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Orion Good

Orion was born and raised in North Eastern California. After graduating from Feather River Community College with a degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership, he started "living the dream" guiding in South West Montana and Gunnison Colorado before making it to Durango where he guides all summer.

Winter time you can ?nd him ?oating for steelhead in Northern California or standing on a ladder in Pyramid Lake Nevada. The last few years he has also started exploring the salt water side of ?y ?shing. He loves rowing his drift boat and throwing huge streamers and large terrestrials for hard to catch fish!

Scott Warren

Scottie has been fishing as long as he can remember growing up in Kansas fishing for warm water species. He relocated to Durango in 1996 and was introduced to fly fishing the San Juan River by a couple of guide buddies.

The challenge of catching big fish on tiny flies created a passion that he loves to share with others. He spent most of his other life running restaurants fishing whenever there was time. Not good enough! He bought a drift boat to go with his bass boat so there could be plenty of time on the water both professional and recreational. Scottie spends a lot of his free time on the lakes in this area chasing just about anything with fins with all types of gear.

The offseason is spend with an occasional duck hunt and planning a return to the saltwater flats of Belize, inshore bays of Florida, or the wave break beaches of Mexico.


Cole was born and raised in Woodland Park Colorado before relocating to Durango to attend Fort Lewis College.  He got his first trout fishing education, growing up on a farm with trout ponds and surrounded by rivers.
Cole graduated from Fort Lewis with a Tourism Resort Management degree and spent some years working in the hospitality and resort industry before taking a position with the San Juan Angler assisting in the management of the shop as well as guiding.

He loves to spend his days off exploring the back country high mountain streams in the area as well as dredging the deep sections of the animas for the big ones.




Derek Ems

As a Colorado native Derek grew up fishing small lakes in the Denver area for pike and bass. Once he moved out to Durango in 2011 he fell in love with the water around Durango. He is not resticted to trout. If it swims he will try to catch it with a fly.

"From small streams for brook trout to big reservoirs for pike, I love it all. Fly fishing is my ultimate passion and I love to help others experience the joys and excitement that the sport has to offer."

Rob Gallagher

Rob's love for the outdoors was honed on pond hockey rinks in Boston. He developed a love for skiing and the mountains while attending college in Vermont. Also, while in college, was fortunate to attend geology field camp in Taos, NM and fell in love with the Southwest. Subsequent trips to Durango made it abundantly clear that this was a place he wanted to live and raise his family. After a successful career, primarily in Chicago, as a crude oil and refined petroleum products trader for hedge funds and large trade houses, he moved his family, wife Valerie and daughter Sophia, to Durango. When not fishing Rob spends his days on skis, watching his daughter ski race, or putting on a trade or two.

Bruce Leonard

Bruce's passion for fishing started when he was a little kid fishing Wisconsin lakes with his grandfather. He also spent many summers fishing while at his sister's cabin in the Muskoka Lakes region in Ontario. Born and raised in Chicago, he worked as a sales executive in the commercial print industry. In between press-okays, he would head to his cottage in Michigan and fish the nearby rivers for steelhead. Bruce made annual treks to Colorado to ski and snowboard, finally discovering Durango after his cousin moved here. When not fishing local rivers with his buddies, he's spending his time fishing with his wife, Joanie.

Brian Capsay

Hometown: Durango, Colorado
Brian grew up fishing the lakes and streams of northern Illinois and Wisconsin and started fly fishing at age twelve.  He moved to Colorado after graduating high school and has a BS in Chemistry from Fort Lewis College. He is currently the head guide for the San Juan Angler. When not fishing he loves to spend time with his two kids Ada and John and wife Amy.

Brian is a veteran to Team USA and has proudly represented the United States in 2007 and 2013 World Championships of Fly Fishing.


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