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Mac Baldwin

Mac Baldwin

Fly Fishing Guide

Growing up in Durango, Colorado, Mac developed a passion for fly fishing at a young age. He is a patient and easy going guide and loves to play a part in getting newcomers “hooked” on fly fishing. He has spent a number of years guiding and fishing waters all around Colorado and beyond.

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Doug-Freemann

Doug Freemann

Fly Fishing Guide / Gunnison Gorge

Doug was born and raised in the Philadelphia area, where we picked up fly fishing at a young age. Cutting his teeth on Pennsylvania’s technical spring creeks, he quickly fell in love with the sport. He was then introduced to the competitive fly-fishing world, where he spent five years on the U.S. Youth Fly Fishing Team. During this time, he was fortunate to fish in multiple World Youth Fly Fishing Championships, culminating his tenure as the team captain. This experience also afforded him the chance to learn from some of the nation’s leading fly anglers. During his college years Doug guided on Wyoming’s North Platte River as well as Colorado’s Front Range. When asked about his guiding style, he adapts to the experience level of each client in an easy going and relaxed manner. Striving to help clients find success at any level from exploring the nuts and bolts of angling technique, to refining advanced skills.  With a deep passion for sharing the pursuits he enjoys the most with others, he is well equipped to show you a fantastic day on the water!

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Gavin Green Fly Fishing Guide

Gavin Green

Fly Fishing Guide / Gunnison Gorge

Gavin was born and raised in Denver, but at an early age, he moved to Crawford with his grandfather. With over a decade of experience, he has served as a fishing guide, navigating most of Colorado’s major rivers. The Gunnison Gorge has been his seasonal home for the entirety of those ten years, now the exclusive location he chooses for guiding due to its unique allure. Crafting many of his own flies for trips, he exhibits a profound passion for fishing. Beyond angling, his ultimate aim is to provide his clients with unforgettable memories.

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Fly Fishing Guide Zach Sauer

Zach Sauer

Fly Fishing Guide / Fly Shop

Zach says he was lucky to be born in Western Colorado. Since he can remember, being outside as much as possible has been a top priority. That love of the outdoors quickly led him to fish local lakes with a spin rod. After years of visiting RIGS fly shop as a little kid, his interest in fly fishing grew. He started tying flies about a year before he picked up a fly rod, but once he did and caught his first trout on a fly he tied, there was no going back. Now, he chases trout as much as possible, everywhere from technical tailwaters to high alpine lakes all over the region. Zach has a depth of fly fishing knowledge beyond his years. Combined with his enthusiasm and love of teaching, he is a fantastic guide to learn from.

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Sam Terlingo Fly Fishing Guide RIGS

Sam Terlingo

Fly Fishing Guide

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Sam developed a fondness for fishing native brook trout in small creeks at a young age. With a decade of guiding experience under his belt, his guiding journey spans seven years in Colorado, two in Alaska, and one in Florida. The spark and passion for guiding started while working at a dude ranch in southern Colorado. Armed with a degree in education, Sam is driven by his enthusiasm for teaching others about fly fishing and his love of getting on the water.

Mike Mangino

Michael Mangino

Destination Ambassador

I came to fly fishing the way many people have, a progression from other types of fishing, in my case bass fishing on the small lakes around Southeastern Virginia. Being a rock climber, ice climber, bike rider/ racer I needed something that would help be clear my mind and not require my heart rate to be above 150.

Once I got hooked on fly fishing it was game on. I spent many years of my fishing career walk/ wading before I ever even got into a drift boat. Plying the streams of Virginia and Colorado, learning the craft at the slow pace that offers. Then started doing drift boat trips on the Colorado, Gunnison Gorge, Lower Gunnison, and rivers in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and New Mexico. Further opportunity to learn, and you catch way more fish covering so much water in a day!

The salt water evolution came almost by accident. I was fishing with a RIGS guide on the Uncompahgre River and he asked if I would be interested in going to fish for Permit. At first I was not sure, but then I did my homework, it was time to take this to the next level. After multiple destination trips I can say that my thirst for salt water fishing is never quenched!

Claire Barker at RIGS Fly Shop & Guide Service

Claire Barker

Assistant Fly Shop Manager / Fly Fishing Guide

Growing up in the Oklahoma outdoors Claire learned a passion for wildlife and wilderness. After relocating to southwest Colorado in 2016 that passion continued to grow, leading her to fly fishing. Targeting wild trout in high country creeks is her favorite way to enjoy the sport, but she is happy to fish anywhere, anytime. Claire believes that we all belong in the outdoors. She loves teaching and sharing fly fishing, and always strives to have fun on the water.

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Spencer-Hemker

Spencer Hemker

Fly Shop Manager / Fly Fishing Guide
Fly fishing was an interest since childhood. Spencer started learning on his his dad’s eagle claw and quickly became focused on understanding fish. At 13, a casting class turned an interest into an addiction. Spencer, enjoys sharing the experience of all things bugs, fish, learning to cast and the thrill of landing the first fish. As proof of his dedication, during his senior year in high school, Spencer took a week off finals to do guide school, and it all started or ended there – fly fishing was to be his life. Wildlife Biology with a minor in Art extended the addiction, further expanding his knowledge and love of entomology and fly tying. “It is important to have a personal goal in fly fishing – my goal is to get to know and catch as many different species as possible”. Spencer is an excellent resource for all things fly fishing. Stop by the shop to catch up with him.

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Benny Gregg Fly Shop Fly Fishing Guide

Benny Gregg

Fly Shop / Fly Fishing Guide

Growing up in the mountains of Virginia Benny he built his fly fishing knowledge on the technical tailwaters, spring creeks, brookie streams, and small mouth bass rivers of the region. Following Appalachian State University, with a degree in outdoor education and guide school in North Carolina, he found himself back on his home waters as an Orvis endorsed guide in Hot Springs, Virginia. Benny is a passionate angler and gregarious people person who looks forward to getting you on the water.

Trey Pace Fly Fishing Guide RIGS

Trey Pace

Fly Fishing Guide / Gunnison Gorge

Born and raised in Colorado, Trey quickly developed a passion for all things outdoors. Spending their formative years hunting, fly fishing, mountain biking, and skiing in the Rockies, he fostered a deep connection to nature. More recently, Trey discovered a love for boating white water. Having pursued studies in Adventure Education and Wilderness Leadership with a focus in Psychology at Prescott College, he is currently engaged in obtaining a master’s degree in adventure-based counseling. He finds fulfillment in exploring and working in wild places, particularly relishing the experience of being on the river.

Ethan-Scott

Ethan Scott

Fly Fishing Guide / Gunnison Gorge

A native of Swampscott, Massachusetts, near Boston, Ethan first began his love of fly fishing on small creeks and rivers in New Hampshire with family. The Pemigewasset River, catching brookies on a fly rod, created the mystique and his current obsession with fly fishing to trout. As a young adult, Ethan spent every moment studying each aspect of fly fishing. Soon a fascination about the American west developed. The Rocky Mountains captured his imagination with powerful rivers and their monster trout inhabitants. He was sold! In his early 20’s he moved out west to finish his college degree in outdoor education. After I graduated, leaving Colorado was not an option, instead, he wanted to continue chasing trout with a fly rod in the Rocky Mountains by making it a day-to-day part of his life. From leading raft trips with RIGS, to float fishing, and fly fishing – guiding was obviously next. The best way to describe Ethan’s passion for fly fishing is in his own words. “I jump at the opportunity to spend a day on the water with the prospect of sharing my knowledge of the sport that I have come to love. I welcome all to spend a day on the water with me! Does not matter your age or experience level with fly fishing. Just love the opportunity to share my passion for fly fishing with others!”

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Spencer-Terry

Spencer Terry

Fly Fishing Guide / Gunnison Gorge

A Colorado native, Spencer started fly fishing at ten years old. Twenty-two years later his passion for the sport has only grown. As a guide, his goal is to help people strive to make the transition from guided trips only to getting out on their own and catching fish. Spencer’s mantra is, “However much I love fly fishing I enjoy teaching people to fly fish even more! If you want to learn, I want to teach you.”

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Kevin-O’Hara

Kevin O’Hara

Fly Fishing Guide
Kevin, a long-time RIGS team member, has been picking apart the rivers, high country creeks, and lakes of the region for over 20 years. A fun-loving personality, he brings extensive knowledge of fishing techniques, entomology, and our local area. If it is outside, you will find him exploring in his Chinook – and most of the time chasing fishing or live music.

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Chris Cantrell Gunnison Gorge Guide

Chris Cantrell

Fly Fishing Guide / Gunnison Gorge

A Colorado native but a vagabond at heart, Chris has been guiding since 2012 in New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado.  Prior to that he worked throughout the southwest for 9 years as an archeologist living out of his truck with his dog and moving wherever work took him.  

You will often hear Chris tell people he prefers guiding to fishing for himself these days and it shows in his passion when teaching new and seasoned anglers a few tricks on the water.

When not behind the oars or hiking up rivers you will find Chris chasing birds with his lab Rita or tying flies in his camper looking for the next adventure.

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Chris Cantrell Gunnison Gorge Guide

Jack Caprio

Fly Fishing Guide / Gunnison Gorge

Born and raised in Colorado, Jack has had a fly rod in his hand for as long as he can remember. Raised by fly fishing guides, he began his exploration of fishing on the front range. In 2015, he moved to the Western Slope where his passion for fishing exploded. Jack loves spending time outdoors year-round in all forms – skiing, fishing, mountain biking, and camping. He never takes for granted how lucky he is to make a living teaching his passion in the beautiful landscape of Western Colorado.

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Tim-Patterson

Tim Patterson

Owner / Destination Host

Patterson has led fly fishing, rafting, and eco-tours throughout Central America, Mexico, and the Southwestern U.S. since 1991. Patterson’s degree in Recreation Management from Prescott College set the stage for a career in adventure guiding and a passion for keeping tight lines on his home waters. “It’s not just about the fishing, it’s about the people,” Patterson says. “Our activities are kind of a metaphor for life. They can teach patience, strategy, versatility, and adapting to conditions.”

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Jack Seiver Fly Fishing Guide RIGS Fly Shop

Jack Seiver

Fly Fishing Guide

Jack, originally from Washington, D.C., made the move to Colorado in 2017 following his graduation from Santa Clara University. Each summer since, he’s found himself guiding backcountry fly fishing trips in Rocky Mountain National Park, while winters have been dedicated to work and skiing in Crested Butte. After discovering RIGS and the incredible fishing prospects in the Ridgway region, he made the choice to relocate, enthusiastic about the chance to share his expertise and passion for fly fishing.

Keith-Trumbull

Keith Trumbull

Fly Fishing Guide
Trout Counseling 101. I moved to Colorado in early 2000 in search of fresh powder and to shred all the local skateboard parks that were being built here. Back then my two for one-day adventures would be skateboarding until early afternoon, then off to unwind, fly fish at a local stream. I regularly fished Deckers, Cheesman Canyon, Clear Creek, Elevenmile Canyon, and the Big Thompson River to learn the art of stalking trout on a fly rod. I’ve been in the fly fishing industry for about 15 seasons and I have an eclectic approach on fly fishing, tying, and guiding clients that create memorable fishing experiences for others. A while ago I worked at SFR, and spent “a lot” of time fishing the day away in the Gunny Gorge and I’m excited to return to the North Fork Valley. I put a ton of effort into fishing excursions and I want you to enjoy the whole outdoor experience on the water, so you are hooked for life. LOL. Some of my fondest fly fishing experiences are fishing the Rio Grande River for trout, carp, pike, and the infamous night bite, ice off at the Delaney Lakes in North Park. Besides all that, Gunny Gorge for life and I can’t wait to have another season of helping clients with solution-focused, trout therapy. Tight lines.

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Jimmie Vaughan Fly RIGS Fishing Ambassador

Jimmie Vaughan

Destination Ambassador

Jimmie grew up on a ranch in north Texas hunting and fishing with his father. His dad mostly tackled big game off shore fishing, while Jimmie’s interest leaned towards fly fishing.

Owning a home in Port Aransas, Texas and a Hells Bay Skiff, he chased redfish in skinny water with a fly rod in hand.  In addition to saltwater, Jimmie also spent his summers fishing the fresh waters of Ketchum, ID and the surrounding area. In 2017, he moved there full time and worked as a fly fishing guide for a guide service called, Silver Creek Outfitters.  He enjoyed sharing his knowledge of the local waters and helping clients grow their passion in the sport.  

His love for the sport is matched by his love of traveling. Jimmie unites both passions through his fly fishing trips to places like Hokkaido, Patagonia, and Alaska.  Off the water, he spends time exploring other cultures, history, and regional cuisines.  His favorite food on his trip to Hokkaido was uni, which is typically harvested from the nearby waters.  

From his travels, one of his best discoveries has been the charming town of Ridgway.  The raw beauty of the San Juan and Cimmaron mountains are unmatched.  Jimmie and his wife cherish family time centered around the outdoors.  They wanted to raise their son with access world class  fly fishing, mountain biking, skiing and climbing. Ridgway has fit the bill perfectly. 

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