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Guide and Avid's managing owner, Ryan Smith brings a background in biology, conservation and photography. Since he can remember, fly fishing and appreciating the outdoors has been a way of life.

When fishing our saltwater beaches, you will be instructed on how to increase distance and power in the wind, so you can reach our cruising sea-run quarry. On the river, you will find Ryan chasing trout and steelhead and searching for the next piece of holding water.

Growing up in Oregon and a few years in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming prepared him for our challenging Puget Sound fishing. Ryan is a certified casting instructor through the FFF.
Brita Fordice is a native to Washington state and learned to fly fish at the age of 8. Spending summers at her family house on the Stillaguamish river fed her desire to explore new fishing water. After a few years in Idaho and Alaska she returned to our emerald city. She has also extensively fished the waters of the Bahamas for bonefish, as well as a Florida for migratory tarpon.

Brita ties flies and is a virtual encyclopedia when it comes to recognizing and procuring tying materials from classic and modern flies. Fishing Puget Sound beaches, local lakes for big browns, and rivers for steelhead are her passion these days. She works in the shop Saturday through Monday and instructs all levels of anglers. Brita is also a pro staff member with Winston Fly Rods and Hatch Outdoors. Join her at an upcoming class or local guided adventure.

Dave Jenkins
life has been fly fishing ever since he could remember. As a Colorado native, he grew up in Denver where he fished extensively across the Front Range. It was in Rocky Mountain National Park where he found his true home, love and passion as he explored the high country, fishing the small creeks and rivers in the pursuit of solitude, and the road less travelled. Dave moved to Gunnison, Colorado to attend Western State Colorado University and to explore the legendary waters of the Western Slope. While there, he discovered his calling to be a fly fishing guide, in order to serve as an ambassador for others who wanted to start their own journey into the sport. In the fall of 2014, he moved to Seattle.

Dave is constantly in the pursuit of new places, new fish, new sights, and new ideas. When he isn't on the river or at The Avid Angler, he is inevitably working hard at the vice tying new patterns and coming up with innovative ideas. Over the years Dave has had the privilege of fishing in Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, and now Washington. Dave is proud to be a member of the team at the Avid Angler. He is ready to be the best resource he can for others like him, on the hunt for new adventures and the next epic catch.


Mark Shimazu
is originally from Hawaii and has a degree in architecture from the University of Washington. He has spent his life chasing fish in the Northwest and beyond. Mark has been guiding for decades and focuses on float trips down the blue ribbon Yakima river just east of Seattle. Dry fly fishing is his forte and every guest gets a lesson in entomology and how to find feeding fish. When not in the shop, or on the water, you will find Mark tying flies, volunteering his time and helping train guides and staff.

Joel Oerter grew up in Denver, Colorado, where he learned to fish on the waters of the South Platte and the Blue. Going to college in New York state afforded him the opportunity to explore creeks around Syracuse, and his summers were spent guiding on a small ranch on the Rio Grande near Durango. After teaching English in Normandy and waiting tables on the French Riviera, Joel moved to the Pacific Northwest in pursuit of the good life (and learning to catch steelhead!). When not working part-time in the shop or at REI, Joel is combing local beaches for sea-run cutts, practicing his double-handed casts, or composing a philosophical treatise on the merits of fish on the fly (and steelhead!). Joel is a certified casting instructor through the FFF and helps out with classes and clinics.

Grover
is a thirteen year old pointer that lives for river time! He is most comfortable when scaling a log jam or riding "shotgun" in the drift boat. You will find "G" working the shop searching customers pockets for treats or taking naps and dreaming of his next encounter with a squirrel or other woodland creature.


Where did they go?

Andrew Grillos - Engineering student at Montana State University
John Paine - Advertising executive for Premier Media Group
Joel Oerter - Pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Washington
Ben Waldschmidt - Applying his skills at the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife




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