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.
Corey grew up in Vermont and has been fishing ever since he could hold a rod. He was ski instructor at Steamboat Resort for 10 years and has been fly fish guiding in the Yampa Valley for over 15 years. He is a true outdoorsman, so fly fishing, hunting, skiing, and adventuring in the backcountry with his horses is where he spends most of his time. He has a passion for teaching, and believes there’s nothing better than connecting people with nature through guiding. Corey is a wildlife enthusiast, as well as an avid fly tier, which means he’ll point out the fauna around you while ensuring you have the right bug on to fool those trout you pursue. He’s another one of our float specialist, so whether you’re wading or drifting he’s sure to show you a wonderful time on the water!
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.
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.
Spencer, a true local, was born and raised in Steamboat. Because he grew up surrounded by the outdoors, he was naturally drawn to fly fishing at a young age and learned how to fly fish on his own. He was dropped off at the top of city limits and worked his way downtown where his mom worked. Flash forward, Spencer is on his fourth guide season at Straightline. As a guide, he’s most proud of his ability to work with young kids to seasoned veteran fishermen. Overall he finds that it’s a great experience connecting with people beyond fishing and creating an awesome experience on the river for everyone that he meets. Outside of fly fishing he enjoys skiing in the winter and spending his time relaxing on rivers and lakes across Colorado.
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!
Bud is the newest guide to join the Straightline family!
Max Cobb grew up in and around the St. Louis area and began fishing as little kid at the Lake of the Ozarks. Mainly fishing for bass, crappie, and catfish was thing to do. When he was 16 his uncle handed him down a fly rod and from then on he was hooked; no pun intended. He moved out Steamboat in 2014, and got his degree in Outdoor Education and shortly after started working as a guide. As a guide I love to teach my clients about the whole process of fly fishing from the river to the cast. I believe casting a fly rod is the gateway in to what makes fly fishing so special; I would love to teach you and show you a great experience in the Yampa Valley!