A Fly Fishing Legend!
The First Lady of Fly Fishing. Joan has done everything in the sport. She is a tournament caster, an accomplished casting instructor and an inspiration for tens of thousands of flycasters. Joan advises Winston on issues specific to women fly fishers, but we owe her so much more. She is a great caster and technician who has taught us things about our rods and rod actions that we would have never considered. Our rods are better thanks to Joan Wulff. Joan is one of the sport's pioneering casting instructors, an accomplished writer, tournament caster since the age of 11, and a frequent guest and expert commentator on national television. Joan's accomplishments are not limited to fly fishing: she's the mother of two sons, the former director of a successful dancing school, author of three books, she's served as the first mate on a 56' schooner, and has soloed an airplane. She has cast an incredible 161 feet in competition, proving that technique has far more to do with distance casting than strength. In fact, she's the only woman to have won a national distance casting championship, (Fisherman's distance), over all-male competition.
Among her writing credits are three books: Joan Wulff's Fly Casting Techniques, the instruction book that pioneered a set of casting mechanics, Joan Wulff's Fly Fishing: Expert Advice from a Woman's Perspective, and Joan Wulff's Fly-Casting Accuracy. Her fourth book, Joan Wulff's New Fly Casting Techniques was released February of 2012. She was a columnist for Fly Rod & Reel magazine for 22 years, writing a regular casting column, the first of its kind in the industry. She now serves as Editor-at-Large at Fly Rod and Reel. Along with her late husband Lee, she founded the Wulff School of Fly Fishing in 1979 where she still serves as a consultant, as well as teaching in the Instructors School. We are excited to announce the completion of the new “One on One with Joan Wulff”; a ten part online HD movie series where Joan shares her secrets to becoming a successful fly caster, for life.
photo credit: Captain Joel Dickey
Bruce Chard has been guiding for two decades and is considered by many the premier Florida Keys guide. If you’re lucky enough to get a day on the water with him, you will immediately be drawn to his unbridled enthusiasm and true passion for the sport of fly fishing. Bruce is one of the nicest people you will ever meet...seriously! Even after missing an easy shot on the only tarpon of the day, Bruce will still make you feel like a million bucks. This is not an easy thing to do, especially after he has been pulling the flats boat for eight straight hours into a headwind to get you that one shot! Bruce has a special gift in connecting with fly fishers of all ages and skill levels. Just spend a couple of minutes around Bruce and you quickly realize that fly fishing is not just his job, it’s his passion. As one of the most sought after guides on the planet, Bruce has been featured on the cover of more saltwater fly fishing magazines than any other Keys guide. Still in his thirties, Bruce has accomplished a lifetime of successes and has greatly contributed to the development of flats fishing techniques, fly patterns and equipment. Bruce truly embodies the soul of fly fishing!
- World class Florida Keys guide
- International fly fishing instructor - Bruce Chard Fly Fishing Schools
- American Fly Fishing Trade Association Board Member
- Designed the award winning Chard Grand Slam saltwater line
- Featured on thirteen magazine covers including Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Saltwater Fly Fishing and Fly Fisherman Magazine
- More than 60 fish species caught on a fly
- Featured speaker and presenter at fly fishing clubs and sportsman's shows around the country
- Federation of Fly Fishers Master Certified Casting Instructor
Tom is one of the most revered Spey casting instructors in the country and is credited with designing some of the best Spey lines in world. He is also a professional fly tier, photographer, and author. Tom has lived and guided in Oregon since 2001. Before moving to the Northwest, Tom first made his name on the world famous upper Kenai River in Alaska and the fabled steelhead and trout waters of Northwest Michigan. As a seventeen-year veteran guide, Tom has developed a level of patience rarely seen on steelhead waters, and an enthusiasm for sharing his passion and deep knowledge of two-handed casting; both on and off the water.
Tom Larimer’s steelhead camps are legendary. He calls the Deschutes River home from the beginning of the salmon flies in May until the weather gets too cold to fish. Once the snow flies, Tom’s focus shifts to guiding the winter steelhead rivers of northern Oregon. Depending on the conditions, you might find him floating the Sandy, jet boating on the Clackamas or hiking into the Hood.
European Two-Handed Specialist
Andre Scholz resides in Schwerte, Germany and has a degree in Sports Science from the University of Bochum. Andre is respected as one of the leading two-handed (spey) casters in the world and has an especially strong following in Germany and Scandinavia, His exceptionally smooth, almost effortless casting and detailed knowledge of the sport have brought scores of students to his European casting clinics.
We first met Andre in 2004 and were immediately impressed with his masterful technique. Since then Andre has worked closely with the Winston. In 2006, Winston and Andre teamed up to produce "Introduction to Spey Casting with Andre Scholz"; an instructional DVD filmed in British Columbia that provides simple on the river instruction for the basics of casting with double-handed rods.
As an extremely charismatic and extraordinarily talented caster, Winston is proud to be affiliated with him as our European Two-Handed Specialist.