- Guiding fly fishing is a profession and our Seattle fly fishing guide staff 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, Thomas and Thomas, Nautilus, Costa and AMFF Ambassador, Rajeff Sports Pro Staff Member, Keepemwet Fishing Ambassador and IFFF Certified Casting Instructor, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Photographer
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.
Caldwell “Roar” 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. Hardy Ambassador
This is also the only photo I have of me that doesn’t have my dog or a fish in it…
Cole Leishman — I grew up knee deep on a Cascadian blue line with fly rod in hand. Like many Western Washington natives, I spent most of my childhood near the water whether it was targeting salmon off the beaches of Whidbey Island or fishing the local lakes and streams for trout. I have always been enamored with fish of all kinds and the curiosity of what lies beneath the surface has always been part of my life. It wasn’t until college that I fully realized my passion for the sport and that I wanted to make it a lifestyle. Skipping class and social events became a regular occurrence for the sake of hitting that fabled salmonfly hatch, exploring new stillwaters, or swinging flies for steelhead on the Olympic Peninsula. One thing that I have learned about fly fishing in Washington is that you have to be flexible. Each season brings a new challenge, requiring a different set of skills, gear, and a tank full of gas. It is with these diverse fisheries that we become better anglers, finely tuning ourselves to chase any fish on the planet. I’m excited to help new and experienced fly fishers explore all that our wonderful state has to offer, west and east of the Cascades.
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.