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We have a passion for fly fishing....
We've fished from Maine to Montana, for landlocked salmon to big browns to Great Lakes steelhead. From midwestern rivers for walleye to chasing redfish off the coast of Florida, and Chile to Alaska. Fly fishing has opened doors, created friends and brought joy to us and our families through shared memories. We love to share our passion with others and help them discover the fun fly fishing can bring.
A lot of people think fly fishing is difficult or complicated. The reality couldn't be farther from the truth. The basics can be learned in a short amount of time, and we can help you with that.
Driftless on the Fly is anxious to help you find a lifetime activity you can do almost anywhere!
Ryan has had a deep love for the outdoors since he was little. Spending time in the woods, camping, or fishing is still pretty much a perfect day for him. Fly fishing is an extension of that love and has been a passion for many years. Ryan has been lucky to have had a chance to fly fish all over the country - Maine landlocked salmon, Wisconsin steelhead, high country cutthroat in Colorado and Wyoming, and several rivers in Montana and Idaho. Back here in Iowa, walleye, pike, panfish, and of course our famous spring creek trout keep him busy. Ryan's wife is a passionate fly fisherwoman that loves to share these experiences as well. Ryan is a teacher by profession, and enjoys helping others learn and discover. Ryan's classes have been involved in Trout in the Classroom projects (TU) for 8 years, and he has co-sponsored a Fly Fishing Club for middle school students for the past 7 years. Ryan has co-taught a "Learn to Fly Fish" class for NIACC continuing education, Hartman Reserve, Coralville Park and Rec, Friends of Yellow River Forest, and Mitchell County Conservation.
Ryan has articles published on fly fishing on the Fishwest blog, and the Summer 2014 issue (page 164) of a Tight Loop, featured as a "Guide We Like" in Dun Magazine, The May 2015 issue of Midwest Hunting and Fishing. Ryan is a member of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association and Spring Creeks Trout Unlimited and is the race director of the Driftless Flyathlon.
Jared started out fly fishing and tying flies at the age of 10 and never looked back at the traditional way of fishing. While growing up in the Driftless Region of north Iowa he quickly took to the idea of becoming a guide because nothing else really seemed fitting. After graduating from guide school in Montana, Jared took his first job out in Maine at Weatherby’s Lodge as staff until he was a licensed guide in 2009 at the age of 20. In 2010 he was the walk/wade guide at Weatherby’s for landlocked salmon on the nationally known Grand Lake Stream, where he partook in Project Healing Waters, Trout Unlimited, a cameo appearance in Outdoor Life's blog, Fly Rod & Reel Magazine, and a full spring season of guiding.
But with Jared's trout roots, the calling for a year round fishery lead him home then ultimately back out West. In 2011 he took up the role as a Shop Assistant at Bud Lilly’s Trout Shop in West Yellowstone, Montana. Fast forward, Jared is currently guiding for Bristol Bay Lodge in Alaska at an outpost camp from May to late September each year, and then at Martin Pescador Lodge in Chile from December to March. Since 2009 he has returned to the Driftless Region every fall and spring where he guides and co-owns Driftless on the Fly.
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Amanda loves being outdoors, exploring new water, and pursuing tricky trout. She was a quick learner when it came to fly fishing and has had the chance to fish different waters and conditions all over the country. Fly fishing has become a real enjoyment in her life and she loves her time on the water. Amanda is married to Ryan and is also a teacher by profession. Amanda is a patient and careful instructor and will be an asset to Driftless on the Fly helping out with classes, lessons, and events starting summer 2014.
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Clint was born and raised in Iowa and loves the outdoors, traveling, and exploring. He picked up fly fishing 20 years ago while living in Wyoming and spent the bulk of his time on the North Platte River. Clint is always looking forward to the next big adventure or trip- whether that's steelhead, trout, or bass. Clint's true passion is backpacking, photography, and fishing high mountain lakes. Those trips have taken him and his wife Angela (who is a stout fly angler on her own accord) all over the mountain West. Clint is an accomodating and careful guide who will provide an oustanding day on the water.
Clint lives in Swisher, Iowa and is a great resource to people in the Cedar Rapids area who are interested in fly fishing lessons. Shoot him an email today!
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