Meet Our Staff
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 roles 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. In high school, Ryan began chasing trout in the the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Tennessee and North Carolina. Since moving to Fort Collins in 2015, Ryan has been exploring water throughout Colorado and Wyoming. His home waters include the Caney Fork, old Hickory Lake, the Elk River, and the South Hoston/ Watauga. Now his favorites include the Poudre and the North Platte system.
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.
Gabe was born and raised in Neenah, Wisconsin and received his degree in Environmental Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. His father taught him how to use a spinning rod at an early age, and fishing became a central part of his life ever since. He was 15 when he caught his first native Wisconsin Brook Trout on a fly rod, and he quickly became fascinated with the intricacies of the sport. When he moved to Fort Collins in 2013, he realized he was home when he was no longer the weird guy showing up to the fishing hole with a fly rod. With the help of St. Peters Fly Shop, a few good books, a Colorado gazetteer, and a ton of coffee, he’s spent much of his time perfecting his skills and exploring all of the water that Northern Colorado and the surrounding areas have to offer. When he’s not at the shop talking fishing or at home madly tying flies, you can find him looking for carp tails at the local ponds, searching for risers in high country lakes, or tossing meaty streamers to pike and hungry trout. Gabe is thrilled to be a part of the St. Pete’s crew where he can share his passion for fly fishing with all anglers from new enthusiasts to seasoned pros.
A Colorado native, Bailey grew up fishing near her hometown of Colorado Springs. Her passion for fishing began during summers spent on the lakes of Ontario, chasing pike, musky, bass, and perch. She was introduced to fly fishing by her dad at the age of five and never picked up a conventional rod again. Her favorite areas include the South Platte, the Poudre, and highcountry lakes in the Rockies. After moving to Fort Collins to pursue a degree in Biology at CSU, Bailey . She hopes to expand her passion and knowledge of the sport as part of the St. Pete's Team.
Rich Van Tine
Rich was raised in Parker, CO and started fishing for trout at an early age. After graduating in 2012 from Colorado State University with a degree in Natural Resources and Business Management, he moved to Steamboat Springs to pursue his fishing passion. He spent five years in Steamboat chasing trout in the summers and skiing during the winters. Rich has decided to pursue a new path, and is working on becoming a firefighter someday. Today you will find Rich in the Old Town shop helping answer any questions that you may have and doing his best to ensure that you will be set up for success out on the water.
Josh grew up in Fort Collins and has been exploring the Poudre Canyon and other near-by wild places since a young age. Ten years ago, while on a backcountry rock climbing trip in Wyoming, Josh was introduced to fly fishing. Since this introduction, the hobby has given way to obsession. These days you can find Josh wading Colorado’s rivers, floating bigger water in Wyoming or hiking to high country lakes. If he isn't outside or in the shop, Josh might be tying flies and trying to learn a thing or two from the endless books on the subject. Josh can’t help but share his love for the sport and always wants to hear about your latest adventure.
Meet our shop dog Heron aka Harry, Hare-Bear, Hare-sten. Heron works hard for us, his love for treats from the UPS guys knows no bounds. Heron is quite the little- angler as well, he spends his fishing seasons guiding his mom and dad (Grant and Julia), and he is a natural. He can run for days and occasionally you can find him napping at one of the fly shops.