Meet The Staff

Our guides are not only friendly but are experts on the Arkansas River in Pueblo. Their home water is the Arkansas. No out of town guides here folks! Local knowledge and love for this water has made them the best you could book.


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 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.


Cat 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 thirteen years. She is in her second year as a SAGE ELITE PRO and is an instructor at CSU-Pueblo where she teaches fly fishing. When she is not stream-side on her beloved Arkansas River Tailwater, Cat can be found with her nose in a book or a vial of insects in her hands.


Connell O’Grady

As a self-taught flyfisherman, Connell has been avid about the sport for the last sixteen 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 tailwaters of the Arkansas River. Being a guide comes naturally to Connell. As a former 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.” Connell is The Drift’s Head Guide and has been a SAGE ELITE PRO for the last three years.


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 bonefish, silver salmon in Alaska, BC steelhead, and Christmas island triggerfish to name a few.


Pat Thurman

Pat grew up in Salmon, Idaho.  He learned fly fishing in Yellowstone Park from if father during family vacations. He left Idaho in 1986 for the military and didn`t settle down in CO until 1994. He had a thing for the south Platte for a long time and also fly fishing lakes. He enjoys salt water fishing and has thrown flies in San Diego, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas. Pat’s second passion is fly tying. He has been fishing the Pueblo Tailwater since 1994.


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Matt Vose

Born in the flatlands of Illinois, Matt is self-proclaimed fishing junky. Growing up, Matt was well schooled in the art of catching fish by his dad and grandpa. Starting to fish for bass at a very early age with his dad, Matt aspired to be a professional bass fisherman. He fished bass tournaments in Wisconsin in his late teens and early twenties. Since moving to Colorado, Matt has become enthralled with fly fishing for trout. He calls the Pueblo Tailwater home but also frequents the entire South Platte basin as well as many other fisheries in Colorado. Although he enjoys streamer fishing and throwing big dry flies in summer, Matt specializes in European nymphing and is a firm believer and advocate for the technique. Outside of the fishing world, Matt is a full-time RN and enjoys watching sports and climbing 14ers.

Store Hours

Mon -  9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Tues -  9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Wed - 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Thurs - 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Friday - 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Sat -  8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun - 9:00 am to 4:00pm

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