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Koby Fulks

Raised in the mountains of Colorado to the beaches of Hawaii Koby Fulks is a former US Marine turned professional outdoorsman.  Koby turned his knowledge of the outdoors into a profession and has been in the outdoor industry for the past 22 years.  With backgrounds in products and marketing Koby was featured on the Under Armour Ridge Reaper hunting TV show on the outdoor channel.  When Koby was not behind the camera chasing elk and deer on the show he was found with a Rise fishing co. fly rod in hand and Streamwalker net in his pack. Living the life of an outdoorsman everywhere he traveled.  Koby has a passion for western US trout species and spends most of his time figuring out how to get back to the mountains. @Ridgereaper23

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Steve Bechard

Steve grew up Upstate New York, fishing for trout, salmon and carp. He now calls the waters of eastern Long Island home, chasing stripers, bluefish and false albacore. His true passion is sight fishing for any species that cruise the flats. Steve is a casting instructor who has competed in the Fly Fishing Masters(’03, ’04, ’06) and in ESPN’s Great Outdoor Games( ’04). In the past few years, Steve was the 2009 Montauk Redbone tournament Grand Champion Angler(guided by Capt. Paul Dixon) and was awarded “most striped bass released” in the 2010 Manhattan Cup (guided by Capt.Brian Goulart). Steve is the President and co-founder of Rise Fishing Co.

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Ahmet Dadali

Ahmet was born and raised in Colorado and built his fame skiing and doing big air. The great thing about growing up in the mountains and skiing all over the world– they just happen to have the best fishing spots as well. An avid fly fisherman Ahmet divides his time when the skiing is no good, he fishes, when the skiing is good you will find him making crazy jumps and doing things most of us cringe at. Catch Ahmet on youtube or instagram for all his adventures.

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Leif Mermagen

Leif was born and raised in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York.  Growing up he spent most days exploring and searching for wildlife in the seemingly endless forest behind the house. Living so close to the serenity of places like Canadice and Hemlock Lakes meant that fishing was just something we did. His first memories of catching fish were at the age of 4 or 5 when he graduated from the stick with twine attached to his fathers rod and reel. Having lived in Florida, California, and Connecticut he was never far from the next fishing adventure. Eventually he ended up back near where he grew up in Rochester, NY but wasn’t really doing what he loved. It was the birth of his daughter that made him realize he needed to enjoy every day the best he could. So he traded in his suit and started to build the wood shop that he had always wanted, as a way to create. At this time the fly fishing bug settled pretty deeply with him as a lover of the Great Lakes Tributaries chasing monster Brown Trout and Steelhead. His woodworking skills that he learned at a young age led him to build a few wooden landing nets for himself and a few of his fishy friends. His nets ended up getting noticed by a few folks in the fly fishing industry and Streamwalker Nets was born. 

Today as the founder of Streamwalker he spends his days working in the industry he loves and spends as much time as possible chasing the next fly fishing adventure. Leif is also a New York State Licensed guide, a Real Estate pro, and most importantly, father of two awesome kids with his wife Jess.

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Captain Paul Dixon

Captain Paul Dixon is a name synonymous with fly fishing in the Northeast. He popularized the sport of sight fishing for striped bass on the waters of Long Island, N.Y. and has been guiding those waters for the past 18 years. Paul spends the winters in the Florida Keys guiding for bonefish, permit and tarpon. Paul understands they way fish move and think and for years on end has been one of the premier guides in the country. Paul has traveled the world fly fishing to the Seychelles, Belize, Bahamas, Mexico, British Columbia and across the U.S. Some of Paul’s recent accomplishments include 2003 Montauk Redbone Tournament Guide to Grand Champion Angler, 2005 Montauk Redbone Tournament Guide to Grand Champion Angler, 2006 Abaco Redbone Grand Champion Angler, 2009 Montauk Redbone Guide to Grand Champion Angler and the 2009 Manhattan Cup Grand Champion Angler Fly Division. He has also featured on several ESPN fishing shows such as Guide House Montauk, Spanish Fly and Walker’s Cay Chronicles. In addition to Paul’s extensive knowledge of his fishery, Paul inherently understands what his clients needs are in a fly rod. With Paul’s expertise, we continue to develop fly rods for all levels of fly fishermen.

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Bryan Goulart

Bryan Goulart started fishing with his father in Rhode Island when he was 4 years old and has been hooked ever since. While living in New York City, and missing fishing from the rocks in Newport, He bought a boat and started plying the waters around New York City. He fished from the Hudson River to Montauk Point, targeting striped bass, bluefish and false albacore by fly. Slowly, Goulart’s passion became his career, and he started a full-time guiding business. Brian fishes particularly around Jamaica Bay is the early Spring, from April through June, sight fishes the flats of East Hampton May through August as well as offshore, Montauk September through October and back in Jamaica Bay for November through December. As a guide, Goulart takes pleasure in showing clients the fisheries around New York City and the eastern end of Long Island. When he is not guiding, Goulart is a photographer and works for all sorts of magazines and fashion catalogs. 2005 Runner Up Redbone Montauk Fly Division 2008, 09, 10 Manhattan Cup Most Striped Bass Champion 2010 Redbone Montauk Grand Champion.

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Trent Jones

Born and raised in the mountains of Colorado, Trent has been running around in the backcountry his whole life. At a young age he took up an interest in fishing and skiing, this has become the passion and driving factor in his life. From his work on the mountain as a ski coach to his summer job as a fly fishing guide, Trent’s enthusiasm for the outdoors is contagious. Trent is currently employed with cutthroat anglers in Silverthorne Colorado.