guiding with Straightline for the last 5 seasons and loves teaching every part of fly fishing. Whether you are a never-ever, or have been fishing for decades, Michael is more than happy to show you a few pointers while learning some new things himself. When he's not on the river, Michael spends his time skiing and hunting.
Sean was born in Colorado and has since lived in several states. At a young age he was introduced to fishing by his uncle, who bought him his first fly rod at Straightline. He’s been fishing the Yampa Valley ever since. Sean attended West Virginia University where he earned a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management. His vast knowledge of local waters and friendly demeanor make Sean a great guide to go fishing with, regardless of your experience.
Patrick Gamble grew up in the Midwest and has been coming to Colorado his whole life to ski and fish. His Uncle bought him his first fly rod at Straightline at a young age which instilled a passion for fishing in him that he now gets to share with others.
Patrick attended college in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, studying Outdoor Recreation where he also worked at the local fly shop, tying a lot of flies. He was first exposed to guiding professionally when he spent a summer in Alaska's Kenai Peninsula.
Patrick’s enthusiasm and knowledge for the sport provides a great day out on the water!
Arianna (Ari)- Has been fishing since she was five years old, now in her 7th year exploring the waters in and around Steamboat and surrounding areas.
Ari likes to walk/wade while hitting the smaller spots, such as the confluence of Fish Creek Falls and the Yampa.
After shadowing Straightline's expert guides and developing her own 'pedagogy' she is now available to provide guide services!