Guide Staff – CO
About Our EWA Staff
- Guiding fly fishing is a profession and we take this seriously. We work exceptionally hard to ensure our staff is heralded as respectful, knowledgeable and courteous pro’s by our industry colleagues. Our goal is to provide the highest caliber of service mixed with an unparalleled level of expertise to help you enjoy your time on the water with us to the fullest.
- Our staff boasts experience in both guiding and fly fishing all over the planet for nearly any species of fish you can conjure up. Collectively we pool these experiences to bring up the level of knowledge amongst our staff to enable us to teach you the craft of fly fishing from nearly any perspective. The application of these experiences on our waters translate into you learning this sport and enabling you to take your new found skills and better use them on your home water. Our experience will ensure you leave us a vastly improved fly angler, this is our passion on every trip.
- All of our guides also teach all of our fly fishing classes from casting to in depth immersion schools. We feel this is important to allow us to help novice to expert anglers alike learn as much from us during the day as possible. This isn’t just rowing a boat down the middle of the river. It iss discussing equipment, tactics, flies and skill sets for small creeks, tropical saltwater, tailwater trout and two handed casting for anadromous species. We guide more types of water in Washington than anyone. The knowledge demanded to successfully do so means you are in as capable of hands as possible.
- The staff at EWA have proven they are legitimate professionals within the industry. Amongst our guides we have several FFF Certified Casting Instructors, hold a variety of Ambassador/Advisory/Pro Staff positions from highly respected equipment manufacturers such as Winston, Patagonia, Airflo, Echo, TFO, Bauer, Rajeff Sports, Fisknat and are all CPR/First Aid Certified, licensed and insured. We also have 3 professional photographers amongst our staff…much of their work is evident throughout our website.
- Moderate to fast action 5 – 6wt rods with floating lines
Winston/Sage/Echo demo rods provided at no charge
- West’s Smelt, West’s Herring, Southworth Special, Herring Popper, Reverse Spiders, Morrish’s Small Fry, Rolled Muddler, Silly Leg Spider and Euphasid patterns, Saltwater deer hair dry flies, Chernobyl ants/hoppers, Miyawaki’s Popper, Bonefish Puffs, Crazy Charlies, Clousers, Bend Backs, Deceivers, Foul Free Herring, Shock and Awe
- Hook sizes for cutthroat should be size 8 or smaller to avoid fatally hooking smaller sized fish.
Steve Brown — I am a Colorado native who’s been guiding and teaching in Southwestern Colorado for the last 14 years specializing in multi-day float trips down the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River with Gunnison River Expeditions. Clients such as former President Jimmy Carter and singer Joe Cocker fish with me during the famous stonefly hatch in the Black Canyon. Along with my guiding career, I graduated from Colorado College and went on to earn a Master’s in English at Colorado State Universtiy where I combined my passion for rivers and fly-fishing into a college course I taught at Colorado College: Reading and Writing the River through Fly-fishing, Boating, and Back-packing. This course developed into a saltwater fly-fishing adventure: Reading and Writing Rivers and Oceans of Honduras. Students learned to saltwater fly fish for permit and bonefish on the island of Roatan, while reading and writing about oceans. After teaching this writing course, I united with Scott Duncan and started Fly Fish Guanaja, a new saltwater fly-fishing lodge on the remote island of Guanaja, off the coast of Honduras. The lodge is a private island surrounded by flats full of bonefish, permit, and more. Ten local natives make up the staff of Fly Fish Guanaja and are earning a reputation as the best team in the Caribbean. I share my time between the Rocky Mountains and the Caribbean, leading clients on remote adventures in the endless pursuit of wild fish. My passion for fishing and teaching are exemplified in my writing, guiding, and business. Swiftwater Rescue Technician
Ryan Davis — Ryan has been professionally guiding the greater western Colorado region for a decade now on rivers such as the Colorado, Roaring Fork, Frying Pan and Gunnison to name a few. He grew up in Glenwood Springs so it was only natural he pursue this profession having spent most of his life in and on these same rivers as a youngster. Ryan is an avid outdoors-man with experience not only in fly angling but also in rock climbing, mountaineering, back-country skiing and big game hunting from both the guide and the retail side. Swiftwater Rescue Technician
Jeff McKenna — My first fishing experiences go back to chasing fish with my Dad and Grandpa in both Illinois and Wisconsin and for that I’ll ever be grateful for getting the chance to share fishing memories with both of them. Growing up I played a ton of soccer which eventually took me to West Virginia University for both school and sports where after many years of attending class, rafting and fly fishing I graduated with a B.S. in Forestry Resource Management. It was in West Virginia where I really discovered my love of the outdoors and more specifically my passion for the water. After leaving West Virginia I moved to Colorado where I have been for the last 13 years. My love of fly fishing has only matured here as we are so fortunate to have so many great rivers close by. The experience for me both on the water and off is something I find very special and look forward to sharing with you. Swiftwater Rescue Technician
Werner Catsman — Born and raised on the San Miguel River in Telluride, Co, I have been fishing Colorado streams and rivers my entire life and being a Class V whitewater oarsman, I love rrowing down rivers as much as fishing up them. I began my guiding at age 16 on the San Miguel and in 1996 went to work for the Scott Fly Rod Company after it relocated to Colorado from California. I held several positions at Scott Fly Rods, starting as a sales manager and running the show as the General Manager from 2000-2006. I currently guide on several rivers in Colorado my favorite being the Gunnison Gorge and also the Roaring Fork during the summer and fall. In the winters, the Lower Gunnison and San Juan river in New Mexico keep my dory wet, rods deeply bent and everyone happy. Having built the Scott fly rod brand and a successful construction company, I combine a wealth of fly angling expertise with real world experience and like to believe my engaging conversations are almost as good as the fishing. Swiftwater Rescue Technician
Dave York — I am a fairly well traveled and seasoned guide on the Roaring Fork, Frying Pan, and Colorado rivers and have been guiding novice and experienced anglers for over 30 years. For 11 years I owned and operated my own fly shop here in the valley but gave that up to spend more time on the water with what I felt was most important, my clients. This time on the water led me to be as innovative as possible with my fly tying and also helped me to guide in other locations around the world such as Kamchatka and the Bahamas as well as landed me on a fly fishing show on ESPN. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience with novice and experienced anglers alike on these waters surrounding Glenwood Springs.