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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."

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.

Patrick Garland


Patrick grew up in southern New Mexico, and would come to Durango for vacations with his family. At age 11 he was introduced to fly fishing by his grandfather. In 2012, Patrick moved to Durango from Lake Tahoe to fulfill a dream of being able to live and work in Colorado. Patrick loves all types of fly fishing: pike, bass, trout, and carp. "The best thing about guiding is to be able to create a bond with a complete stranger, and to teach and mentor them to become a better angler. Watching them progress through out the day, and being able to help them have an amazing adventure on the water is my passion". On his off time, Patrick is on the water with his wife and son enjoying the beauty and adventure of our amazing state.


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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