Grant Houx

Grant spends his time both working in the shop full time and guiding on local water and the North Platte River. In the shop his rolls are inventory management, guide coordinator and most importantly relationship building with our customers. As a guide Grant is an integral part of St. Peter’s row team with over a decade of experience on the North Platte from North Gate to Casper. He has spent a significant amount of time traveling the world fly fishing from salt water destinations to the Patagonia. In fly fishing, teaching is a driving facet of the sport for Grant. He is a Certified Casting Instructor who enjoys teaching people how to dial in their cast whether it is with a single or double handed rod.

Favorites

  • Trout Rod: Scott G2 8'4" 4wt and Sage One 11'6" 4wt two hander
  • Reel: Hatch 4 Plus, Hardy Perfect 3 ¾
  • Line: Anything Skagit or Scandi
  • Place to Fish Locally: Poudre and Upper North Platte
  • Outside our Region: Wiper fishing the plains, anything Salty
  • Book: Steelhead Flies by John Shewey

Jin Choi

Since moving to Fort Collins in 1991, Jin has been passionate about learning the local rivers and lakes. Although calling the northern Front Range home, his pursuit of any fish eager to chase a fly has led him to spend seasons in locations stretching from Alaska to the Caribbean. While there are not many things he enjoys more than time on the water, teaching others about flyfishing, fly tying, and entomology are just as rewarding. Even if you are unable to attend any of Jin's classes or arrange a guided trip with him, he is always happy to answer questions or just chat about your latest fishing adventure.

Aaron Alexander

A Northern Colorado native, fly fishing has been a part of Aaron's life since he was given his father’s old fiberglass fly rod at age 12. Armed with his father's traditional fly fishing techniques, an arsenal of stillwater knowledge from his father-in-law, and a new-found love for spey casting and two-handed rods, Aaron is equally at home tossing dries on the Poudre, swinging flies on the Miracle Mile or float tubing the Delaney Buttes with sinking lines and streamers. With unending patience and undying enthusiasm, he truly enjoys sharing the fly fishing life style with everyone...whether it be on the water, in the shop or the local watering hole. When not on the water, he can be found tying last minute bugs for tomorrow's trip, picking the guitar or reading John Gierach's latest work.

Joe Griffin-Harte

joe_griffin-harteBirthplace: Eugene, OR
College / Education: Currently attending CSU for Communication Studies
Wife / Kids: Recently married to Kari
Pets: Mabel the Bernese Mountain
Hobbies: Fishing, duh!! Anything fishing related.

Joe has been living in Colorado for almost 22 years and has been fly-fishing for close to 8 years. His love of fishing started right here at St. Pete's with a guided trip on the Poudre River. Soon after, his love of being on the water and fishing local rivers began in full. His passion for fly-fishing takes up all aspects of his life, from tying flies for the next trip, to fishing new waters, or learning a different style of casting. Joe is also quite at home teaching people to fly-fish on guide trips, helping someone improve on existing skills, or sharing new tips and info he picks up along the way.

Favorites

  • Fly Rod: Scott S4 or Echo Dec Hogan 12'6 6wt 2-hander
  • Reel: Lamson or Hatch
  • Line: Rio Gold
  • Fly to Tie (if applicable): Platte River Spider
  • Place to Fish Locally: Poudre River
  • Outside our Region: Anywhere on the North Platte
  • Movie: The Goonies
  • Book: The Alchemist, or any John Geirach book
  • Music: Greg Brown, The Grateful Dead, The Black Keys, and Wilco

Nick Basaraba

When Nick moved to Fort Collins from Kansas almost twenty years ago, he knew he had no option but to put down the spinning rod and pick up a fly rod. That first little brown trout sealed the deal and he spent many weekends with his dad chasing that feeling and learning how untie wind knots. Once he got his drivers license, Nick realized how much incredible water there is to explore in Northern Colorado so with some help and direction from the St. Pete's staff, fly fishing and tying went from being a "hobby" to the reason he gets out of bed every morning.  Nick now tries to balance his free time between swinging two-handers for trout, flogging the water in search of esox, or evening runs up the Poudre canyon to cure his constantly nagging dry fly addiction, while frantically and unsuccessfully keeping his fly boxes full. If there is anything Nick loves more than fishing, it's talking about fishing so if you run into him in the shop, feel free to tell him about your latest fishing adventures. He would love to hear about it!

Jarrod Collins

As a Colorado native, the outdoors & mountains have always been a integral part of Jarrod's life. When he found fly fishing many years ago, Jarrod quickly found his life's passion & pursuit! Lucky enough to be surrounded by great anglers who taught him the ropes. He had found his niche. The teaching that Jarrod received during that time and the adventures he has experienced with others are a driving force behind his fishing today and his passion to teach others and give that gift back! The adventure of exploring new water, old water & everything in between is something he likes to share with others and at the shop he’ll be happy to help you get your next adventure rolling! With a great knowledge of the area, countless hours of experience in the riffle and a love for new knowledge & making a great day of fishing with friends, Jarrod truly enjoys seeing people have a great time on the water! Find him at the shop to pour through bugs together and talk about your next trip! When he's not at the shop giving Heron treats, he likes being with friends, trout hunting, putting miles on the car looking for new water & beautiful places to photograph all over Colorado…and eating Mexican food!

Julia Houx

Julia began fishing in the traditional style as a child in Houston, Texas & Galveston bay area. When she moved to Colorado in 2001, Grant, now her husband, introduced her to fly fishing and his passion for it. His passion became contagious as he regularly sported his rod & reel on any journey to the mountains. Julia especially enjoys the dry fly fishing season that Colorado offers. You will find Julia on most days around the shop in our upstairs office.

Connor Murphy

For Connor, a Fort Collins native, fly fishing has been an all-consuming obsession for the past seven years. Ever since that first brookie that started it all Connor has been chasing fish all over the U.S. and Canada. When he’s not educating the local fish populations, dreaming about steelhead or working in the shop, you can find him doing some exhibition tying, competing in a casting competition, or playing the bass or guitar in a number of bands and orchestras around town. Connor will always be more than happy to assist any anglers no matter their age or abilities either in the shop or on the water.

Caley Smith

Caley grew up in Castle Rock, Colorado and has been fishing for as long as she can remember. Growing up her dad taught her to fly fish around the age of 8 on many of Colorado's headwaters. One of her and her dad's favorite places to fish while she was young were different sections of the South Platte, both in Fairplay, Colorado and the Decker's section to the west of Castle Rock. Ever since traveling abroad to New Zealand for the semester in the Spring of 2015, she has a new found love for traveling to new waters and exploring new types of fly fishing. She hopes to one day become experienced enough to become a guide, and share her love for the sport and lifestyle with anglers far and wide.

Charlie Denatale

Charlie grew up in Connecticut fishing the salt for stripers and bluefish, as well as some offshore species like bluefin tuna. He made the switch to fly fishing after moving out to Colorado in 2014 to attend CSU and is studying to get a degree in Natural Resources Management. He instantly fell in love with fly fishing and spent almost every day on the water or in the shop talking to the St. Pete’s crew, trying to improve his skills. Nowadays you can find him exploring new waters in Colorado and Wyoming, chasing new species, or stalking the banks around town looking for carp and bass.

Ryan Barrick

Ryan grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and spent his early years camping, canoeing, and tossing poppers or clousers to smallmouth bass in the local lakes and ponds. When he was fourteen, Ryan began chasing trout in the the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Tennessee and North Carolina. Ever since moving to Fort Collins to pursue a Business degree at CSU, Ryan has developed an obsession for exploring water throughout Colorado and Wyoming. His home waters include the Caney Fork, old Hickory Lake, the Elk River, the South Holston, and the Duck River. Now his favorites include the Cache la Poudre, the North Platte, Delaney Buttes, and the Laramie Plains Lakes.

Jason Small

Jason started chasing trout as a young child in the Midwest before moving to beautiful Colorado over 20 years ago, Jason has pursued his love for fly fishing all over Colorado and New Mexico. He spent 8 years pursuing the elusive trout in the high mountain streams and gold medal waters of southwest Colorado before moving to Fort Collins 5 years ago. Jason now finds his home here on the banks of the Poudre River and many other local watersheds.

A day on the water with Jason is all about having fun and learning the skills to be a great angler. Jason's easy going personality and love for fly fishing is the perfect match for anglers of all skill level.

In his free time, Jason continues his passion for all things fly fishing, including teaching his young daughter Norah how to "spot risers" and tie the perfect fly. When Jason is not on the water he enjoys time with his family in the great outdoors; camping, hiking and enjoying nature.

Katie Knick

Bio coming soon...

Heron

Meet our shop dog in-training Heron aka Harry or Hare-Bear. Heron works hard for us, his love for treats from the UPS guys knows no bounds. Heron is quite the little- angler as well, this being his first official season guiding his mom and dad, he seems to a natural. He can run for days and ocassionaly you can find him napping at one of the fly shops.