Our Guides 2018-05-09T05:32:28+00:00

Duane Redford

Duane Redford, a professional fly fishing guide, spends the majority of his days guiding on the Eagle River near Minturn, Colorado and the South Platte River below Deckers, Colorado. He began his fly fishing career fishing the Rocky Mountain West, and has been toting a fly rod for better than four decades. Duane Redford is a sought after national speaker and a signature fly tyer for Montana Fly Company and has written two fly fishing books; “The Fly Fishers’ Playbook, A Systematic Approach to Nymph Fly Fishing” and “Hidden in Plain View, Recognizing the Obvious and Exploiting the Obscure in Fly Fishing.”

Joel Minturn Guide

Joel Sharp

I have been in the vail valley for 25 years and can never get enough of the outdoors. I love exploring small creeks that lead to big rivers. It gives me absolute pleasure to spend the day teaching/watching someone fly fish. It just never gets old for me!

Alex Forsberg

Alex Forsberg

Alex has been guiding for Minturn Anglers since 2013. Alex was born and raised in Michigan. The Midwest is still home for Alex; where he guides Steelhead 6 months of the year. If not on the stream guiding or fishing, you can most likely find Alex at the Fly Tying vise. Most of the flies for his entire year of guiding come off his own vise. Alex enjoys being a teacher of fly fishing, enjoys seeing the light bulb go off in people’s heads, and loves to watch kids catch their first trout!

Levi Lambert

Levi Lambert

Levi grew up in western Montana, fishing the river systems and creeks of the Bitterroot Valley and surrounding area’s. After graduating from the University of Montana he and his wife moved out to Colorado and have been here fishing ever since.

He enjoys all forms of fly fishing whether it’s salt water or fresh water, dry fly, streamer, or nymph, but sight fishing rivers and mountain creeks is what he enjoys the most.

When he’s not out fishing with clients, managing his business, or tying up some new fly pattern, Levi can usually be found fishing the S. Platte River through the town of Deckers, CO. where he and his wife live. Levi’s passion for teaching the technical aspect’s of fly fishing and providing others with the tools that improve there overall fishing experience, is secondary only to his wiliness to go the extra mile to ensure that clients have a fun and memorable fishing adventure.

Steele Lewis

I grew up in Vermont 15 minutes south of Burlington. The LaPlatte river ran behind my house and most of my youth was spent jumping from trees into it, flipping rocks looking for crawfish, or pioneering down it on an inflatable sledding tube with friends. At 8 I held my first fly rod while fishing for Atlantic Salmon on a family trip in Gaspe, Canada. The fish were magnificent. They came few and far between. I was hooked instantly. it was all the time spent not reeling in fish, but just enjoying the river and wilderness. My father knew he had sealed my fate as a trout bum.
After a year of cutting my teeth on the Blue iver, I came to Vail for a teaching opportunity and stayed for the Eagle River, which I appreciate more with each day that passes. It is hands down my favorite river out of all that I have fished. 70 Miles of wild, freestone river which humbles the fishiest of sticks, and fishes with the technicality of a pressured tailwater. What more could an aspiring trout guide ask for? 4 years later, my love and respect for the Eagle have grown exponentially. I love how unique every fishery in Colorado is, and hope to explore them all, but the Eagle is my favorite and the one I call home. I couldn’t be luckier.

Mandy Hertzfeld

Mandy grew up in a small farm town of Waterville, Ohio. She spent most of her childhood outdoors and not much has changed since.  She has surrounded herself with her two passions, art and fly fishing. After graduating with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts, Mandy moved out to the Vail Valley to begin her career as an Artist and a fly-fishing guide.  Inspired by fly fishing, her artwork is a direct reflection of her passions. For her, fly fishing is a way for her to slow down and appreciate the little things that the river has to offer.  When she isn’t on the water she’s in the studio painting. She believes that each day on the river is a blank slate or a white canvas waiting for you to make something of it, to figure it out, to pay attention to the details, and to learn. It’s about the experiences.

Billy McMillan

Hi, I’m Billy. I started with Minurn Anglers as a shop dog around 2010. Over the years I’ve learned from some of the most amazing, and passionate people both guides and clients alike, than I could ever have dreamed. The lifestyle that is Fly Fishing and guiding is one of the most fulfilling, challenging, and rewarding experiences I’ve had. It has allowed me to travel to places like Alaska, Belize, New Zealand, and around the U.S. to encounter fish and Fly Fishing styles of many kinds. Through all of this life education, I’ve learned not only do I love to fish, I absolutely love taking people fishing. Introducing, teaching, and improving Fly Fishing skills is something I take great pride in doing. So come on out to the river with me, on my boat, or just walking along and we’ll have ourselves some fun taking in what is Fly Fishing.
Troy Garner

Troy Garner

After moving to Colorado, my excitement for fishing grew far beyond it just being a hobby, and I fell in love with the pristine rivers and lakes on the western slope. I’m known around the shop for my achievements at the GoPro games and for adopting the Euro nymphing technique. I’m always happy to get out on the water and learn new techniques to improve my fishing. When I’m not on the river, you can find me in the backcountry getting my camp on or more than likely studying for that schooling degree.

Sterling Wright

Floyd Wright

I was born in Washington D.C. where I began fishing with my dad around eight years old. I later moved to Dallas, TX where I spent the next twenty-five years bass fishing. After moving to Denver, I immediately began to learn fly fishing. I started off taking an introduction class on fly fishing at Minturn Anglers. I made the mistake of catching a few fishing during the class and fell in love. I later attended guide school with Minturn Anglers and haven’t looked back since.

I guide on the South Platte, Colorado and Eagle River. My favorite place to fish is the Dream Steam, nothing better than watching clients land that monster lake run trout.

Nate Diamond

Nate diamond grew up fly fishing with his father and grandpa all over the midwest, he now spends his summers In Colorado guiding for Minturn Anglers. In the Fall if not on the river he can be found on the Mountain, looking for elk, or back in the Midwest In a treestand hunting whitetails. He spends his winters in michigan fishing for trout and steelhead.

Maverick Conklin

Maverick Conklin

Maverick started fly fishing at a young age of 6 on the small streams and lakes in the hudson valley of New York but fly fishing had much bigger plans for this avid fisherman. After completing guide school in Montana Maverick moved to the famous Vail valley and started guiding with Minturn Anglers. After 7 years he has fly fished most of the rivers in Colorado and has experienced New Zealand and South America as well as the salt water side of the sport . His favorite rivers are the Eagle and the Colorado and that’s what keeps him around.

Colin Minturn Guide

Colin Macdonald

Colin is a Colorado native and has been fishing since he was able to hold a rod. Although his fishing background was in spin fishing for bass and trout, he found a true passion for fly fishing on the Cache La Poudre river while studying at Colorado State University where he earned a degree in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. Since graduating, he has done his very best to keep his feet wet in Colorado and around the world looking for the next big fish. When he’s not guiding, you can assume he is hiking around the Rocky Mountain high country searching for Cutthroats.

Tom Herbert

I grew up fly fishing the Big Thompson river in Rocky Mountain National Park and below Estes Park. I am currently in my second season with Minturn Anglers and will usually be seen on all stretches of the South Platte, the lower Eagle river or the Roaring Fork. If I’m not fishing for trout in the mountains, you will find me chasing carp or bass on the front range.