Guide Staff

Brian Spilman

has been guiding with us for more than a decade.  A native New Mexican, he was raised working in the outdoors and is a legendary bow hunter. He takes summers off from his construction business in Albuquerque to work for us.  He does what it takes to catch fish—be it long hours or long hikes--and with confident smile won from pleasing thousand of clients.

Christoph Engle

guides almost a hundred trips a year and fishes nearly a hundred more.  His precise manner leaves little to chance when teaching and guiding. He finds the best fishing for the conditions at hand. He custom fits his clients to the fishing that is right for them. When he sets out in the morning we know that if where there are fish to be caught C.E. will find ‘em.

Derek Gordon

was born in the Africa bush (ask him to tell you the baboon story).  And being raised amongst the forest creatures he has a highly instinctive presence outdoors. In winter he is a professional ski instructor and has been teaching people athletic maneuvers for decades.  This background, along with his mature and patient disposition, makes him great with beginning fly fishers.

Ron Sedall

is a native New Mexican and works for us full time--in the shop when he is not guiding. A graduate with honors from our guides school he has demonstrated a great instinctive ability for finding-and catching trout. Although we had to pry the rod from his hot hands we have successfully harnessed his talents towards teaching our clients how to fish Nor style. Ron specialty is hiking into the canyon in search of big trout. His passion and dedication to the sport of fly fishing is something we do not see much of anymore and it is a joy to be around.

Emily Roley

Emily hails from Tennessee where she learned to fly fish as a teenager and spent her youth hiking and fishing her way through the Appalachian mountains. In 2014 she decided that she wanted to take her passion to the next level and persue fly fishing as a full time career. She found an ad for Taylor Streit\'s guide school online and reached out. Taylor Streit writes, \"When Emily called me about attending my guide’s school she asked a lot of questions. She then did a lot of homework and made a bold—but informed--decision to move to Taos. I was relieved that she had great fishing skills! She has made being the junior girl an asset. For she is not shy about quizzing fishing info from our string of great guides—and even the fisherman she meets in the shop every day. Then when she is guiding she can make the bold—but informed-- decisions that elevate really good guides above the average. Hey and she’s a female. Prettier than the other guides and like I say in Instinctive Fly Fishing—her ego is not all bound up into being top rod.\" 

Chris Cantrell

is now in his 4th season guiding at Taos Fly Shop. Prior to joining our staff Chris worked as an archaeologist for the Park Service for 8 years in the Rocky Mountains and Southwest. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the cultural and natural resources of the area paired with his skills a fly fisherman and guide make for an unforgettable day on the water. When New Chris isn’t working in the shop or guiding he can be found hiking deep into the backcountry searching for new water or chasing the elusive freshwater golden bonefish, aka...carp.

Tom Harper

If you ask Tom why he moved to Taos to become a fly fishing guide after practicing law in Scottsdale, Arizona for 40 years, one of the reasons he will give you is that the only thing he loves as much as catching fish on a fly is seeing the satisfaction and feeling the excitement of someone who he has helped do it. He has hunted and fished all of his life and began fly fishing 25 years ago. Since then, a curiosity about the sport became a passion that pulled him relentlessly away from Phoenix to his discovery and recent move to Taos to become a fly fishing guide. He has fished all over the Rocky Mountains as well as Argentina, Mexico and the Florida keys. He is an IFFF Master Casting Instructor and has taught semester long fly fishing courses at Scottsdale Community College as well as numerous private and group lessons, clinics and workshops at all skill levels. Tom is always excited about introducing people to the sport of fly fishing as well as helping them improve their skills, and increasing their enjoyment and satisfaction of the sport. He especially loves the beauty and excitement of hiking to back country fishing locations.