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 Angler's Covey Guides

Angler's Covey guides are the cream of the crop.  They are fly fishing professionals, Orvis Endorsed, with hundreds -- if not thousands -- of hours on water. They guide because their true office is the river, and they live for a chance to express their passion. Everyone wants to be an Angler's Covey guide, only a few are.





Greg Blessing has been guiding professionally for over 25 years, full-time since 1991.  He has been fly fishing personally since 1967. His expertise offers access to private waters, as well as the public waterways and Greg has held his Montana Guide License (#7505) for 17 years, since 1996. Greg is requested by all ages since his focus is the fishing experience and sharing his professional techniques in a great learning experience.  His clients have returned eagerly looking forward to another fishing adventure. He has been a FFF Certified Casting Instructor for 16 years and Orvis currently offers his professionally tied flies.


Read more about Greg here.


Anthony Surage



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 Anthony Surage, of all of our guides, gets "the longest" awards: he has the longest hair and has been guiding for us the longest. He recently retired from is day  job of counseling middle school students. He loves to be with kids and he loves fly fishing. Anthony communicates the finer points of fly fishing well to anyone. Twenty plus years of guiding has allowed Anthony to quickly know how to take the beginner (child or adult) to catch their first fish on a fly as well as help the experienced fly fisher learn advanced techniques for catching trophy trout. 


Learn more about Anthony here.


Steve Gossage


Steve Gossage is a Colorado Springs native and has fly fished the South Platte and surrounding waters for 30 years. He also has guided on the South Platte for 14 years. Currently, Steve is the Merchandise Manager at Angler’s Covey as well as a guide. He is an avid fly tier and has tied flies commercially in the past and currently has some custom patterns at the Angler’s Covey. Steve’s passion is fly fishing and teaching people how to fly fish with emphases on casting and presentation techniques.


Learn more about Steve here.



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Jon Kleis is a columnist for the Colorado Springs Gazette, and the contributing author for the Elevenmile Canyon and Dream Stream chapters of the new book, 50 Best Tailwaters To Fly Fish. A Colorado Springs native and full-time guide, he spends his free time writing, tying flies, practicing photography, shooting and producing fly-fishing films, sight fishing for giant carp in our many local lakes, and sight fishing for trophy trout on his home river the South Platte. A family man and angler, he doesn’t believe in limiting oneself to just one type of fly-fishing, taking time to learn how to use streamers, terrestrials, dry flies, and nymphs in pursuit of all freshwater species available in Colorado.


Learn more about Jon Kleis here.


Jon Easdon, Angler's Covey's Director of Services, is a Colorado native hailing from Leadville, Colorado. He has been fishing all around the state his entire life. A true outdoorsman that loves the mountains, he enjoys sharing the love and passion of fly fishing with others. From first descents on his snowboard, to showing up to the river for a huge hatch, he has the ability to really encompass what it means to "be outside". One of his favorite things about fly fishing is that one can never stop learning. He enjoys all aspects of fly fishing from tying, dry fly fishing, nymphing, to high alpine excursions deep in the mountains. His love for this is contagious and you are sure to get the bug after a day on the water with him.


Earl Hecker is a father, veteran, and experienced fly fisherman with a passion for guiding. When Earl was asked what he hopes that his clients leave with at the end of the day, what their take-aways are when the guide trip is over, he took a minute to think about his response. “They should have a 6-hour vacation from the day-to-day grind.” Different folks want different things — guiding a newcomer to the sport is a different guiding experience than being on the water with a seasoned veteran. “My job as a guide is to be flexible and respond to the client.” Earl's fly fishing goes back 21 years, beginning in the high mountain lakes of California and Nevada. Then, when stationed in Germany, Earl fished in the Rod and Gun clubs of Luxembourg, France, and Germany. Earl has an incredible attitude towards life and sense of humour that will make any trip with him an incredible one. 


Robert Younghanz

Robert Younghanz a.k.a The Bug Guy, is an internationally known Fly Fishing Guide and instructor.   Robert has been involved in the Fly Fishing industry for close to 20 years. Having traveled to over 60 countries, he is an accomplished angler, teacher and guide for fresh, salt, tropical and warm water species. His passion and expertise in the field of Aquatic Entomology has enabled him to travel the world collecting Insects  Robert is a Simms Ambassador and Orvis Endorsed Guide and has conducted entomology classes for both Simms and Orvis guides at their national gatherings, as well as for Trout Unlimited and other local organizations in the Rocky Mountain West. You can always find Robert Guiding and fly fishing on Southern Colorado numerous rivers, lakes and reservoirs.


Juan Ramirez

Juan Ramirez grew up in Northern New Mexico fishing the small streams and creeks of the Sangre De Cristos. In 1997, he made a switch to fly fishing and has never looked back. Over the years, he has guided on the Cimarron River in New Mexico, as well as the Conejos River in Southern Colorado.  
Juan is also a passionate and accomplished fly tier. He has tied commercially for 7 years, and spends most of his free time behind a vise. Juan eats, sleeps, and dreams of fly fishing and tying. Currently a guide for Angler's Covey, you can also find Juan behind the tying bench at the Covey sharing his tricks and knowledge of the flies he loves fishing.


 Paul Martinez

Paul Martinez has three passions in his life: the top two are for his wife, Mari, and their three Golden Retrievers. Coming in a close third: fly fishing. As a native of Colorado, Paul grew up fishing small creeks with his father in the Sangre De Cristo mountain range. Paul spent 22 years as a Fire Fighter for the City of Colorado Springs where he was awarded Fire Fighter of the Year in 1995 and gained the rank of Captain. This is where he met one of his best friends and a fly fishing mentor, Neil Luehring. In addition, Paul is one of our instructors for our nymphing, dry fly, and streamside classes. One of the things that Paul enjoys most is working with beginners and seeing them catch their first trout on a fly. 


Learn more about Paul here.


 Neil Luehring

Neil Luehring is the expert. Starting when he was 14, for over 30 years he has shared his passion for fly fishing with others. He recently retired from his job as Captain for the Colorado Springs Fire Department. We're proud of him for receiving the Fire Fighter of the Year for 2003. Neil has been teaching our Nymph Class for the past 10 years, and also teaches our Dry Fly Fishing and Intermediate Fly Tying classes and his enthusiasm becomes evident when he gets you to the river.


Mark Mahler

Mark Mahler is one of our fly fishing instructors, and has been teaching our nymphing and dry fly classes for over 15 years! In his "day job" as a commercial General Contractor, one of his favorite projects was building the new Angler's Covey. Mark delights in the instruction of new and intermediate fly fishers, including kids, and enjoys teaching fly fishing skills, techniques, and observation skills, as well as streamside etiquette, and outdoor ethics.


Sharon Wright  started fly fishing 25 years ago on small, high mountain streams and lakes, during her many backpacking trips in the Colorado rockies.  Since that time, her passion for fly fishing has taken her to Scotland,  several trips to Chilean Patagonia and numerous days spent fishing Montana’s rivers, however, her favorite times are still spent exploring and fishing Colorado’s small streams – many of which can be found close to home! Sharon  helps lead the Pikes Peak Women Anglers group and assists with the women’s classes at Angler’s Covey.  In addition to her fishing interests, Sharon works at Angler’s Covey as the bookkeeper.


Julie Sprinkle

Julie Sprinkle is a naturalist at heart, her approach to fly fishing focuses on the total outdoor experience. A day on the river with her might include a brief lesson on the region's wildflowers, history or geology to enhance your fishing experience. Julie is the clothing guru for Angler's Covey, an active volunteer for the Pikes Peak Women Anglers and assists with the women's classes and Women's Camp -- she also spends an inordinate amount of time tying flies to replace the ones her husband has pilfered from her fly boxes. She especially enjoys stalking small, wild trout with her 2-weight in obscure, high-country streams.


Dave Herber

Dave Herber started his wild trout fishing in British Columbia, Canada in the 1960's. For the last 18 years he has spent much of his time learning the rivers and streams in Colorado Spring's great "back yard". His passion is casting dry flies, with the focus on presentation, and sharing that zeal with those wishing to learn the techniques. Over the last several years his fly tying has concentrated on developing effective dry fly patterns that are more visible to the angler. Dave delights in sharing with the angler the excitement of the pursuit and the wonders of nature in our trout waters.


David Caraghar is a Colorado Native and has fished the South Platte River for over 50 years. (As his last name suggests he is of Irish decent and fly fishing is in his genes.)  He has guided several seasons for the Covey.  Along with Dave Herber and Robert Younghanz, he is one of the "official guides" at Rainbow Falls.  He is a member of the Rocky Mountain Angling Club and guides on their properties as well.
He considers the Platte River to be his home water and is comfortable guiding in Elevenmile Canyon, The Dream Stream, Antero and Spinney Reservoirs. He often works together with Dave Herber as a team and they have a great deal of fun guiding together. 

Gary (Karbo) Karbousky moved to Colorado in the 1970's with the United States Air Force and has been fishing and hunting our high country with a passion ever since. This native New Englander's love of fly fishing, along with his years of teaching, will ensure any novice or seasoned fly fisher will enjoy a day on our rivers. Gary works to create a wonderful time for all his clients, teaching the basics to first-timers or helping those with disabilities enjoy something they otherwise might not experience.

David Leinweber


David Leinweber, the owner of Angler's Covey, finds himself often tied to responsibilities at the store. But with a little persuading he is eager to share his experience with you on the stream. He particularly likes to work with the beginner fly fisher.



Angler's Covey Guide Program

Angler's Covey has been a register Colorado Outfitter since 1987 and we are fully licensed and bonded in the State of Colorado.

Angler's Covey is the only fly shop in Colorado Springs with permits to guide in Elevenmile Canyon, Cheesman Canyon and the Deckers area on the South Platte River. We offer professional services with Special use permits from the BLM, Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Colorado Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks.

Angler's Covey an equal opportunity service provider.
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    When: Oct 05, 19 9:00 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    Orvis 101 Introduction to Fly Fishing

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    When: Oct 12, 19 9:00 AM Where: Anglers Covey

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