The Guides

Connell O’Grady

 

As a self taught flyfisherman Connell has been avid about the sport for the last fifteen years. His journey on the road of fishing has taken him to small creeks, high alpine lakes, and large rivers alike. Never one to turn away from a challenge, Connell has spent quality time on many of the states toughest tail waters and has the stories and pictures to prove it. Out with his golden retriever “Winston” Connell spends most of his time fishing the tail waters of the Arkansas River. His newest obsession is large trout and can be found pacing shorelines scouting for the elusive creates. Being a guide comes natural to Connell. As a successful business owner he understands that dedication and attention to detail can make all the difference. When asked what he loves most about flyfishing he replies, “The rush of landing a big boy”.

 

Catherine O’Grady

 

Cat O’Grady has been in love with fish and insects for as long as she can remember. Having completed her Bachelor degree in Environmental Biology and Chemistry, she now finds a happy home in the employment of The Drift Fly Shop. Cat has been a guide, shop attendant and instructor in the fly fishing world for ten years. When she is not streamside on her beloved Arkansas River Tailwater, Cat can be found with her nose in a book or a vial of insects in her hands.

 

Travis Anderson

 

Travis is a true Colorado native and cowboy in every sense of the word. He joined the shop in 2011 and has been fishing the Arkansas river and it's tributaries and high lakes for over 20 years. His easy going nature and helpful guidance will have you relaxed and into fish before you know it.

Alex Zipp

 

Alex grew up in the Midwest, learning to fish from this grandfather shortly after mastering the skill of walking. He cut his angling teeth in the north woods of Wisconsin where he fished for bluegill, bass and northern pike, first with a cane pole and later with spinning gear. After moving to Colorado in 1989 to attend college, he took up fly fishing for trout and has been exploring the lakes and rivers of Colorado ever since. He joined Ark Anglers in 2008 as manager of the Pueblo store and became the owner of the Drift Fly Shop in 2011. In July of 2014, Alex was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to serve a four year term on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission as a Sportsperson's Representative.

 

 

 

Cody Hale

Cody Hale

 

Cody is the Drift's most well rounded guide in an arsenal of very experienced staff. He is our local warm water fly fishing specialist and has been picked up as a Scott Pro staff member. As a certified float fishing trip leader, Cody floats on one of the most challenging whitewater rivers in Colorado. Cody is also well-rounded in the saltwater game.  While fishing for trout has always been a favorite of his(especially sighting and stalking big trout on the tailwater) , Cody eagerly awaits the longer days of spring that signal it’s time to change gears and start hunting tailing carp and surface oriented bass on the “Res.” Cody’s passion for fly fishing has taken him across the globe chasing Hawaiian bone fish, silver salmon in Alaska, BC steelhead and Christmas island trigger fish to name a few.

 

 

 

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