Our Team


Jeff Elhert

Jeff Ehlert

Jeff is the owner of the Winter Park Flyfisher. Jeff grew up in Montana learning the art of fly fishing on the Missouri, Big Blackfoot, Madison, Big Hole and a few secret spots such as No-Tellum Creek. He has been a fly fishing guide in Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado since 1991. Jeff spends nearly 100 days a year on the rivers in Colorado and Wyoming. He has fished in Florida, Louisianna, Texas, Mexico, Bahamas, Chesapeake Bay and Christmas Island for Bones, Tarpon, Permit, Redfish, Trevally, Snook, Cuda, and Striper. Jeff lives in Fraser, Colorado with his wife (Diane), son (Jory) and daughter (Taylor).


As a child I was transfixed by the stories of my grandfather’s fishing. As I grew up, my dad would often ask “What do you want to do this weekend?” I would usually answer, “Let’s go fishing!” Now looking back, I’m sure that he would have many times rather done something else for we lived in Montana with horses, motorcycles, snowmobiles, boats and endless mountains to climb, but he always accomodated my wishes and we would head to the river. I still have my first fly rod which always brings memories flooding back. Several years ago, I was contemplating a career change. My reasoning was that it was time to do something important with my life. Frank, one of my best clients that has fished with me for 20 years told me that what you do is very important. “You create memories for people that they will re-visit for the rest of their lives.” With that, I found new purpose in what I already loved. Afterall, “It’s not that I find fishing to be all that important, it’s that I find many of man’s other endeavors to be equally unimportant and not nearly as much fun.”


Started Fly Fishing:

My dad started me fishing before I can remember.


Favorite Fly:

My cicada in tan, olive, or black. It catches fish everywhere that I’ve ever fished it.


Best fishing memory:

I was in the evening light of Beartrap canyon on the Madison River. It was May and Caddis were everywhere and fish were going crazy eating them at the surface, but I couldn’t tempt a single fish with any of my Caddis patterns. At the same time, an older gentleman was fishing across the river and was hooking up on every cast. I was frustrated to say the least, but quickly forgot that frustration when I noticed the old gentleman sitting down and hollering to me for a hand. Thinking the worst I found a spot to wade across the river and quickly approached him. He held out a hand and asked if I could take these off of his hands while dropping a half dozen Caddis emergers into my hand. We ended up fishing together late into the night and then watched the moon rise over the canyon. He was a retired doctor from Bozeman and had fished the Madison for 70 some years. I had hoped to see him on the river again, but as I began school that fall I saw his obituary in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. I went that evening and fished where we had fished together the previous spring. It felt as if he was fishing with me.


Why do I fish:

I fish for the connection with the past, with friends, with nature and the ability to disconnect even if only briefly from the modern world of technology. I guide others to share those same connections and disconnects.


Dream Destination:

My dream destination has evolved throughout my life as I’ve managed to reach my previous dream destinations. Currently, my dream destination is the high mountains of Bolivia to fish for Golden Dorado.


Favorite Style:

I love casting to fish from the bow of a flats boat as they push water across a flat. I can’t think of anything in fly fishing more exciting than the anticipation that builds as that scene unfolds hit or miss.


Equipment:

It seems that all modern rods and reels are pretty exceptional, but none quite measure up to the Winston BIII X rods with a matching Ross Reel.


Dave Parri

Dave Parri

Born in Pennsylvania, Dave has had a fly rod or rifle in his hands from a very young age. His knowledge of the river, woods and wildlife, in addition to his numerous years of guide experience, will ensure you have an exceptional experience.


Tony Wasson

Tony Wasson

Tony has been guiding in Colorado and Wyoming since 2004. Along with guiding Tony is the owner and trip leader of Red Tail Rafting. With the amount of time Tony spends on the water its obvious to say that he slays fish. When Tony isnt on the water he enjoys romantic moonlit walks on the beach, tanning and foot massages.


Brett Macalady

Brett Macalady

First Started Fly Fishing:

When I was young and backpacking into mountains and lakes, my dad and grandpa would bring their rods so naturally I just started doing what they were. However, I really embraced the sport in high school where I had a friend who started tying so we would do that together then go see if trout would eat our irregular creations.


Favorite Fly:

Anything big and dry, I really like the Chubby.


Best Fishing Memory:

Fly fishing in New Zealand, not only because of the destination but because I was with my dad and we were working this stretch of water we had never seen before. The Didymo was so bad and we were slipping all over the place but the water was so picturesque. We weren’t having that good of fishing so we decided to switch rods to change our luck, and on my third cast hooked and landed a 25 inch rainbow! Thanks Dad!


Why Do I Fish:

Fly fishing by itself is kind of a selfish thing, but, at its root, a medium that enables you to catch a glimpse of the divine. Whether you’re on a high alpine lake or stream fishing for brookies or cutts, or on a big river double hauling streamers for hunting browns. Its being in that place, seeing the sun rise or set over the mountains, the mist hanging over the water, trout sipping caddis off the surface and you absorbing it all. It’s all for the pursuit of the aesthetic, that pure presentation of form, just being in the magic of the world.


Dream Destination:

Patagonia or Kamchatka


Favorite Style:

On top!


Equipment:

Ross Evolution 3 on a Scott Radian 6wt. FB


Zach Ware

Zach Ware

First Started Fishing:

I’ve been fishing since birth pretty much, but started fly fishing around the age of 12.


Favorite Fly:

Any fly that’s working.


Best Fishing Memory:

Down in Florida, where I fished as much as possible growing up, there is a sandbar about 5 miles offshore that is waist deep at low tide. We’d go fish off the back of it for bull reds and whatever else would take a fly, and then would jump in and cool of when we got too hot. One day I was wading a couple hundred yards down the bar from the boat fishing the drop off when my dad yelled at me to slowly walk back. I turned around and saw a big 12-13 foot shark cruising by me about 5 yards away. We always had a few small sharks come check us out while swimming, some big ones while in the boat, and I’ve caught quite a few big sharks but it was pretty amazing being in the water that close to one that size.


Best Day of Fishing:

There’s too many to list, but the best days are when the fishing is toughest. When you have to truly work hard to get one to even look at a fly, and then you hook up… That’s the best feeling. You know you’ve really accomplished something, not just that the bite was good but that you made that fish eat.


Why Do You Fish:

I mainly fish for the scenery and wildlife. There’s no place I’d rather be than away from the pavement in the middle of nowhere on a mountain or in a stream. I guide for the same reason, it gives me a chance to share my passion for the outdoors with others.


Dream Destination:

Patagonia


Favorite Style of Fly Fishing:

Sight fishing for sure. There is nothing more exciting than being able to stalk fish and watch them eat no matter what species.


Equipment:

My prescription polarized sunglasses so I can actually see fish… And my camera so I can see them again.


Ron Yoshimrua

Ron Yoshimrua


As a Colorado native, I grew up fishing Colorado rivers, lakes and streams and have fished many of the rivers growing up that I now guide on. I have guided on the Grey Reef section of the North Platte since 2004 and the Fraser and Colorado Rivers since 2005.


My idea of a great fishing trip is an extraordinary total experience on the river. I enjoy being on the river and sharing the camaraderie with my friends and family in spectacular outdoor settings. Of course, there is also the challenge of out-smarting wary fish.


Eric Pietz

Eric Pietz


I began fishing the Fraser River in the summer of 1970, obtaining permission from rancher Jack Horn to fish the Fraser River including the section I now own. My professional guiding career started in 1988 on the Green River near Dutch John, Utah. I have guided for every outfitter on the Green River over the years and can count numerous guides as long time friends, who have taught me many different ways to approach fly fishing. My favorite fishing memory would be when I walked into the Fraser Canyon the summer of 1971, camped next to the river and caught lots of fish on the first flies I ever tied. Waking up early in the morning, watching the river come alive and watching nature in the quiet solitude is very hard to beat. The thing I like the most about fly fishing is it ALWAYS happens in pretty places and you never stop learning.


Wayne Balnicki

Wayne Balnicki


Wayne grew up fly fishing with his grandfather on spring creeks and rivers in Pennsylvania and norther New Jersey. Since taking early retirement in Colorado, he has been guiding and teaching fly fishing for the past 6 years. He’s shown here after winning a lengthy tug of war with one of Colorado’s finest.


Rodney Merritt

Rodney Merritt


Rod has been guiding the Upper North Platte and Grey Reef since 1992. There isn’t a guide that knows more about the North Platte drainage or the trout that swim there than Rod.

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