Born in 1969 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado and raised in Arvada my family goes back 5 generations on the Front Range. My grandfather, Arthur Ohanian, began taking me fishing when I was 6 years old. After our first trip to fish for channel catfish on the North Platte near Lake McConaughy in Nebraska, I was hooked. My grandfather introduced me to fly fishing at age 7, fishing the Little Michigan in North Park and moving on to the Big Thompson, Poudre and St. Vrain as I got older. Like so many anglers my grandfather is solely responsible for my introduction to fly fishing and then feeding my angling appetite at an early age.
Soon after getting my drivers license I began exploring Bear Creek and the South Platte. It wasn't long before I was driving across the Western United States. After graduating from Arvada West High School in 1987 I spent a brief time learning to row white water boats on the North Platte near the Colorado, Wyoming border and on to the Salmon River in Idaho, training with Jim Temple and the guides of Ways West Adventures. Unfortunately the season was an extreme low water year and nearly all of the trips canceled, cutting my white water career short. I decided I had better go to college, my criteria included close year round fly fishing and a rugby team, Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado seemed to be the best fit.
After fishing nearly every day on the Animas, San Juan, Dolores and the numerous mountain creeks I accepted a guide position with Jerry Freeman, owner of Anasazi Angler Guide Service. I worked for Jerry for 5 seasons, guiding mostly on the San Juan. In need of a little variety I then went to work for Duranglers Flies and Supplies, guiding the Juan as well as the Piedra, Animas, Rio Grande, Dolores, Lime and Cascade creeks. 6 seasons working for Duranglers was enough and I needed to expand my profession and control my own destiny, in 1998 I purchased Anasazi Angler.
During my 25 years as a fly fishing guide, outfitter and business owner I have had the good fortune to fish throughout the Western United States, Gulf Coast of Florida and Texas, Mexican Yucatan, Belize and the Bay Islands of Honduras. The highlight of my angling travel has been time spent in the Patagonia region of Chile with my closest friends and fellow guides at the Rio Azul Lodge. I am currently the Vice President of the San Juan River Guides Association and continue to guide new clients and old friends, some of whom I have been working with for over 20 years.