Meet the Laughing Grizzly Guide Staff
Mike Kruise: Owner
Mike is usually the first person you meet at the Laughing Grizzly. His enthusiasm for fly fishing is obvious to everyone who meets him. Mike is an expert rod-builder, too, and presents tieing clinics around the area, and has been a guest tier at the West Denver Fly Tieing show.
Favorite Water: Any water that can be fished, but if I had to pick, RMNP is quickly becoming #1.
Favorite Rod: Sage TXL 7'10" 3wt
Favorite Reel: Hatch Finatic 4+
Favorite Fly: Frank's Tan Tick
Scott Bley: Owner
Scott's favorite place is floating the Reef or the San Juan with a big fish on. Scott is a man of few words, often very funny ones, and many fish, often very big ones.
Favorite Water: San Juan River
Favorite Rod: Sage One
Favorite Reel: Hatch
Favorite Fly: Adams
Frank Drummond: Guide/Bamboo Rod Builder
Frank is our favorite bamboo rod maker (Brush Creek Cane) and foam fly guru. His friends and clients enjoy his laid back humor and teaching methods. Frank loves small streams, short rods and feisty fish.
Favorite Water: Big Thompson
Favorite Rod: The first bamboo rod I built- a 7'6" 4wt
Favorite Reel: Hardy Featherweight
Favorite Fly: Los Alamos Ant
Dick Shinton: Shop Guy/Guide
Dick loves teaching fly tying and fly fishing, and guiding beginners of all ages, especially kids. He does most of his fishing and guiding in RMNP, and has developed several fly patterns especially for the Park. He also conducts the St Vrain Anglers TU Kids Learn to Fly Fish program, and has been a volunteer counselor at the Colorado TU Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Camp for seven years.
Favorite Water: Anywhere in RMNP
Favorite Rod: 8'6" 4wt Winston BIIx
Favorite Reel: Lamson Guru
Favorite Fly: Yoosta-B Minimerger
Joe Johnson: Shop Guy/Assistant Guide
Joe is an avid fisherman and fly tier. He is in demand as a guest presenter at fly shop tying clinics and at the Denver Fly Fishing Show. He often out-fishes his adult fishing partners and ties flies with the best of 'em. He was a member of a youth team in the 2008 and 2012 America Cup International Fly Fishing competitions.
Favorite Water: Yampa River below Stagecoach Reservoir
Favorite Rod: Sage ZXL 8'6" 4wt
Favorite Reel: Ross Gunnison 2
Favorite Fly: Parachute Adams
Greg Harrington: Guide
Greg has guided on many Colorado waters as well as the Kvichak River in Alaska. He's a Colorado certified drift boat guide. He especially enjoys horseback trips to the high alpine lakes in RMNP.
Favorite Water: Madison River, Montana and the willow braids on the North St. Vrain in Wild Basin.
Favorite Rod: Winston BIIt 8'6" 4wt
Favorite Reel: Ross Evolution
Favorite Fly: Spotlight Emerger