JP Modderno

Shop Manager, Guide Service Coordinator & Vail Valley Anglers Float Guide


Born in Hong Kong but mostly raised in New Haven, CT

Guiding Experience:

This is my 6th season guiding for Vail Valley Anglers.

Fishing Experience:

I started fishing for bass like most people in the US, but really got hooked when I landed my first striper in 2007. I love all types of fishing now and have a diverse knowledge base of saltwater, two-handed, and freshwater flyfishing. Talk to me about night fishing!

Exotic Experience:

I still need to get out of North America, but I have been lucky enough to fish anything from migratory "stripah," snook in dirty canals, to wild steelhead in the pristine waters of British Columbia.

Wish List:

Where does one start? A full quiver of LOOP 7X set-ups. Maybe a nice over-under shotgun to compliment my beautiful Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Cutty.


Fishing (of course), slinging arrows, and watching Cutty come to life for small game in the field. Having a cold beer on the river with some great friends is hard to beat.

Favorite Thing About Guiding

Very hard to beat these office views! It's a cliche thing for guides to say, but it really is special to share new experiences with people from landing a first fish, to simply taking in the wildlife and scenery in this area.