The Fly Water Travel Team
Ken is a fourth generation fly fisher who has guided throughout Alaska, Oregon, and California. He has taught hundreds of students the fundamentals of the sport, managed fly shops, consulted with leading fly rod manufacturers and designed an extensive line of popular fly patterns produced by RIO Products. Ken is an accomplished writer and photographer whose work has appeared in most major fly fishing publications as well as dozens of fly fishing books including Lani Waller's A Steelheader's Way. Additionally, Ken is an ardent defender of the Pacific's anadromous fisheries, as well as a past board member and current ambassador for the Portland-based Wild Salmon Center.
Brian is an experienced angler and world traveler with stamps on his passport from as close to home as Mexico, as far away as Mongolia and Nepal and most every angling destination in between. His formal background is in accounting and business management. While well versed in all of Fly Water’s offerings, Brian is a true authority on the fisheries of New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, the American West, Christmas Island, and Mongolia. Brian’s business savvy, attention to detail, and dry humor make him the ideal business manager and an invaluable asset to Fly Water customers. Brian is the company’s Chief Operations Officer.
We were honored when Dylan and his wife pulled the plug from their Seattle roots and permanently relocated to Ashland in the Fall of 2011. Dylan manages our saltwater destinations throughout the Caribbean, Christmas Island, Cuba, and Venezuela. Dylan began his fly fishing career in 1997 working for a fly shop in Seattle. Since that time he has worked extensively as a guide, retailer, instructor, e-commerce specialist, blogger and sales representative for product lines including Winston, Patagonia, Ross, Scientific Anglers and Idylwilde. Dylan's passion for the sport has taken him to countless destinations throughout Belize, Mexico, Cuba, Christmas Island, Venezuela, Bahamas, Alaska, British Columbia, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and all throughout the American west. His drive and dedication to the sport revolve around a deep seated love for the outdoors and a desire to help protect wild places and the fish that inhabit them. Dylan is also a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor, a gifted fly tier, and an accomplished photographer. Everyone here is excited to have Dylan on board.
Alaska, Eastern Canada
David grew up fly fishing in New England chasing Brook trout, landlocked Salmon and whatever else swam in the waters he visited. After graduating from the University of Connecticut with a degree in natural resources he spent three years working for the state’s fisheries division and then decided to expand his horizons and head West. He landed in Bend, Oregon and spent 12 years there managing fly shops, selling guided trips, guiding anglers, and teaching others about the sport he loved. David is a highly skilled angler, tier, and caster and fits in perfectly with Fly Water’s philosophy of customer service. When not out chasing steelhead or king salmon you might find him swinging a golf club or snowboarding. At Fly Water Travel, David will be assisting anglers with their travel plans to Alaska, Eastern Canada, and the Pacific Northwest and we are proud to have him on our team.
Alaska, Belize, Christmas Island, Seychelles
Africa, Argentina, Chile, Canada, Mongolia, Rockies
Europe, New Zealand, Western Trout
Max is Fly Water Travel's Destination Manager for Europe, New Zealand, and the trout fisheries of the Rockies and Pacific Northwest. The joke within Max's family is that he has always been a tour guide at heart who loves nothing more than traveling to new places and being a stranger in a strange land. A native of Wyoming, Max’s whole family loves to fly fish. Max holds a Wyoming Cutt Slam certificate in which he caught the four sub-species of native Wyoming cutthroat trout in their native waters. In his free time, Max enjoys skiing, spending time with his family, al fresco dining, biking around town and watching soccer matches.
Patagonia, Pacific Northwest
Jake specializes in Fly Water Travel’s Patagonia and Pacific Northwest steelhead destinations. Originally from Colorado, after completing a masters degree at Colorado State University he moved west with the single goal of chasing steelhead with a fly rod around the Pacific Northwest. Jake landed in Ashland, Oregon where he has previously held positions working at the local speciality fly shop and for a Northwest nonprofit helping volunteers conserve and protect the wild rivers and fish from California to British Columbia. When he’s not fishing his homewaters, Jake enjoys backpacking, whitewater rafting, and skiing.
Saltwater / Jungle
Landon Mace joined Fly Water's saltwater and jungle team in May 2022 with a wealth of angling and travel experience. Prior to moving back to the Rogue Valley, he spent six years in Bend, first as a full-time guide working a wide range of rivers and stillwaters, and then as the manager of Confluence Fly Shop. Prior to that Landon spent eight years in the US Air Force, splitting his time between Florida and Germany. In addition to being an expert on a wide range of Oregon, California, and Washington fisheries, Landon has fished throughout Florida, as well as the Gulf of Mexico and southern Atlantic states. He has also fished extensively in Mexico, Christmas Island, and Colombia, and is a keen advocate for the anadromous fisheries of the Pacific Northwest.
Saltwater / Jungle
Anil grew up fishing and exploring all the waters of Washington State's greater Puget Sound region. As soon as he was able, he began guiding and working in local fly shops before founding Puget Sound Fly Co. in 2003. During his 20 years as a business owner there, Anil hosted groups to Montana, Alaska, and Australia, as well as nearly 30 trips to Christmas Island, the Bahamas, and Mexico. Anil is a gifted and passionate saltwater angler and is considered one of the finest single-hand casters in the PNW by those in the know. Anil is a member of Fly Water Travel's Saltwater and Jungle Team and spends much of his time helping anglers prepare for their trips to Christmas Island.