Meet Our Guides

Get acquainted with our fly fishing guides and learn why our guides are some of the best in the industry. With many years of combined experience we're sure you'll have a blast out on the water with them!


Jay Hayes

Jay grew up in the Midwest fishing for anything in the water. As an adult he became a serious bass fisherman. He has floated and fished most of the Ozark's rivers and lakes. He started fly fishing in 1990 and moved to CO in 1997. While living in the Colorado Springs area, he began guiding for the Broadmoor Hotel and Royal Gorge Anglers on the Arkansas River. Since 2010, he has living in Golden and has fished and guided on Clear Creek and many other area streams. Jay loves fly fishing and is passionate about teaching people how to enjoy this challenging but rewarding pastime. If you have experience, he can help you refine your skills. If you are new to fly fishing, Jay can help you build on the fundamentals so that you can follow your fly fishing passion. Either way, you're sure to have a lot of fun chasing fishing with Jay!

nick souder

From the flats and deep water of central Florida to the mountain streams of Colorado, Nick Souder has over 25 years of fishing and guiding experience. He is an avid fly tier and spends over 250 days a year on the water. Whether you are a beginner who needs a patient teacher with a background in education or an experienced fisherman looking to hone your skills, or learn a new technique on the water, Nick’s fun, energetic, and educational guiding style will suit any individual or group’s needs.

caleb Ward


Caleb picked up a fly-rod for the first time at the age of thirteen on the Provo River. He cut his teeth fly fishing on the crystal spring creeks of Long Island, as well as the famed Beaverkill and Willowemoc of the Catskills. Since then, he has traveled the world in pursuit of his passion and it has brought him to some incredible waters. He has targeted Steelhead and Salmon on the Salmon River in Pulaski, NY, Rainbow trout on the Yakima River in Washington State and the freestone streams of Argentina, Bonefish on the flats of Belize, and Brown and Rainbow trout on the South Platte. He splits his time guiding out of Denver and traveling to write about the conservational aspects of fly-fishing. There is nothing Caleb loves more than teaching people the right way to get involved in the sport of fly-fishing. His attention to detail, and educational style of guiding will ensure you leave the river knowing more than when you stepped into it. 

John Gibbons


John Gibbons was born and raised on the Jersey Shore - fishing, surfing and working the decks of charter boats along the Atlantic Coast. He attended CU Boulder - site unseen and spent the majority of his time chasing trout and powder. After college, he served eight years in the US Army as a Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, eventually returning to Colorado, settling in Golden with his lovely and very understanding wife, their two kids and a one eared dog.  He loves The Big Lebowski and sharing his passion for fly fishing. John has the patience to teach basics to a novice and the experience to help advanced anglers hone their skills while providing a great experience on the river.


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