OUR PRO STAFF

Ethan Smith
@american.fisher

Fly fishing has been one of my passions ever since I was a little kid. My father introduced me and my brothers to fishing at a very young age every chance he got he’d take us out camping, fishing, and everything outdoors. Ever since I experienced the sensation of having a fish hooked on my line as a kid fishing has been my passion ever since. The perfect fly fishing scenario in my book would have to be the late summer nights under a bright moon chucking a big ole mouse fly trying to lure out big browns looking for a nighttime meal. Lucky for me I was raised in Midway, Utah and grew up only only a mile away from the river so getting out on the water and hunting some trout has always been a regular activity I’ve been able to do several times a week. i don't think i can decide on the most memorable fish I've ever caught (just too many) but i do think the most memorable fishing trip I've ever had would have to be trips going up and drifting the Green River with my father, that's where my love for fly fishing began.

Location: Midway, Utah, United States

Ethan Smith

Tanner Renshaw
@mountaintroutman

My passion for fishing started at a young age when my dad would take my brothers and I to the streams in the Sierra Nevada mountains. I fell in love with being on the water, taking in the beautiful mountain landscapes and the challenge of tricking fish. Now I live in Heber, UT and am lucky to live near amazing fishing opportunities on the Provo River and the Uinta mountain lakes and streams. My love for fly fishing and nature continues to grow and I hope to be able to have the opportunity to chase fish and beautiful scenery throughout my whole life.

Location: Heber, Utah, United States

Tanner Renshaw

Neal Drakage

I learned the art of fly fishing at a young age from my grandfather when visiting his home on the Au Sable River in northern Michigan. I remember my grandfather making me spend hours just watching trout rise on brown drakes before he ever let me take a cast. Growing up in the Raleigh, North Carolina area, I became a diverse fisherman. I’ll fish for anything from wild trout, to smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and one of my favorites... peacock bass in Florida. Currently, I live in western North Carolina with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in my backyard. There’s nothing like getting off the grid, putting miles under your boots, and landing beautiful wild trout. I guide in Western North Carolina though my company Slippery Friction Fishing. Wanting to get into the fishing world even more, I’ve also started a website called Custom Tackle Review where I present photography, videography, and write ups of the various and grossly expanding options in the custom tackle world. I’m always looking for tackle that is new and unique, something that works. Custom Tackle Review allows me to present what I find with others.

Location: Maggie Valley, North Carolina, United States

Neal Drakage Custom Tackle Review

Michael O'Brien

Born and raised in Alberta, Canada. Developed a passion for fly fishing about 8 years ago and since then been fishing the streams and rivers of Southern Alberta and British Columbia.
My company, O'Briens Angling, provides guided trips on the Bow River with my drift boat, as well as walk and wade services.
I follow a simple philosophy of giving my clients an honest, fun day on the water for a fair price.
Floating down the Bow, swinging streamers, lobbing nymphs and subtly presenting dry flies, coupled with a big smile and a fun day - is what I’m all about!

Location: Bow River, Alberta, Canada

Michael O'Brien

Corey Cabral
(a.k.a. Fanatical Fly Tyer)


Fly fishing & fly tying aficionado with a fanatical mind. A real fly fishing enthusiast with creative and new approach to fly tying and angling. An author of a great fly tying & fly fishing blog (can you guess the name) where he shares his thoughts and insights. Here you can find some awesome new fly creations, useful reviews and other good reads. What he said about himself on his blog probably sums it all up very well: "Be it fly fishing or sitting at the bench tying up offerings and creating new flies I am 100% addicted, obsessed and in love with the hobby and sport".

Location: London, Ontario, Canada

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Sylvan Rathfon

I grew up back in the Midwest in a small southern Indiana town fishing for bass, pan fish and catfish. I first got interested in fishing because I grew up with a pond behind my house. I slowly started progressing in my fishing skills and knowledge, always looking for ways to challenge my fishing abilities. My mother always told stories of fly fishing in the streams and rivers of Idaho when she was growing up. She would talk of her grandpa always taking her to the legendary Henrys Fork and catching trout all day long. These stories always held my attention and finally one Christmas I received a fly rod and reel from my parents. Little did I know this would be the gateway to my passion and future hobbies.

                I moved out to Idaho to pursue a degree in Business and met my wife (Shayne). Together we both enjoy hiking into the back country of Idaho pursuing the wild cutthroats that live in the pocket water of the spring fed creeks. As we got into fishing more we also got into photography and now we try to photograph all of Idaho’s scenic mountains, rivers and streams. I am currently finishing up my degree and finding time to hit the river as much as possible.

Location: Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States

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Ken Held

I started my journey of fly fishing and tying some 40 plus years ago, I have tried to be as innovative with my tying as I can with new materials making my flies durable and as realistic as I can. I do tying demonstrations to pass my knowledge on to others that have the same passion for fly tying that I do, and then spend many hours on the river testing them.
In September 2014 some of my flies where published in Rick Takahashi’s newest book Modern Terrestrials and my journey continues here at Frosty Fly.

Location: Boise, Idaho, United States


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Clay Erickson

Born and raised in Edmonton Alberta Canada, Clay has spent his whole life fishing. 10 years ago he took up fly tying and fly fishing and fell in love with the sport all over again. He spends a ridiculous number of hours every week at the vise filling orders for customers, and occasionally he gets to work on his own boxes. 🙂

Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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