Fishpond Ambassadors

Meet our eyes and ears on the water.

  1. Matt McCannel

    Matt McCannel

    Home Waters

    Uncomphagre River “Paco”

    Background

    Matt McCannel started his guiding career in the depths of the Gunnison Gorge and at the tail water section of the Uncomphare River in Colorado where he still guides today.  Matt’s career took a big jump for word when he started to figure you how to find and get his clients into some of the Uncomphagre’s biggest fish.  Matt has an out of the box style of guiding and his attention to detail is other worldly, but it has to be when pursuing fish over the ten lbs. mark.  Matt is also a photographer and an author his work has been in books and magazines.  He is also a contract fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants.  Matt is the head guide at RIGS Fly Shop, and lives in Ridgway, Co

    What conservation issue do people need to know about in your back yard?

    Water flows on the Uncomphagre throughout the winter.  If the water users were willing to stop water calls when t
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  2. Pat Dorsey

    Pat Dorsey

    Home Waters

    South Patte, Cheesman Canyon

    Background

    I’ve been guiding for 25 years. My passion is sharing my knowledge about tailwaters. Also, teaching others to be stewards of the environment.

    What conservation issue do people need to know about in your back yard? 

    Recent flashflood in Cheesman Canyon.

    What Fishpond products do you always have with you? 

    I have several, but the most important are my Gunnison Guide Pack and my Nomad Net.

    You walk into a gas station – what two items do you come out with?

    Gatorade and a Snickers Bar

    What makes for a #perfectday in your eyes? 

    Any day on the water is a #perfectday. The fish are a bonus to any outing. As a professional guide, if my angler is better at the end of the day, the it was a #perfectday. Its not about numbers, its about enjoying the experience
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  3. Paul Bruchez

    Paul Bruchez

    Home Waters

    Colorado River, Troublesome Creek, Reeder Creek, Blue River

     

    Background

    I am the 5th generation of the Bruchez family to farm and ranch in Colorado.  I currently operate the family ranch near Kremmling with my brother and father.  We raise cattle and irrigate with water from the Colorado River, the Williams Fork River and Reeder Creek.  After graduating from the University of Denver in 2003, I started a fly fishing business to help diversify income. Working in agriculture and being a fishing guide has given me a unique perspective of water resources.  I am currently spearheading a 12-mile restoration of the Colorado River with 12 landowners collaborating to sustain agriculture and the environmental health of the river.  I am the Agriculture Representative to the Colorado Basin Roundtable, on the board of directors for the Colorado Water Trust, the Chair of Grand County Open Lands, Rivers and Trials Advisory Committee, and a

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  4. Abbie Schuster

    Abbie Schuster
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  5. Bryan Huskey

    Bryan Huskey

    Home Waters

    So many waters I consider "home" but my short list includes a few rivers and one ocean. Those that easily make this list would be the Trask, Wilson, Deschutes, N Umpqua, Owyhee and Salmon Rivers. And the Sea of Cortez. 

    Background

    My earliest memories are of chinook salmon larger than myself at the time and scrambling along the banks of the Oregon's coastal rivers with my dad. He was a solitary fellow, never cared much for fishing with others so I think I was the only person he ever spent much time on the water with. From Tillamook we moved to Bend in 85 where I grew up in a world of constant outdoor adventure and exploration. Once out of the house, early roommates were fly shop employees and Deschutes River fishing guides. From that point on, I really became enamored in the pursuit of steelhead on the fly.
    In 2000 I felt the desire to make a new life in a new place, and Boise, Idaho offered everythi
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  6. Scott Hed

    Scott Hed

    Home Waters Work

    Alaska and Boundary Waters (MN) / Play: Central America

    Background

    My parents were great about taking my younger brother and me on vacations around much of the USA.  That instilled a sense of adventure and love of the outdoors that is big part of who I am.  I’ve been an angler as long as I can remember, with humble beginnings as a kid catching panfish, bullheads, and carp in the lake near our Minnesota home.  It was my conservation work that introduced me to fly fishing, something that I enjoy despite the fact that I’m still very much a novice.  (Ask any number of guides I’ve fished with!)  Through my work, I’ve been fortunate enough to meet many terrific people and fish in some pretty incredible places (Alaska, the Rockies, Belize, Baja, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Guatemala to name a few).  I enjoy fishing of all varieties and don’t consider myself to be purely a fly angler.  From all the places I’v
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  7. Hilary Hutcheson

    Hilary Hutcheson

    Home Waters

    Flathead River 

    Background

    Hilary started her fly-fishing career as a teenaged guide in West Glacier, Montana. She guided through college, then took her journalism degree to Portland, Oregon where she worked as a television news anchor and reporter. She eventually returned to Montana to co-own and operate Outside Media and Trout TV for nearly a decade. Today, she's still guiding on the Flathead River and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and owns and runs a fly shop called Lary's Fly & Supply in her hometown of Columbia Falls, Montana. She volunteers as a fly fishing instructor for Casting for Recovery, serves as a national board member of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, is a climate activist with Protect Our Winters and writes for a number of outdoor industry publications. She loves hanging out with her three-legged yellow lab and two teen daughters, especially when they volunteer on the oars.

    What conserv

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  8. Landon Mayer

    Landon Mayer
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