Paula Shearer lives in Calgary, Alberta and is an avid fly fisher. Her of of fly fishing started at a young age from her father who enjoyed the outdoors. At the age of 8 she was taught the “basics” of fly fishing, and by her early teens she was rowing the boat out into the lakes alone in search of trout.
Living so close to the Bow River enables her to fish most days during the year when weather is permitting. In the summer months she can be found hiking to Alberta’s southern streams and lakes. A lot of her time is spent drifting down the Bow, casting to rising fish and throwing steamers to the banks in search of aggressive trout. When she’s not fishing the Bow River or mountain streams and lakes, she spends her time exploring new water in search of different species.
In the spring and winter months Paula heads west to British Columbia to swing flies for wild steelhead. In the evenings she occupies her time tying flies in preparation for the days ahead. She enjoys sharing her love for fishing by mentoring those who are new to the sport. When not working or fishing you can find her helping out at local fly shops. Paula has had the privilege of hosting and co-hosting several fly fishing shows and films. She has also been fortunate to have some of her photos and articles published in magazines. During the summer and fall months Paula guides on Alberta’s Bow River and Souther Mountain Streams.
George Daniel grew up fishing Pennsylvania’s Potter County, a remote region filled with wilderness and an abundant brook trout population. By age 14, George’s family relocated to PA’s limestone region, which contained the state’s best trout fisheries. By the age of 17, George was travelling throughout the state, seeking lessons from expert anglers. By age 21, George had learned from the best anglers in the NE, including his mentor Joe Humphreys. Out of curiosity and with the support of his wife, George began entering local and national fly-fishing competitions.He earned a spot on Fly Fishing Team USA and remained on the team for 7 seasons. Also during that time, George was on the US Youth Fly Fishing Team’s coaching staff, including two years as head coach. George’s real motivation to compete was to travel the world and learn from world-renowned anglers to develop a global approach. In that brief period, George had limited success by winning back-to-back US National Championships and placing in the top 5 in the 2006 World Fly Fishing Championships. Eventually, competitive fly-fishing took its toll, so George retired at age 32 to spend more time traveling with his family and to focus on fly fishing education. George remains involved with the US youth and adult teams, but spends his time guiding and running fly fishing courses through his business, LIVIN ON THE FLY. His first book, Dynamic Nymphing has become a best seller. Currently, George is working on a streamer book, which will be released September, 2015.
Lance Egan has had a passion for fly-fishing for 23 years. He currently lives in Lehi, Utah with his wife, Autumn and their two children. Lance has made a career of fly-fishing and currently works for Cabelas.
Lance is a 2 time National Fly Fishing Champion, 2 time ESPN Great Outdoor Games Fly Fishing Champion, Fly Fishing Masters Champion, Teva Mountain Games Fly Fishing Champion, 3 time Utah Single Fly Champion and a current member of Fly Fishing Team USA. With Team USA, Lance has represented America 8 times at the World Fly Fishing Championships.
Lance is a pro staff member of Performance Flies, Fly Rod Chronicles TV and William Joseph as well as an Umpqua Feather Merchants Signature Fly Designer. Lance also tests prototype fishing gear for Cabelas and Simms Fishing Products.
Lance has been competitive all of his life, and fishing is no exception. Below is a list of his competitive fly-fishing accomplishments:
Graham Waterton is a full time casting instructor and guide, based in the South of England, surrounded by the iconic English chalk streams. He has fly fished for over 45 years. The fishing bug was caught as a small boy but it was learning to fly fish as a teenager which started a passion which has never weakened.
Two wonderful careers distracted Graham from a life of fly fishing. The first was a decade in the British Army, the second was 25 years in property, both of which enabled him to fly fish widely in the UK and abroad. Between these two careers he spent a year as a chalk stream river keeper for The Piscatorial Society, where he remains a member. He is also a member of The Flyfishers Club in London.
Graham has fly fished extensively on the chalk streams of Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset and the exquisite moorland fed streams of the South West and in Wales for trout, sea trout and salmon. His pursuit of salmon has taken him to many rivers in Scotland, large and small where in particular he has over 20 years experience of fly fishing for salmon and sea trout on his beloved River Spey.
Away from the UK he’s fly fished in New Zealand for trout and in salt water, in Iceland and the east coast of the US but his most absorbing overseas adventures have been as a saltwater fly fisherman, chasing shadows on the flats of The Seychelles and The Caribbean.
Although over the years he has introduced many to fly fishing and taught all ages and abilities, Graham recently qualified as a provisional instructor through the Association of Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors (AAPGAI). Graham’s extensive experience, passion for fly fishing, excellent communication skills and this qualification as a fly fishing instructor from probably the most respected casting instructors organisation, gives him a unique skill set for effective and enjoyable tuition and guiding.
His website is www.stickwithoutbrains.co.uk
I started fly fishing at age 9. I will never forget my first day where I caught a beautiful cutthroat on an ant in the first meadow of the famed Slough Creek in Yellowstone. Though I’d been fishing with hardware since I was a toddler, that day started an addiction to fly fishing that only keeps getting stronger. When I fished against Lance Egan and Ryan Barnes in the former Outdoor Life Network’s Fly Fishing Master’s in 2004 I knew I had to find a way to compete in the sport I loved. It was serendipitous that I worked with both these anglers a year later after they had made Fly Fishing Team USA. I fished in my first regional and made the team myself in 2006. The ensuing years have been more educational than I could have ever imagined. I’ve since been fortunate enough to have a fair amount of success domestically which has provided me the wonderful opportunity to fish with my teammates in what will be my 6th consecutive World Fly Fishing Championship in the Czech Republic 2014. My greatest hope is to be on the podium with my teammates when we win our first World Championship medal.
Away from competitive fishing I am finishing my Master’s degree in Fisheries Science. I have a wonderful wife Julia of 8 years and a son who should be showing up any day now. Hopefully he’ll help field the next generation of Fly Fishing Team USA.
Jennifer de Graaf is a photographer with five years of experience working out of Southern Alberta. She has photographed alongside successful business owners in the fly fishing community such as April Vokey of Fly Gal Ventures, Dave and Amelia Jensen of the Alberta Fishing Guide magazine, Beckie Clarke of Fernie Fly Fishing. This past year she was invited to photograph events as far as New Brunswick and New York. Currently Jennifer is growing her photography business in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Jennifer’s interest in fly fishing started seven years ago and since then has developed into a passion. With this passion for the outdoors and photography Jennifer plans to continue working with companies and individuals to provide them with marketable images that speak to the viewer through a sense of adventure.
You can find more of Jennifer’s work at www.ammolitephotography.com
Phil has been fly fishing for over 30 years. His love of fly fishing has taken him across North America pursuing trout, Atlantic and Pacific salmon, char, pike, walleye and numerous other species on the fly. But Phil is best known for his stillwater exploits.
A former commercial fly tyer, Phil has written for almost every major fly fishing publication in North America. He has authored three books and numerous feature articles and two regular columns. Phil’s first book Fly Patterns for Stillwaters is a best seller. In 2014 Phil was the proud recipient of a Life Time Achievement Award from Fly Tyer magazine.
In addition to his writing, Phil has four instructional DVD’s. In 2007, Phil was a member of the gold medal winning team at the Canadian Fly Fishing championships.
When he isn’t on the water Phil travels North America performing at outdoor shows, providing seminars, speaking to fly clubs and conducting fly-fishing schools. Phil also provides instructional stillwater guiding on the lakes located a short distance from his Edmonton area home.
Phil has appeared on a number of T.V. shows including, BC Outdoors Sports Fishing, Sport Fishing B.C., Fishing Alberta, Let’s Go Outdoors and Fishing with Shelly and Courtney. Phil periodically co-hosts episodes of the New Fly Fisher, an educational fly fishing production.
Make a point of visiting or following Phil on-line at, www.flycraftangling.com or www.stillwaterflyfishingstore.com and through his social media channels, You Tube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
I was born in Utah and grew up in the Midwest. Missourah to be exact. I learned to roll cast balsa wood poppers along the banks and cattails of farm ponds just outside of Kansas City. Soon after my sophomore year in high school, I can clearly recall fishing trout streams in the Ozarks for trout and bass and just crushing fish on marabou jigs. That summer during a trip out west, my Uncle Dave took me fishing on a western trout stream. From that moment on, fly fishing just absolutely consumed me and my life. Fast forward 16 years. I can proudly say I’ve guided the small streams, rivers and lakes of Central-Eastern Utah for the last decade and am constantly learning, tweaking, discovering new things and ideas. I’m also a fly designer for the Orvis Company and work closely with Bug Bond and Semperfli and their respective teams to spread the word that fly fishing/fly tying are really cool! Fly fishing is now a lifestyle, and I’m very fortunate to have a loving wife, Holly, and 7 yr old, “G2” along with me on the fly fishing trip that never ends.
Jess McGlothlin runs her own photography / writing business (www.JessMcGlothlinMedia.com), while traveling and exploring. Her work isn’t limited to the outdoors — she’s worked with the military and disaster response groups for national and international publications — but somehow fly fishing always seems to draw her back. Her clientele ranges from The New York Times to Patagonia, and she’s frequently published in the U.S. and abroad. She is constantly seeking new challenges as an angler, be it Atlantic salmon in Russia or blue-fin trevally in French Polynesia. In 2014, she took home the Big Fish Award in the One Bug competition on the Delaware River for Team Orvis. These days she keeps busy with her own business and writing / photographing for Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, and can usually be found trying to juggle a fly rod, a notebook, and a camera.
Fortunate enough to have been born and raised in Colorado by parents who value time spent in the outdoors, Jake’s entire existence has been a fishy one. After receiving his first fly rod for Christmas over 25 years ago, his life course was change for good. He’s now dedicated to catching, photographing and releasing the beautiful fish this world has to offer.
While much of Jake’s history shows an angler devoted to pursuing jumbo trout, he admits to spending the last several years entirely consumed by the challenge and thrill of catching musky and pike on the fly.
Off the water, he can be found either in the Esox Lab(his basement) designing and tying musky flies or off exploring the landscapes with his trusty golden retriever.
FB- Jake Forsline