“GO TO” WINSTON PROS, WORLDWIDE.
Our Pro Staff reflect the extremely high standards to which we hold ourselves at Winston. These guides, shop owners and angling professionals live and breathe the sport and are incredibly passionate about Winston rods. Their knowledge of fly fishing and specific fisheries are extraordinary assets to our company and anglers alike.
Now Michael is back where he belongs: exploring with his clients. As the Director of Operations for Nomadic Waters, he fishes with his guest every day of the Season deep in the jungles of Brazil. Here his clients chase trophy peacock bass and arapaima in untouched jungle waters, putting our Jungle rods to the test.
Michael is married to his amazing wife Kristi, and is blessed with a 4 year-old explorer named Jackson. If Michael isn't on a flight to Manaus, he can be found chasing stripers on the fly near his home in North Atlanta, GA.
A FFF certified casting instructor, Bobby is also a passionate teacher and is committed to growing the sport of fly fishing. Bobby is excited to engage outdoor enthusiasts, promote conservation and inspire anglers through his films and photography. Look for Bobby on the steelhead rivers of BC or the coastal rivers of Washington when he isn't guiding in central Idaho.
Rick is a Life member of Fly Fishers International (FFI) and Trout Unlimited (TU). He serves as the Senior Conservation Advisor for FFI and is a certified Master Casting Instructor (1998) and a Two-Hand (Spey) Casting Instructor (2007). Rick is also active in Scouting, serving as Eagle Advisor in a Boise troop, as the Western Region Conservation Representative, and as a member of the National Hornaday Committee and National Conservation Task Force.
Rick and his family (Shauna, 20-year old Christopher, and a black Labrador) live in Eagle, Idaho. Family interests include hiking, river rafting, and trout fishing in the summer, steelhead fishing and bird hunting in the fall, and skiing and bonefishing in the winter months.
Currently, I am happy to be the fly fishing manager at Quest Fly Shop in my hometown of Louisville, KY. And with this position comes the joy of returning back to my roots of fishing farm ponds, lakes and the hundreds of miles of creeks and rivers here in Kentucky for a variety of warm & cold water fish species.
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Most of my fishing experience includes streams and lakes all over the state of Missouri and Northern Arkansas; but I've also fished streams and lakes in New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Wyoming, Iowa and Utah.
I love working with children and women in particular; it's a pleasure to have the opportunity to share the sport I love with others.
The bare hook had previously been home to a salmon egg. I lost the egg while dropping the line into the concrete holding tank. The fish didn't care that nothing was on the hook. A trout ate it, I reeled it in, and my father cleaned it. This is the birth of my lifetime obsession with all things fish.
I loved the experience. All I wanted to do was camp and go fishing. Fast forward to my 22nd birthday. My brother got a guided trip on the lower Yuba river in California for the two of us. I had already started fly fishing at that point, but still clung to spinning gear when things got tough. The second I stepped into the leg braces of that drift boat, I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a fly fishing guide.
In 2011 I moved to Montana. I started working at a fly shop in Wolf Creek and fishing the Missouri. I also bought my first Winston rod that year. I found my home. I've been guiding the Missouri, the Smith, Blackfoot, and South Fork Flathead river ever since. My clients experience on the water and their expectations of the day come first. I'm happy to being doing that with a green stick in their hand.
He fell in love with Montana and made the move to continue his career on the Missouri River in 2003. His 'office' is a forty mile stretch of the Missouri from Holter Dam to his home of Cascade, MT. Dry fly fishing over technical water is his specialty.
As a pro staff member for Hyde Drift Boats, he helped design a boat superior for his specific guiding needs. Many of his suggestions are now offered as part of Hyde's design options.
Eric happily introduces fly fishing and fly tying to new anglers in his community and donates time to the Healing Waters program and Wounded Warriors Foundation. Over the years, he continually provides instruction for several guide schools. He is a guide/instructor for an advanced dry fly program offered by Headhunters Fly Shop in Craig, Montana in the summer of 2019.
Eric C Mondragon takes fly fishing seriously and works hard to maintain the highest professional standards. When he isn't guiding, Eric is on the river with his wife, April and his best girl Rio - a female golden retriever.
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During his college years, Joe began his career working for Montana River Outfitters on the Missouri River in Wolf Creek, MT. Three seasons later he moved to West Yellowstone to work for one of the local shops, and in 2004 he founded a small outfitting business called Big Sky Anglers. How things have grown since then!
In all, Joe has been guiding clients on the Madison, Gallatin, Missouri, Yellowstone and the waters of Yellowstone National Park since 1999. He is well regarded by guides and outfitters across SW Montana – a testament to his friendly nature, professionalism, strong work ethic, and outstanding skill as a guide. Joe is also a member of the R.L. Winston Fly Rods and Hatch Pro Staffs, and a signature fly tier for Montana Fly Company.
When he isn’t guiding or out fishing himself, he loves adventuring on foot or skis with his awesome wife Molly, or bird hunting with his dog Stella.
I am originally from Georgia and grew up spotting fish throughout the Savannah River watershed from the coast to southern Appalachia. I moved to the Asheville area in 2000 to study music composition at Brevard College and begin guiding the local waters. When I am not on the water, I compose and perform music of various styles, including fishing music"¦ www.galenkipar.com. Like a musical instrument, a fly rod is an extension of one's self where "feel" is extremely important. I prefer Winston rods because they have a very responsive, powerful yet sensitive feel.
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Dudley has been in the Fly Fishing Industry for over 15 years. He has owned and operated a fly fishing outfitting service in Utah. As a professional guide he strives to be the best everyday he is on the water. He loves to see other's skills improve through his teachings. Fly Fishing is a forever sport and he is trying to give forever skills to make the journey a fun one.
Dudley resides in Salt Lake City, UT. His daughter and his wife are his biggest inspirations in life. Family is fist and foremost for Dudley and all the fun he has comes second to his family. Both of his ladies are dry fly snobs.
Dudley's hobbies include: Photography, Skiing, Hiking, Camping, Mountain Biking, Ice climbing, and of course, all forms of fly fishing. You can find dudley fishing small mountain streams in Utah, to the remote backcountry rivers of New Zealand sight fishing for double digit wild Browns.
Granato first began tying because he couldn't find patterns commercially available that were designed for many of the conditions he was facing on the water.
Nick is a Fly Designer for Rainy's Flies & Supplies and a Pro Staffer for Ross Worldwide Outdoors, Scientific Anglers, William Joseph, and Clear Cure Goo. He has had articles published in Hatches Magazine, with more on the way elsewhere.
Ask those who fish with him, and they'll tell you that Nick has an uncanny obsession with creating fly patterns that do what other patterns can't.
"Nick knows what he wants in a fly and he gets after it with no BS," said Clint Goodman. "His attention to detail in the application of material on a fly isincredible."
Said Granato, "I've never lost the gratification you get from catching a fish on your own pattern."
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My guide service Northwest Steelheading was started to share my knowledge of the local rivers and steelhead with other anglers who share my passion or anglers who are looking to experience the exhilaration of their first steelhead taken on the fly. I am a guide dedicated to swinging steelhead with Spey rods. The rivers I guide include the Skykomish in the summer and winter; the Hoh, Bogachiel, Skagit and Sauk in the winter and spring. Best Spey rods for Steelhead: BIIITH 13’3” 7wt and 13’6” 8wt.
Cole is a fly fishing guide at Emerald Water Anglers, a fly shop and guide service, based out of Seattle, Washington. He primarily guides for Sea Run Cutthroat and Steelhead but can be found rowing the Yakima River for trout or walking the flats of the Columbia River in search of carp. Cole spends most of his time guiding around the Seattle area but is stationed on the Olympic Peninsula in the Spring in search of big, wild steelhead. He teaches a number of classes through the shop such as casting and fly tying. In addition to local guiding and teaching, EWA hosts exotic travel all over the world.
I started my guide career in Bozeman, Montana working legendary fisheries such as the Yellowstone, Madison, Gallatin, Missouri and Big Horn rivers. Most recently, I have moved back to my home state of Wyoming and another extraordinary river, the North Platte. I am currently the assistant manager and a fishing guide for the Ugly Bug Fly Shop and Crazy Rainbow Fly Fishing and Wing Shooting in Casper, WY.
I am pro staff members of Winston fly rods and Ross Reels and worked closely with cliff outdoors on product design.
One must have fly rod: 9ft 6 wt BIIx
I started my career in central Montana on the legendary rivers of the west before moving to Wyoming full time and guiding here for the past six years or so. I have the privilege of working full time for a highly respected award winning outfitter and feel that I have found my place with them. Crazy Rainbow keeps a very high standard for their clientele and is very active with charitable and veterans organizations. My favorite part of the job is teaching people about the sport I am so passionate about. For some people it's a few new tricks and for others it's a whole new world. Meanwhile I get to watch new clients become old friends. As a guide I approach each day with the mindset to give my clients the best day possible on the river, which is why I only carry Winston fly rods in my boat.
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Based in the capital of Denmark, his main fishery has been a mix of Northern Pike in the brackish waters of Scandinavia, Sea run Browns in the coastal waters of Sweden and Denmark, dryfly/nymph fishing for Browns in European rivers alongside a heavy passion for the big boys of the shallow tropical saltwater flats. Especially the Maldives has fallen victim of his flies the later years.
Oliver has been teaching casting classes and hosting guided trips for a number of years and are never afraid of helping out a fellow fly fisher with everything from fly tying, fishing techniques, casting or gear selection.
Besides his job as fly department manager in one of the largest tackle shops in Denmark, he also works as a DJ with the alias "DJ Winston Green", can you really question his passion for Winston rods?
"There's nothing better than a hard day of fishing"
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On a daily basis, I work in a fishing store in Copenhagen. Besides that, I make nationwide fishing TV, I am an instructor at the Danish Sportfishing Association, I teach angling at a evening school and guide when there is time for it.
In Denmark, we are lucky to have a unique pike fishery in the Southern brackish waters. This is some of the most intense shallow water fishing you will find in Europe. However, my main passion is undoubtedly the art of dry fly fishing. I have spent countless hours behind the vice and even more by the rivers around the world – especially New Zealand have caught my interest and it will not be long before I am back stalking trout in these pristine waters.
Peter started fishing 3 years old. Fly fishing basically didn't exist for him at that time because of geographical reasons but he still has the fly fishing book what he liked to read after school or some lake fishing.
He tried to tie some kind of salmon fly from the book but never had the materials and the knowledge to actually tie it. He was already young adult when he traveled to Slovenia and caught his first rainbow trout. Since then fly fishing is a very important part of his family's life.
Peter works in the digital world as a user experience specialist. For him fishing is the best chance to escape from being online and turn off. In fly fishing he can get close to nature and go back to the roots. By tying his own flies he can finally create something real besides the pixels and unreal cloud stuff. As a proud owner of R.L. Winston bamboo rods he was amazed by the materials, tools and the production of bamboo rods when he had the chance to stay 10 days in the Winston Bamboo Shop, Twin Bridges.
He met with fly fishing quite late, Peter the fellow Winston Pro Staff guy introduced him to this world. The first little grayling from Dreta river sealed his fate. He learned fast and jumped into fly tying the same year, realizing that catching trouts with your own flies can make fly fishing even greater. Today no day can pass by without him tying at least one fly and there are some successful new patterns he came up with. Together with Peter he mostly fishes the amazing rivers of Slovenia and Croatia.
Kristof and Peter visited Montana 2 years ago for the first time and thanks to the meeting with Bob McLean they met bamboo and this meeting changed their life. Ever since they use bamboo fly rods most of the time and test these classic rods even in extreme situations. Their strong belief is that bamboo can do everything graphite can, but it is more fun with the cane rod. In 2019 the guys spent 10 days in the Winston Bamboo Shop with Bob and Annette to learn and understand every detail of Winston's bamboo production.
Kristof started a quite successful Instagram channel, BambooBroz, where together with Peter they share their stories and promote the amazing Winston rods and Bauer reels.
Some years later, fly fishing became more to me than just a hobby . . . it became a job. As I gained more and more experience, I started to guide visiting anglers. After a while, I realized that fly fishing became the center of my life. In fact, after few years guiding I decided to travel to South Africa to further my career as a guide and to improve all necessary skills a professional guide needs to have. It was in in South Africa where I qualified as a professional certified guide.
At present, I am a professional certified angling guide working and living in Italy. I am fly fishing for 12 years and guiding for 7 years on some of Italy's finest fly fishing waters and most scenic tourist locations. I mainly operate within the Dolomite Mountains, one of Italy's most stunning Unesco World Heritage sites. There I am chasing browns, rainbows, char, grayling and the elusive marble trout. As days stretched into evenings i love spend hours exploring rivers,changing tecniques and approaches, using different Winston's rods, tying new flies or simply staying on the river bank looking the nature and the animals always in search of the next best locations where fishing for myself enjoyment and guiding clients as well.
I love tying all kind of flies, dries, nymphs or streamers looking forward to catch of my life (or client life's)! My guiding is focused on giving every client, both beginners and advanced fly anglers, the best possible Italian fishing experience in the most beautiful scenery in northern Italy. I am able to teach the full range of fly fishing techniques including dry fly, Czech nymphing, high sticking or streamer fishing. Dry fly fishing on high altitude alpine rivers during our prolific evening hatches is just one of my specialties. All of this is best achieved with R.L. Winston rods which are exceptionally well designed and functional at the same time.
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Solberg is an experienced flycasting instructor, and instructor in practical-technincal dryfishflying. He has also participated in fishing competitions in Norway in the past.
Presently Solberg is engaged with Nordisk Fiskeutstyr, which is the distributor of Winston in Norway. He has been drawn to the beautiful Winston rods for many years. He finally sold his other rods last year, and is now exclusively enjoying Winston. He says they give the best line control when presenting the fly and mending, which no other rods can match up to; the Winston feel. And last but not least: they are the most beautiful rods in the world.
Solberg additionally works as a professional nature photographer, travelling worldwide to take pictures of animals in their natural habitat. He organizes and runs workshops, courses and safaries for adventurous fellow photographers. Furthermore he works as a freelancer for norwegian fishing and recreational magazines.
Solberg has been passionate about Mother Nature ever since young age. Here he finds the inspiration which has been his driving force throughout the years.
Of all the fishing techniques, my favorite is the "euro-style"/French nymphing/high-sticking style. Broken water and limestone rivers are my absolute favored fishing environment, and my favorite water to teach students. This is why I love my Winston rods, they are the very best during a day's hike up a river, and are extremely versatile for all my chosen applications.
I'm a mountain boy and am always dreaming of campfires and pristine water at higher elevations. I reside in Bergen, the most beautiful place of Norway, and fish year around. I never get tired of having the pleasure to fish everyday wherever I live, and the fly fishing experience gives me joy in a hectic daily life.
After fly fishing for over 20 years, Brian decided to become an instructor and took his first exam in 1999. The exams were simple and still evolving, but eventually, casting instruction would lead him on a journey that he still enjoys today.
Brian's love of casting has influenced him to pass some of the most comprehensive exams in the United Kingdom and United States. The exams include the Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors Certificate (APGAI) Administered by GAIA and the Master Casting Instructor (MCI) and Two Handed Casting Instructor (THCI) Administered by the IFFF. He is also on the Casting Board of Governors and assessment team for the IFFF. He helps organise events and assessments for these organisations and welcomes candidates from all over the world.
Although Brian has fished from the United States to the Loughs and rivers of Ireland, he has done most of his fishing in Scotland, for trout, grayling, sea trout and salmon in some of the famous big rivers like the Tay, including many of the Lochs, like Loch Leven. He is on the committee that manages over 16 miles of the River Leven, where in 2014 he caught a sea trout of over 10lbs on the fly. The river flows from the famous Loch and meanders through beautiful Fife countryside, where he developed his love for small streams.
Whether nymphing in various forms, dry fly fishing for free rising wild trout, or back-end salmon fishing on single handed fly rod's, Brian's Journey continues and he invites you to join him by contacting him directly at www.flyfishscotland.co.uk.