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

last updated 02/09/2016
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
Al has been interested in tying flies since childhood, he took his first formal tying class in 1983.  He is
currently guides in Rocky Mountain National Park and on several private waters in Northern Colorado.  In
addition to PEAK Fishing's pro team member, Al is a member of the
Whiting Farms, Flymen Fishing
Company, Performance Flies, Pro Sportfisher, Daiichi Hooks, Clear Cure Goo 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
25 Best Most Versatile Flies.  He has contributed to or is featured in Colorado Trout Flies by Todd
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
both by Thomas R Pero, Better Flies, Faster and The Master's Fly Box both by Dave Klausmeyer.  
Al is a member of TU, a life member of the IFFF and the IFFF Fly Tying Group.  He is a member of the
IFFF Fly Tying Group Board of Governors and an IFFF FTG Bronze Level Fly Tying Award recipient.  To
contact Al about a tying class, presentation or demo visit his web site or e-mail
    Al's Scheduled Appearances
Vince Wilcox - New York
PEAK Fishing is fortunate to have enjoyed a long relationship with Vince.  Vince is a 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 Adirondacks.  
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
FeatherMerchants. He is very popular at his tying demos and has made appearances at many national and
international shows from the east coast to Colorado.  Vince also makes appearances at local shops and
events.  He is a knowledgeable fisherman, tier, guide, and instructor.  Currently Vince's classes and guide
services are available through his shop, Wiley's Flies, in Rainbow Lake, New York.
Vince's Scheduled Appearances
Hunter Hoffler - Georgia
fly-fishing team and the North Carolina fly-fishing team.  He won the individual gold medal in the youth
nationals in 2011.  Currently Hunter is also a member of both the US mens team and the US youth fly
fishing 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
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Lincoln Gray - California
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
in the Summer 2008 issue of Fly Tyer Magazine.  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
    Lincoln's Scheduled Appearances
Casey Dunnigan - Colorado
2008, but he has quickly become very accomplished.  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.
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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, she was devoting all of her free time to her local
rivers.  She is passionate about Spey casting to wild steelhead, the environment and tying 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
The 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

See April's web site and more details on her trips, seminars, classes and workshops by visiting
    April's Scheduled Appearances
  • April is constantly on the go.  The best way to keep up to date on her appearances and activities is to visit her web site
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Steve Schweitzer - Colorado
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: Tabou Daddy, Steve’s Flimsy Damsel, and Spun-Bunny Muddler.  Steve has a long association with
Whiting Farms having served as VP of Sales and currently on the Farm’s Board of Directors and is a co-
founder of  His Hyper-Compleat Guide to Tying Leaders on has
surpassed 1/4 million downloads and is the most comprehensive guide on tying leaders available.  He
recently launched
flyfishingrmnp a comprehensive website on fly fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park.  
Steve 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 appearing in Angling Trade, Fly Fisherman,
Trout, Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition and other publications.  Steve is a contributing author &
illustrator for “Drag Free Drift – Presentation Techniques for Fly Fishing” and has patterns in books by
Chris Mann, John Shewey, FFF Masters, Rick Takahashi and others.  He has won world competitions with
his salmon fly tying skills and is a Pro-Team member for PEAK and Whiting Farms.
    Steve's Scheduled Appearances
  • Steve's business and activities keep him constantly on the go, keep up with his schedule on the Flyfishing RMNP web site
Jeff Hatton - Colorado
Jeff, affectionately known as "The Gnome", is the owner/proprietor of Gnomish Rod Works.  GRW began
creating "One-of-a-kind pieces of Usable Angling Art" in 2000.  "To understand what I do, one needs to
know how I got here.  My father instilled a great love for the outdoors when I was very young.  That love
translated to a deep seated love of fly fishing; all aspects, all species.  This love has lead me down a long
strange float along the banks of fly fishing history; eventually finding myself at two wonderful bends in the
river; around the first bend was tying flies and just around the second were bamboo rods.  From that time
forward, I learned as much as possible about these magnificent rods and flies."  At age 10 Jeff began tying
flies and eventually worked for renowned tyer AK Best.  Jeff received his first bamboo rod at age 13.  Now
Jeff is an established bamboo rod maker, author, and fly fishing historian.  Jeff has put together the worlds
largest and most comprehensive travelling rod museum.  The museum includes over 100 rods dating from
the 1700's to the 1960's.  A few of the many makers represented are Phinn, Armstrong, Murphy, Krider,
H.L.Leonard, Conroy, Varney, Burtis, Merrill, KOSMIC, Edward Vom Hofe, Landman, Divine, Heddon,
South Bend and Granger.  To contact Jeff about having a rod built, or any other fly fishing matter e-mail him
at or visit the cane rod builders page on
    Jeff's Scheduled Appearances
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Taila Oulton - Colorado
Jerry Hubka - Colorado
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, he
began tying, designing and fishing midges and traveling to tail waters all over the Rocky 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 company, Tailwater Media Productions. Since his
retirement from Education, he also 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.
    Jerry's Scheduled Appearances
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Ron Thomas - Georgia
Steve Gibson - Florida
Steve Gibson has been fishing for 45 years, nearly 35 of those years in Florida.  He earned a B.A. in The
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 publications, including
Florida Sportsman, Gulf
Coast Angler
, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, 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 S
NN6, 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 All-Release
Tarpon and Spring Classic Tournaments,  Sarasota CCA All-Release Photo Challenge (snook and spotted
seatrout divisions) and Fall Fly Fishing Classic (trout division), and the Fly Fishing Division of the
Venice/Englewood CCA No Motor Tournament and the Orvis Dealers Fly Fishing School Tournament.
    Steve's Scheduled Appearances
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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.  She
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
teaching the kids how to cast and tie flies, and she in turn, has learned from them. She has also taught a kids
“all you need to know about fly fishing” class.  She 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.
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Mike Kruise - Colorado
Joe Gablick - Pennsylvania
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
locations in the area.  He serves as Youth Coordinator for the Foothills chapter of Trout 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.  In
On” which focuses on involving newcomers to the sport.  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.
    Ron's Scheduled Appearances
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PEAK is very excited 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 a 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.
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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 on 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 in addition to the
many graphite rods he has built and taught others to build.
    Mike's Scheduled Appearances
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Joe Johnson - Colorado
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 in the tropics
chasing saltwater species.  Joe currently works at the Laughing Grizzly Fly Shop in Longmont and is one of
the 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.
    Joe's Scheduled Appearances
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Paul Bourcq - North Carolina
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. Paul made the team and quickly found success. The NC
team ( is currently the top ranked regional team. 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 its 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
tomorrow than I am today." Paul is an avid single hand and double hand caster and enjoys instruction as
much as fishing. Paul guides and teaches casting at Rivers Edge Outfitters in Cherokee, North Carolina as
well as the Highland Hiker in Highlands North Carolina.  As a true fishing junkie, most of his days off
means chasing fish. Between guiding and competition, Paul averages 150+ days a year on the water.
    Paul's Scheduled Appearances
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Allen grew up fishing and honing his skills on Brodhead Creek. His first fly rod experience was at age 13.
He learned by watching and fishing with Don Baylor, Ernie Schwiebert and other fine fly fisherman over the
years. Allen began tying in earnest around that same time as he realized he preferred to catch fish on his
own flies. Allen ties many fly styles and enjoys the challenge each presents. Styles Allen is known for are
Catskill style flies, classic streamers, wet flies, spey flies and classic atlantic salmon flies both hair wings
and married wings. Allen's horizons expanded as he got older and he now regularly fishes on numerous
streams in CT, NY, PA and NJ  including limestoners such as the Saucon, Little Lehigh, Letort, Penns
Creek and Fishing Creek; notable freestone streams such as the Beaverkill, Willowemoc, Brodhead Creek,
Big Bushkill and the great tail waters of the East and West Branch of the Delaware and the Farmington
River. He regularly fishes the Great Lakes region for big steelhead, lake run browns and salmon. Allen is a
member of Brodheads Chapter TU , Catskill Fly Tiers Guild, is a member of the Flymen Fishing Co pro
team and is included in Darren MacEachern's Streamer 365 project and book. He enjoys teaching the art of
fly tying and has conducted classes at numerous fly shops and Trout Unlimited meetings. In addition he is an
avid demonstration tyer and has appeared an many of the major east coast fly fishing shows.
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Sherry Steele - Oregon
Sherry is president of the Oregon Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers and chairperson for the NW Fly
Fishing & Fly Tying Expo in Albany, OR which is held annually the 2nd weekend in March.  Sherry uses her
organizational and computer skills developed from over 30 years in the electronics/computer industry to
help the FFF Oregon Council and FFF National reach their goals.  She received the Oregon Council 2010
Federator of the year award, The FFF National 2010 Oregon Award of Excellence and
Central Oregon
Flyfishers Special Recognition Award for encouraging fly tying & fly fishing in and beyond Central Oregon.  
Sherry lives in Sisters, OR and has been fly fishing and tying for 9 years.  She has been a demonstration
tyer at many western states conclaves.  She teaches fly tying at Central Oregon clubs, Central Oregon
Community works and teaches tying at the
Fly-Fishers Place in Sisters, OR.  In 2009 Sherry started The
Central Oregon Fly Tyers Guild, a new FFF Charter club, which specializes in tying Classic Salmon flies and
raisers.  Sherry is now serving on the
FFF National Board of Directors and is on the FFF Fly Tyers Group
Board of Governors.  E-mail Sherry at or phone 541-549-2072(H) 541-420-5532 (C).
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Tyler is 15 years old and has been fly fishing since he was old enough to go along in a child backpack. He
started fly casting and fly tying at the age of three and landed his first fly caught trout shortly thereafter. He
is a member of the Ross, Scientific Anglers, Simms Fishing Products, Peak Fishing, Eumer, Dr. Slick and
Whiting Farms pro teams. Tyler is the youngest Signature Fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants.
Hobie Kayaks appointed him as their Youth Fishing Ambassador and he is honored to be a member of the
2012/2013 USA Youth Fly Fishing Team. He frequently presents fly fishing programs at numerous fly
fishing and sportsmen’s 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 have taken him across the US in search
of some of the best fly fishing as well as 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” and recently completed
a kids fly fishing instructional DVD. He holds I.G.F.A. Junior World Records for sheefish and kokanee
salmon. His other interests include hunting, competitive swimming, piano, photography and drawing. This
young dynamic angler lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his mom, dad and three younger sisters.
  • Tyler keeps a very very busy schedule, to see his upcoming activites check the calendar on his web site
    Tyler's Scheduled Appearances
Jerry Darkes - Ohio
Jerry Darkes is a fly tackle sales rep, instructor/guide and writer based in northern Ohio 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
Ohio Outdoors, Warmwater Fly Fishing, Saltwater Fly Fishing, Wild Steelhead and
, Fly Fish America, Midwest Fly Fishing, American Angler, Fly Tyer, Southwest Fly Fishing and
Eastern Fly Fishing.   He contributed a short story published in the book Friends on the Water 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.
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Tim Ivey - Georgia
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Tim Ivey has been tying flies for over twenty five years. He spends approximately one hundred days a year
variety of species, his primary passion is tying patterns to target warm water sigh such as large and
smallmouth bass, bluegill and carp.  Tim is a member of the Peak Fishing, Whiting Farms and Flymen
Fishing Company pro teams.  He participates in various fly tying demonstrations throughout the year for
organizations such as The Federation of Fly Fishers and Trout Unlimited.  Tim also appears regularly at
shop events including The Little River Outfitters Winter Fly Tying Event and Unicoi Outdoor Adventure
Day in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.  His mission in participating being
to help familiarize youth with fishing and the outdoors.  Tim has had his commercial fly tying business, Tim's
Fly Tying, for approximately five years and his flies are available through the web-site
Pat Cohen - New York
A note about Pat, while he hasn't been tying a long time, his flies are truly works of art and he has been won
multiple awards in's annual Fly Tyer of the Year Contest!

Pat lives in upstate New York where there is an abundance of warm water streams, lakes and farm ponds to
fish:  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
    Pat's Scheduled Appearances
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Johan Nygren - Katrineholn, Sweden
offers excellent fly fishing waters, Johan prefer to wet his flies in other countries, his favorite is 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
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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, then on to warm-water fish (called coarse fish in the UK).  The fly-fishing
bug hit hard in the early 80’s, followed very 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 (following some employment “restructuring”) Keith
works as the fishing specialist for the Orvis store in Burford in the Cotswolds, UK.  He has built the shop's
tying material inventory and enjoys introducing people to the great art or craft (you choose) and to that end
ties at just about any place they will have him!  Keith has a passion for the charity
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 give you the opportunity to
see a demonstration or take a class with him!  Why not contact him and ask for details
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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 decade and has been featured in print such as Southern Living Magazine, Outdoor
Life, Fly 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 video.
Allen Landheer - Pennsylvania
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Caleb VanWagner - Colorado
Caleb is a native of rural Colorado. The outdoors played a central role in forging his fly fishing passion.  He
began fly fishing and tying after watching a fly fisherman in action.  Caleb was mesmerized by the dance of
the angler and the loop of line that followed his every move.  Eventually the angler's fly gently settled on the
water’s surface and a slight twitch enticed an eager cutthroat to strike.  The mosquito pattern disappeared
below the emerald surface of the water and Caleb, as well as the cutthroat, was hooked.  Caleb has now
been fly fishing and tying for nearly 20 years.  His passion is tying huge streamers and crayfish - then
fishing them.  Caleb says he relies on his PEAK vise to tie these super-sized creations.  Caleb spends about
180 days a year on the water.  He started the nation's first official fly tying club (Buggers, Bugs and Brews)
held at a micro-brewery and the club has been acknowledged in the Beer Drinkers Guide to Colorado.  
BB&B's success in turn gave rise to other clubs in the area and Caleb is happy for the opportunity to
individual and team tournaments in Granby and Meeker Colorado, was the second person to break the
100ft distance at the Teva Mountain Games and has qualified for Team USA.  He studied Fishery and
Aquatic Science at CSU.  In nearly every aspect of his life, fly fishing and tying has had an influence.
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Mike Legge - Newfoundland, Canada
Mike from the East Coast of Newfoundland, Canada.  After a childhood spent fishing for speckled trout
near his home town of Heart's Content, at age 16 he picked up my first fly 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 hair-wing Atlantic Salmon Flies as well 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 local 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 interested in Atlantic Salmon Fishing in Newfoundland or Atlantic Salmon Flies, Mike can be reached at
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Dan Despres - New Brunswick
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.
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Jason Haddix - Colorado
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
can be found Sundays at Angler's Roost in Ft. Collins, CO where he works part time.  He will probably be
tying or talking about his favorite carp, bass or trout flies for the local waters. Take some time to stop by
the shop and visit him, he'll be happy to help you.  Or you can talk with Jason at any of his tying events
listed below.
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Shane Buckner - North Carolina
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.
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Kevin Branch - New Brunswick, Canada
Trout and Atlantic Salmon which he fishes from the banks of the Miramichi river and tucked away brooks
through out 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
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Jake Ruthven - Colorado
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
Jake join the Peak Team and we look forward to seeing where he will end up in the fly fishing community.
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Mariano Kriebel - Costa Rica
Mariano currently lives in Costa Rica, where he was born.

He has over 20 years of fly fishing experience, both in fresh and saltwater.
He is an accomplished tier, commercial tier and fly fishing guide, actively promoting 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 other exotic species, and 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.
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Ted Pace - Quebec, Canada
Ted lives in Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia. Just outside of Halifax. His love for fishing started at a very
early age fishing from his Grandfather’s boats for Mackerel and 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 where he fished nearby rivers and streams for
multiple species of 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 spent their honeymoon 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). Ted is heavily involved with local tying groups and fly fishing shops in his area and often can be
demonstrating, educating and encouraging local anglers and fly tiers.
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