Nate and Will Blanchard meet
on the banks of the Animas River in
1990 or 91. It was a long time ago.
They fished extensively for days on
end on the local waters as well as
the remote locations of Mexico and
Belize. They also explored the wilds
of British Columbia for weeks on end
in search of world-class steelhead.
is one of the "fishiest guys" you'll
come across and has an uncanny
way of passing that along to his
Nate knows all the waters of the
region like the back of his hand.
He grew up in Mancos Colorado,
25 minutes to the west of Durango,
were he spent his childhood chasing
trout on the small creeks.
began his guide career
at Duranglers Flies and Supplies
as the shop manager. He then branched
out with Will in 2000 and helped
start two independent guide services, Animas
Valley Anglers and his own project
gettrout.com. Nate took a break
from guiding, but not fishing,
and started a successful construction
the water and guiding Nate is back
in the picture and the AVA crew
is excited to have him in the mix.