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Colorado Waters Fished: Rifle Gap Reservoir

Brandon Zanier

A Colorado native, Brandon was born with a fishing rod in his hand. He started his journey on family trips to Blue Mesa and Flaming Gorge mostly targeting Kokanee Salmon and Mackinaw. His grandpa was a bar owner and chef who was able to turn any catch into an amazing meal.

In 2007 Brandon’s family moved to a small town in Idaho. His family built a home right beside Cascade Reservoir. After cutting a lot of grass and selling many lemonades, he was able to buy his first fishing boat; a modest 12ft Plastic Sun Dolphin with a 15hp Evinrude. This boat was a dream come true! It kept him on the water the entire summer catching piles of Perch, Bass, and Sunfish. At a young age Brandon learned how to run a small boat on big water and has perfected his craft ever since.

After moving back to Colorado he went to Fort Lewis College to play football. In between class and sports he would fish Navajo Reservoir every chance he had. Where he dialed in how to target Northern Pike, Bass, Crappie, Salmon, and Trout. He eventually graduated with a business economics degree and started working in property management. This is when Brandon took his fishing career to the next level and learned some of western Colorado’s premier fishing lakes. He was hooked and linked up with Apex Sport Fishing to begin his full-time guiding career. Brandon now runs a 2002 Lund Fisherman with plenty of room for up to four clients.

You can now find Brandon on the water sun up to sun down, and let’s face it all through the night chasing that next trophy. He shares his passion and lifetime of fishing secrets with his clients ONE-FISH-AT-TIME.

Connor Foy

Like most guides, Connor has been absolutely passionate about all things fishing since before he could remember. Growing up in Chicago that passion was sparked at a young age fishing with his dad and brothers. It started at the local neighborhood ponds and evolved rapidly from there. As he got older the passion grew stronger and he started exploring bigger bodies of water with his friends, he would routinely spend days on end fishing for an individual fish he had spotted earlier in the season. Nowadays he calls Colorado home but he has spent time all over the country and has been blessed with the opportunity to fish for almost everything that swims. From Tarpon in Florida to Muskie in Michigan, he loves it all. He spends most of his time in western Colorado guiding for Northern Pike and Lake Trout but loves to target Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and Brown Trout almost as much. Over the years he has logged thousands of hours on his home waters and perfected his approach. He loves casting, trolling, jigging and fly fishing. He believes there is no better feeling than helping a youngster catch their first or biggest fish!

Colorado Waters Fished: Rifle Gap Reservoir