Pro-Staff Bios

 

Bryan Eldridge

Bryan has suffered from what appears to be a terminal case of Fish Fever his whole life. He was born and raised in Roosevelt, Utah, just twenty miles from Falcon’s Ledge. He spent his summers hauling firewood from the Uinta Mountains with his father who discovered that the best way to get Bryan to work fast was to promise to let him fish once the truck was full. Bryan began guiding and teaching fly fishing schools at Falcon’s Ledge in 2003. He confesses now that he worried that he wouldn’t be able to stand not being the one doing the fishing, but he found from the start that helping others catch fish and experience the waters of his youth is every bit as rewarding as doing it himself. Besides, he still manages to catch one or two (thousand) fish a year. . . . In the “off season” Bryan is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the American Sign Language & Deaf Studies Program at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. He has to do something to justify the time he put in earning a Ph.D. in linguistic anthropology. Bryan attributes his love of guiding to the fact that it combines his avocation (fly fishing) and his vocation (teaching). Bryan lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with his wife, Julie.

Spencer Higa

Spencer was born in Provo, UT. He grew up fishing these local rivers, streams, and lakes with his father. Spencer began guiding at Falcon’s Ledge in 1996. He has been tying flies for 20 years just about as long as he’s been fly fishing. He loves fishing the high mountain streams for brookies, cutts, and rainbows. He also loves the challenge on the lower elevation rivers for trophy browns. His passion for fly fishing is evident and he is eager to teach anyone that is willing to learn. Spencer lives in Provo, Utah.

Grant Bench

GrantI’ve been fortunate to start fly fishing and tying at a young age. It’s kept me out of trouble at times and more importantly has connected me with people from all walks of life. What was once an obsession has turned into a passion and lifestyle. Tying flies has become part of an everyday routine and I’m always learning from others. I work closely with The Orvis Company to tweak and develop fly patterns that work well in North America and beyond. Recently I’ve joined the BUG BOND International Pro Tying Team. The team consists of tyers from Europe, Africa, and a few from North America. It’s an honor to associate and learn from many creative tyers who are considered to be the best in the world. None of this would be possible without the unfailing support of my wife Holly. Sharing the art of fly fishing with others is not just a hobby, it’s part of my job description at Falcon’s Ledge where I’ve worked for 7 seasons now.When I’m not guiding or tying, I am contributing to the popular blog www.outsmartingfish.com or, helping at-risk, underprivileged youth to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of fly fishing and fly tying. Life is a river, fish it!

Tim Johnson

Tragically, little Timmy Johnson hadn’t even finished elementary school when he first tasted the “fly fishing juice”… It might as well have been crack. Stuck in the Arizona desert, he spent his days peddling his yellow Schwinn Cruiser to ninja-fish every bluegill and bass-filled golf course pond he could reach, and his nights tying flies and absorbing fly fishing magazines. Soon Tim began feeding his hunger for monster trout with frequent trips to Utah (under the auspices of visiting family). In 2000 he finally moved here and has been making up for lost time — fishing and guiding ever since.
In addition to guiding (Utah Fly Guides, Falcon’s Ledge), Tim is a licensed Recreation Therapist. He uses fly fishing and other modalities to help people (from adolescents with Asperger’s to veterans with PTSD) improve their quality of life. When he’s not on the river or working with clients, Tim can be found painting watercolors of… what else… behemoth trout. His prints, as well as commissioned originals are available for even the most discerning trout bums.

Clint Goodman

Charles Cook, my mothers father was an amazing, classy old timer. He was one of my best friends and fishing pals. I spent almost every summer and fall fishing with him. The black and white photos of him with rod and creel inspired me to try my hand at fly fishing. I began tying in 1993 and one year later began fly fishing. Once I started catching fish on home tied flies my hobby became an obsession; A life long quest to turn a hook into a fish fooling work of art.

Ever since then I have done my best to help others enjoy the sport. Whether teaching someone to tie flies or mend their line better. I love this sport in its entirety and all that it has to offer to each of us.

Paul Swint

Paul Swint works for William Joseph and is a great go to for all your gear questions! He has a passion for all types of fishing but has caught the Fly Fishing fever! Paul started fishing on the Gulf of Mexico at 3 and moved to Utah when he was 8 and hasn’t put a rod down since. When asked what his favorite fly is he responded with, “Hard to choose, you can’t beat a Joes Hopper. I guess because you can drop just about anything off the back of him, he is easy to see with that big chute on top, and he rides low, which makes a nice girthy profile that fish can see on either side of my drift lane (this turns the lookers into takers). Mainly though it’s because nothing quite gets me going like the sound of a big Brown chasing one down.” Here at Tie and Fly we are excited to work with Paul! He knows the ins and outs on gear and fishing!

Nate Leavitt

I still remember the Christmas when I got my first fishing pole. My dad wasn’t an angler but he’s a good man and took me and my brother out to try something new. It didn’t take long before I was totally hooked. A number of years later, at the age of 12, I acquired my first fly rod from a friend who had lost interest in it. I was intrigued. I already loved fishing but didn’t even know what fly fishing was. I had never even seen someone do it before. Thinking back to it, I don’t even recall why I started. With a few books and some help from some good people at the local fly shop (Anglers Inn) I SLOWLY began learning how to cast and even got into tying soon thereafter. It was probably 20 trips until I caught my first fish on the fly. Stoked. I could never pass by a water source without looking excitedly and wondering if it held fish and if so what kind, how big, etc. etc. That still hasn’t changed. I simply love fly fishing. It started with riding my bike to the river or my mom dropping me off up Provo Canyon to fish – even in the winter. Once I could drive I would use some guide books and topo maps and go on solo trips explore overlooked and unfamiliar waters. That desire to find new and special waters has only grown in these last 17 years and now my fishing buddies (Tie & Fly pro-staff Derek Olthuis and Phil Tuttle) and I are constantly on the search for new and exciting spots. I love that there’s always more to learn and each water presents a set of challenges and a code to crack. I share my passion of fly fishing through a blog I created called OutsmartingFish.com.

Dave Richards

David Richards grew up spin fishing with his dad and grandpa, hating every minute of it! It wasn’t until David found fly fishing that he actually liked to fish. Fast forward 20 years and fly fishing has become a huge part of his life. If he’s not on the river, he is tying flies, guiding, or sharing his love of the outdoors with friends and family. David has several years of retail experience in the fishing industry, has served as a fishing guide off and on for several years, as well as his years on the water and behind the vise.

Kory Tams

Kory grew up in a fish-addicted family where long trips to Lake Powell and the Snake River were common. By the time he was 13 he developed a love for fly fishing that would stick with him forever. He was given a hand-me-down fly tying kit and bought a fly rod and reel. From there he taught himself how to cast from instructions off the box and how to tie from simple books. It then became and addiction.
Kory spent a brief summer working for Three Rivers Ranch guide service in Idaho. Although he was too young to guide, he spent those four months picking the brains of the best in the business. The knowledge he acquired has only helped him to hone his love for the sport and has given him a desire to help others be just as excited about it.
Kory’s favorite spots to fish are the North Fork of the Duchesne River, Jordanelle for big smallmouth and the Ogden, Weber and Provo rivers. His dream is to one day guide those same rivers and spread his appreciation for fly fishing to everybody willing to learn.

Jason Haslam

A Utah native, Jason Haslam has had the opportunity to fly fish all over the state of Utah and many of the West’s famous trout waters for the last 20+ years. Jason is a part-time fly fishing guide and owner of Fly Drifters of Utah (). He has a strong desire to see his clients succeed on the river, and will do whatever it takes to make his trips successful ones. Not only is Jason an experienced fly fisher and guide, he is also an experienced fly tier. He prides himself in tying and developing small tail water trout flies that match the year round hatches of the Provo and Weber Rivers. He’s also a fly innovator for Rainy’s Flies. When Jason isn’t chasing trout on local rivers and lakes, you can find him fishing for bass, bluegill, wipers, and even tiger muskie, which has made him into a well-rounded fly fisher. Over the years he has also studied and photographed many of Utah’s aquatic insects in pursuit of matching his flies to the natural bugs. He enjoys sharing his photos and knowledge whenever he can. In his spare time, Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and two girls as well as serving as the President for his local Trout Unlimited Chapter, The Stonefly Society. He is also the chair and co-founder of the Wasatch Fly-tying & Fly Fishing Expo

Matt Guymon

I am a Fly-fishing junkie living and loving in northern Utah. I have been an outdoor enthusiast my whole life, always loving the time spent in the mountains. I grew up in a small suburb of Ohio walking creeks and chasing the wild. Though it suited me fine I felt something was missing. When we hit the Rockies on the drive to Utah I realized what it was. As a young teen I embraced the mountains of Utah and found that missing piece to the puzzle. The rest is history the Wasatch front has me hooked with all the water, and good people the place is out of site. I have been walking water and throwing line for the last 15 years and loving every moment of it. The location is also one of the greatest advantages of the state. It is a stones throw away from the best water the West has to offer. The backyard I like to call it. This life is my dream walking water, camping in the sticks, and chasing big Trout are what makes me happy. There are few things I can compare to the emotions of those on the river, and that of the Fly Life. This is a passionate sport full of raw emotion, unfiltered, and straight up. I will do this for the rest of my life, it is no longer a hobby or passion it has become a lifestyle that I will pass on through the generations.

Tyler Drysdale

My name is Tyler. I have an admitted fly fishing problem. I love being able to literally replicate what fish actually eat—bugs and baitfish, not flashy metal and balls of dough!
For a number of years I have worked in fly-fishing retail. As a result, I’ve met countless people who I’ve taught and guided. From gear to technique, I love all things fly-fishing! I pride myself in taking something so complex and intricate, and breaking it down in a way that a brand new angler can understand.
When I go fishing, I expect to catch fish; such is the confidence you gain when you begin to understand that fly fishing is far more than “grabbing the fly rod ‘cuz fish are jumping.” Fly fishing affords the ability to adapt. There is a technique, style, bug selection, and presentation to accommodate different feeding patterns, cycles and selections of all species of fish.
I cannot think of a more satisfying way to catch fish than to figure out what they’re keying on, matching it with the right presentation, offering the appropriate bug, and then saying, “Fish on!”
On most free days I can be found pitching streamers, throwing nymph rigs, and casting dry’s for fish in local fisheries. I live in West Point, Utah with my wife, son, and my two Brittany’s.