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I was born in North Carolina, grew up in Georgia and I Live in Colorado.  After graduating from the University of Georgia with a finance degree I found myself in a small, stuffy office in downtown Atlanta, closing mortgage loans.  Four stressful years later, the mortgage market crashed and soon after that, the mountains called and I came running.  I traded my suit and tie for a snow shovel and a smile; I was at home at Purgatory resort, shoveling snow.  Since I moved to Durango in 2007, my favorite thing to do is to ride my dirt bike and fly fish in the backcountry, in little mountain streams.  I've spent 1000's of hours in these small to medium mountain streams over the years and I have taken these experiences and created a crash course into fly fishing. 
Our goal is to simplify the fundamental elements of fly fishing and translate the complex language of this exciting sport.  We've created a "bare bones" approach to fly casting, fly tying, essential gear, bugs, reading water, and most importantly... catching fish.  Join us in the mountains and allow us to share our passion and what hopefully will be your next healthy addiction.

Randy Steuve
I started fishing in the farm ponds and lakes of the Midwest for bass and panfish. I moved to Michigan over 15 years ago, and there began my fly-fishing education on the fabled Au Sable and Manistee Rivers. These rivers were great classrooms for learning about hatch identification and how to achieve the proper drift. It was also in Michigan where I learned the art of streamer fishing and fly-tying.

I moved to Durango in 2005 and brought my fly-fishing passion with me. My education continued as I learned the nuances of fishing nymphs and midges on both the Animas and San Juan Rivers.

 Aside from fishing, I am also a hospital pharmacist and a triathlon coach and triathlete.

Louis L Ciaramella
I have had a passion for fishing since I was a little kid, casting lures to panfish with my dad and older brother at the lake down through the woods near my house in Connecticut. Then I started fishing for large mouth Bass with a small canoe and john boat all over New England. I also enjoyed surf-casting for bluefish and Striped Bass. I graduated to fly fishing in the early 90's and never looked back.

In 1996 , I drove
to Durango with a tent, sleeping bag, fly tying vise and 2 fly rods. I had traveled and fished throughout the west for three summers, after the season ended in July back east. I was lured here because of a 12 month fishing season. Fishing The Housy and Farmington Rivers are world class, but the water warms in summer so the season is short.  I have done some guiding here in Colorado but feel it is time to give back to the sport by teaching. I was lucky enough to be taught by four old timers, all brothers who were in their late 70's. They took me under their wing and taught me the art of casting, proper drift presentation, nymph and dry fly fishing; they gave me a gift of a lifetime and for that I will always be grateful.

John Schwarz

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Al Winzerling
I have been a serious fly fisher for over 25 years.....a serious fly fisher is someone  not having a can of night crawlers in their back pocket.

Fishing  from Alaska for Salmon to the Caribbean Flats for Bones, Permit and Tarpon has honed my fly fishing skills. In addition to being passionate about fly fishing, I tie flies, build fly rods and love introducing my passion to others.

Fly fishing is a lifelong pursuit, never totally understanding how a creature with a brain the size of a pea can outsmart and frustrate the humane being so totally. Persevere and continue learning!

Gregory Moore

I've been fishing since I was too young to cross most creeks and streams by myself. My fly-casting teacher and guide was my father, and my idol was my older brother Douglas, who had such a gift for knowing where the fish were holding in any given water that my father nicknamed him "the Otter."

I learned most of what I know about wild, brightly painted trout in streams and beaver ponds high in the Sierras and in tiny, secretive creeks tucked into the flanks of isolated mountain ranges scattered across the great basin of Nevada. I taught myself to tie flies when I was still in grade school. I learned about caddis flies, mayflies and stoneflies (and the aquatic alchemy that comes with them) on summer evenings fishing the Truckee River just west of Reno. I've been enjoying the amazing trout fishing of the Durango area since 1991.

I truly enjoy helping others, especially kids, discover this combination of art and skill and magic that has provided me with so much joy in my life.

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