Our Angling Oral History Project collects, preserves, and disseminates the histories, opinions, and stories of politicians, artists, guides, authors, and anglers from all walks of life. Interviews are freely available and searchable to anyone online through our MSU created database.

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Lourens Ackermann

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Lourens is an enthusiastic split cane rod builder.

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Tom Alkire

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Tom is an avid angler, journalist, and author who has spent a good portion of his life’s work trying to answer the question “why go fishing”?

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Craig Amacker

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Craig is a manager at Fontana Sports in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a lifelong anger who grew up fishing the waters of the dairy state and across the Midwest.

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Frank Amato

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Frank is the founder and owner of Frank Amato publications which is one of the leading publishers of angling and sporting books and periodicals in the United States.

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April Archer

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April is an avid angler, mother to three daughters, and founder of SaraBella Fishing which is the first fly rod company to develop fly rods specifically for women anglers.

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Peter Arden

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Peter is a member of the Federation of South African Fly Fishers (FOSAF) and has been fishing since a child in the Western Cape area.

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Alex Assante

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Alex has been fishing since he was young child and has the unique distinction of being able to say he caught his first trout on a rod he build and a fly he tied.

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Walter Babb

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Walter is a renowned fly tier, angler, and builder of some of the world’s finest bamboo fly rods.

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John Bailey

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John is the owner and operator of Dan Bailey’s Fly shop in Livingston, MT.

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Bill Bainbridge

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Bill has been interested in fishing and rivers since he was a child.

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Alen Baker

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Alen is a lifelong angler in Tennessee and the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

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Bill Bakke

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Bill Bakke is a native of Oregon and has been involved in fish conservation work for over 30 years.

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Ray Ball

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Ray is a lifelong angler, hunter, and outdoorsman in and around the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee.

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Ron Beane

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Ron has fished the waters of North Carolina and the Appalachian Mountains for nearly 60 years

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Randy Berndt

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Randy is a guide, teacher, angler, and conservationist.

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A. K. Best

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AK is a world class fly tier, angler, musician, and author.

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Manoj Bhusal

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Manoj has worked as a Climate Change Officer and Field Project Associate in Langtang National Park in Nepal.

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Moreno Borriero

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Moreno is one of the most respected bamboo rod builders in Europe.

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Dave Brackett

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Dave is a lifelong angler, fly tier, and conservationist.

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Glenn Brackett

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Glenn is the founder of Sweetgrass Rods and one of the former owners of Winston Rods.

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Peter Brigg

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Peter is a lifelong angler, artist, conservationist, and author.

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Jen Brown

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Dr. Jen Brown is an avid angler, author, researcher, and patient fly fishing instructor.

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Jay Buchner

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Jay is a longtime guide, fly tier and angler in Idaho and the across the Rocky Mountains.

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Tom Bugni

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Tom is one of the founding members of Montana Coalition for Stream Access.

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Joe Burke

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Joe is an accomplished fly tier, angler, and advocate for protecting rivers and native fish.

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Charlie Craven

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Charlie is the owner of Charlie’s Fly Box and author of several books on fly tying.

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Colorado Women Flyfishers

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This interview is with Rheana Gavagan, CWF President; Craige Stainton, Past BOD, Charter Member; Chris Juvan, Past BOD, Charter Member; and Chris Prelaz, Past BOD, Member at Bass Pro Shop in Denver, Colorado.

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Marietjie Davies

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I met these ladies at the Fly Tiers Expo in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Jack Dennis

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Jack is an angling legend. He is a longtime guide in the Jackson Hole area of Wyoming.

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Stephen Dugmore

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Stephen is an avid angler and one of the best split cane rod makers in South Africa.

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Ed Engle

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Ed is an author, fly tier, poet, and lifetime angler.

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Gavin Erwin

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Gavin is a talented young artist and angler. He states that “fishing is my life”.

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Steven Fernandez

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Is a world renowned fly tier and angler. He is a pioneer in artistic salmon fly tying and is recipient of the prestigious Buz Buszek award.

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Tanner Flake

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Tanner is an avid anger and a co-owner of Tenkara Rod Co. which he helped found in Idaho.

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Andrew Fowler

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Andrew is an avid angler, researcher, fly tier, and author.

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Darren Fowler

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Darren is a member and founder of a group called the Fly Crew which is an organization that actively seeks to get youth involved in the sport of fly fishing.

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Jimmy Gabettas

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Jimmy is the owner of Jimmy’s All Seasons Angler in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

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Sumantha Ghosh

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Sumantha is a conversationalist, naturalist, and wildlife advocate with over 15 years of experience in the wild areas in and around Jim Corbett National Park.

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John Gierach

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John is the author of angling classics such as Dances with Trout, Standing in a River Waving a Stick, Sex, Death, and Fly Fishing and Trout Bum.

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Will Godfrey

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Will is a lifelong anger, guide and fly tier (and a MSU alum!).

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Ben and Buck Goodrich

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Ben and Buck are father and son anglers with decades of experience under their collective belts.

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Chandan Gupta

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Chandan is the founder of Rogue Anglers which offers guided fishing adventures all across India.

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Joe Gutkoski

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Joe is a lifelong conservationist, angler, and advocate for our wild areas.

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Rick Hafele

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Rick A.K.A. “Bug Man” is one of the world’s leading trout entomologists.

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Monty Hankinson

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Monty is a lifelong anger and has been a guide on the Beaverhead and Big Hole Rivers for nearly 50 years.

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Edward Herbst

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Ed is one of the most interesting and knowledgeable people I met on my South African trip.

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Andrew Herd, Dr

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Andrew is one of the world’s leading fishing historians.

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Marlize Heyns

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I met these ladies at the Fly Tiers Expo in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Reed Howald

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Reed is retired member of the MSU chemistry faculty and a life-long angler.

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Dave Hughes

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Dave Hughes is an author of more than 20 books about fly fishing.

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Bob Jacklin

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Bob Jackin is the owner of Jacklin’s Fly Shop in West Yellowstone, Montana.

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David Jacobson

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David and his brothers founded Outdoor Professionals and helped invent the Dragonfly Rod Holder.

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Bruce James

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Bruce is the office manager at Grand Teton Fly Fishing in Jackson Hole, WY.

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John Judy

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John is the author of several books on fly fishing including Slack Line Strategies for Fly Fishing.

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Jill Kana

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Jill is an avid anger, dog lover, and advocate of experiencing the outdoors in any way possible!

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Jim Klug

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im is the founder and CEO of Yellowdog Flyfishing Adventures which arranges flyfishing trips to exotic locations around the globe.

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Todd Koel

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Todd is the Program Leader for the Native Fish Restoration Project in Yellowstone National Park

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Jan Korrubel

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Jan is the manager of a shop called the Fish Eagle, a branch of King Fisher, in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

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Lefty Kreh

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Lefty is one of the most influential sports fishers of our times.

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Matt Kulp

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Matt is the Supervisory Fishery Biologist at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Ilan Lax

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Ilan is an attorney, conservationist, member of Federation of Southern African Flyfishers, and lifelong angler.

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Jim Lichatowich

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Jim is the author of the award-winning book, Salmon without Rivers: A History of the Pacific Salmon Crisis.

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Annette Lily

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Annette grew up in one of the most prominent angling and fly fishing families in the world.

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Bud Lilly 2014-10-16

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Bud is a legend in the angling world. He is an accomplished angler, fly tier, guide, and owner of Bud Lilly’s Fly Shop in West Yellowstone, MT

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Bud Lilly 2016-02-26

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Bud has been active in countless conservation efforts including recently the Warriors and Quite Waters Foundation.

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Esther Lilly

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Esther Lilly was the National Executive Director for Trout Unlimited in the mid 1980’s and was also the National executive director for Federation of Flyfishers.

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Al Luebeck

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Al is a former member of the Montana State Legislature and was the first to introduce a bill stating that Montana waterways belonged to the public.

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AD Maddox

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AD Maddox is one of the leading angling artist working in the field today.

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Adriano Manocchia

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Adriano is artist of many talents.

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Craig and Jackie Mathews

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Craig and Jackie Mathews are the founders of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, MT.

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Keith McCafferty

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Keith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Duke University and a Master’s in Journalism from the University of Michigan.

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Beau McFadyean

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Beau is the owner of Montana Adventures and Angling in Billing, Montana.

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Tom McGuane

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Tom is a rancher, writer, and lifelong angler.

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Bear McKinney

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Bear is a lifelong angler, guide, and casting instructor.

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Gregg Messel

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Gregg is one of the most enthusiastic supporters of all of our efforts in the Trout and Salmonid collections at MSU-Bozeman.

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Steve Moore

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Steve is the former Supervisory Fishery Biologist at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Carrie Morgan

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Carrie is a school teacher, angler, member of Casting for Recovery and cancer survivor.

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Tom Morgan

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Tom Morgan is the owner and founder of Tom Morgan Rodsmiths located in Manhattan, Montana.

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Tim Mosolf

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Tim is a guide operating out of Dillon, Montana and fishing primarily on the Big Hole and Beaverhead rivers.

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Rich Norman

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Rich is an avid angler and has decades of fly tying experience.

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Richard Parks

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Richard has been involved in the business of fly fishing since he was a child.

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Sanjeev Paroiya

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Sanjeev is better known locally as the snake-man.

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Joe Pehrson

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Joe is an artist specializing in wildlife art. He has done sculptures in concrete and more recently carvings in natural wood.

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Leigh Perkins

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Leigh is an author, avid sportsman, and Chairman of the Orvis Company.

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Harry Peterson

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 Harry is a lifetime angler, author, researcher, and President Emeritus of Western State Colorado University.

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Marc Petitjean

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Marc is a world renowned fly tier, angler and owner of Petitjean Fishing Equipment.

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John Porter

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John worked as a bus driver in Yellowstone after WWII.

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Pritamsingh Pundis

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Pritam the manager of Himalayan Outback Lodge and is a native of the Himachal Pradesh region, growing up with the same village as fishing guide, Bobby Sighn

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Nathaniel Reed

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It is difficult think of anyone who can compare to Nat’s commitment to protecting the environment.

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Scott Richmond

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Scott is lifelong angler, fly tier, and conservationist.

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Ted Rogowski

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Ted worked as an attorney for the US Environmental Protection Agency for most of his career

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Bobby Sadpal Sighn

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Bobby is an acclaimed guide, angler and naturalist.

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Karnvir Saran Das

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Karnvir is the owner and manager of Mahaseer Fishing Camps in the Village of Jhargoan, India.

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Jim Schollmeyer

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Jim is an author of several books on fly fishing, fly patterns, and hatches including the Hatch Guide for Western Streams.

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Tony Schoonen

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Tony is one of the founding members of Montana Coalition for Stream Access.

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Pramesh Shrestha

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Pramesh is the co-founder of the Nepalese Anglers Club which is the only club dedicated to angling and catch and release fishing in Nepal.

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Trevor Sithole

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Trevor is a young Zulu man who has the dream job of being a profession fishing guide in South Africa.

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Alam Soni

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Alam is one of the most celebrated fishing guides in all of India and is an expert on the rivers near his village on the outskirts of Jim Corbett National Park.

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Bruce Staples

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Bruce is a retired chemist, angler, and author. He is a leading expert on fishing Yellowstone National Park and the waters of Idaho.

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Ritish Suri

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Ritish is biologist, naturalist, conversationalist, and eco-tourism guide.

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Tom Sutcliffe

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To say Tom is a man of many talents is an understatement.

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Doug Swisher

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Doug is the author of several books including Selective Trout which has been called one of the most important books written on angling and trout behavior.

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Sharon Swisher

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Sharon is an avid angler and an incredibly skillful fly tier.

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Masako Tani

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Masako is an angling writer, fly fisher, and fly tier.

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Gary Tanner

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Gary is the former director of the American Museum of Fly Fishing, a lifelong angler, and designer/tier of innovative flies.

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Martin Techmeier

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Martin is in his early 90’s and has been an avid angler for nearly 80 years.

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Ladd Tucker

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Tucker is a guide, fly tier, and casting instructor and owner of Trouts Fly Fishing shop in Denver, CO.

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Amit Verma

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Amit is the Deputy Director of Jim Corbett National Park and Tiger Reserve.

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Dick Vincent

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There is likely no one that has had more of an impact on preserving and improving the trout populations in Montana’s rivers than Dick Vincent.

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Jeremy Wade

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Jeremy is the host of Animal Planets television program River Monsters.

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John Wainaina

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John is the manager of Tam Trout and the Trout Tree Restaurant near Nanyuki, Kenya.

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Dave Walker

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Dave is an author, researcher, angler, resort owner, and founder of the Wild Trout Association in Rhodes, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

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Mary Kay Watry

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Mary is the Conservation Biologist at Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Joel Weinhold

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Joel is the CEO of Denver Outfitters.

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Tom Wendelburg

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Tom is a lifelong angler and tireless advocate for protecting trout habitats.

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Dan Wenk

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Dan has been the Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park since 2011.

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Kyle Wilkinson

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Thumbnail of Kyle Wilkinson sitting in his office in Trouts Fly Fishing in Denver, Colorado.

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Jason Woda

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Jason is a lifelong angler, fishing boat captain, guide, conservationist, and cheesehead!

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Renthia de Wood

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I met these ladies at the Fly Tiers Expo in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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James Woods

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James has served as an environmental attorney for both the United States and the state of New York helping to protect our rivers and wild areas for decades.

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Olivia Wootan

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Olivia has the distinction of being the youngest person I have ever interviewed.

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Shane Wooton

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Shane is an avid angler and fly tier who has been spending time outdoors, and on rivers, his entire life.

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Joan Wulff

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Joan Salvato Wulff is also known as the First Lady of Fly Fishing, has been casting since she was a school girl in 1937.

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Satoshi Yamamoto

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Satoshi is a MSU alum, an avid angler, guide, salmon fly tier, and owner of Lefty Angler & Flies in Livingston, Montana.

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John Yelland

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John is the owner of Upstream Flyfishing in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Dorothy Zinke

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Dorothy has been fishing and tying flies for over 7 decades.

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Adam Zins

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Adam is a Wisconsin based artist who focuses on trout and wildlife art.

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