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.
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.
Rich grew up in western Pennsylvania fishing with his father, a renowned fly rod craftsman, who built the very rods Rich learned with as a child.
As a guide with Straightline Sports since 1999, Rich's experience and knowledge make him someone any person can learn from while enjoying their time on the water. He is also one of the few guides qualified to guide float trips through the Yampa Valley's public waters as well as Straightline's private waters.
When he's not guiding, Rich enjoys fishing his home waters in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania.
Tyler was fishing the Chattahoochee behind his home near Atlanta when he was just seven years old. Inspired by local fly fisherman, he fashioned a makeshift fly rod out of a dowel and some yarn until he eventually saved enough allowance to purchase his own fly rod. Tyler would rise early before school just to get in a 5 a.m. fishing session.
Today, Tyler is a master fly fisherman, earning Best in the Boat honors in 2013. Tyler emphasizes the importance of having fun when it comes to guiding clients out on the various waters around Steamboat. "We always have reliable spots, whether we're in town or on private water. The guides' objective is to put the client in a beautiful place. Some of those are places where you want to stay all day."
Michael Maroney is a Colorado native. He's been fly fishing in Steamboat and all over Colorado for 15 years. He has been guiding with Straightline for the last 5 seasons and loves teaching every part of fly fishing. Whether you are a never-ever, or have been fishing for decades, Michael is more than happy to show you a few pointers while learning some new things himself.
When he's not on the river, Michael spends his time skiing and hunting.
A native of Ohio, Andy graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Fish & Wildlife Ecology and Management. After a stint working as a biologist for the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Game, Andy relocated to Steamboat Springs where he is now enjoying his fifth year guiding and teaching all levels of anglers. An accomplished writer as well, Andy's works can be found in the Angler Magazine (Denver).
Jon and his family have called the Yampa Valley home since 1988. His passion for the outdoors kept them here, with fly-fishing and hunting being his main pursuits. Whether he's netting fish for the seasoned angler or teaching a beginner the simple points of fly-fishing, being on the water is his favorite way to spend time here in Steamboat Springs.
Charlie has fished the rivers of Colorado since 2003 when he moved west from North Carolina. Teaching beginners the fascinating art of fly-fishing and instilling a love for our rivers in others are his passions. He is an accomplished documentary filmmaker and educator at the Colorado Mountain College here in Steamboat Springs. If he's not teaching or guiding, you can find Charlie stalking large brown trout on the Yampa River.