Our Guides

Breckenridge Outfitters won ‘The 2016 Orvis Endorsed Shop of the year’ as well as the ‘The Orvis Endorsed Outfitter of the Year’ in 2013, 2005, 2004, and 1999. We are honored to be one of the most decorated Orvis endorsed Outfitters in the Country. We offer year-round guided fly fishing adventures and a full service fly shop in Breckenridge, Colorado. We pride ourselves on providing the best knowledge, guidance and equipment to explore the finest fly fishing in the Rocky Mountains. Our guides are professional, friendly, and knowledgeable and have all attended the Orvis Endorsement School, and are therefore up-to-date on the latest teaching techniques.

After more than two decades in the corporate world Al never looses his appreciation to be able to share his passion for being on a river with a fly rod surrounded by Colorado’s mountains. His enthusiasm is infectious and a day on the water with Al is nothing short of an incredible time.

Chip was named Orvis freshwater guide of the year for 2019. He is a wonderful guide and knows most rivers like the back of his hand. He spent numerous years in the Arkansas valley as a raft guide, so his knowledge of reading water is tough to beat. If you see our reviews on Orvis.com, I will let them speak for themselves. Chip is a great guide for young novices all the way up to skilled anglers alike.

Chris is an avid angler and challenges himself to catch a fish everyday during the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Chris works in the shop and guides as well. He has a wealth of knowledge about local waters and gear. Chris is a wonderful teacher for all ages and experience levels of angling.

Darin has been in the county for a long time and he lives to fish. Regardless of if the fish are being cooperative or not Darin always finds a way to put fish on your line.

Elijah grew up in the Southern Appalachian mountains of North Carolina and spent his youth chasing trout in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest. After spending four years as a competitive angler, Elijah became a fly fishing guide. Motivating passion for the sport of fly fishing and the conservation of public lands and waterways are Elijah’s favorite hobbies.

Hans is from Upstate New York, and has spent the last 7 years fishing all around Colorado. One of our most versatile employees, he enjoys working in the fly shop and guiding. He loves tying flies, and has a few custom patterns available at the fly shop. When he’s not fishing you can find him snowboarding or backpacking.

Jackson began working in the fly shop in high school during the summers. Born and raised here in beautiful Breckenridge Colorado. Developing a passion for fly fishing at a very young age he has been hungry for knowledge. He’s very upbeat, and an easy going guy and is able to draw on a plethora of skills so that clients are able to learn and improve their fishing. His Colorado native knowledge of the local waters and accesses allow him to produce a wonderful day on the water for his clients. Jackson truly enjoys teaching fly fishing and sharing his passion for the sport.

Born in Los Angeles California, by the age of 23 Jay realized that the city was not for him. After leaving L.A. for Yosemite and Yosemite for Breckenridge he found his home in fly fishing, snowboarding and white water rafting.

Jin has been fishing for a long time and has the skill set and personality to guarantee a memorable day. Any day on the water with Jin is sure to be a fun and informative experience.

Keith is known for his infectious personality, entertaining stories, and ability to get all ages-genders-and personalities onto fish. He is the only guide or trout fisherman who will ever be scene pretending to lip a fish.

Lance has been lucky enough to be in the fishing industry his whole life. At eight years old he had a job cleaning fishing boats so he could go fishing for free. His fishing career has taken him all over the World. He was involved in a fishing program on ESPN, that for 12 years allowed him to fish the globe. From Tiger fishing in Africa, Peacock Bass in the Amazon, big-game fishing in the oceans of the world. Lance has been a Captain and fishing guide for 47 years.

LD was raised in NJ and moved to Colorado in 2004 to pursue a degree in Outdoor Education. He has been in the outdoor industry since moving to the area and is an incredible guide to enjoy a day on the water with. LD is not only a fly fishing guide extraordinaire, but loves whitewater rafting, biking, live music, and all things Colorado has to offer!

Matt hails from Georgia, but calls Summit County home and has for quite some time. Matt enjoys educating his clients on the art of fly fishing and showing everyone a good time. He is patient, funny, and will be sure to work his magic for all clients to produce fish. Matt enjoys interacting with clients both in the fly shop or on a beautiful day on the water. Always smiling, he will brighten anyones day with his outlook on life and fly fishing.

Matt Hayes is from Richmond Virginia and has been fly fishing pretty much his entire life. He loves exploring streams for eager fish willing to take a dry fly. Matt has a passion for educating anglers both new and well rounded and showing them our incredible rivers.

Ned has been a part of Breckenridge Outfitters as a manager, guide, and previous owner. The amount of knowledge on local and worldwide waters Ned has is astounding. He is a very fun guide in and out of the fly shop and an excellent teacher. When you are on the water with Ned for the day you are sure to have a top notch experience.

Nick has a knack for getting people on fish. period. He is an expert fly tyer and an incredible educator. He has the patience to teach new anglers and the experience to further techniques and education for the well rounded world class angler. A day on the water with Nick is nothing short of an incredible experience.

As a life-long fly fisherman, experienced whitewater guide, and professional ski instructor Pete combines his talents to share his love of Colorado’s rivers with you. Whether walking/wading, or floating the Colorado in his custom drift boat, Beluga connects his guests to the history, beauty and splendor of our mountain playground.

Pierce loves to fish and loves to guide. He has a passion to establish synergy and get into a flow with clients. Pierce is a hard working guide that is sure to rub off on any client and will always strive to yield the best results. His goal is to make the client buy into our educational trips, and get you hooked on the sport. Pierce began guiding in summit county in 2015 and enjoys fishing all of our permited waters to ensure, you never see the same river twice. Pierce specializes in float trips and walk and wades. “Lets get in the boat or walk around and find some fish”

A passionate fly fisher, Sarah has been guiding and teaching fly fishing for fifteen years. For most of those years she has run a Women’s Learn How to Fly Fish School, introducing hundreds of women to fly fishing. She also started a program in Summit County introducing kids to fish, served for many years as the president of the local Trout Unlimited Chapter, and was an original stakeholder in the restoration of the Swan River in Breckenridge. An avid boater, she also explores the rivers of Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming either in her drift boat or raft. A world traveler, Sarah has fished internationally in Kamchatka, Russia, Belize, and Patagonia.

Growing up in Connecticut and having lived in Breckenridge for the past decade, Soren has an undeniable love for the outdoors and all things Colorado. His background as a snowboard instructor has made him a wonderful teacher for all ages and abilities, and translates to his passion for fly fishing. His understanding of where the fish are, what they are eating, and knowledge of Colorado history ensures a fun filled day on the water.

Tim is the owner of Breckenridge Outfitters and guides when he can break away from the shop. Tim enjoys introducing folks to fly fishing and sharing any information he can with clients and fellow anglers alike. A day on the water with Tim is never anything short of a good time.

Tom approaches life with the right attitude. After or before trips he can often be found lounging in the shop Lazy-Boys chatting with guests. On the river he makes sure everything is enjoyable and all anglers are catching fish.

Born in New Jersey and raised in Southern California, he spent all of his free time fly fishing in the Southern and Eastern Sierra. He moved to Colorado in 2006. He can be found chasing trout all Summer and powder stashes all Winter. He enjoys every minute with fly anglers of all experience levels and never tires of the beaming smile on the face of clients.

TR loves to fish and tie flies. Trust us, before you ask him a question about tying flies make sure you are ready for a thorough response! Everyone that fishes with TR returns with a smile on their face.

Tyler grew up fly fishing in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. An avid all around outdoorsman, he moved to Colorado in 2022 after graduating from Cornell University to pursue a guiding career in hunting and fishing. His enthusiasm for catching fish and education combines to make for a great day on the water no matter the conditions.

Born and raised in the NW, Vance has been a lover of all things outdoors his whole life. Moving to Summit County in the mid 90’s, he is a wealth of knowledge of our waters to get you on to fish. Vance is an incredible all around guide and if you are interested in two hand set ups or education, this is your guy! If Vance isn’t on the water, you might see him ripping around on all the dirt bike trails our mountain area has to offer.