THE GUIDES

Memorable Experiences.  Hardworking Guides.  JOIN US ON THE WATER

Our professional, hard working guides ensure a memorable experience in some of the most breathtaking landscapes the southwest has to offer. Whether you’re a seasoned angler, or a first timer, Heads Up FlyFishing has the right guide to fit your specific needs. We look forward to hosting you on our legendary waters.These dedicated professionals have chosen to pursue their passion of fly fishing and to share their knowledge with anglers just like you. All Heads Up guides have a minimum 5 years guiding under their belt. Our guide team is made up of a close knit group of friends who each have their own personal touches that make your time on the water with them one to remember. We value the experience, adventure, and fun of fly fishing, and look forward to sharing that enthusiasm with you as well.

Jeremy Nolan

Jeremy moved to Durango in 1998 to attend Fort Lewis College. Guiding was the next step for Jeremy after graduating in 2003, and he’s been at it ever since!

Jeremy loves to fish, from chucking huge streamers for angry trout to sneaking around high country creeks chasing brookies and cuttroat. Jeremy also travels to Honduras every year in search of his ultimate quarry, permit.

Wherever it is, from the mountains of Colorado to the flats of the Caribbean, Jeremy will do what it takes to leave you feeling as passionate about the sport as he does!

Rob Peper

Rob is a super-talented artist and fishing guide that makes everyone feel right at home when they step into his boat; something about that “southern charm” he brought with him from North Carolina.

When he paints the surface of the water with a fly, fish are almost certain to bite! Whether it’s chasing large fish from a boat or stalking native trout in the high country Rob is ready to put you on hungry fish.

Brad Miller

Brad Miller grew up in Arvada Colorado and learned to fly fish under the instruction of his father Dennis, a professional guide and fly fishing outfitter.

He moved to Durango in 1999, and his easy going personality and expertise on the water made him perfect guide material.

A day on the water with Brad will leave you feeling like you just spent the day fishing with a lifelong friend.

If you’re interested in learning a little more about tying, Brad is a Umpqua Pro Tyer and his innovative techniques and patterns bring the big ones to the net on a regular basis!

Jacob Rash

Jacob Rash, a native of Western North Carolina, began fishing with his great grandfather in mountain streams at a very young age. He has since traded in the Blue Ridge for the San Juans in the pursuit of bigger fish but his love for the high country still remains.

When Jacob is not on the water guiding or scouting the next riffle, you can find him in his workshop making his own split cane and fiberglass rods or restoring a piece of angling history.

Jacob is a laid back guide that enjoys a good laugh and does things the old school way, down to his love of dry flies and bamboo rods. Jacob provides an enjoyable day on the water for anglers of all skill levels and ages.

Michael Mote

Born in Oklahoma. Grew up bass fishing lakes and hunting whitetail deer, quail and turkey. Just a good ol boy from Oklahoma.

I came to Colorado to River Guide the Royal Gorge of the Arkansas river 10 years ago. Which led to guiding the Eagle River, upper Colorado River, upper Arkansas River in Buena Vista and eventually the Rivers of Southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico. As well as 3 trips through Grand Canyon.

Ski instructing in the Vail Valley, Telluride, and Durango along the way has connected me to the cycles and seasons of the Rockies.

My favorite fishing is exploring high country creeks and lakes for brook trout and cutthroat when the snow melts away and allows us to access the High Country.