Kalamazoo, MI - also in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Tennessee, and the last 16 years in Colorado- where I have just purchased a home in Edwards.
Guiding professionally in the Vail area since 2011.
I was taught to fly fish at at 10 years old by my father Scott, and have traveled across North America from Alaska to the Caribbean in search of fish on the fly over the past 20+ years.
Last year I chased big Steelhead in British Columbia, Tarpon in the Keys, Permit in Mexico- twice, Bonefish in the Caribbean, and already have a few more trips planned for this fall.
This past April I was lucky enough to spend 10 days across 10 rivers in central Montana- certainly a new yearly tradition and a wish fulfilled. I will always wish to return to the Bulkley River Lodge in northern British Columbia on the Skeena river system- by far and away the best fishing trip of my life. Swinging for Steelhead is a life changer. Final wish this year- Roosterfish on fly - on foot - on the Baja Peninsula.
Snowboarding, Travel, and of course, fly fishing everything.
Favorite Thing About Guiding:
I always bring a great attitude, sense of humor, and wealth of fishing knowledge to my guiding. I have a strong belief that simply teaching new skills to my clients will make them better fishermen or women, and my patience with beginners and experienced alike is unmatched. Being a young, energetic and intelligent guide, I am ready and willing for any fly fishing adventure at any time or place. My Favorite thing? Tough to narrow down, so I'll just say simply the entire experience. And huge Brown Trout. thesaltedtrout.com
thanks for three great days on the Eagle River! My first winter trip was outstanding! Thanks for all of your coaching and tips.
We look forward to coming back for a float trip in the summer!”
— Susan Whitehurst
“Justin/Bryant – thanks again for a great trip, and all the tips. I finally figured out how to catch fish in that fast section just above the handicap parking space. Very fun, I landed several nice ones. I also wanted to mention that Kevin said the float trip was the highlight of his Colorado trip. I agree!”
— John Kessler
“Kari and I had a gas!!!! Justin was awesome with us, he is a REALLY great guide - big kudos's for having him in the line up!!!”
— Caron Keim
“Pura Vida Justin! Mark and I thank you for a great experience and a fun day. As long as I have lived in Colorado never got into trout fishing. Will be back! You are welcome to come fish with me in Costa Rica…”
— Jeff Smith