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    Biography Hans van Klinken
    by Glenn C. Smith

    Hans van Klinken retired from the army in April 2012. After a 35 year career, Hans left his position as Commander of the Royal Dutch Army Gunnery School. His retirement hours are consumed with fly fishing, fly tying, workshops, classes, lectures, writing, photography, and when he does find some spare time available, he continues his work as an outdoor journalist.

    Hans van Klinken was born in 1956 in Eindhoven in the Netherlands. As an inquisitive child, he began bait angling at the age of six in a nearby lowland brook called River Dommel. Then,
    The river was abundant with fish and was known for a respectable population of brown trout
    too.

    Hans remembers his first experience with fly fishing around the age of 15 while in Norway. He immediately fell in love with the unbridled beauty of the Northern Regions. He continued to regularly travel to Scandinavia to spend the summer holidays well into the late nineteen-nineties. Scandinavia offered a vast array of river systems and lakes that allowed Hans to hone his fly fishing skills. His first venture into fly-tying occurred in 1976. Within three or four years he was creating his own designs. His preference for parachutes, led him to develop several unusual patterns and tying techniques.

    Hans admits that he was an absolute fanatic dry fly purist until the early nineteen eighties. However, in 1984 he began to recognize the value of other types of flies such as , nymphs, streamers ,and emergers. Unlike most noted European fly-fishers, Hans' first salmon and sea trout were being caught on dry flies.

    Hans still ranks his greatest outdoor experience as one that occurred in 1975. On his last and longest student holiday , almost four months, he survived in the wilderness of Northern Lapland. He learned firsthand what it was like to survive in the forest and on the tundra. His mentor and teacher was an elderly Lap who mostly communicated with his hands and feet.

    By the age 20 having possessed the desire and energy for travelling, Hans had seen and experienced large portions of the wilderness of northern Scandinavia. His travels included Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Russia and Finland. Here, his dry fly fishing landed him char, trout, grayling, pike, perch, whitefish, sea trout, arctic char, grilse and salmon. He fished places like Tjuonajokk. He travelled to Spitsbergen (Svalbard), spent some time on the Lofoten and visited Leningrad.

    After nearly a decade (1971-1981) of exclusively fly fishing in Scandinavia, Hans also began traveling to other European countries such as Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Austria and Switzerland.

    When he related his success with his series of large dry fly patterns and techniques, he was generally met with skepticism from the "experienced" and noted fly fisherman. Maybe it was his youthful age of 20. Undaunted, Hans stayed on his chosen path and sought out those fisherman and friends with similar thoughts and ideas. His success with the large series of patterns he had developed in Scandinavia would prove to be enduring.

    In 1981 Hans’ married Ina and the army relocated them to the north of Germany. Now, living in even closer proximity to Scandinavia, more time on the water was possible for him. Fly-fishing became his lifelong obsession here. In 1982, for small groups of individuals who loved to fish in Scandinavia, Hans’ conducted his first private workshops in Bremen and Hamburg. His job in the army allowed for a good deal of "down time" which in turn allowed him to visit and fish in Scandinavia waters between six and ten times a year. This was a perfect situation for building up a fly fishing experience that would reach unprecedented dimensions.

    In 1986 the Army took Hans back to Holland with a job that still permitted him to pursue his passion. He had little fly fishing experience in Holland and not many Dutch people knew much about him because he had spend so many years abroad. That began to change when he joined the general meeting of the Dutch Fly Fishing Association at a time when they were seeking new staff members. Hans joined as a member of the editorial staff of the Dutch Fly fishing magazine, and remained there for fifteen years. In addition, in 1986 he became the Dutch-area secretary of the Grayling Society in Holland. And he remains there today.

    Hans also began to give more lectures, tying demonstrations and workshops. The year 1986 was a very memorable time in his fly fishing career. He was able to visit England, Wales and Scotland again where his Klinkhåmer and Leadhead became proven successes. The Klinkhåmer Special's first real success occurred in the UK on the Welsh Dee where he fished with Ian Small. The stories of his unimaginable success a beautiful stretch of the River Dee began to spread faster than a wildfire.

    Hans is also well know for providing an excellent non-profit guiding service, mainly for worldwide friends and sponsors in Scandinavia. Today, he and Ina frequently travels to Canada where he spend his long summer holidays. This allows him to test new patterns on Atlantic salmon, Pacific salmon, steelhead, different char species, shad, inconnu, whitefish, pike, grayling, trout, and small mouth bass. In his spare time he organizes some workshops and classes for flyfishing novices up to seasoned veterans. He enjoys sharing his knowledge about fly-fishing and fly-tying, and is particularly skilled in the taking of Atlantic
    salmon and grayling on dry flies. Hans' favourite patterns are parachutes, emergers and realistic nymphs.

    Hans van Klinken's best-known patterns are the large L.T series, developed in Norway in the early eighties. This includes the Klinkhåmer Special and the ParaPoly Sedge, the Leadheaded grayling bugs, the Caseless Caddis series, the Remerger series, his Flymph series, the Para-poly sedges, the Baetis nymph and dun. In addition is the Once and Away series, the Ugly Bugs, the Bondal series and the Culard series. Less well known are his personal productive series of salmon patterns, of which many are dries.

    Finally, Hans supports and sponsors wildlife and environmental projects close to his heart. He is noted for donating to charity all of his proceeds from auctions of his flies, and his appearance fees from “commercial” workshops and classes for charity reasons. Since 1986 Hans has returned thousands of dollars to different charitable projects and wildlife organizations.


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Brent Dawson

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    Business Name: (Warpath Flys)
    Website: Warpathflys.com
    Number of days fished last year: I fish so damn many days I am shocked my sexy wife hasn't booted my ass to the curb and cast divorce papers at me.
    Favorite fishing location: My ultimate best location so far that is coolest for me is outer Mongolia by far. The culture and landscape will drop you to your knees and the fish are raptors on crack and the best organic high that can be imagined.
    Favorite fly and why: My favorite fly is my own Patriot american flag fly as it represents my unique American pride, culture, and creativeness.
    What Willy J products do you wear: I like to use the whole Willie J product line as it fits my fishing style and the performance is beyond my expectations. Hey it is not often that a man like myself can put months on a pair of waders and still have them NOT leak. I have slid down the nastiest rocks of Mongolia and caught the most brutal rusted barbed wire in my waders and packs by Willie J and nothing but surface scratches.
    What is one item you never head to the river without?: I would never head to the river without my willie J pack as it holds my goodies that get me through very tough times when out on the water
    Favorite music to take along: If I go anywhere fishing the best music for me is hard rock like the group "Distubed" as it reflects me and my ADHD personality. You could say I like a rabid ferret on crack and it helps me chase and rip lips better for sure.
    Your most memorable day of fishing: most memorable fishing day was with buddies Mikey Wier and Jeff Currier in Outer Mongolia when we all caught giant Taimen together in the most remote killer canyon system.
    Facts Fishing is the next best thing next to sex for sure and getting that epic grab from a big trophy fish is the most killer rush for mind and body. Either way to each of these points is WOW!
    Catch you are most proud of: My most proud catch is my wife Shonna and the second would be my Mako shark I landed with my buddy Capatain Conway Bowman.
    Other hobbies: My other hobbies are fly tying, teaching fly tying and fishing, sky diving, and bowling with my wife.


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Lance Egan

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    Lance Egan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has been fly fishing since age 12.  He now lives in Lehi, Utah with his wife Autumn and son Mikey where he is minutes away from many lakes and streams that Lance considers his “home waters”.

    Lance has made a career of fly fishing and is currently employed at Cabelas in Lehi, Utah.

    Lance comes from a family of non-anglers, yet fish have intrigued him since he was too young to talk.  Lance's parents claim to have caused his “fish frenzy”.  When he was a baby, and not sleeping through the night, Lance's parents would prop him up in front of a large fish tank where he would abruptly stop crying and watch the fish until falling back to sleep.

    Now Lance is a completely obsessed angler.

    When Lance earned his drivers' license, he was off fishing every chance he could get.  He would fish before work, after work, after school and on all days off.  Currently, Lance fishes an average of 150 days per year, and never gets tired of wetting a line.


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Collin Carlson

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    Business Name: Finpusher
    Website: Finpusher.com
    Number of days fished last year: 150+
    Favorite fishing location: Where the fish are biting and the people aren't.
    Favorite fly and why: Hard to choose...Overall, you can't beat a Joes Hopper. I guess because you can drop just about anything off the back of him, he is easy to see with that big chute on top, and he rides low, which makes for a nice girthy profile that fish can see on either side of my drift lane (this turns alot of lookers into takers). Mainly though it's because nothing gets me going like the sound a big Cutthroat makes slowly slurping one down. Gotta let the nose dip before you strip it in deep though. I lost several my rookie season jumping the gun or maybe it was because I kept leaving my medication home?
    What Willy J products do you wear: How much time do you have? Let's start from the ground up.: Ok, W20 boots, size 12, Dry-Namic waders, or pants depending on location. It seems like lately I have been in the Exodus pack quite a bit because I tend to bring the sink. I also rock the Mag-Series, Current for small streams and as a secondary on long trips. But my go to bag would have to be the Old School Satchel. It accommodates my standard load of 5 boxes, two lenses, 3 beers, lunch, and a rain jacket as well as the rest of my streamside accoutrement. Nippers, hemostats, flask, mosquito annoyer (they work!), a rain jacket, and I pack it all in a Willy J Wader Bag.
    What one item would you never head to the river without: Sun glasses.
    Favorite music to take along: I have a few million songs downloaded to my "head drive" that I pull up and whistle while I cast to risers. But more often than not I just listen to the local soundtrack.
    Your most memorable day fishing: A good freind and I were lucky enough to be first on the water opening day at a local stream which had been closed for the previous 15 years. We fished for an hour catching only fingerlings and just as we began to grow frustrated I saw a mighty wake! We put our special opps game faces on and army crawled the grassy meadow tossing hoppers at three to seven pound cutts and rainbows until the sun dipped. Those images remain vivid in my mind. Now fifteen years later it is still one of my top five days on the water.
    Facts (fishing or non-fishing): 95% of all food is made from corn. I know it's random but I thought you should know.
    Catch you're most proud of: When I was 11 years old I caught a pheasant with my bare hands. I was pretty impressed with myself.
    Other hobbies: Skiing, photography (still and motion), moto (street and dirt), hunting (mainly wing shooting), writing, reloading, tying flies, painting, and I made half of my half acre lot a garden because I love to cultivate.


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Andrew Cummings

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    Name: Capt. R. Andrew Cummings
    Website: www.outercapewaterman.com
    Number of days fished last year: Depends on my mood....  I may say, “too many” or I may say, “not nearly enough”.
    Favorite fishing location: Location Z, in a pinch Location Y will do.
    Favorite fly and why: The “Meat Fly”, everything eats it - it’ll save the day.
    What Willy J products do you use:  Mag series Surge on the flats, Conduit on the boat, Terrestrial for overseas and the packable WJ Rain Jacket everyday.
    What one item would you never head to the river without: My gum, a bandana and a rod with a reel and line is always good.  My rain jacket.  I guess that’s four items....
    Favorite music to take along: As a rule nothing with over two (maybe three) chords. Basically: Garage, Punk and real Rock-a-Billy.
    Your most memorable day fishing: Again, depends on my mood when asked.  I guess all good days on the water are memorable, same goes for the REALLY BAD ones - I learn something everyday on the water, the day I don’t learn something - I’ll hang it up (I don’t see that happening).
    A few days of note:  
    Guiding to my first bluefin landed on fly 19 miles off-shore in a 17 foot flats skiff.  
    Landing my 9th IGFA (guided) World Record fly-caught striped bass in the midst of aggressive feeding grey seals.  
    An afternoon on a  random atoll in the middle of nowhere (near the equator), on the front-side of a vicious squall cell - literally, a bonefish every cast (even with the hook cut at the shank), of course - I was alone, which makes it all that much better.
    Swacking sunnies with some incredibly talented fly anglers on urban waters surrounding Boston in the 80s, which forged life-long friendships and led me on my twisted path.
    Facts (fishing or non-fishing): I’ll take an East wind any day over a high pressure North West.  You’ve got to “feed” fish to catch them.  Appreciate everything, all the time.  Talkers are no good doers.
    Catch you're most proud of: My guided World Records and every fish that I’ve had to work for.
    Other hobbies:  Puttering around the gardens.  Photography, reading.  I Black bass fish a lot.


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Lucas Carroll

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    Website:  www.lucascarrollphotography.com

    Number of days fished last year:  100+

    Favorite fishing location:  A small brookie stream in Northern NY that is miles from anything man made, and filled with hungry native trout.  

    Favorite fly and why:  Any midge fly #22 or smaller, because they catch fish and they are very easy to tie.  

    What Willy J products do you wear:  Surge fanny, RT pants, Exodus pack, and Rain Jacket(just in case).  

    What one item would you never head to the river without:  My camera and macro lens.  

    Favorite music to take along:  On the drive… anything with a good jam, speed of the jam and volume depends on the time of day and how much sleep I go the night before.  On the water… nothing.  

    Your most memorable day fishing: The day my daughter reeled in her first trout… she was 2 and _ at the time.  

    Catch you’re most proud of:  Every picky trout that I’ve spent more than 15 minutes on.  Every fresh steelhead I’ve landed.  

    Other hobbies:  Guitar, Rock Climbing, Hunting, and Writing.


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Scott Donaghe

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    Scott is a native San Diegan who grew up fishing the local beaches, bays, lakes and creeks in the San Diego region. He has been fly fishing for anything that swims for over 20 years and has more than 10 years experience as a saltwater fly fisher and fly tier. He spends many days each year guiding clients along Southern California's beaches with Solis on the Salt (http://solisonthesalt.com) and also enjoys spending several weeks in Baja every year catching, photographing and writing about the fish in Baja’s Pacific surf and the Sea of Cortez. Scott is also a freelance writer and photographer (http://scottdonaghe.com) with articles and images published in California Fly Fisher and Southwest Fly Fishing Magazines.


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Matt Guymon

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    Website: http: //freestonephotography.weebly.com/
    Number of days fished last year: 150-200
    Favorite fishing location: I always enjoy the local water but, my favorite places to fish are back in the woods on small streams chasing wild fish on big dries. I also love good streamer water where you can hunt the mighty Brown Trout.
    Favorite fly and why: I think it changes weekly, right? If I had to pick it would probably be a good rockworm. Whether its highwater or low it never fails to rock a solid fish and, you can usually get away with a #14-16 that always helps with a strong jaw. Although I would still need a solid sculpin pattern for those cutbanks.
    What Willy J products do you wear: The “dry-namics” are my favorite wader out there, a full year and no leaks that’s a good wader. On a day trip I pack all my gear into the “ Exodus ” and go for it. The pack rides like a dream, and holds a full trip of goods plus a camera. The flask is always fun but, the mitten clamps and nippers are a must.
    What one item would you never head to the river without: a good attitude.
    Favorite music to take along: Drive by Truckers on the way there and Hank on the way back. Something along those lines or maybe some old school Metallica.
    Your most memorable day fishing: So many come to mind a lot are a blur but, this last summer I had a great day on the water with my wife. We were chasing some small healthy Cutties with hoppers and, she dropped the perfect cast right into this grassy bank. Instantly a big 18” Brown wacked the hopper and went leaping in the air several times. A big fish for the water it sure topped an epic day of good company and hard hitting Cutties. That’s the one that sticks out in the memory today.
    Facts (fishing or non-fishing):  Beer is Gooooood
    Catch you're most proud of: A few years ago I chased this bruiser of a brown for a good 3 months thru this 4 mile stretch of water. We’d get a good look at each other now and then but it never worked out. Early fall the weather was perfect and a hand tied fly of mine tricked this brute out for playtime. He destroyed a 6” sculpin in olive and fought to the very end breaking the net. This was a great ending to a long summer of waiting.
    Other hobbies: I am a singer & songwriter and love play’n in a band, photography, and fly tying. I also love to hunt my patterdale terrier for fox, racooon, and other nasties. I also dig growing a big garden.


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Corey Kruitbosch

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    Business Name: i9 Studios
    Website: Fly Fishing - http://www.western-fly-fishing.info Website Design - http://www.i9studios.com Game Development - http://www.hivemind.com
    Number of days fished last year: 60+
    Favorite fishing location: The places you can't talk about .. That are passed from friend to friend.
    Favorite fly and why: Circus Peanut! Rainy's Grand Hopper and a Adams Irresistible is a nice double combo. Did I say Circus Peanut.
    What Willy J products do you wear: Exodus pack! This pack rocks... It is the most comfortable pack I have ever owned. You can hike and fish for 10 hours and not notice it.
    What one item would you never head to the river without: Sun glasses ... Safety first!
    Favorite music to take along: Depends on the mood ... Ween, Dead Meadow, Sparklehorse, Sabbath, Zeppelin, Hank III, Eek-A-Mouse .. Whatever is playin'.
    Your most memorable day fishing: The summer family fishing trips to Wyoming and the few days I had fishing with both my father and grandfather. Miles and miles of pristine cutthroat water.
    Catch you're most proud of: Grayling on the Big Hole. Snake River Cutties on small streams in Wyoming. Makos in SD. Almost every time I go out I have a catch that is special, but what is really meaningful are the people you fish with!
    Other hobbies: Photography (of course) :)


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Kai Echardt

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    Website: http: //mountainguestranch.com

    Number of days fished last year: 200+
    Favorite fishing location: living in and on the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies, I have 600 miles of the best trout-streams imaginable in a 50 miles radius of our Resort, yes I know ,..poor me and life is hard and unfair,…but I do have favourites that I do not guide on, and the one where I get my Zen the most would have to be “Frenchmanns Creek” ( local speak for..”never you mind where I was fishing today”) think of a stream going for miles with nothing but 10 story high canyon walls, waterfalls, all encased in old growth forest complete with moss banks and a healthy cutthroat population averaging around 16’’ that simply do not see flies for weeks at a time..and yes, occasionally you get the feeling that there should be goblins and fairies.
    Favorite fly and why: depending on the month and the water, Klinkhammers, high-top-emergers, Stuie’s, #16 -22,… being a self-admitted snob, I like things that float,….
    What Willy J products do you wear: guiding throughout the year The “dry-namics” are my favorite wader out there, the quality is unsurpassed. Guiding, I can load everything we need for the full day with several clients from boxes to lunches to hammocks and their “odds and ends”  into my “ Exodus ” and enjoy the way the load simply disappears once it is on me, to the shock of many a client who didn’t believe me or in Willy J. I wouldn’t know what to do without the mitten clamps and nippers.
    What one item would you never head to the river without: and open mind and eagerness to learn
    Favorite music to take along: the sounds the waters make is all the tunes I need
    Your most memorable day fishing: yesterday
    Facts (fishing or non-fishing):  life is short, try and enjoy each day to the fullest extent
    Catch you're most proud of: the current girlfriend, as for fishing,…being teased by a 24+ wild rainbow for the better part of a season in 08’ by having him continuously nose my flies and move them out of the way of his naturals and then merrily continue to feed and ignore me , who finally fell to a # 22 Stuie in the fall.
    Other hobbies: Is there time left when you take fishing out of the equation,..??


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Devin Olsen

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    Name: Devin Olsen   
    Business Name: Wish I had one, then I wouldn’t be slaving away behind the books.
    Website: http://community.webshots.com/user/dolsen211
    Number of days fished last year: 115-120
    Favorite fishing location: Constantly on the lookout for a new one. My favorite ones tend to be in the backcountry where a little work often pays big dividends. I also have become addicted to British loch style lake fishing so some of my newest favorites are big windy lakes that I can put my little lake boat on.
    Favorite fly and why: Day in and day out Egan’s Frenchie catches more fish for me than any other fly. It’s usually on the line when I walk up to a new river and it produces well more often than not.
    What Willy J products do you wear: The Confluence chestpack is a great addition to the Riptide hip pack I still have hangin around. The Riptide lets me put the weight of a couple thousand tungsten beads on my hips so the Confluence can take the dry fly boxes and the rest of the lighter stuff. The Drynamic waders also resist leaks as well as any waders I’ve used.
    What one item would you never head to the river without: Sun glasses hands down. I keep an extra pair in my chestpack just in case.
    Favorite music to take along: On the way to the water I like to rock out to Hair Nation or the Boneyard on XM radio. 80’s hair bands are still the best. Once in a while some older country or even some classical or opera will sneak onto my dial.
    Your most memorable day fishing:  Wow that is the most impossible question ever. At this point it might be fishing my first sessions at a World Fly Fishing Championship in Scotland in 2009. Probably the most exhilarating 6 hours of fishing I’ve had. It’s an adrenaline rush for me that is my equivalent to base jumping.
    Facts (fishing or non-fishing):  90% of all statistics are 50% correct. Fly fishing is the most amazing thing to do on this planet. That is a fact and not an opinion.
    Catch you're most proud of: Since this is another impossible question I’d probably have to go with my first one on a fly rod which was a big backcountry cutthroat in Yellowstone when I was nine. That’s the fish that started it all.
    Other hobbies:  Fly tying, basketball, dreaming about and researching my next day of fishing.


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Jake Mckittrick

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    Guide Business Names: Colorado Skies Outfitters, Parker CO, Frying Pan Anglers, Basalt CO, Crystal Fly Shop, Carbondale, CO.
    Websites: coloradoskiesoutfitters.com, www.fryingpananglers.com, www.crystalflyshop.com
    Number of days fished last year: 336 (I keep daily logs)
    Favorite fishing location: Lower Colorado River, Gunnison River, Block Island, R.I., Baja, New Zealand, Keys, Sac. Delta, Denver Lakes (A-Town, Ars., and South Platte).
    Favorite fly and why: Most of my flies are secret but I have several available through Solitude including the Jaw Breaker Jig, Carp Craw, Bass-Turd and Deep Tungsten Spinner (available fall 2010).
    What Willy J products do you wear? Current Mag series, Conduit boat bag, Confluence pack, Squall jacket, Dynamic waders, inferred thermometer, hemo cuts, nippers.
    What is one item you never head to the river without? A fishing license!
    Favorite music to take along: Metallica and Tool
    Your most memorable day of fishing: Too many great days on the water!
    Facts: Fly fisherman can compete in FLW Bass tournaments!
    Catch you are most proud of: 7.3 lb Smallmouth, 18.5 lb Wiper, 20 lb Tiger musky and 12 lb Largemouth all caught in Denver.
    Other hobbies: Skiing, Flint knapping, Archaeology, Fly Tying.


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Capt Ryan sansoucy

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    Capt Ryan sansoucy AKA capt fish shady
    Pro staff with WJ 2005 great times watching the company grow!
    Inside the world of this unique fishing guide
    Started fishing at 3 fly fishing self taught age of 9 guiding sense 2000ish
    Type of guiding: sight fishing flats guide and river rat Atlantic salmon and steel header
    Been featured in dozens of publications, videos and some tv and all that does not make a person a good guide.  I am very thankful for the exposure and wicked cool people I have worked with over the years but its still just fishing at the end of the day!
    I view guiding as servant hood, meets, insanity held together by passion!!!!  I love what I do but it does not define me.  I am many things a father, husband, son, crossfitter, trainer, surfer, biker, shooter, climber, rafter, lazy, driven and a habitual work progress.  
    I have learned one thing, work as hard as you can for each client, respect their time, money invested into the day, be patient with everyone and be willing to learn something new each day and people will be thankful.
    Join us on the water early spring New England flats fishing for stripers and fall and winter in St Johns VI for Tarpon, bones, Permit
    “listen to your passion” & “fish like a rock star”


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Coach Duff

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  • Bio: Most memorable fishing experience? Being part of a 14.8 pound Hawaiian Bonefish landed on the fly by my client. He then landed a 10 pounder less than an hour later. Lightning DOES strike twice! LUCKY is as good as talented in fishing, but talent creates luck.
    I have to include watching Marty Leith land his first steelhead on the fly, a 18 pound perfect native Skagit Hen in the Chapel Drift. He got her after his so called best buddy and “teacher” (that be me) put him in shitty fast water above the “bucket” and it jumped about 6 feet in the air and then ran right by my feet as I swung the fly in the so called “good water” I’d screwed him out of.. I deserved the ass kicking he gave me and yes, paybacks are a mofo!!!! LOL That was a fun magical day with a best fishing buddy. We laugh about it still today.
    Favorite Willy J Gear? The Boat Bag is incredible, I use the nippers every day, the Cyclone Satchel, Riptide pack and the Flask.
    Favorite fly? My own Spam and Eggs which is a bonefish killer in dark brown and tan and is now available from SS Flies which tie em up in the great USA. Imagine that? Big bonefish kill this fly.
    Scariest experience fishing? Falling in the Hoh in February of 2000, floating for over a half mile, almost drowning and getting hypothermia. S C A R Y! Took away my wading balls forever. I accepted mortality that evening.
    Favorite fish to chase? Giant Hawaiian Bonefish, Jacks and Steelhead. I do love hunting wild trout in small creeks and freestones with dries a lot too.
    What’s your favorite type of fly fishing? Still water, river, etc. Saltwater flats and rivers...
    Favorite time of year to fish? Any sunny day on flats worldwide, March and Fall for Steelhead.
    Favorite music to listen to on a fishing day? Anything from Tool to classic rock to old rap (Public Enemy) to Bluegrass to outlaw country. Actually have a good stereo in my Shipoke Abaco 16 and we rock it all day, and no it does not affect the bonefish in any way but positive. They really seem to like the Man in Black lately...
    Who introduced you to fishing? My dad.
    What’s your wt is your favorite rod to use all around? Scott S4S. Fast does not have to mean broomstick stiff. I’ll stop there for all of us...
    Who is your fishing hero? The fish I chase.
    Describe yourself using 1 word... Genuine
    What style of Fishing do you have the most expertise? Swinging the fly for steelhead, and now Bonefishing
    If you could do or be anything in the world, what would it be? I’d still be me with more money. Guiding is interesting, fun and hard work, but there is not much money in this so called “industry”. We aren’t doing much to change that either...
    What would you do if you won a million dollars? Buy a house in Hawaii with a real kitchen. LOL
    What’s the most important thing to you in your life right now? My kids
    Hobbies & Interests? (besides fishing) Ripping it up a bit
    Describe a perfect day. Walking my dogs, Fishing hard at perfect tides for a couple hours for big Hawaiian Bones, then watching my little guy’s football practice, than having a grill session and dinner outdoors with my family and listening to the back and forth between everyone. Watch a movie with family, wake up at 2AM with kiids and dogs piled on top of me... Oh that’s right, I live this way?!!!!!
    What’s something people don’t generally know about you? I can get er done in the kitchen. I love to cook for folks.

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