Pro Team/Tying Demo's
PEAK Fishing
599 West 71st Street
Loveland, CO  80538
970-622-9601 (ph)
970-622-9602 (fax)

last updated 01/17/2018
PEAK Fishing's products can be seen in use by our talented, professional, and helpful Pro-Team.  This
group consists of fly tying instructors, demonstration tiers, guides, fly designers, shop owners and other fly
fishing professionals.  Catching up with our pro team members at one of their demonstrations or classes is a
great opportunity to see our products demonstrated, have your questions answered, and learn a lot about fly
tying.  It is also a good opportunity to get a first hand feel for the equipment.  If you'd like to request a
PEAK Fishing pro-team member make an appearance at your shop or event feel free to contact us at and we'll try to put you in touch with team members in your area.
Al Ritt
Colorado, USA
Al moved to Colorado in 1983 and began working for PEAK Fishing in 2009.  He also
owns and operates Al Ritt Flies with his wife Diana. In addition to PEAK Fishing's pro
team member, Al is a member of the
Whiting Farms, Flymen Fishing Company, Performance
Flies, Partridge Hooks, Semperfli and Loop USA pro staffs and is a fly designer for Montana
Fly Company.  He has written articles for Fly Fishing and Tying Journal, Fly Fusion, Fly
Tyer and Hatches Magazine and is the Fly Tying Field Editor for Fly Fusion.  Al authored
the book
25 Best Most Versatile Flies.  He has contributed to or is featured in Colorado
Trout Flies
by Todd Hosman, Modern Midges by Rick Takahashi and Jerry Hubka, A
Flyfishing Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park
by Steve Schweitzer, 100 Best Flies for
Montana Trout
and 100 Best Flies for Colorado Trout both by Thomas R Pero, Better Flies,
and The Master's Fly Box both by Dave Klausmeyer.  Al is a member of TU, a life
member of the FFI and the FFI Fly Tying Group.  He is a member of the FFI Fly Tying
Group Board of Governors and an FFI FTG Bronze and Silver Level Fly Tying Award
recipient.  To contact Al about a tying class, presentation, demonstration,  or hosted
destination fishing adventure visit his web site or e-mail
Vince Wilcox
New York, USA
contributing author and photographer to a variety of angling publications, including Fly
Tyer, Fly Fisherman and American Angler. Vince is a featured tier in
Colorado Trout Flies
by Todd Hosman (Streamside Press). He owns and operates
Wiley’s Flies in Rainbow
Lake, New York, in the famed Adirondack region. Vince has also lived and fished much of
the Rocky Mountains from New Mexico to the Yukon. Vince is a very successful, creative,
and imaginative fly designer and his patterns are available through Umpqua Feather
Merchants. He is very popular at his tying demos and has made appearances at many
national and international shows from the east coast to Colorado. He also makes
appearances at local shops and events. A knowledgeable fisherman, tier, guide, and
instructor, Vince's classes and guide services are currently available through his shop,
Wiley's Flies, in Rainbow Lake, New York.
Hunter Hoffler
Georgia, USA
Hunter is a member of the US Youth Fly-Fishing Team and the North Carolina Fly-Fishing
is also a member of the US men's team. He competes in approximately 25 competitions
annually. Hunter is the host of a new competitive fly-fishing television series called In The
Loop. The show chronicles Hunter's travels to various locations where he fishes with the
worlds best competitive anglers. In the Loop will air on multiple networks in 2013. Having
fished with some of the top anglers in the country and in the world Hunter has learned
from them and has become a well-rounded fisherman and fly tier as well as a successful
competitive angler. Besides fly-fishing Hunter has a passion for tying flies. In fact, he has
been tying for longer than he has been fishing.  Be sure to check out Hunter's website for
tying tutorials and blog entries at
Lincoln Gray
California, USA
Lincoln Gray has been fly fishing for 33 years. His passion for the sport began early, with
his father and brother on the renowned Rogue River is Southern Oregon. Lincoln's love of
fly fishing continues today as evidenced by the success and popularity of his Stillwater Fly
Fishing Adventures business that includes schools and guided trips. Lincoln lives in Chico,
Ca and has fished Lake Almanor for over 17 years. He is a well-known instructor, guide
and fly tier. Several of his Hex designs were featured in the Summer 2008 issue of
Fly Tyer
. Lincoln also works as a manager for Sierra Stream & Mountain, a company
that includes
Sierra Stream Fly Shop, Tie-Fast Tools and Jay Fair Eagle Fly Fishing.  In
addition to his affiliation with PEAK Fishing's pro-team, Lincoln also is a pro-staff
member of Ross Reels, TFO Fly Rods, Cortland Line Company and Jay Fair Eagle Fly
Fishing. If you wish to contact Lincoln you may e-mail him at
or To find out more about
Lincoln's own fly designs, classes, schools or guided trips visit his web site at
Casey Dunnigan
Colorado, USA
Casey moved to Colorado in 2007 where he was introduced to fly fishing by a friend. Some
tyers are just naturals and when you see Casey's flies we think you'll agree with us that he
is one of those natural talents. Casey moved to Colorado in 2007 and was introduced to fly
fishing by a friend. Significant influences on Casey's tying include Brian Yamauchi,
Charlie Craven, John Barr, and A.K. Best. Nobody can argue that Casey has learned from
the best. He spends over 100 days a year on Colorado's trout waters. Casey is very
entertaining and informative and is anxious to talk with you about tying and fly fishing
Colorado's rivers.
April Vokey
British Columbia, Canada
April lives in British Columbia and is a self-taught angler and steelhead, salmon and trout
guide. She was by the age of sixteen, when she was old enough to drive, devoting all her
free time to her local rivers. She is passionate about Spey casting to wild steelhead, the
environment and Atlantic Salmon fly-fishing. April is a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified
Casting Instructor and fly-fishing columnist. She is the West-Coast field editor for
Canadian Fly Fisher Magazine, the Canadian field editor for Chasing Silver Magazine and
the steelhead field editor for
Fly Fusion.  Her works and photos can also be found in
Salmon Trout Steelheader (STS), Field and Stream and several other international
magazines. She is the lead angler for
Fly Max Films where she travels across the world,
fly-fishing for every species of fish imaginable.

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Steve Schweitzer
Colorado, USA
Steve is a regular presenter and tyer at flyshops & clubs throughout the country. His
Tabou series of wet flies, particularly the Tabou Caddis Emerger, are favorite go-to flies
for local shops and guides. His designs include the Tabou Daddy, Steve’s Flimsy Damsel,
as VP of Sales and currently is on the Farm’s Board of Directors. He is co-founder of
. Steve recently launched, a website on fly fishing in
Rocky Mountain National Park. He is the creator of popular Whiting products such as the
Whiting Hackle Gauge, Bird Fur and Whiting’s Variety Pack. Steve is active in Trout
Unlimited having served as president of the Lee Wulff Chapter and treasurer of the Illinois
Council. Steve has authored articles for Angling Trade, Fly Fisherman, Trout, Wall Street
Journal Weekend Edition and other publications. Steve is an author & illustrator for
“Drag Free Drift – Presentation Techniques for Fly Fishing” and has patterns in books by
Chris Mann, John Shewey, The IFFF, Rick Takahashi and more. He has won world
competitions for his salmon fly tying skills and is a pro-team member for PEAK and
Whiting Farms.
Taila Oulton
Colorado, USA
Jerry Hubka
Colorado, USA
Jerry Hubka began fly fishing on the Frying Pan River in 1966. He attended Colorado
State University and majored in Art Education and earned a Masters Degree in Ceramic
Chemistry from the University of Northern Colorado. His 32-year career as an Art
Educator and Art Department Chairman at Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colorado
and his avocation as a studio potter only allowed for brief episodes of fly fishing on
Colorado Rivers. When he met longtime friend and accomplished angler Rick Takahashi,
Mountain West. Jerry lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife Joyce where he
continues to work in the visual arts as a logo designer and commercial artist through his
enjoys playing golf, pickleball, driving Porsches and traveling to US National Parks and to
Italy with his wife Joyce. Jerry has written his first book
Modern Midges, Tying and
Fishing the World’s Most Effective Pattern
with his fly fishing partner and co-author Rick
Takahashi. Jerry’s goal when writing
Modern Midges was to share his knowledge of midge
fishing with other fly fishermen.
Ron Thomas
Georgia, USA
Steve Gibson
Florida, USA
Air Force serving as an information specialist for the Consolidated Tactical Air Command
Office of Information and as the historian of the 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing at Eglin Air
Force Base near Valparaiso, FL. Gibson's writing and photo's have appeared in several
Saltwater Fly Fishing, The Fisherman, Cabela's Outdoor Magazine, Paddle World and
Florida Fishing Weekly.
He also served as host of Fishing Paradise on Sarasota's SNN6,
Suncoast Outdoors
on a local radio station and a two-day seminar series at Robarts Arena
in Sarasota called
Go Fish! Fishing Extravaganza. He is co-tournament director of the
Sarasota Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association's Fall Fly Fishing Challenge.  
Gibson has won many tournaments including the Fly Fishing Division of both the Sarasota
Sports Fishing Anglers and All-Release Tarpon and Spring Classic Tournaments, the
Sarasota CCA All-Release Photo Challenge (snook and spotted seatrout divisions), Fall
Fly Fishing Classic (trout division), the Fly Fishing Division of the Venice/Englewood CCA
No Motor Tournament and the Orvis Dealers Fly Fishing School Tournament.
Taila caught her first fish on a fly rod when she was three and has been in love with the art
ever since. She has been involved in many fly fishing activities. She attended the 2009
Colorado Trout Unlimited River Conservation and Fly fishing Youth Camp and in 2010
was invited back as one of two youth counselors. Taila has attended the Grand Valley
Angler and the Gunnison Gorge fly fishing expos and performed as a demonstration tyer
for as long as she can remember. For many years she has helped out at both shows in
has also taught a kids “All you need to know about fly fishing” class. Taila is an active
member in her local TU chapter and is involved in the Superfly fishing contest that her dad
started in 1989.  Taila is a member of the Whiting Pro team in addition to being on the pro
staff for Peak Vises and has done tying demonstrations as far away as Albuquerque, NM
often appearing in combination with her Father and/or Brother.
Mike Kruise
Colorado, USA
Joe Gablick
Pennsylvania, USA
Ron is a retired Postmaster which leaves him time for tying flies and fishing his creations.
He has fished the streams & rivers of north Georgia and North Carolina since childhood.
Ron started fly fishing in 1999 and guiding in 2006. He began tying flies in 2004 and has
been teaching fly tying since 2007.  Ron guides for Unicoi Outfitters (the premier fly
fishing outfitter in North Georgia) on the Chattahoochee and Soque Rivers and other
trout waters in the area. In addition he teaches fly tying at the shop, his church and other
Unlimited and volunteers with Fly Fishing for Vets and the Healing Waters program.  Ron
has tied flies commercially and currently sells his bugs known as “Nacoochee” flies in the
handcrafted custom fly boxes that he builds. Ron hosts a monthly fly tying session at the
shop in Helen, Ga. called “Tie 1 On” - focusing on beginners. Ron is a member of the
Simms “Ambassador” guide program and his goal in fly fishing and fly tying is to help
others to enjoy these activities as much as he does.  If Ron is know for one style of fly over
most others it would be tying and fishing soft hackle flies. If you are in the Atlanta area,
check out Unicoi Outfitters in Helen and Blue Ridge and see our schedule of events, you
may catch Ron behind the vice on Saturday morning at the shop if he's not guiding.
PEAK was very excited at the opportunity to welcome Joe Gablick to our pro team. Joe
has been tying flies for 35 years! He spent 10 of these years as a commercial tyer. His
classic salmon flies are featured on many websites and his Sir Richard is on the LAS
salmon fly poster along with 20 other masters of the classic salmon fly.

Joe is the owner of "The Contented Angler" in Lower Burrell, PA and being in the
business he can tie on any vise he wants. That's why we're very excited when Joe tells us he
has a $600.00 vise collecting dust and rust because he prefers his PEAK Vise. We're proud
to be able to say that with Joe's 35 years of experience and expertise he chooses a PEAK
Fishing fly tying vise.
Mike Kruise is co-owner of the Laughing Grizzly Fly Shop in Longmont, Colorado;
northern Colorado's most complete fly shop. Mike has fly fished all over the western US
and Alaska, and has extensive guiding experience on many Colorado waters as well as New
Mexico's San Juan River and the North Platte in Wyoming. He is an accomplished fly
designer and tyer, with several of his patterns featured in recent fly tying books. In
addition, he is an expert rod builder who has completed several cane rods as well as the
Joe Johnson
Colorado, USA
Joe is one of our younger pro-team members and has grown up on the front range of
Colorado's Rocky Mountains. He began tying flies and fishing at a very early age and has
fished extensively for trout and warm water species throughout the Rocky Mountain
Region as well as Alaska and even down to the tropics chasing saltwater species. Joe
currently works at the Laughing Grizzly Fly Shop in Longmont, Colorado and is one of a
select few commercial tiers supplying flies for the shop. His fly tying demonstrations have
been in high demand for several seasons. Joe is a tournament fly fisher and has
participated in the Americas Cup fly fishing competition in Vail.
Paul Bourcq
North Carolina, USA
Paul grew up fishing the spooky trout of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in North
Carolina. Paul learned from an early age how to catch fish with just a handful of flies and
unorthodox techniques. This adaptive “outside the box” style has been a crucial to his
success in competitive fly fishing. In 2009 Paul was invited to try out for the N.C. Fly
Fishing team. He made the team and quickly found success. Paul says "I attribute
competition experience, hard work, lateral thinking, and rock solid gear to my success as a
competition fly fisherman. I have used Peak vises for years. They can stand the abuse of
cross country travel and marathon tying nights pre-competition. The last thing you need
with a win on the line is gear failure. At this level it is small adjustments that make you
better than the guy next to you. I am always asking questions and watching other anglers
to be receptive to successful ideas. I feel I can never learn enough, and want to be better
enjoys instruction as much as fishing. He guides and teaches casting at Rivers Edge
Outfitters in Cherokee, North Carolina as well as the Highland Hiker in Highlands North
Carolina. A true fishing junkie, most of his days off are spent chasing fish. Between
guiding and competition, Paul averages 150+ days a year on the water.
Tyler accepted PEAK's invitation to join the pro-team at age 15. He has been fly fishing
since he was old enough to go along in a child backpack and started fly casting and fly
tying at the age three. He landed his first fly caught trout shortly thereafter. He is a
member of the Ross, Scientific Anglers, Simms, PEAK Fishing, Eumer, Dr Slick and
Whiting Farms pro teams. Tyler is Umpqua Feather Merchant's youngest signature fly
designer. Hobie Kayaks appointed him their Youth Fishing Ambassador and he was
honored to be a member of the 2012/2013 USA Youth Fly Fishing Team. He presents many
fly fishing programs at numerous shows nationwide. Feature articles about Tyler have
appeared in most major fly fishing and fly tying magazines in the US and internationally.
He has fished the Rocky Mountain region extensively for trout and warmwater species. His
fly fishing travels in search of some of the best fly fishing are extensive and include Japan
for Yamame, Iwanna and Japanese sea bass. Tyler has authored two book
A Kids Guide to
Fly Tying
and A Kid’s Guide to Fly Fishing. He recently completed a kids fly fishing
instructional DVD. He holds I.G.F.A. Junior World Records for sheefish and kokanee.
Other interests include hunting, competitive swimming, piano, photography and drawing.
This dynamic angler lives in Midland, MI with his mom, dad and three younger sisters.
Jerry Darkes
Ohio, USA
with over 4 decades of fresh and saltwater fly fishing experience. Jerry was the first fly
fishing only guide on Ohio’s Lake Erie tributaries, helped pioneer many of the fly patterns
and techniques used today and is recognized as an expert on Great Lakes steelhead and
warm water fly fishing. He is a member of the PEAK Fishing, Scott Fly Rod and Scientific
Anglers Pro Staffs. Jerry has authored numerous articles in various publications including
Fly Fish America, Midwest Fly Fishing, American Angler, Fly Tyer, Southwest Fly Fishing
Eastern Fly Fishing. He contributed a short story published in the book Friends on the
by Val Atkinson. Darkes has been featured in several books and video/DVD
productions about Great Lakes fly fishing. He is a well known fly tyer and has created a
series of guide pattern instructional fly tying DVDs focused on Great Lakes steelhead and
gamefish. Jerry gives many programs and demonstrations throughout the region and has
appeared in several television shows including Trout Unlimited TV and Outdoors Ohio.  
Jerry has been married for 30 years and has two daughters.
Pat Cohen
New York, USA
Pat lives in upstate New York where there is an abundance of warm water streams, lakes
and farm ponds to fish. Here Pat explains hi love of fly fishing and philosophy of fly
design and production. "I was always a terrible fisherman with traditional casting gear. I
have been a fly fisherman since 2008. Since then I have caught more fish then I can count.
I have been tying flies since January of 2009. Fly fishing and tying have become an
essential part of my life. I specialize in deer hair bass bugs, but I tie everything from
streamers to nymphs. The artistic freedom that fly tying offers is what drew me to it. All of
my flies are meant to be fished. To me, there is nothing like watching a 5 pound
largemouth bass, or an 18 inch smallmouth come jumping through the water to crush a
top water bug thrown next to a fallen tree. Bass bugs to me compare to dry flies for trout.  
Every bit of hair, feather, weed guard and shape of the bug have a purpose. The final
product is a fish catching fly and a tiny sculpture all in one. As a working artist, I try to
add an artistic flair to all of my fly creations. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy
creating them. Follow me on my blog site"
Johan Nygren
Katrineholn, Sweden
Johan is from Sweden and has been fly fishing and tying for over 30 years. Though
Swededn offers excellent fly fishing waters, Johan prefer to wet his flies in other regions,
his favorite being Russia's Kola Peninsula. Johan has been guiding the Kola since 2005.  
He finds the Russian trout is the perfect prey; big, beautiful, strong and temperamental,
and it lives in one of the last untouched wilderness areas in Europe. As a fly tier Johan's
goal is to create simple and versatile fishing flies. He feels it’s more important to give the
fish an impression of something edible than to count legs. This does not hinder Johan the
artist from tying more detailed flies as well. Fly tying is a part of Johan's fly fishing
lifestyle and almost as fun as fishing...almost.  He also is a photographer and writer, with
several articles and photos published in Swedish fly fishing magazines. As a lecturer he
informs others of the fishing on the Kola Peninsula, in Iceland or Argentina and the flies
he uses so successfully there. In his blog, Johan shows readers his flies and other,
hopefully, interesting information. To read what's going on with Johan visit
Keith Passant
Wiltshire, UK
Keith has been fishing for 50 years and fly-fishing for 30. He started, as many of us, with a
jam jar and net chasing minnows and sticklebacks. He then moved on to warm-water fish
(in the UK called coarse fish). The fly-fishing bug hit hard in the early 80’s, followed
closely by attempts at tying flies on a vice made from an old lawn mower part. That is
when Keith decided he needed help! After a search of fly-fishing magazines he joined a
local branch of the Fly Dressers Guild. Keith still ties regularly with some of that group's
original members, one of whom taught Keith's first class. Now Keith is the fishing
specialist for The Orvis Store in Burford in the Cotswolds. He has built the shop's tying
material inventory and enjoys introducing people to the art or craft (you choose) of tying
Casting for Recovery and has tied 24 hours non-stop on three occasions (twice at
The British Fly Fair International) to raise funds for the cause.  He enjoys tying just about
any kind of fly for fish from salmon to trout, grayling, saltwater and coarse fish. Keith's
fishing these days is still varied and his idea is that if it has fins then maybe they will take a
fly and he is willing to give them the opportunity. Just as he is willing to share the
opportunity to see a demonstration or take a class. Contact him and ask for details
Brian Wise is a fly fishing guide in extreme southern Missouri. His mainstays are the wild
rainbow trout and large predatory brown trout of the north fork of the White River, but
he is also a self-proclaimed smallmouth junky and loves the seasonal striper fishing as
well. Priding himself on his teaching abilities and flat-out big fish catching karma, Brian
has quickly made his way among the top guides in the Midwest. He has guided for over a
Fisherman, Field and Stream, Rural Missouri Magazine, on television shows such as NBC’s
Today Show, Outdoor Channel’s Ultimate Outdoors, several appearances on Outdoor
Channel Outfitters as well as several promo videos. He was a 2007 qualifier for the coveted
Best of the West distance casting competition and won the Bennett Springs distance
casting competition with a whopping cast of 106 feet. When Brian isn’t guiding he is
fishing with his six and eight-year old boys. He also enjoys making fly fishing and fly tying
videos. Check out the
On-Line Videos page of PEAK Fishing's web site for a long list
of links to Brian's excellent fly tying videos.
Mike Legge
Newfoundland, Canada
Mike is from the East Coast of Newfoundland, Canada. After a childhood spent fishing for
rod. Since that time fishing for Atlantic Salmon on many of the Provinces renowned rivers
has been Mike's passion. He has been tying flies since 2008, his favorite patterns being
Mike is from the East Coast of Newfoundland, Canada. After a childhood spent fishing for
hair-wing Atlantic salmon flies and spun-body deer hair dry flies for atlantics. He also ties
nymph and caddis patterns for early spring sea-run brown trout. Mike is a certified casting
instructor through the Federation of Fly Fishers, a member of the Simms Guide
Ambassador Program, and a guide in the Provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador. He is
a volunteer with Project Healing Waters, and a board member of the Salmonid
Association of Eastern Newfoundland. If you are interested in Atlantic Salmon Fishing in
Newfoundland or Atlantic Salmon Flies, Mike can be reached at
Dan Despres
New Brunswick, Canada
Born in Quebec, Dan now resides in New Brunswick Canada where he fishes for Atlantic
salmon on the Miramichi River. What started Dan tying? The creative and artistic aspect
of fly tying fills the long winter months for Dan, leaving him to ponder about what fly
design might entice the fish of a lifetime. Dan loves teaching the art to beginners and finds
it quite fulfilling to see them progress as tiers. Dan is pursuing his FFF (Federation of Fly
Fishers) casting instructor certification which he hopes to completed soon. Dan is very
accomplished and ties wonderful Atlantic salmon flies, commonly considered the pinnacle
of the art of tying. PEAK Fishing is very fortunate to have Dan on our pro team.
Jason Haddix
Colorado, USA
Jason is originally a native of Illinois now living in Wellington, Colorado. Jason took up
fly fishing and tying at a young age. Since his early beginnings he has become an
accomplished demonstration tyer, commercial tyer and guide. Along the way several great
companies have been fortunate enough to include Jason as a member of their pro-teams.  
These include Rite Bobbins, Daiichi Hooks and of course Peak Fishing. Jason will
probably be tying or talking about his favorite carp, bass or trout flies for the local waters.
Take some time to stop by Elkhorn Fly Rod and Reel in Loveland, Colorado and visit
him, he'll be happy to help you. Or you can talk with Jason at any of his many tying
Shane Buckner
North Carolina, USA
Shane was born and raised in the mountains of western North Carolina. He has been
fishing the streams in this region for over 30 years. He loves stalking everything from the
small wild fish in the Smokies to the bigger fish that cruise the South Holston River in east
Tennessee. His true passion is casting to tailing redfish in the low country of South
Carolina. He loves teaching fly tying to beginners and to those wanting to learn the old
Smoky Mountain flies.
Kevin Branch
New Brunswick, Canada
Kevin was born in New Brunswick, Canada where he resides in Oromocto. His target
species of fish are Brook Trout and Atlantic Salmon Trout, which he fishes from the banks
of the Miramichi river, and tucked away brooks throughout northern N.B. He began tying
only for a few years but has gained popularity in the tying and angling community with his
unique style of hairwing salmon flies. Kevin is the designer of the first annual Atlantic
Salmon Federation Fly in 2013. He is always eager to teach and talk anything fly tying and
you can
Jake Ruthven
Colorado, USA
Jake Ruthven is a Colorado Native that lives for every aspect of the outdoors. Whether it
be fly fishing, duck hunting, hiking or anything else, Jake wouldn’t know what to do
without the great outdoors. He began tying flies around the age of eight, and shortly after
taught himself how to fly fish on his neighborhood bass pond. After some instruction from
some of the top people in the industry, Jake began to take his tying and fishing to the next
level, and is now enjoying participating in various Expos and Shows, as well as guiding fly
fishing trips. His home water is the Poudre River in Fort Collins, where he learned the art
of targeting trout. W welcome Jake to the Peak Team and we look forward to seeing where
he will end up in the fly fishing community.
Mariano Kriebel
Costa Rica
Mariano currently lives in Costa Rica, where he was born. He has over 20 years of fly
fishing experience in both fresh and saltwater. He is an accomplished tier, commercial tier
and fly fishing guide. Mariano actively promotes the sport of fly fishing in Costa Rica
through seminars, fly tying demonstrations and casting instruction. His experience tying
flies goes from tiny trout flies to huge billfish and marlin flies. Local guide trips he
organizes include fly fishing for a wide variety of local species, among them tarpon, snook,
tuna, roosterfish, trout, machaca, and others. He enjoys constantly working on new fly
patterns and trying out new materials that come on the market. Currently his main goal is
to bring new people to the sport and explore the wide variety of fly fishing opportunities
Costa Rica has to offer.
Ted Pace
Quebec, Canada
Ted lives in Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia just outside of Halifax. His love for angling
started at a very early age fishing from his Grandfather’s boats for Mackerel and on local
rivers where they would cut alder branches to fish for brook trout. Those are Ted’s earliest
memories of fishing. During high school he worked in the oil camps of Alberta and British
Columbia and fished nearby rivers and streams for Pacific salmon, rainbow trout, and
Dollies. Upon returning to Nova Scotia Ted fished for bass, pickerel, brook trout,
rainbows and any other species he could locate. Ted met his wife 6 years ago. Following
their marriage they honeymooned in Alaska. After that trip he began kayak fishing and
became involved with CKA (Canadian Kayak Anglers), which began a new adventure. Ted
is now affiliated with Team eXstream, a local group that promotes fishing, kayaking and
aquaculture. Team eXtream are active videographers posting videos on Youtube and
Facebook. Ted is a member of the Gaspe Fly Company, Hardy Fishing and Pure Fishing
pro teams. He is the Owner/Operator of TKF (Ted’s Kustom Flies). He is heavily involved
with local tying groups and fly fishing shops in his area and often can be found
demonstrating, educating and encouraging local anglers and fly tiers.
Brian Wise
Missouri, USA
Tyler Befus
Michigan, USA
Chris Lynch
Vermont, USA
Chris is originally from the suburbs of New York and moved to Vermont for college in
1995. The Green Mountains have been his home ever since. In 2004 Chris co-founded the
Green Mountain Troutfitters fly shop & guide service in Jeffersonville, VT. He has kept
the business on a successful path by filling gaps and capitalizing on industry trends. Green
Mountain Troutfitters sells 100% locally-tied flies at their shop and on their website
. Chris is the founder of one of the largest youth fly fishing camps in the
country, Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camps, This highly in-demand camp
fills almost a year in advance and has hosted kids from all over the world! In 2010, Chris
co-founded a non-profit, catch-photo-release fly fishing tournament on Lake Champlain
called the Ditch Pickle Classic, The Pickle is one of the largest
events of it's kind with anglers coming from all over New England and beyond to take
part. All proceeds are donated to local charities and/or conservation initiatives. Chris is no
stranger to fisheries conservation, having spearheaded several projects to enhance and/or
restore vegetative riparian zones along Vermont's rivers and streams. If not on the water,
you can find Chris twisting up flies just about any day of the week at Green Mountain
Troutfitters. Swing in and say hey!
Steve Stanley
Vermont, USA
Steve (Bubba) Stanley started fly fishing 20 years ago and began tying not long after. He
spent a summer exploring the waters of the Connecticut Lakes region of Northern NH
while working for Lopstick Lodge. It was during his time in NH that Steve developed the
Stanley’s Waker Maker, featured in David Klausmeyer’s book
Guide Flies. Steve got his
start in the industry working as a guide at Tikchik Narrows Lodge in SW Alaska where he
spent 3 years chasing large leopard rainbows. He returned to Vermont and began guiding
for Green Mountain Troutfitters. Steve and Chris Lynch (manager of Green Mountain
Troutfitters) work together to produce tying videos and to fill the shop’s bins with locally
tied flies. Along with guiding and tying for GMT, Steve is head counselor for Green
Mountain Fly Fishing Camp where the staff works at inspiring campers to engage in
activities promoting a deeper understanding and connection with the outdoors, our
aquatic resources, and ultimately, themselves! To learn more about Steve’s guiding and
flies visit For more information on Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camp visit
. Steve's Instagram tag is @sstanley907 or use hash tags #gmtvt and #gmffc . You
can find his Youtube tying videos under Green Mountain Troutfitters. He can be contacted
him directly at
Captain Esteban Gutierrez
Florida, USA
Captain Esteban “Blackbeard” Gutierrez is a Navy veteran who separated from the service
in 2008. Since then he has fished the Caribbean, North, Central, and South America. In
the military he was able to fish prime spots in the South Pacific and Caribbean fueling his
passion for the sport that has been Esteban’s obsession since growing up in Costa Rica. He
is now Owner/Director of Blackbeard Group, LLC an International Marketing
Consultancy specializing in the fishing industry. He is also a charter captain guiding in
Southwest Florida and Costa Rica. As a member of the Southwest Florida Kayak Anglers
Association and Coordinator of the Southwest Florida Heroes on the Water Chapter, he is
in charge of organizing special events and fishing adventures. The Florida Wildlife
Federation recognized him as the 2016 Francis S Taylor Outdoorsman of the Year. Though
Esteban’s area of expertise is the Americas, he fishes the World over participating in
marketing and TV promotions, tournaments, and trade shows. Capt. Esteban helps
manage two fishing operations in Costa Rica. His passion and knowledge have allowed
him to bring his clients face to face with the fish of their dreams. Capt. Esteban’s goal is to
promote conservation and grow as an angler by sharing his love for travel, cultures,
conservation, and of course… fishing.
Mike Stewart
Connecticut, United States
saltwater. This allows for opportunities to fish in many of the most beautiful places in and
out of the US. Most of his fishing has been in New England, New York, Arkansas, and
Florida with outings to the Rocky Mountain states, New Brunswick, Alaska, and Chile.
Mike has been tying since 1982 and is self-taught. Through opportunities offered by the
Connecticut Fly Fishermen’s Association, he further refined his techniques to become a
demonstration tier, commercial tier, and ultimately a fly tying instructor; his bit to pass on
the art to the next generation. Mike teaches fly tying out of his home in North Granby, CT
and throughout New England and New York. He is also very active with the Fly Fishers
Tying Board of Governors (currently the Secretary and Life Member), President of the FFI
Foundation Trustees and past president of the FFI North Eastern Council. Mike is also a
member of the CFFA (life member), United Fly Tyers, Catskill Fly Tyers Guild, Catskill Fly
Fishing Center and Museum, and Trout Unlimited. While he ties all types of flies, Mike
especially enjoys classic wet flies. They are visually appealing, keep a part of our fly fishing
heritage alive and sure do still catch fish.
Ruben Martin
Patagonia, Argentina
I started fishing with my father at 4 years old with live bait and spinning gear. At 8, before
I began fly fishing, I became interested in the art of building flies, and self taught myself.
Later I was lucky to find a great master in the art of tying flies, Carlos Govino, and Carlos
was an exceptional instructor. Fishing is a philosophy for me and I've always remained in
touch with it's essence. Thus the spirit of my fly tying is always to catch fish. Over time I
gathered scientific knowledge based on fish behavior and their habitat. I molded this into
concepts that slowly shaped my work. Currently I operate from a simple concept: develop
the best flies to fool fish. This may seem obvious, but it means design elements must work
in an ornamental sense without sacrificing aspects that would make our decoy become a
"small sculpture" beautiful, complex and admirable ... but useless for fishing. I use any
materials that allow me to achieve my goal; whether traditional or alternative, synthetic or
natural, an exotic feather or scrap of plastic. A fish may take a fly as food, in irritation or
transparency, reflectivity and light refraction. We are clumsy imitators in search of
unattainable perfection, which is precisely the magic to trick a fish with a lure. See Ruben's
videos at or contact him here
Bob Blystone
Pennsylvania, United States
Chris Mortier
Ontario, Canada
Trace Hilt
New York, USA
Jason Newell