- Guiding fly fishing is a profession and we take this seriously. We work exceptionally hard to ensure our staff are heralded as respectful, knowledgeable and courteous pro’s by our industry colleagues. Our goal is to provide the highest caliber of service mixed with an unparalleled level of expertise to help you enjoy your time on the water with us to the fullest.
- Our staff boasts experience in both guiding and fly fishing all over the planet for nearly any species of fish you can conjure up. Collectively we pool these experiences, bringing up the level of knowledge among our staff enabling us to teach you the craft of fly fishing from nearly any perspective. The application of these experiences on our waters translate into you learning more about this sport and enabling you to take your new found skills and better use them on your home water. Our Seattle fly fishing guide staff and their experience will ensure you leave us a vastly improved fly angler.
- All of our guides also teach all of our fly fishing classes from casting to in depth immersion schools. We feel this is important to allow us to help novice to expert anglers alike learn as much from us during the day as possible. This isn’t just rowing a boat down the middle of the river. It is discussing equipment, tactics and approach, flies and skill sets for small creeks, tropical saltwater, tail-water trout and two handed casting for anadromous species. We guide more types of water in Washington than anyone. The knowledge demanded to successfully do so means you are in as capable of hands as you will find.
- The staff at EWA are constantly proving to be legitimate professionals within the industry. Among our staff we have several IFFF Certified Casting Instructors, hold a variety of Ambassador/Advisory/Pro Staff positions from highly respected equipment manufacturers such as Winston, Scott, Epic Patagonia, Costa, Airflo, Echo, Bauer, Rajeff Sports and Fisknat, 5 are published photographers as well as published authors. We are all CPR/First Aid Certified, licensed and insured.
Dave McCoy — My dad introduced me to fishing as well as experiencing and enjoying life in the outdoors. Growing up in the Eugene area, my stomping grounds were and remain legendary namesakes; Crane Prairie and Hosmer Lakes, the Deschutes, McKenzie and Umpqua Rivers to name a few. I quickly discovered the thrill of having a fish on, but was always in awe of my surroundings. I have now been in the fly fishing industry in one form or another for 21 years now professionally and am relentlessly striving to surpass expectations everywhere I can. I am nothing in my pursuits without my wife Natalie and daughter Nessa who constantly remind me why I am so inspired, without saying a word. Patagonia and Costa Ambassador, Winston, Rajeff Sports, Bauer Pro Staff Member, Winston Pro Photographer, Keepemwet Ambassador and IFFF Certified Casting Instructor, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Photographer
Reid Curry — My pursuit of fly fishing has brought me all around the country and has landed me here in the Pacific Northwest, which I now call my home. For me, fly fishing is a vehicle for adventure and discovery. No matter how many times I pull on my waders and lace my boots, it never gets old. Each day begins with fresh anticipation and ends with new insights gained. I am perpetually driven by the quest to discover what lies around the next bend, and like most anglers, my time on the water is never enough. My constant pursuit of time on the water is what initially led me to guiding. Since beginning my career as a guide, my passion for the sport of fly fishing has evolved in ways I could not have predicted. After a short adjustment period, I quickly discovered that it didn’t matter to me whose hand was holding the cork. The places and the fish are what originally captivated me about fly fishing. And now, sharing this with others expands my perspective on the sport and elevates my own enjoyment on the water. Scott Pro Staff, 3-Tand Reel Pro Staff. IFFF Certified Casting Instructor
Alex Collier — My first exposure to fly fishing came from my family’s habit of watching ESPN Outdoors on Saturday mornings before breakfast. I grew up spin fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, and catfish in North Carolina, but quickly realized that my spin gear wouldn’t cut it on the trout rivers that surrounded my college in the mountains of North Carolina. After receiving a Sage rod and reel for Christmas I began to teach myself how to cast and fish in this new style—and proceeded to spend many days early on pulling my flies and leaders out from rhododendron plants. The next three years of college were spent chasing trout in the small streams of the Appalachian Mountains. When I arrived in the Pacific Northwest in September of 2005 I was amazed at the variety of water types and fish species that exist here. Even though I have since gotten my bearings on the salt and large rivers here, my passion is still chasing trout in the creeks, streams, and lakes of the Cascades and beyond. This is due in large part to the beauty and tranquility of the landscapes surrounding the waters trout call home. Rio Pro Staff
Jason Rolfe — I can still remember the visceral jolt of adrenalin that shot through my body the first time I ever hooked a salmon. It was on the Nisqually river in South Puget Sound near where I grew up, and though I lost the fish at the bank that thrill never left me. After a long hiatus from fishing, I took up flyfishing soon after college and began the long journey from dabbler to obsessive. I borrowed my girlfriend’s car to go fishing in the Cascades for rainbows and coastal Cutthroats, and rode my bike to the beaches of Seattle to chase searuns. When I moved to eastern Europe for a couple of years, I brought my rod and reel with me and managed to flyfish in Ukraine, Romania, Croatia, and Bosnia/Herzegovina. After several years spent working in the education field, I finally decided it was time to take a break from the non-profit grind. These days, I swing for steelhead and chase searun cutties every change I get; write fishing essays for The Flyfish Journal, Mason County Journal, and other publications; and promote other flyfishing writers and artists I admire through Syzygy Fly Fishing.
Sam Lincoln — Growing up outside of Cleveland, OH, I can hardly remember a time before I had skis strapped on my feet or a fly rod in my hand. The Great Lakes afforded me a perfect opportunity to get into fishing, hunting and boating, all of which I have pursued since I was a boy. Although people at my high school questioned my sanity when I showed up to first period physics with my waders still on, I never wavered, knowing I was doing what I loved. Throughout my childhood, I spent roughly a quarter of my time living on the shores of The Les Cheneaux Islands on Lake Huron in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It was there that I truly grew my love for fishing and developed a skill set that I still use everyday with clients. My love for fishing only grew in college, and guiding built a perfect bridge between work and pleasure. In the years that followed, I lived, traveled, and guided in areas all over North America including Wyoming, Montana, Florida and Alaska. My passion for learning new water and catching people bigger fish is what drives me everyday. As the proud uncle of seven rad kids, I find particular satisfaction in involving kids in the outdoors. In my opinion as a guide, there is no better feeling than getting a young boy or girl on a big fish. A bunch of great people showed me the way when I was coming up, so I try to pay that forward. In my leisure time, I enjoy skiing, flying, sailing, hunting, playing golf, hiking and supporting Cleveland sports (poor me). USCG Merchant Marine Licensed Captain (OUPV/6-pack)
Caldwell Rohrbach — Fly fishing, although I did not always know it, has been in my blood and is my true calling. I grew up with a rod in my hand, exploring the salt or rivers with several generations of men in my family. However, in the recent past, lacrosse was my obsession which opened doors to college and beyond. Even so, the water was calling and I found myself drawn to any species I could find at my current locale. I have fished the waters from coast to coast but always knew that Washington’s plethora of species, techniques, and environments created a unique opportunity. I find most joy, standing knee deep on a rocky beach with the tide pushing cool water through my legs, looking out to passing whales, seals, and osprey, while targeting SRC and salmon. I am an avid fly tier and celebrate the success in cracking the code of a new beach, river, or species. Beyond the waters in Washington, I feel just as at home on the warm salt water flats and find the pressure addictive! If I am not targeting fish, you will find me kite-boarding local beaches, surfing the Strait, or paddle boarding local lakes. By developing my photography skills, I also find pleasure watching others experience the joys of the outdoors through the lens of my camera. As a former college lacrosse coach, teaching is my passion whether that means tweaking your cast, or helping you approach a new body of water confidently, I am here to help in whatever way possible. Swiftwater Rescue Technician
Zach Rhoades — Originally from the Central Coast of California, I spent most of my free time chasing waves up and down the coast. When I moved to Washington, my attentions were quickly focused to the wilds of the North Cascades, Mt. Rainier, and the Olympic Peninsula. On countless trips to ski, climb, backpack and surf, I began paying more attention to the beautiful creeks and big rivers I passed along the way. Unwilling to drive or hike past these familiar waters anymore, I picked up a fly rod, and never looked back.
Fly-fishing for me is a simply a pure, artistic, and beautiful way to interact with nature; the awe-inspiring wild. I love getting to those “hard to reach” places both on guided trips and my own days on the water. Whether it’s by horseback, drift boat, or good ol’ felt soles, let’s get out!
Karlie Roland — I grew up with a fly rod in one hand and a camera in the other. My father gave us a healthy diet of food and fishing from the time we could walk, and not necessarily in that order. It wasn’t until I was older and became fish obsessed that I realized how lucky I was to experience these special places my dad took us as kids. Choosing to move from Utah to Washington in 2011 for fishing, I mean school, didn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone. It was here I fell in love with protecting our watersheds, the diversity of fish we have and the opportunity to chase them. Fly fishing to me has gone far beyond catching fish. It’s the constant exploration, the simplicity water gives me and the freedom to teach and show people the ease by which one becomes an addict in this sport. As the Women’s Program Director I hope to attract, welcome and support women from every edge of this world.
This is also the only photo I have of me that doesn’t have my dog or a fish in it…
Tom Mahan — Born in Northern California, I was introduced to fishing as soon as I was strong enough to hold a toy fishing rod. As a youth, I would finish my school year and fly north to Alaska every summer to visit my grandmother who was an avid fly caster and fly fisher. Fishing nearly everyday on the Kenai Peninsula was definitely a crystal ball image to what the rest of my life would hold. Landing my first steelhead on a dry at age thirteen changed the way I thought about these fish. I read and dreamed about them and was always asking questions about them. For the last decade, I have been relentless in my pursuit of these majestic fish. Guiding from northern California’s coast all the way to the Sapsuk and Sandy Rivers in Alaska. I am an active steelhead conservationist allowing my voice to be heard when it comes to ensuring these fish will be around for as long as possible. My style is simple (we wont fish indicators), we will cast spey rods with specialized line systems and we will use close to two decades of hard earned information to get after it in a low impact and proactive way. My key to success is very simple. Enjoy the beauty of the Pacific North West. Don’t take anything to serious. Leave that day being a more efficient caster and steelhead angler than when you arrived! Although you will find me paying attention to the smallest mechanical details while coaching the cast, I will say with confidence that our day will consist of hard laughs and wishing the day was just a little bit longer when its time to go home. Whether a true beginner or seasoned caster, if the two handed rod is your game, I am your guy. Gloomis and Nautilus Reels Pro Staff, Certified EMS First Responder, Certified Low Angle Rescue, Certified Wild Land Survivalist.
Ted McDermott — I have always had a weird obsession with fish. I can remember the early days fishing the surf in New York and Massachusetts, staying up all night in anticipation of an early morning on the water, like it was Christmas or something. For the most part, I was just excited at the thought of seeing a few fish. Eventually, I progressed to fishing the surf armed with a fly-rod targeting stripers, blues and the occasional false albie all along the coast of the Northeast. During college in Maine, I was introduced to light tackle trout fishing and was lucky enough to spend a considerable amount of time chasing bones around various Bahamian flats. This kind of exposure was enough to turn an obsession into a profession, and so I migrated West in search of a place that satisfied my needs as a fly angler as well as a guide. The fisheries of Pacific Northwest certainly do that for me. After a brief stint guiding in Alaska, I have immersed myself in the rivers, creeks and saltwater of Washington state and continue to experience new things in a region that has incredible variety within the species you can target as well as the water you can fish. Thousands of beaches and creeks have given me an endless source of discovery and hope in the outdoors. My goal now is to share my love of fish and the outdoors with as many people as possible; what better vessel is there than fly-fishing, and what better venue than the Northwest? The experience is what matters, you musn’t take these places we fish or the fish themselves for granted. Appreciate what’s there and love every minute of the hard work you put into it, sooner or later one will take.
Eric Sadlon — The seed which ultimately led to my fly fishing obsession was planted early. As a youngster having moved from Brooklyn to Portland, I began chasing salmon with my dad in the Columbia River and its tributaries. As I continued to grow up, I fell in love with the peace and beauty of the Northwest and these magnificent fish. After separating from the military and trying to assimilate to the civilian work force, fishing was my outlet for keeping my sanity. From here I did various jobs until ultimately achieving my dream job as a Seattle Firefighter in 2007. Now having more free time I was traveling the entire West Coast…fishing all of it! But It wasn’t until I had met some fly anglers at a cleanup event that I had picked up my first spey rod and began this journey. I found a new peace which came with the solitude and scenery on my favorite river. Casting a fly was enjoyable and relaxing, very zen like and I frequently became lost in thought. It was in one of those moments when my first encounter with a steelhead came. He slammed my fly so hard, ripping the loop from my hand and my reel began instantly screaming. Echoing through the winter cold, rod flexing, the fish headed for the tail out, giving me quite the show. But before my cold fingers could do anything, he had left me with a limp line in hand and the biggest grin that I carry to this day. IFFF Certified Casting Instructor, EMT
Todd Crane — Having grown up in Pittsburgh, PA fly fishing was something leading me away from the bustle of our city and closer to what I could feel was more important in the world…the outdoors. Having begun as a teenager with the fly rod I was behind some of my friends but my die-hard passion for being on particular types of water and the desire to become as proficient as possible quickly opened my eyes to what this sport had to offer. I now find much of the solitude I need in my time on water with friends and clients. Enjoying these with them allows me to relive my own and sharing these side by side creates lasting memories for all. IFFF Certified Casting Instructor
Mark Freda — I was born and raised in Barrington, IL and have fished since I could hold a rod, but was not exposed to the gentle art of fly-fishing until the age of fifteen. The Midwest does not offer many opportunities to fly-fish for cold water species so I was introduced to Colorado waters by my father. My first experience fly-fishing for trout was a three day float down the Gunnison River in Colorado…this was all I needed! From that trip forward I vowed to spend my life learning everything fly-fishing could offer. Over the past 19 years I have traveled from Colorado to Alaska, Oregon to Mexico and literally everywhere in between in search of new rivers, new people and new experiences. It has never really been about catching fish though that is nice as well. Now residing in Seattle, WA, this state of mind drives why I guide, to share all I know about this amazing sport with hopes I can help other appreciate it as well.
Jon Gorham — Hunting, fishing and sports were common activities enjoyed by my family over the years but it is fishing that has worked its way into my veins. It began to do so as a child on fishing trips with my Dad. It really caught my attention in high school when a buddy and I would take my tent and gear to Chestnut Lake, spending the night and catching the big ones. I spent fourteen years in Miami, Florida which allowed me to experience a new kind of fishing — saltwater. What an experience to hook a hundred pound tarpon, or a strong-lipped snook. Even hooking a four-pound peacock bass in the canals was exhilarating. The fishing in South Florida is endless and abundant. Sharing time between working for entertainment stars, scoring goals in overtime to win championships in lacrosse, stalking a quiet flat for tailing bonefish, and yes, dancing in the clubs. Miami was good to me but I knew I had to leave. Seattle, Washington is my home now. The Northwest was a place I wanted to live ever since I was young so this is my life long dream coming true. IFFF Certified Casting Instructor