Brandon is one of the most enthusiastic anglers I've ever met and has recently joined Team CFB to help with our flyfishing classes as well as everyday shop work. An avid tyer, Brandon is as at home behind the vise as well as the oars. He's the tall, blond Adonis looking guy when you come in, so keep an eye out and don't let him off easy.
I'm Charlie Craven, the guy on the sign. I got started in this business as a commercial tyer when I was twelve years old. I have tied flies for most of the shops in the Metro area during that time. I guided on the South Platte and other area waters for about twelve years or so, then moved on to help open and run a fly shop in Boulder. Well, eventually, it was time to move on and finally do what you see here: Open my own shop. I love this business and can't imagine not being a part of it. I am truly lucky to have realized my lifetime dream, and I thank my lucky stars everyday. I have had the opportunity to meet and get to know people from all walks of life, with the common thread being fly fishing and tying. These are my kind of people! I have always loved trout fishing and go out every chance I get. My favorite rivers vary from season to season, but include the South Platte, the Colorado and the Eagle among others. My partner, Ross, and I have done a fair amount of saltwater fishing and I find it truly challenging and addictive. We've been to Belize, Mexico and the Florida Keys several times and plan on continuing this tradition as time allows. I have three great kids, Charlie (17), Julie (14), and Jack (11). They spend a fair amount of time with me here in the shop, so they're no strangers to the fly shop life! We live right here in Arvada and are all native Coloradoans.
"Cookie" as we like to call him, has been with us since about June of this year and has been a great asset to us here at the shop. Dave is a North Platte River expert as well as an experienced guide and shop guy. Dave spent the early part of his career in France learning to craft "artisan" breads and pastries. Dave has a deep love for salsa dancing and can be found on any given Saturday night merengue-ing his way across the dance floor at a variety of local dives. Dave was also an astronaut, puppy doctor and international diplomat before joining our team, and loves to hear stories about when you were a kid or the old wooden rod your grandad had. Come visit with Dave the next time you're in!
Jay joined us here at the shop this past winter and has quickly become our go to guy for warm water and carp as well as small stream fishing info. Jay has worked in a bunch of other fly shops over the years before we called him up to the big leagues and he has done a spectacular job here at CFB. Jay has written a couple of books now and is working on his third and is also an Umpqua Feather Merchants Signature Tyer with many awesome patterns to his credit. Jay is a big blogger which is kind of surprising since he can't hardly spell, but we credit his own personal smart chick, Erin Block, with the editing. Before coming into the flyfishing industry, Jay wore many hats, among them, U.S. Army paratrooper, then branched out and joined the submarine force for a brief stint before he had to move on after discovering that he couldn't bring mushrooms on the sub. Later, he went on to join the Air Force where he learned to fly the very transport that he had initially parachuted from! Jay has also had some part time work as a stand in for the biker guy in the Village People, small engine repair specialist, professional clam digger, short order fry cook, concrete worker, moose hunting guide all while moonlighting as a male escort. The man has skillz!
A few of you have met Jack, our little helper here in the shop. He loves to help at the register and is actually getting pretty good at ringing out sales. He's six years old, going on about 22 and is one of the coolest kids you'll ever meet. Come by and say Hi to Jack the next time you're in...but be careful, he may talk you into buying a piece of his latest artwork, or chew your ear off about his last fishing trip. Of course, he might just completely ignore you, but hey, he's six!
Ross is our VP, and spends his days at Qwest as a database administrator, which makes him a perfect candidate for the role of IT Guy and Director of All Things with a Cord here in the store. Ross and I have been friends for nearly twenty years now and we have fished all over the mountain west and many saltwater destinations in that time. Ross is an incredibly technical guy with a great way of breaking things down and getting to the point, which comes in handy here in the shop as well as out on the water. My wife says he must also be very patient to spend as much time with me as he has...I don't know what she's talking about.
Come chat with Ross the next time you're in, he works on Saturdays for the most part because, hey, he's got a real job too!