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Jay Baichi

Owner/Guide

 

 

Jay Baichi grew up in central New York fishing the Finger Lakes and Great Lake tributaries with his father and grandfather.  He was introduced to fly fishing as a teen, chasing striper on the New England coast.  Ever since, Jay has built his daydreams and trips around fly fishing. He carries a rod and box of flies wherever he goes. Jay recalls, “Driving home from our honeymoon a few years ago, I pulled over alongside the San Juan river. I hooked into a monster. I smiled as my brand new wife shook her head and took my picture.” 

 

Jay moved to Colorado in 2000 to teach elementary school, rock climb,and pursue new fly fishing opportunities. His experience as an educator and angler makes him a perfect guide for anglers of all ages and experience.

 

Tim Schoenborn

Lead Guide/Partner

 

 

Tim was born and raised in the state of Michigan. From a very young age Tim was drawn to the rivers and the woods. Tim's first fly fishing experience was on the World Famous "Holy Waters" of the AuSable River where his fly fishing education was created. Being a very avid outdoorsman, Tim grew up chasing Grouse and Woodcock behind staunch pointers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Tim also spent countless hours chasing Whitetail deer in the hardwoods with a recurve and cedar arrows. Never one to take the easy path, Tim found that Fly Fishing here in Colorado had struck a heart felt sense that he wanted to share his knowledge and experience with anglers of all walks of life and levels of experience. If you were to ask Tim what drives him in guiding the answer is simple, " I love to teach and share special moments with clients on the water". Tim has developed a very simple system in regard to flyfishing the waters here in Colorado based on both knowledge and experience that he enjoys sharing with clients.

 

Tim lives on the South Platte River year round with his wife Marcy. They enjoy hosting fresh grilled lunches on their property for all of 5280Angler clients. Sit back and enjoy the views from their mountain home and share some of the history of famous South Platte River.

 

Dave Kemp

Guide/Partner

 

Fly fishing Guides

 

Dave first learned about trout fishing when he was in his early teens. He grew up fishing on Horsetooth reservoir where he and his family lived. There was a section of the reservoir that he could go to anyday of the week and catch trout all day long. Now, He calls the Deckers his home water. "This is where I learned to fly fish and I think it was a blessing and a curse. Learning the sport on one of the hardest sections of river in the state made for some very frustrating days, but It is such a fun place to fish and always challenges me".

 

His other interests include Mountain biking,hiking with the family, and snowboarding.

 

Gene Rea

Guide

 

 

Gene Rea is a dedicated, slightly obsessed fly fisherman who enjoys good conversation as much as he enjoys fishing. He has over forty years of fly fishing experience, starting at a young age when his dad taught him to fly fish on the fabled waters of the Ausable and Battenkill Rivers near his upstate New York hometown. Later, serving twenty plus years in the military enabled him to not only serve his country but also pursue his fly fishing passion by rounding out his experience in storied places such as Alaska and Montana. 

A Colorado Spring's resident since 2002, he has explored much of Colorado, and over the last twelve years has fine-tuned his talents on some of Colorado's most notable Gold-Medal waters. An avid fly fisherman, 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.


 His drive for pursuing and catching fish is rivaled only by his enthusiasm for teaching others the sport he loves so dearly. As much as he loves guiding the seasoned angler into big, wary fish, or helping diminish the barrier separating "good from great," he equally loves teaching new fly fishers the joy of casting, reading the stream, and entomology. Gene strives to make each day on the water with his clients not only a day of fun but also a learning experience. One of his biggest thrills is getting someone their first trout on a dry fly.


 

Jeremy Hamilton

Guide

 

 

Jeremy learned to cast a fly on bass ponds and beaver ponds for brook trout in the Northeast. He moved to Colorado in 1995 and made the full time switch to trout and never looked back. After spending his college years fishing the rivers around Gunnison and Ft. Collins instead of going to class, he began guiding in 2000. He’s taken people fishing on many of our local rivers including the South Platte, Blue, Colorado, William’s Fork, Arkansas and Clear Creek. Jeremy has a very well rounded knowledge base for fly fishing in the Rockies and he loves using all different techniques for catching trout on a fly. However, one of his biggest thrills is getting someone their first trout on a dry fly.

 

 

Jason Maxwell

Guide

 

 

Jason grew up in Colorado fishing in the mountains with his father and grandfather as well as playing hockey. Jason has a full time job as the General Superintendent for White Construction Group but has never lost his passion for the water and helping people discover the joys of fly fishing.


In his free time he has spent countless hours on the rivers of Colorado as well as Wyoming and New Mexico. He also makes an annual pilgrimage to Florida to chase Tarpon and Snook on the fly and tries to make it to Alaska as often as time permits to chase Salmon and Alaskan Rainbows.

 

Jason has been guiding professionally since 2001 and loves to share his passion for the sport with as many people as he can. In that time he has taught beginning fly fishing classes, enjoying the excitement as people learn to rig their rod for the first time to their first catch. “There is nothing better than to watch the excitement in a client as they catch and land a fish, no matter if it’s their first or their 100th”. Jason looks forward to the opportunity to spend a day on the water with you.

Ron Pecore

Guide

 

 

 

Ron has been fly fishing for over 40 years. He cut his teeth on some very famous rivers in S. Central PA. He has fly fished all over the country and have spent a lot time in Western Montana.He is a graduate of the Orvis Guide school and is a current Orvis Endorsed Guide and have been for 8 years. He is known for being a teacher and educator of our great sport and gets a lot of enjoyment from working with all ages and levels of experience

 

 

 

Ben Helgeson

Guide

 

 

Ben grew up hunting, fishing and making outdoor memories in rural Minnesota. When Ben took a job as an elementary teacher and moved to Colorado over ten years ago, he was also introduced to fly fishing by his new teaching teammate, Jay Baichi.  Ben remembers, “Hooking my first rainbow on the fly was a time-travel moment. It was the same boom I felt as a kid, watching my bobber disappear under the bite of a sunfish.”  We know what he’s talking about. With the heart of a teacher, Ben aims to guide clients toward fly fishing success.  Ben's specializes in helping beginning anglers to learn the basics. Ben is always excited to share the river with new friends and abide by one simple principle: The best angler on the river is the one having the most fun!

 

 

 

Jake Roose

Guide

 

 

Jake Roose is a Colorado native, born and raised in the suburbs of Denver.  Although Jake grew up in the city he is no stranger to the wilderness, he first began fishing as a small child with his dad during family camping trips near the flat tops wilderness. It was during these trips that Jake first learned the joy of fly fishing. Jake comes from a family of avid anglers and was taught at a young age to use a fly rod. Unable to ignore the call of the wild, Jake's number one destination is always a trout stream. As a teenager, he found ways to get to the stream, even when he should have been in school.  Jake spends every minute he can fishing; when he's not on the water Jake enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. During the colder months he enjoys a brisk morning in the duck blind.