Fly Shop Staff and Guides
John was born and schooled in Denver ,Colorado. At the age of 5 he began experiencing the beautiful Gunnison area on family Summer vacations. His father graduated farm Western State in 1983 and transferred his love of the area to John. John caught his first trout on a fly rod in 1989 in the Gunnison River and went on to identify the local trophy trout hot spots. His personal best on the Gunnison River was a 10 pound, 26 inch Rainbow. John�s largest lifetime trout was an 18 pound rainbow caught in Jurassic Park, Colorado. John became a certified fly fishing guide in 2000 and is known for helping his clients find and net trophy trout. John has been an elk hunter all of his life and is currently the Manager of a 4,000 acre ranch on Ohio Creek. He was the Colorado state Champion in Westling.
Spencer Caleb Hemker
Spencer is from Plattesville, Colorado where he took up fly fishing at the age of 13 following a casting class on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. He moved to Gunnison to attend Western State Colege of Colorado in the pursuit of a degree in Wild Life Biology. The year 2013 will see the completion of his studies with his goal of becoming a Division of Wild Life Game Warden or to perform consulting work for stream improvement. He loves to channel his passion for fly fishing here in Gunnison by training and guiding beginners, including women, to the same respect for the sport of fly fishing that he possesses. He is also experienced in ice fishing, rock climbing, and, enjoys hiking to remote fly fishing spots.
T.J.is originally from Kansas, but moved with his family to Crested Butte, Colorado when he was 8 years old. His falther is a custom fly rod builder in Crested Butte, Colorado and passed on his skills to T.J., who currently designs and builds custom fly rods in Gunnison, Colorado.
T.J. graduated Gunnison High School and plans to attend Western State College of Colorado to pursue a degree in Biology. He is Colorado State Cross Country Mountain Bike Champion and has been invited to compete nationally.