Steven Calaway Brown
Steve is a Colorado native living in Telluride, CO. Steve has been fly-fishing most of his life and guiding for the past ten years in Southwestern Colorado. He guides three-day float trips in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River, and wade trips on the Dolores, San Miguel, and many others. Several journeys through Central America during off seasons led him to the Bay islands of Honduras, saltwater fly-fishing. He found expansive flats empty of any other fishers, yet full of fish: permit, bonefish, tarpon, and more. He first explored Utila, then Roatan, and finally Guanaja–the crown jewel of them all. Guanaja was always hard to get to, until it all came together. Steve’s dreams of starting a small, sustainable fly-fishing lodge came to fruition in Spring of 2008. Scott Duncan caught wind of his idea and contacted Steve about getting it started. Scott had a connection to a potential lodge on Guanaja, and knew how to get there. All they needed was a few boats, and some clients. 10 years of guiding in Colorado gifted Steve with top-shelf clients/friends who are now experiencing the dream in Guanaja.
Steve also earned a Masters in English at Colorado State University. He created and taught a few writing courses at Colorado College:
- River-related Literature and Writing through Fly-fishing, Boating, and Back-packing Summers of 2003-2006
- Reading and Writing Rivers and Oceans of Honduras: River and ocean-related literature through salt-water fly-fishing, sailing, snorkeling, and sea-kayaking. Summer of 2007
Here are links to a few of Steve’s short stories:
An interesting article on ESPN.COM featuring Steve here
Scott’s native waters are Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean. Scott spent his childhood out fishing with his brother John catching just about every kind of Pacific Coastal fish in the water. Reeling in large salmon at age 4 was definitely a highlight. After graduating from Whitman College in the wheat fields of Eastern Washington Scott returned to the ocean and took up Sea Kayaking. During a solo expedition kayaking from Washington to Alaska he spent 7 days wind bound on a tiny rock island in the remote wilderness of British Colombia. Watching supplies dwindle as the storm continued unrelenting, Scott learned to catch fish purely as a food source. The primitive survival instincts inside of you really come out strong when your hungry and a long long way from civilization and you feel a pull on your line, you just want to catch that fish.
In 2004 Scott and his wife Pamela began making a habit out of visiting a friend’s vacation home on Guanaja Island, one of the bay islands of Honduras. Seeing large flats and a lot of tails the fly-fishing potential was immediately evident. Scott had previously teased up brook trout in Montana on dry flies and spent many cold winter days casting for steelhead in Olympic Peninsula rivers. His first encounter with a bonefish on the end of the line was a bit of a surprise that lasted all of about 3 seconds. Bite… Bite… Wham!.. Tippet broken… Try again… What a rush when he figured out to let them run. The other tails he was seeing turned out to be permit. Even better! Anyone want to start a fly-fishing lodge? Well…
For many years, Scott’s brother John had been pursuing a career as a professional fly-fisherman. John now owns Telluride Outside, one of Colorado’s premier fly-fishing outfitters. His top guide just happened to be Steven Brown, who’s personal dream was to start a lodge on Guanaja Island. Steve was ready to go for it and Scott had the connections and know-how for getting things done in Guanaja. John made the introduction and the match just worked, perfect timing!
“Yeah-boy” says Pablo as another bonefish rips out your line, into the backing. Pablo is our ace in the hole. Nobody knows the fishing on Guanaja like Pablo. The fish fear his name. Pablo is a true man of the sea and navigates our boats safely through the dark–by mountains, and stars. Pablo is not afraid to wake up at 4 am to get us going and on the flats by sunrise–giving himself time to tie a few flies while we drink coffee.
Deron’s genuine character, integrity, and knowledge of the sea make him seem much older than 23 years old. An old soul, with a child sense of humor, Deron is a true pleasure to be around. He has a great knack for spotting fish on the flats, sometimes because he’s climbed up a mountain, or a tree. Also, if anything ever goes wrong with a motor–just sit back, relax, and watch Deron save the day.
With the eyes of an eagle, and the charm of saint, Edwin is the future star of our company. He is 18 years old and has already guided several of us into prize bonefish. Edwin comes from the village of North East Bight, population 25. Fishing is the way of life and Edwin has his eyes on the flats everyday. Pure life, pure smile.