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Tony English

Tony English is a Wyoming Native who grew up hunting and fishing the banks of the lower North Platte in Torrington, WY. With a fly rod in hand at only five years old, he’s had many years to master his craft. Tony credits his father for the early introduction to fly fishing- just one of Tony’s many outdoor skills. And as only a few do, Tony has found a way to turn his affinity for outdoor recreation into (more than) a means of income. Tony is a Orvis Endorsed Fishing Guide

Copper

I grew up in northeast Ohio, I started fly fishing at age 10! I have guided in northeast Ohio and Bristol bay, Alaska. I am excited for my move to Casper and even more excited about the excellent fishery Casper has to offer the fly angler!

Holdenn

I was born here in Casper and grew up fishing the North Platte. Though I moved to Colorado before finishing school, I made frequent trips back up to Casper to fish and spend time with my grandparents. In 2012, I moved to Gunnison, Colorado to play football at Western State. I spent the last nine years guiding on the Gunnison and Taylor Rivers there in the Gunnison Valley. I enjoy having anglers of all skill levels in my boat and want to share my passion with everyone. Whether I’m coaching someone through catching their first fish on a fly or a giant brown, its hard for me to hide my excitement.

Brainksks

Rob Barnosky grew up in western Montana fishing rivers such as the Ruby and Jefferson, before finding his favorite waters in Wyoming. He now guides each day on the Gray Reef, Miracle Mile, Fremont canyon, and the Big Horn. He has a gift forgetting to know people. Working in Wyoming’s beautiful outdoors and sharing his love of fishing attracted him to work as a guide. Rob prides himself on being hard working, patient, and focused on your experience.

ULgy Buggg

Forrest is a fine fishing guide located in Casper Wyoming. He guides the Grey Reef, Miracle Mile, Fremont Canyon, and Big Horn Rivers. Forest’s passion for fishing and the outdoors is infectious, growing up among a multitude of blue ribbon trout streams in Southwest Montana his love for fishing and the outdoors runs deep. Throughout the years, he has guided in both the fishing and hunting industry. He strives to turn each trip into an enjoyable time for all level of anglers. Forrest finds his enjoyment in meeting and teaching others, and believes learning is a process that should never end.

DENCVEBVE

Devin Burton was born and raised Casper native. He’s been fly fishing the North Platte since I was 7 years old. My grandfather used to guide on the Platte back in the 80’s and 90’s. Hunting and fishing are my passion, and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else!

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Phil Schroeder is a Casper native, who loves the natural world. He is a friendly, and patient teacher who enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills with others. Phil has fished and played on the North Platte since he was a kid. He considers himself very lucky to have grown up in Casper. When he isn’t fishing, he enjoys spending time with his daughter and family. Phil is an Orvis Endorsed Fishing Guide

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I was born and raised in Casper WY and now spend my summers in Casper and winters in Jackson WY. I was fortunate enough to grow up living on the north platte river and was able to learn how to fly fish at a very young age. My passion for fly fishing, desire to teach others about fishing, and patience make me want my clients to succeed regardless of their fishing skill level and experience. I love spending time in the outdoors and when I am not fly fishing I like to camp, hike, and ski.

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Tyler is a Wyoming native, born in Casper and made for the water. He has guided the North Platte and Bighorn for the past seven years as he worked his way through school. He received a bachelors from the University of Wyoming and went on to Denver Seminary to pursue a Masters of Divinity in Leadership. He continues to study but is now a full-time guide. On his off days, Tyler chooses to spend his time with his wife Audrey, hiking, mountain biking, or just hanging out. They both love sports and have no qualms laying up on Sundays to cheer on the Broncos or the Rockies, or head out to the golf course and play 18 holes.

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Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Dustin had a rod in his hand soon after he started walking. He spent much of his childhood and adolescence fishing for muskie, pike, and bass on his family’s lake property. Any and all family trips were spent on the water chasing numerous species of fish in both freshwater and saltwater. However, Dustin’s favorite form of angling has and will always be targeting Trout and Steelhead on the fly. Dustin spends his winters guiding for Steelhead on the tributaries of Lake Erie. Dustin is a graduate of Sweetwater Travel Guide School, and he is a proud pro-staff member of a number of the industry’s top manufacturers. He is also the cofounder and director of “Nimi on the Fly,” a nonprofit charity that seeks to promote character building, enrichment, and conservation with youth the sport of fly fishing.

KODY LUCKOW Fishing Guide - Meet Our Staff

Kody was born and raised here in Casper, WY. Growing up I had not only a passion for fly fishing, but baseball as well. I played ball for 13 years before deciding to take my career further and played a year in the small town of Glendive, MT at Dawson Community College. My passion for fishing eventually led me right back to Casper at 19 when I started my guiding career. I grew up fishing in the Absaroka Mountain range outside of Cody, WY fishing small creeks and lakes, and of course enjoying the Platte in my backyard.

TROY PINKERTON Fishing Guide - Meet Our Staff

Raised in Glenrock Wy, I have spent all of my youth and adult life fishing the North Platte. I am very lucky to have it flow through my home town and back yard. I spend all of my free time in the outdoors fishing, hunting, scouting, and raising my son. I am laid back, patient, hard working, and an avid conservationist. I want the customer to end the day happy and knowing that I gave it my all on the river to better there experience. I hope that they come out of it with new knowledge of the place that I call home.

CALEB OGG Fishing Guide - Meet Our Staff

Caleb Ogg was born and raised in Riverton, Wyoming. A majority of his youth fishing adventures took place on small lakes in the Wind River Mountain Range. After high school he went onto play soccer at Sheridan College. Shortly after he moved to Casper, Wyoming and began fishing the North Platte. He became a Railroad Conductor for BNSF Railway, but always found himself obsessing over being outdoors and fishing. He then decided to become a fly fishing guide and hasn’t regretted his decision since. His goal is to make sure that his clients had a great time in his boat by the end of the day. Caleb is an Orvis Endorsed Fishing Guide

MIKE GRAHAM Fishing Guide - Meet Our Staff

My name is Mike Graham and I am a 4th generation Wyomingite. I was born in Laramie, Wyoming and grew up learning to love all things outdoors. I am a family man, raising a daughter and two sons right here in Casper. My granddad and dad taught me the art of fly fishing when I was young and I knew almost immediately that this would be a sport I would play for the rest of my life. There is nothing better to me than passing on this passion of mine.

STEVE BEZOLD Fishing Guide - Meet Our Staff

Stephen grew up in a small town in southern Wyoming, fishing the North Platte river with his father, an avid outdoorsman. He moved to Casper in 1992 and worked to receive an Associates Degree in Welding Technology. He then went on to weld in the oilfield when he wasn’t touring the US, Canada, and Europe with his Rock & Roll band The-Front. But the river began to call and a decision was made to row a boat and guide fishing trips. Stephen enjoys the finer things in life – fly fishing, fly tying, music, cigars, art, comedy, tattoos, and travel. Steve is Orvis and Orange Amplification endorsed.

ADAM PENNINGTON Fishing Guide - Meet Our Staff

Adam Pennington has spent time guiding in Missouri, Idaho, and Alaska, before settling on Wyoming’s local rivers. Adam is also a proficient fly tier who enjoys teaching the art of fly tying and teaching people about the bugs we encounter on the river and how to match them with flies. There’s nothing cooler than catching a fish on a fly you tied. Adam loves being able to build a relationship with his guests on the river.

Austin Haupt Fishing Guide - Meet Our Staff

Austin grew up right here in Casper Wyoming and has lived here his whole life. Austin holds a passion for the outdoors and always has growing up. He loves hunting and fishing and his passion for the outdoors has grown into a passion for guiding. Austin has guided in Alaska and appreciates what nature has to offer. He is caring and his main priority is putting the guests before anything else.

TOM “FISH” CHOJNACKI - Meet Our Staff

From when I was a little kid my Grandpa always had time to take me fishing. From my youth I have always loved going fishing. 30 years ago someone handed my a Fly Rod and I have been hooked ever since. I have spent a lot of that time learning the art of Still Water fishing and enjoy finding new lakes and ponds to go give it a try. 3 years ago I moved to the Casper area and have been fishing the North Platte River ever since. Cast it Forward……

On a flip of a coin, Jim moved to Bozeman, Montana with an Enviromental Science Degree and a true passion to fish. After years of chasing Smallies, Carp, Sheepshead and Catfish back home Jim looked northwest to Yellowstone Country. He has been fishing and guiding in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho ever since. That was thirteen years ago and his passion for guiding grows every day. Come experience a day on the North Platte River with “Red Beard” and the UGLY BUG!

Kenny Answorth Fishing Guide - Meet Our Staff

Kenny was born and raised in Casper, WY, spent a productive (and awesome) five years at the University of Wyoming, and enjoyed short stints in both Colorado and Washington D.C. before returning to the Equality State. Kenny learned to fly fish as a youngster under the guidance of his father and grandfather and continues to develop his passion for fly fishing on the beautiful waterways of Wyoming and the west.

Nate Edwards Fly Fishing Guide - Meet Our Staff

Nate is born and raised right here in Casper, WY. Nate grew up fishing the river and was introduced to fly fishing from two of his best friends in his early high school career. It is Joe Scott and Beau Covert he can thank for hopelessly getting him stuck to fly fishing. Guiding full time, it was during this time when Nate fell in love with teaching guests how to fall in love with this sport and show them how rewarding and how fulfilling this escape can be.

Grant Reynolds Fishing Guide - Meet Our Staff

When some one ask me, where I’m from, the song by Johnny Cash “I have been everywhere” best describes me. I have lived in New York, New Hampshire, Michigan,Colorado,California, Alaska, Arkansas, and Wyoming. After graduating college with a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies and working in the recreation field, I found my true calling as a fishing guide. Fourteen years later, guiding in Wyoming and Alaska its been a blast. Drift boats and jet boats are what I like fishing out of the most. “Get your Fish on!”

Ben Brus Fly Fishing Guide - Meet Our Staff

Ben is a 5th generation Wyoming and has been fishing the Platte for over a decade now. Originally introduced to the sport by his father at a young age, Ben’s love and passion for the sport continues to grow through his development as a young guide. Ben is currently pursuing a Geology degree at the University of Arizona and guides for us during his summers. Although leaving the state for school, Wyoming will always be his home.

Tony Martin Sales Executive - Meet Our Staff

Tony Martin grew up in Casper Wyoming fishing rivers such as the North Platte and Big Horn rivers. Sharing his love for fishing and the outdoors attracted him to work in the Ugly Bug Fly shop. Tony prides himself on being hard working, patient and focused on your experience. Besides fishing in his free time, you can find him hunting or exploring backroads on his motorcycle.

Tony Martin

Sales Executive

Trev Moore Sales Associate - Meet Our Staff

Trevor grew up in Topeka, Kansas. Depspite a few offers to play college baseball, Trevor spent his time as an apprentice lineman before moving to Casper in spring of 2022. He grew up fishing and hunting, and has always had a love for the outdoors. Lucky for us, Trevor spotted us on the New Fly Fisherman and decided to move out west to chase some trout with the Crazy Rainbow Crew. Outside of the fly shop and the river, you can find Trevor at your nearest rodeo or race track.

Trevor Moore

Sales Associate

CiCi Oliver Sales Associate - Meet Our Staff

CiCi Oliver was born and raised outside of Omaha, Nebraska. Growing up, she was lucky enough to spend a lot of time fly fishing out west with her family. CiCi found a love for fly fishing and conservation of the natural world, and decided to attend Utah State University in order to pursue a degree in Environmental Sciences (While also being located next to the Logan River). After hearing about the North Platte through friends at school, I booked a trip with Addie Dees. The rest is pretty much history.

Cici Oliver

Sales Associate

Brandon Kourt Sales Associate - Meet Our Staff

Brandon was born and raised in the city of Casper. At a young age he was introduced to the great sport of fishing and has loved it ever since. Brandon spent most of his youth living away from home playing hockey but decided that there is no better place than chasing trout on the North Platte. Brandon loves to meet new people and hear their stories while connecting over a common interest.

Brandon Kourt

Sales Associate

jackson shed Sales Associate - Meet Our Staff

Jackson is a 17 year old student at kelly Walsh high school but don’t let his age fool you. He is a passionate fly fisherman and skier and an all around conservationist. When he’s not out fishing the river you can find him deep in the mountains chasing bull elk or scouting out lines to ski. His favorite thing to is tie big streamers and then huck them in the river, “go big or go home”.

Jackson Shedd

Sales Associate

Blake Jackson Co-Owner & VP - Meet Our Staff

Blake Jackson is a co owner and VP of the Ugly Bug Fly Shop and Crazy Rainbow Fly Fishing and Wing Shooting, the 2014 Orvis outfitter of the year. Blake was raised in Glenrock Wyoming and was introduced to the sport of fishing by family at a very young age. It didn’t take long for him to realize that fishing was more than a hobby; it was a passion that he wished to share with others. Blake started his guiding career in Bozeman Montana working legendary fisheries such as the Yellowstone, Madison, Gallatin, Missouri and Big Horn Rivers.

Blake Jackson

Co-Owner & VP

ADDIEEE

Ever since I was young, I never really wanted to follow the norms of being a girl. I grew up with two sisters and the choice was quite clear- Barbie dolls or dirt bikes. Obviously, I chose the latter. I didn’t stop there, though. My dad helped me expand my outdoor knowledge and hobbies with fly fishing, backpacking, kayaking, and bird hunting. Fly fishing stuck. Growing up in Wyoming allowed me to pursue my passions while surrounding myself with likeminded people who encouraged and supported me.

Addie Dees

General Manager

Laurie Stroope Lodge Manager - Meet Our Staff

Laurie has proudly served our guests with the utmost hospitality for nearly a decade. She is a dedicated team member who strives daily to deliver the highest quality customer service and food to every client walking through our doors. With Southern roots, Laurie has a flare for creative cooking and demonstrates that with every dish put on the table. Her attention to detail, as it relates to the needs of Crazy Rainbow clients, well let’s just say it keeps them coming back for more.

Laurie Stroope

Lodge Manager

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