About Us



  • 2006 Orvis Fly Fishing Guide of the Year
  • 2012 Finalist Orvis Fly Fishing Guide of the Year
  • 2014 Finalist Orvis Fly Fishing Guide of the Year
  • 2017 Finalist Orvis Fly Fishingn Gudie of the Year

Doc started High Country Anglers in 1995 thinking he could make a living as a fly fishing guide in New Mexico.  Thousands of guide trips later he is still alive and guiding.  Doc worked many summers at the Philmont Scout Ranch in the 1980s and early 1990s then moved to New Mexico after graduating from the University of Missouri.   He started HCA based on his passion for fly fishing, trout, and New Mexico; all with customer service.

Doc’s patience, calm demeanor, fun nature and professionalism are reasons he has many returning customers to fly fish in New Mexico.  He loves to boost the learning curve, share new tricks with “old dogs” and expand fly fishing horizons.   It is often the experience and the journey of fishing that leads to the most memorable days.  As Doc says; “All guides love to fish, but I also love to guide.”

Doc is the longest operating Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide in New Mexico and is an Orvis Fly Tier-Designer.  He has been honored as the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide of the Year and Orvis Fly Tier of the Year.  He's been a finalist for the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide of the Year in 2012, 2014 and 2017.  Doc presents seminars on fly fishing, fly selection and other programs to fly shops and fly fishing clubs throughout the country.  Doc currently serves as President of the local Enchanted Circle Trout Unlimited and is Program Lead for Project Healing Waters Fly Fising Taos, NM