|John Nagy has guided in Alaska and fly
fished extensively in the Western and
Eastern United States as well as British
Columbia. For the last 20 years he has
guided on many of Lake Erie’s tributary
streams for steelhead and has written
numerous articles on the unique style of
fly fishing often needed to catch these
elusive and sometimes finicky fish.
|Anyone who has ever dealt with Bob knows what a gentleman he is. His website, Nordic Way
Tube Flies has served thousands of tyers over the years as a place for information and
inspiration. Known in the tube fly world as the "King of Epoxy", Bob is the type that sees a
new material or design and creates fly patterns that are completely unique.
Besides working closely with us on several ideas and patterns, Bob teamed up with Mark
Mandell for "Tube Flies Two: Evolution". The book continues to spread the word about the
versatility of tube flies and the possibilities that come about binging tube tyers from around
the world together.
|John has been with the CTFC since the start. Not only an accomplished tyer and guide, he is
also our resident (winter) "guru" of all things salt water. He has been the developer and test
pilot of most of our pacific salmon flies. He takes the realistic view of shrimp, prawn, and
bait fish and has the uncanny ability of making patterns that look and swim fantastic in
the water. We couldn't help but put our favourite "after fishing" snapshot up for John!
|Though our friend Juri left this world too early, he has been, and
continues to be an inspiration behind many of our patterns and
products. For those not familiar with Juri's work, he revolutionized the
industry with his Long Range, Skittle, Weight Forward, Summer
Arrow, and Pipette tube designs. He took the "basic" bottle tube and was
the first to address the issue of hook hang down. Juri was the first to
design slotted metal tubes that actually served as the body of the fly,
the actual pattern is tied on the inside liner tube. Juri was an
accomplished professional in the fly tying world.
|Steve has been tying for longer than most
people would like to admit. If you have
ever had the pleasure of speaking with
Steve, you'll know what true passion for a
sport and art is. There is never a moment
when Steve is not dreaming up a way to
create a new pattern using unusual
methods and materials. Steve is truly an
"outside the box" thinker when it comes to
brainstorming about new directions in
Steve is currently on the Regal Vise
development team and is the originator of
Polar Pony Hair.
|Michael Farnham of Washington D.C joins us
on our pro staff. Michael has fished extensively
on most fresh and salt waters in his region,
and probably would fish parking lots with
standing water on it if he thought there were
fish there. The area of the country Michael is
from is not noted for fly fishing and in efforts
to help fly fishing take its place in community
he persisted in requests from outdoors writers to
“ just go fly fishing with me once” and if it
doesn’t meet your satisfaction I promise to
leave you alone.
|Joe says it best himself...."After putting 30
long years in a steel mill, I feel I’m slightly
qualified to know what it is to work for a
living. Had I worked in a Fly shop all my
life, I would feel like I never worked at all.
"The Contented Angler" gives me something
to do besides collecting my pension. Helping
others with free fly tying and fly casting
lessons is a rare opportunity to do something
good. When you're gone, you won't be
remembered for what a good fisherman you
were. You will, hopefully, be remembered for
being a good person. That's the best we can
We couldn't agree more Joe!!!!
|Owner and operator of both Adipos Flytying and The Canadian Tube Fly Company, Stuart has
had the pleasure of tying and fly fishing for over twenty seasons. Stuart decided several
years ago (along with his family) to turn his hobby and passion into a living. One that would
provide top quality flies and fly tying products to customers world wide. He felt that tube
flies were tremendously underrepresented in North America and there was a market for
products that would help steelheaders and fly-fishermen in general, find a central location to
order all things tube flies.
|Curtis says it best himself......"There are few places in this world that
are as beautiful and overwhelming as the coast of British Columbia.
Vancouver Island rivers, lakes, estuaries and inlets are teaming with
fish and offer unsurpassed beauty. My Grandfather taught me at a
young age, that there is nothing better than taking the time to enjoy
the simpler things in life. It's great advice."
We're ecstatic to have Curtis come on board with our Pro Staff.
Curtis is the sole proprietor and head guide of Coast Wilderness
Fishing Adventure out of Campbell River BC.
|With fly rod in hand, Rick has pursued Atlantic salmon in Norway and Canada's eastern
provinces. He has sought after steelhead in British Columbia and on the tributaries of the Great
Lakes. Rick has saltwater fished the eastern seaboard from Kennebec Maine to the Florida
Keys and the Bahamas.
For over two decades he has been an accomplished fly tyer, fly fisher, and teacher. Rick has
been profiled or published articles in: The Toronto Globe and Mail, The Hamilton Spectator, Fly
Tyer, Fly Fusion and The Atlantic Salmon Journal to name a few. A guest tier and speaker
throughout Canada and USA his flies have been highlighted in many books and periodicals. In
2004, Canada Post commissioned Rick to tie a Full Dressed Jock Scott. The reproduction was
replicated and released on Canadian ¢.50 stamp in February 2005.
Find out more about Rick and his fantastic casting school at
|Derek Barber lives in Kitimat, BC and is a fly fishing Guide at
Skeena River Lodge and a member of the Mackenzie DTX
Prostaff Team. His passion is chasing Steelhead and Chinook
salmon just hours from the salt in the Lower Skeena valley and
many coastal drainages along the north coast. Derek grew up
on the great lakes in Ontario fishing Brook Trout and Lake
Trout. In his teens he discovered the Steelhead of Lake Huron
and Superior and quickly fell in love with these fish. In March
of 2007 he loaded all of his belongings into his car and headed
for the Skeena and now guides 6 month of the year. Derek loves
his job and sharing his love for this sport and these fish with
people from all over the world. Derek also makes annual trips to
Canada’s East coast in pursuit of big Atlantic Salmon and
Saltwater destinations for Tarpon. A pretty tough life indeed!
|Jim now live just outside Boston,
Mass in a town called Marlborough
and has been in the fishing Business
for the past 32 years. Jim owned a
tackle shop in Pulaski, New York
from 1981 thru 1999. The shop,
Whitakers Sport Shop & Motel was
on the Salmon Rive, a major salmon
and steelhead river entering Lake
Ontario because of the New York
Hatchery. Since 1984 I have been a
full time Spey casting instructor
and for the past 18 years I have
owned the Chapelle Lodge on the
Matapedia River in Quebec, Canada.
|We are excited to have Chris come on board. Though new to tying, his enthusiasm about tying is
I started fishing Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon in 2010 with a centerpin when I moved to Sault
Ste. Marie for school. In less than half a year I had made the switch to a two handed fly rod and
will never look back. I started tying flies in January of 2011, I caught my first Steelhead on the
swing on January 14, 2011 on a “Lady Caroline” that I had tied myself using Canadian Tube Fly
Heron Hackle. Since then I have studied the classic style salmon flies and the newer trends of flies
that are being swung these days. I have found that I enjoy tying flies as much as I do fishing these
days. It is extremely rare that a day to goes by where I don’t sit at my vise for an hour or two
learning and practicing techniques. Through tying many different styles of flies I have found my
biggest passion in the classic salmon flies of past years. Very few things are as exciting as
hooking a Steelhead or Atlantic on a 100 year old classic salmon fly pattern.