We are outdoorsmen. We all ride horses, hike trails, and fix fences. We slide on the snow in the winter, and float in the river’s spring runoffs. Our dogs are always right there. But when you really boil things down, it’s all about the Elk River and this valley. We have all been drawn here, and there is no more intimate and enjoyable connection to the river than standing in its waters and enticing one of its inhabitants to rise up to your fly. It’s a sacred environment, and nothing brings us more joy that sharing it with our friends.
When Greg was 18 years old, he met a girl who taught him how to cast a flyrod in the tailwater of 3 Island Lake high in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness north of Steamboat Springs Colorado. He let the cutthroats go, but kept the girl. Greg and Libby have now been married for 25 years and have raised their 3 kids in the Elk River valley, living closer to 3 Island Lake than anybody else. Greg’s passion for the outdoors is only rivaled by his love of teaching and introducing people to the valley and sports he loves. When he’s not in the water, you’ll find him on skis and on horseback.
Fritz is originally from Harford County, MD and learned to fly fish on the waters of Deer Creek. He moved to Colorado with his band the “Deer Creek Sharpshooters” because of the amazing Bluegrass scene in the area. He also enjoys riding horses and snowboarding, but usually you’ll find him wet wading or floating his drift boat on the river with his dog Béla.
David was born and raised in Wyoming, graduated from high school in Cheyenne in 2013, and recently received a B.A. in Secondary English Education from the University of Wyoming. A former football player (Black Hills State University) and avid outdoorsman, David found his way to Steamboat Springs in the summer of 2016. Though the Elk River has become home, David grew up fishing the North Platte River near Casper, Wyoming, as well as many of the smaller streams and rivers in the Snow Range Mountains and Medicine Bow National Forest. The waters of Montana, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Colorado have given David no real desire to leave the Rockies and their trout-rich waters.