Aspen Outfitting guide Tom Menas grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and started his fly fishing career chasing steelhead, trout, and warm water species in northern MI. In 2013 he made the move to Colorado. He has spent the majority of his time since guiding the Roaring Fork, Eagle, and Colorado Rivers. Tom says that he has his father to thank for getting him introduced to the sport at a very young age. He jokes that fly fishing has controlled the direction of his life choices for a very long time...

According to Tom, a good day on the river requires having a good attitude. Show up and be willing to have a great time, and you will! The fish are just a bonus.

His favorite part about guiding is showing off pristine fish in some of the most beautiful places on the planet. As a fly fishing guide, Tom considers himself a coach. He enjoys teaching beginners the basics and helping them catch fish with efficiency, but also loves tweaking tactics for the most experienced anglers — “You CAN teach an old dog new tricks, or at least help break bad habits...” As far as go-to equipment? You won’t find Tom on the river without his @ablereels fishing line clippers (aka - nippers.)

When Tom isn’t guiding, it’s no surprise that he can be found fishing 🤣 He loves spending his free time researching new water and looking for “the big one.” He also enjoys camping, hunting, cooking, golf and traveling with his girlfriend. 

Too many stories of fishing compete as his favorite memory. He’s been fortunate to fish around the world and enjoys special moments from each trip. 

Tom fishes because of the hunt, the reward, and the celebrations of a good fish caught, the unpredictability of everyday adventures on the river, the beauty of the environments that the fish we pursue live in, and the mind-clearing and problem erasing peacefulness during the act of fishing. “I can accredit this sport with some of the best times of my life.”

-Tom

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“I can accredit this sport with some of the best times of my life.” - Tom Menas

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Aspen Outfitting guide Tom Menas grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and started his fly fishing career chasing steelhead, trout, and warm water species in northern MI. In 2013 he made the move to Colorado. He has spent the majority of his time since guiding the Roaring Fork, Eagle, and Colorado Rivers. Tom says that he has his father to thank for getting him introduced to the sport at a very young age. He jokes that fly fishing has controlled the direction of his life choices for a very long time...

According to Tom, a good day on the river requires having a good attitude. Show up and be willing to have a great time, and you will! The fish are just a bonus.

His favorite part about guiding is showing off pristine fish in some of the most beautiful places on the planet. As a fly fishing guide, Tom considers himself a coach. He enjoys teaching beginners the basics and helping them catch fish with efficiency, but also loves tweaking tactics for the most experienced anglers — “You CAN teach an old dog new tricks, or at least help break bad habits...” As far as go-to equipment? You won’t find Tom on the river without his @ablereels fishing line clippers (aka - nippers.)

When Tom isn’t guiding, it’s no surprise that he can be found fishing 🤣 He loves spending his free time researching new water and looking for “the big one.” He also enjoys camping, hunting, cooking, golf and traveling with his girlfriend. 

Too many stories of fishing compete as his favorite memory. He’s been fortunate to fish around the world and enjoys special moments from each trip. 

Tom fishes because of the hunt, the reward, and the celebrations of a good fish caught, the unpredictability of everyday adventures on the river, the beauty of the environments that the fish we pursue live in, and the mind-clearing and problem erasing peacefulness during the act of fishing. “I can accredit this sport with some of the best times of my life.”

-Tom

“I can accredit this sport with some of the best times of my life.” - Tom Menas

Flinn Pomeroy has been guiding for  Aspen Outfitting Company for almost 6 years. She grew up in Catonsville MD, and has always had a love for the outdoors. Flinn has fond memories of fishing with her father when she was young; for walleye on lakes in Canada, bass in small stocked ponds near her childhood home, and casting for tarpon, permit and various other saltwater species on family trips to the beach. Flinn first tried fly fishing on a steelhead trip with her dad to upstate NY. She has never looked back, and she continually looks forward to her next fly fishing adventure with her father including Maine, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico. 

A good day on the river for Flinn comes from having a positive attitude and an open mind. She says fishing has always been a safe space for her personally — it creates the opportunity for exploration and adventure, and allows you to slow down and appreciate the natural world. Flinn makes sure to emphasize how lucky she is to spend time on beautiful riverbanks when she’s out guiding with clients. The places that the pursuit of trout takes you is really what it’s all about for Flinn, and she enjoys sharing that experience with others on the water. 

When she’s not guiding, Flinn likes to spend time camping and exploring new bodies of water with her partner Woody and their two dogs, Wyatt and Scout.

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“Fishing has always had a place in my life no matter where I’ve lived or traveled. I’ve made sure of that.”
- Flinn Pomeroy

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Flinn Pomeroy has been guiding for  Aspen Outfitting Company for almost 6 years. She grew up in Catonsville MD, and has always had a love for the outdoors. Flinn has fond memories of fishing with her father when she was young; for walleye on lakes in Canada, bass in small stocked ponds near her childhood home, and casting for tarpon, permit and various other saltwater species on family trips to the beach. Flinn first tried fly fishing on a steelhead trip with her dad to upstate NY. She has never looked back, and she continually looks forward to her next fly fishing adventure with her father including Maine, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico. 

A good day on the river for Flinn comes from having a positive attitude and an open mind. She says fishing has always been a safe space for her personally — it creates the opportunity for exploration and adventure, and allows you to slow down and appreciate the natural world. Flinn makes sure to emphasize how lucky she is to spend time on beautiful riverbanks when she’s out guiding with clients. The places that the pursuit of trout takes you is really what it’s all about for Flinn, and she enjoys sharing that experience with others on the water. 

When she’s not guiding, Flinn likes to spend time camping and exploring new bodies of water with her partner Woody and their two dogs, Wyatt and Scout.

“Fishing has always had a place in my life no matter where I’ve lived or traveled. I’ve made sure of that.”
- Flinn Pomeroy

Born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley, Ray D'Noffrio (@raydnoffrio) has been guiding for about 7 years — but he was no stranger to fly fishing prior to his guiding days. As a skier from a young age, Ray found his love for fly fishing when he was on a ski trip to Mt. Hood, Oregon. The famous salmon fly hatch on the Deschutes River had Ray catching huge rainbows on massive dry flies on his "down days" from skiing. He couldn’t believe how much fun it was!

Ray’s favorite part about guiding is the smiles, and he insists that any day is a good day when you're out on the river. He notes that once the pressure of 'having' to catch a fish wears off is when his guests start to truly enjoy the river — and ironically is often when they actually start catching fish too! Ray’s basic approach to guiding is to get people comfortable with the river first thing. Ray likes to explain that on a fishing trip, "We walk right into the homes of these fish. In the same way that you show respect for a person’s home, as anglers we need to be respectful of the river. When you show respect is when the river starts to give respect back." To Ray, that is the beauty of fly fishing. Nothing is given, everything is earned. He loves that even the most seasoned angler is humbled by an "off" day from time to time.

When Ray isn't guiding he's usually still, wait for it... fishing! That said, come winter time you can still catch Ray adding in some skiing and snowmobiling to the recreational mix. As a mountain-town resident he loves being outside and embracing all of the beauty we have surrounding us — rain or shine. Accordingly, Ray’s "must have" river items are sunscreen and a good attitude.  📷@stonehousepictures

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Ray says that he has too many fishing stories to be able to pick his favorite, but he does offer this parting piece of advice; “Stories? Get out there and make your own!”

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Born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley, Ray D'Noffrio (@raydnoffrio) has been guiding for about 7 years — but he was no stranger to fly fishing prior to his guiding days. As a skier from a young age, Ray found his love for fly fishing when he was on a ski trip to Mt. Hood, Oregon. The famous salmon fly hatch on the Deschutes River had Ray catching huge rainbows on massive dry flies on his "down days" from skiing. He couldn’t believe how much fun it was!

Ray’s favorite part about guiding is the smiles, and he insists that any day is a good day when you're out on the river. He notes that once the pressure of 'having' to catch a fish wears off is when his guests start to truly enjoy the river — and ironically is often when they actually start catching fish too! Ray’s basic approach to guiding is to get people comfortable with the river first thing. Ray likes to explain that on a fishing trip, "We walk right into the homes of these fish. In the same way that you show respect for a person’s home, as anglers we need to be respectful of the river. When you show respect is when the river starts to give respect back." To Ray, that is the beauty of fly fishing. Nothing is given, everything is earned. He loves that even the most seasoned angler is humbled by an "off" day from time to time.

When Ray isn't guiding he's usually still, wait for it... fishing! That said, come winter time you can still catch Ray adding in some skiing and snowmobiling to the recreational mix. As a mountain-town resident he loves being outside and embracing all of the beauty we have surrounding us — rain or shine. Accordingly, Ray’s "must have" river items are sunscreen and a good attitude.

Ray says that he has too many fishing stories to be able to pick his favorite, but he does offer this parting piece of advice; “Stories? Get out there and make your own!” 

Joe Carlson is a born and raised Aspenite, who has been guiding on the Roaring Fork River for 5 years. He started fishing when he was young, visiting MN lakes in the summertime with his dad. He then got hooked on fly fishing during his college years - fishing the Animas and San Juan Rivers in southern Colorado. Joe has an extensive educational background - boasting two master’s degrees, one in creative writing and another in addiction science and counseling. When not guiding he is an Addiction Counselor at Midvalley Family Practice in Basalt. 

Joe’s favorite part of guiding is seeing the “lightbulb moment” when a guest catches a beautiful trout and it helps them simply let their daily grind go - allowing them to take in the peacefulness the river offers. He loves sharing this incredible river with good people.

Joe won’t be found on the water without his LifeStraw Water Purifier. When he isn’t fishing he enjoys spending time with his fiancé, friends and family; tending to his garden; getting out deep into the mountains; reading; and finding edible mushrooms and plants in the wild.

One particular river story sticks out for Joe. A few years back he had a client slip into the river. She landed softly, but the water was cold, and she was flailing around trying to stand up. Joe was hoisting her up by the wader belt when he noticed that she had a fish on the line! She got her rod tip up, her feet under her, and landed the fish, water-filled waders and all! They quickly posed for a photo and successfully released the trout. 

Fly fishing ticks “almost all of the boxes” for Joe - “I fly fish because each day I wake up the river calls my name.” -Joe 

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“I fly fish because each day I wake up the river calls my name." - Joe 

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Joe Carlson is a born and raised Aspenite, who has been guiding on the Roaring Fork River for 5 years. He started fishing when he was young, visiting MN lakes in the summertime with his dad. He then got hooked on fly fishing during his college years - fishing the Animas and San Juan Rivers in southern Colorado. Joe has an extensive educational background - boasting two master’s degrees, one in creative writing and another in addiction science and counseling. When not guiding he is an Addiction Counselor at Midvalley Family Practice in Basalt. 

Joe’s favorite part of guiding is seeing the “lightbulb moment” when a guest catches a beautiful trout and it helps them simply let their daily grind go - allowing them to take in the peacefulness the river offers. He loves sharing this incredible river with good people.

Joe won’t be found on the water without his LifeStraw Water Purifier. When he isn’t fishing he enjoys spending time with his fiancé, friends and family; tending to his garden; getting out deep into the mountains; reading; and finding edible mushrooms and plants in the wild.

One particular river story sticks out for Joe. A few years back he had a client slip into the river. She landed softly, but the water was cold, and she was flailing around trying to stand up. Joe was hoisting her up by the wader belt when he noticed that she had a fish on the line! She got her rod tip up, her feet under her, and landed the fish, water-filled waders and all! They quickly posed for a photo and successfully released the trout. 

Fly fishing ticks “almost all of the boxes” for Joe - “I fly fish because each day I wake up the river calls my name.”-Joe 

“I fly fish because each day I wake up the river calls my name." - Joe 

Nicky Anastas is another one of the born-and-raised Aspen locals that guide for Aspen Outfitting Company. After high school, Nicky followed his love of storytelling and studied film and English at Colorado college. He then moved to Los Angeles to work as the lead post-production artist for a small production company called Bell and Ammo which later became Racing Cowboys. 

Nicky guided his first trip 12 years ago in Breckenridge, CO and has been guiding exclusively on the Roaring Fork River for the past 3 years. His dad had him pick up a fly rod at the age of 7, but Nicky really felt ownership of the sport at 12 — when he got his first set of waders, and was allowed to explore the river on his own.

A good day on the river can have several themes for Nicky; the company of a good friend, the timing of a specific hatch, an encounter with a trout of mythic proportions, or the peace, quiet and solitude that leads to a revelation in your life completely apart from fishing. That said, he says that the very best days on the river are pretty hard to put into words — it’s more a feeling/connection/essence that you’re standing exactly where you should be in that moment. 

Nicky believes that oftentimes our perceptions of the natural world and our connections to nature are lost in today’s society. His favorite part about guiding is trying to show people how to step back, put competition and expectations aside, and instead just contemplate nature on the side of a riverbank. 

When he isn’t guiding Nicky loves spending time reading or watching stories, alpine hiking, backcountry skiing and of course fishing for himself!

Quoting a zen poet-angler, Nicky says that when you spend enough time on the river working on your cast, looking for and catching fish it “gets to a point where ‘the perfect cast’ means ‘no cast...’” 

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Nicky says that when you spend enough time on the river working on your cast, looking for and catching fish it “gets to a point where ‘the perfect cast’ means ‘no cast...’”

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Nicky Anastas is another one of the born-and-raised Aspen locals that guide for Aspen Outfitting Company. After high school, Nicky followed his love of storytelling and studied film and English at Colorado college. He then moved to Los Angeles to work as the lead post-production artist for a small production company called Bell and Ammo which later became Racing Cowboys. 

Nicky guided his first trip 12 years ago in Breckenridge, CO and has been guiding exclusively on the Roaring Fork River for the past 3 years. His dad had him pick up a fly rod at the age of 7, but Nicky really felt ownership of the sport at 12 — when he got his first set of waders, and was allowed to explore the river on his own.

A good day on the river can have several themes for Nicky; the company of a good friend, the timing of a specific hatch, an encounter with a trout of mythic proportions, or the peace, quiet and solitude that leads to a revelation in your life completely apart from fishing. That said, he says that the very best days on the river are pretty hard to put into words — it’s more a feeling/connection/essence that you’re standing exactly where you should be in that moment. 

Nicky believes that oftentimes our perceptions of the natural world and our connections to nature are lost in today’s society. His favorite part about guiding is trying to show people how to step back, put competition and expectations aside, and instead just contemplate nature on the side of a riverbank. 

When he isn’t guiding Nicky loves spending time reading or watching stories, alpine hiking, backcountry skiing and of course fishing for himself!

Quoting a zen poet-angler, Nicky says that when you spend enough time on the river working on your cast, looking for and catching fish it “gets to a point where ‘the perfect cast’ means ‘no cast...’” 

Nicky says that when you spend enough time on the river working on your cast, looking for and catching fish it “gets to a point where ‘the perfect cast’ means ‘no cast...’”

Cian McGillicuddy grew up in North Salem, NY and has been guiding for Aspen Outfitting Company for 2 seasons. Cian’s father has always had a passion for fly fishing, and Cian started following him through trout streams with a spinning rod and bucket of worms at age 5. Cian was mesmerized by the way his father coaxed fish to eat dry flies — it seemed like a superpower. When Cian turned 10, his grandfather bought him a little Remington 3 weight. Cian hasn’t looked back since!

College brought Cian out to Colorado where he studied Organismal Biology, Ecology, and Comparative Literature at Colorado College. 

Cian says that a good day on the river includes friends, new water, and trying to solve the ever-changing puzzle that rivers present. Cian has made some of his best friends while fishing and feels nostalgic when he returns to special spots on certain rivers. One of his fishing buddies passed away 2 years ago while on his way to a dream job guiding fly fishing in Russia. Cian and other friends that had the pleasure of knowing him like to say that they’re now “fishing for Jeremy.” 

Cian’s favorite part about being a guide is seeing the moment of chaos and excitement that happens every time someone hooks a fish, whether it is their first trout or ten thousandth — it never gets old!

When guiding, Cian makes it a goal to have the guests leave the river having learned something new. That might be basic casting mechanics for a beginner, but it might be nuanced specifics about entomology, or the technicalities of a given fly presentation for a seasoned fisherman. While he loves catching fish, Cian really enjoys educating people about the ecosystem and sharing this beautiful place with them.

Tellingly, Cian’s “must have” river item is a smile. It’s simple, “If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong!”

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At the end of the trip, Cian shares some important advice:
Hug your friends and don’t turn down invitations to go fishing with them!”

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Cian McGillicuddy grew up in North Salem, NY and has been guiding for Aspen Outfitting Company for 2 seasons. Cian’s father has always had a passion for fly fishing, and Cian started following him through trout streams with a spinning rod and bucket of worms at age 5. Cian was mesmerized by the way his father coaxed fish to eat dry flies — it seemed like a superpower. When Cian turned 10, his grandfather bought him a little Remington 3 weight. Cian hasn’t looked back since!

College brought Cian out to Colorado where he studied Organismal Biology, Ecology, and Comparative Literature at Colorado College. 

Cian says that a good day on the river includes friends, new water, and trying to solve the ever-changing puzzle that rivers present. Cian has made some of his best friends while fishing and feels nostalgic when he returns to special spots on certain rivers. One of his fishing buddies passed away 2 years ago while on his way to a dream job guiding fly fishing in Russia. Cian and other friends that had the pleasure of knowing him like to say that they’re now “fishing for Jeremy.” 

Cian’s favorite part about being a guide is seeing the moment of chaos and excitement that happens every time someone hooks a fish, whether it is their first trout or ten thousandth — it never gets old!

When guiding, Cian makes it a goal to have the guests leave the river having learned something new. That might be basic casting mechanics for a beginner, but it might be nuanced specifics about entomology, or the technicalities of a given fly presentation for a seasoned fisherman. While he loves catching fish, Cian really enjoys educating people about the ecosystem and sharing this beautiful place with them.

Tellingly, Cian’s “must have” river item is a smile. It’s simple, “If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong!”

At the end of the trip, Cian shares some important advice:
Hug your friends and don’t turn down invitations to go fishing with them!”

Lawrence Masson has been guiding for Aspen Outfitting Company for 2 seasons. Lawrence grew up abroad with his mother, who is Venezuelan, and his father, who is originally from Switzerland. When he moved to Aspen as a manager at the St. Regis 8 years ago, he knew he had found his permanent home.

Lawrence has always loved fishing but had never been exposed to freshwater or fly fishing until he moved to Aspen. His best friend started getting into it and inspired him to pick up the sport as well. Lawrence hasn’t looked back since!

According to Lawrence, a good day on the river depends on starting with “good vibes and good company and the rest will follow.”

When he isn’t guiding, he loves to hike — especially when it’s close to a river or alpine lake, and nothing beats catching  a high-country Colorado Cutthroat Trout.

A story that sticks out for Lawrence is one time while he was fishing on the Roaring Fork River he hooked a large rainbow trout. The fight was long, and on one of the final runs Lawrence’s rod just SNAPPED! With only half a rod in hand he was somehow still able to haul in the magical 18” bow. He immediately felt that the fight and the fish were worth the broken rod – especially when he realized that the rod had a lifetime warranty on it!

Lawrence fishes for the adrenaline rush and he also enjoys that it takes him to amazing locations where he can truly reflect on life and be present in the moment.

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A good day on the river depends on starting with “good vibes and good company and the rest will follow.” 
- Lawrence Masson

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Lawrence Masson has been guiding for Aspen Outfitting Company for 2 seasons. Lawrence grew up abroad with his mother, who is Venezuelan, and his father, who is originally from Switzerland. When he moved to Aspen as a manager at the St. Regis 8 years ago, he knew he had found his permanent home.

Lawrence has always loved fishing but had never been exposed to freshwater or fly fishing until he moved to Aspen. His best friend started getting into it and inspired him to pick up the sport as well. Lawrence hasn’t looked back since!

According to Lawrence, a good day on the river depends on starting with “good vibes and good company and the rest will follow.”

When he isn’t guiding, he loves to hike — especially when it’s close to a river or alpine lake, and nothing beats catching  a high-country Colorado Cutthroat Trout.

A story that sticks out for Lawrence is one time while he was fishing on the Roaring Fork River he hooked a large rainbow trout. The fight was long, and on one of the final runs Lawrence’s rod just SNAPPED! With only half a rod in hand he was somehow still able to haul in the magical 18” bow. He immediately felt that the fight and the fish were worth the broken rod – especially when he realized that the rod had a lifetime warranty on it!

Lawrence fishes for the adrenaline rush and he also enjoys that it takes him to amazing locations where he can truly reflect on life and be present in the moment.

A good day on the river depends on starting with “good vibes and good company and the rest will follow.”
- Lawrence Masson

Aspen Outfitting guide Bryce Gordon is a new addition to our team, but he is no stranger to the Aspen fly fishing scene. Bryce grew up in both Aspen and Steamboat Springs and has a real soft spot for the local rivers. He would frequently fish with his roommates and long-time guide friends between split shifts at the ski shop and days off in the spring. 

For Bryce, any day on the river is a good day. He especially loves going out on the river in the spring when temperatures aren’t too hot and you have the place all to yourself. 

His favorite part about guiding is sharing his passion for fly fishing and our amazing scenery with guests and getting to be outside all day. His personal approach is to not overcomplicate things for the guests and give them as much local knowledge as possible. He won’t be caught on the river without his Nomad net-which makes landing those big fish that much easier. 

When Bryce isn’t guiding he also teaches mountain biking at the Snowmass Bike Park and loves to go fish or ride for himself whenever possible, especially when he can share a “fish date” with his wife Jordan and pup, Indi.

One story stands out for Bryce that he will never forget. The first 20" fish he hooked on the Roaring Fork when learning to fly fish. He got him close enough to see it but the hook pulled right before he could get it to the net. And that was the fish that really got him HOOKED! 

He fishes because it's an amazing way to slow everything down and forget about all the other hectic things going on for a little while.

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One story stands out for Bryce that he will never forget. The first 20" fish he hooked on the Roaring Fork when learning to fly fish.

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Aspen Outfitting guide Bryce Gordon is a new addition to our team, but he is no stranger to the Aspen fly fishing scene. Bryce grew up in both Aspen and Steamboat Springs and has a real soft spot for the local rivers. He would frequently fish with his roommates and long-time guide friends between split shifts at the ski shop and days off in the spring. 

For Bryce, any day on the river is a good day. He especially loves going out on the river in the spring when temperatures aren’t too hot and you have the place all to yourself. 

His favorite part about guiding is sharing his passion for fly fishing and our amazing scenery with guests and getting to be outside all day. His personal approach is to not overcomplicate things for the guests and give them as much local knowledge as possible. He won’t be caught on the river without his Nomad net-which makes landing those big fish that much easier. 

When Bryce isn’t guiding he also teaches mountain biking at the Snowmass Bike Park and loves to go fish or ride for himself whenever possible, especially when he can share a “fish date” with his wife Jordan and pup, Indi.

One story stands out for Bryce that he will never forget. The first 20" fish he hooked on the Roaring Fork when learning to fly fish. He got him close enough to see it but the hook pulled right before he could get it to the net. And that was the fish that really got him HOOKED! 

He fishes because it's an amazing way to slow everything down and forget about all the other hectic things going on for a little while.

One story stands out for Bryce that he will never forget. The first 20" fish he hooked on the Roaring Fork when learning to fly fish.