- 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 FFI Certified Casting Instructors, hold a variety of Ambassador/Advisory/Pro Staff positions from highly respected equipment manufacturers such as Thomas & Thomas, Winston, Scott, 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 FFI Certified Casting Instructor, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Photographer
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 chance I get; Editor of The Flyfish Journal and promote other flyfishing writers and artists I admire through Syzygy Fly Fishing.
Caldwell “Rohr” 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, GLoomis Pro Staff
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!
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. Winston and Bauer Pro Staff
Devon Richardson – Born 20 minutes from downtown Seattle, I’ve used every excuse in the book to get out of city bounds. In any conditions, my landscape of choice has always been aquatic. Whether that means fleeing to the cascades and overnighting near the clearest alpine lake, or skating over to the the sound and spending hours on end beach combing – I can’t get away from the water. In this regard, I have been surrounded by fish my entire life and have always felt a strong connection, I just hadn’t nailed it down until very recently. My fly fishing career began not too long ago, as my introduction to the outdoor retail industry plunged me straight into some of the most pressing conservation issues that we face today. Fish are everything to this region – sustenance, recreation, economic opportunity, and most importantly a tie to almost all the natural environments of the pacific northwest. I hadn’t understood their power until landing one on the fly and getting to stare at it straight on – ever since I’ve been hooked!
Kayla Lockhart – I now call Portland, OR home but, am native Midwesterner from the land of 10,000 lakes, MN. I am the Second oldest of 7 girls (yes, that’s right SEVEN!). My Father introduced all of us to the outdoors but it was clear to him that I was taking it a bit more seriously than my sisters and he jumped on the opportunity to have a little fishing and hunting buddy. Being in the outdoors is something that I learned at a young age on how it can be a resource for both, healing and excitement. I found my love for fly fishing in 2014, and jumped with both feet into it! Signed myself up for every class available and never looked back! Since then I have caught over 40 species on the fly and live for the places that fly fishing brings me too. The travel to me is one of the most exciting things involved with fly fishing. I have now Fished waters all over the US, Mexico and the Bahamas and my bucket list keeps on growing! When I do find time to pull myself off the water you can find me playing music (ukulele, banjo, fiddle), painting/drawing, embroidery, and riding the PNW trails on my dirt bike!
Bill Marts – My adult business and hobby-life of 50+ years has revolved around fly fishing and not much else. It has included teaching – fly tying, fly casting, fly fishing ( three years as the head of Sage Fly Fishing Schools), and rod building. I have owned 2 flyshops and worked for two others. My last job was as the Saltwater Travel Expert at The Fly Shop in California, which fished me all over the world but mostly saltwater flats. I have managed to catch, on a fly, everything from catfish to billfish and steelhead to bones and GTs. What has this got to do with Carp guiding? My love for sight fishing in skinny waters is what makes me appreciate carp fishing in the shallow waters of Eastern and Central Washington. I fish for carp the exact way I fish for bonefish: I sight fish for them. Spot the fish. Stalk the fish. Cast to the fish. Hook the fish!!!! I look forward to guiding again for these special fish.
Mikela Rigney – I was lucky to have parents who spent their free time outdoors and brought me along (sometimes against my will). From family raft trips on the Salmon River to surfing in California, I realized that I feel at home when I am in the water. While I come from a long line of flyfishing women, however it wasn’t until recently that I began my own adventure into fishing. For me, this is more than catching fish; it’s a reason to spend time exploring beautiful places, a source of wonder and a great way to let go. I came to Washington by the way of Montana and Idaho a few years ago. I was surprised by the abundance of fishing opportunities that our state has to offer and am very happy that I moved here. When I’m not fishing, you’re best bet to find me is outside: skiing, rafting, surfing or climbing with my fiancé, Hans.
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. FFI 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.