Our staff is one of the best in the country. Each member has his or her own unique passion for the sport of fly fishing, built from years of adventures on the water, and we would like nothing better than to help you make the most of your own fly fishing adventure.
Hans is a husband, father and fisherman. He's lived in the Springs for 30 years and most of his free time is spent stalking the banks in search of feeding trout. When he decides he likes something, he gets nerdy about it, which is what happened with euro nymphing. Now that’s what he does most these days. He started tying flies eight years ago and has accumulated several lifetimes worth of tying material since then. The collection just seems to keep growing. If Hans is at home, you will likely find him watching some fishing show while spinning bugs at his tying desk in his man cave.
Cody has called Colorado home for the last 9 years. He loves exploring the outdoors whether it's fly fishing, hiking, backpacking, cycling, cross-country skiing, paddle boarding, or rock climbing. He grew up in north-central PA where he learned fly fishing on rivers such as Penns Creek, Big Fishing Creek, Spring Creek, Slate and Cedar Runs, and the Little J. While he will happily fish the more popular sections of our rivers, he loves escaping the crowds to catch palm-sized cutties and brookies in the smaller high-alpine headwater creeks.
Lynn has lived in Colorado since 1983. As an avid hiker, camper, biker and skier, she wonders how she has missed out on fly fishing! Well, this job has changed that! She says that bookkeeping for the Covey has been the perfect job to learn everything she needs to know about flies and fishing.
Brian Hilbert is our Social Media Manager and full-time fly fishing guide. He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He began his full-time guiding career right out of high school pursuing wild steelhead along the Oregon coast in the fall and winter and guiding for fly-out lodges in western Alaska throughout the summers. After moving to Colorado in 2016, Brian immediately fell in love with our local fisheries where he has guided and taught fly fishing full time since. When not on the water, Brian enjoys bird hunting with his Labrador, Cooper, and tying flies for his clients and friends.
Vince Puzick is our Marketing Coordinator. He does a great job of bringing you valuable information through our Angler's Blog and with an occasional FaceBook post, and keeping all of our creative minds aligned and productive. Before interviewing guides and our staff for the blog, and before writing about the adventure of fly fishing, Vince worked for over 32 years in education as an English teacher and literacy consultant. When he's not at the keyboard, he is "researching" by having his own fly fishing adventures on local rivers and streams.
Neal moved to Colorado from Michigan a few years ago, trading Great Lakes fishing for the high mountain lakes and streams of the Rocky Mountains and is thoroughly enjoying the transition. He and his wife followed their daughter here, who decided to make Colorado her home after being stationed at Ft Carson. He took up fly fishing, kayaking and hiking and is enjoying every bit of the outdoor life that Colorado has to offer. If you don’t see him at Pikes Peak Outfitter, you’ll most likely find him hiking up to one of the high country lakes or kayaking on the beautiful waters in the area, seeking out a new fly fishing experience.
Jon is Angler's Covey's Director of Services. When you're thinking of booking a guide trip or taking a class, he's your man! He is also one of our professional fly fishing guides, and is a part of the marketing team.
Jon is a Colorado native hailing from Leadville, Colorado and has spent most of his life chasing fish around Colorado. He loves fishing anywhere and for anything, but his true passion lies in deciphering large fish in technical situations.
A true outdoorsman that loves the mountains, Jon enjoys sharing the love and passion of fly fishing with others.
Tippet is learning how to be the best shop dog at Angler's Covey. He's been fly fishing since he was only weeks old and his favorite part is watching mom (Rachel) while finding the best sticks. If you've ever been greeted by an over-enthusiastic golden retriever with a mischievous grin at the shop, it was likely Tippet. Drake is teaching him daily how to manipulate his coworkers for cookies and tummy rubs and he's making great progress.
Drake works hard every day to boost morale of everyone who works at Angler's Covey. He's been fly fishing since he was 8 weeks old and his favorite fishing method is swimming through deep runs. He has never held a real job or contributed to the bottom line but still expects to be paid in cookies hourly. If you've tripped over a brown rug when in the shop, it was probably just Drake pouting for cookies or begging for belly rubs.
Rachel is the General Manager of all three stores: Angler's Covey, Pikes Peak Outfitter, and Colorado Tackle Pro. Rachel is, in addition, one of our guides, helping lead Pikes Peak Women Anglers, and assisting Jon with our classes and guide service. Growing up in the fly shop, Rachel gained a passion and respect for fly fishing, and loves that it is a sport where you never stop learning. Although she loves catching salmon in Alaska or huge trout in the South Platte, she's happiest hiking to a small stream fishing for enthusiastic brookies.
David is the proud owner, merchandise manager, buyer, janitor, and general help around the shop. David has been in the outdoor industry for over 35 years and has spent all of his life pursuing backcountry adventures. His preferred method of angling is to lose himself on a small stream miles from civilization. He's fortunate to have fished over 100 different locations in Colorado.
David is the founder and Chairman of Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance and is currently a board member of the Cheyenne Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited. David supports Project Healing Waters and received the Patriot Award in 2015. In the spirit of community, he leads several groups in conversations about his faith, conservation efforts, and business development.
Becky is co-owner of Angler's Covey and a Colorado native who has thoroughly enjoyed the great outdoors for her entire life. She enjoys the variety that fly fishing offers: from throwing hoppers to eager fish in small streams to watching bonefish run with her fly in saltwater. She finds joy in sharing her passion for fly fishing with those new to the sport, especially other women. Becky began our women's program years ago, realizing that women often learn better side by side with other women. Becky is also the Executive Director of Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance.