||Mako Reels Pro-Team|
||Scott Leon - USA
Scott is a USCG licensed captain and has been fishing his entire life. He has been fortunate enough to fish all over the world and has tournament fished for billfish all over the Atlantic, Caribbean and Mexico and has fly-fished in just about every kind of water available, from streams to open ocean. He has held several world and state records for various species caught on fly and is an award-winning writer and photographer and the former editor for Fly Fishing in Salt Waters magazine as well as an editor for Marlin magazine. He continues to write and contribute to a number of fishing magazines and Web sites and his photos have appeared on the covers of magazines such as Marlin and Sportfishing. Scott also holds several academic degrees from the University of Miami, San Diego State University and the University of Massachusetts.
In addition to running Paradigm Shift Charters in San Diego, Scott also teaches fly-casting privately and in conjunction with Jon B. Cave's Fly Fishing School -- the oldest fly-fishing school in the south and one of the oldest in the country. Scott has appeared on several TV shows, including Gulf South Outdoors, and has hosted trips and schools around the U.S. and the Bahamas. While Scott enjoys all forms of fly-fishing, he has been described as having an "Ahabish" obsession with yellowfin tuna and has chased them around the world searching for the elusive 100-pounder. To date he has landed over 400 yellowfin from 50 to 95 pounds on fly and virtually every other species of tuna found worldwide.
Captain Scott Leon was an original member of the Mako advisory professional team.
||Jake Jordan - USA|
Captain Jake Jordan has spent over half of a century traveling the world in search of large game fish on light tackle and fly. He is an excellent educator and communicator, Jordan loves to excite anglers with his stories regarding his many spectacular fishing adventures.
Captain Jordan is a world-famous Florida Keys Tarpon Guide and world-renowned big game fisherman. He is the founder and host of "The Bonefish School," a saltwater fly fishing school held several times a year at the Peace & Plenty Bonefish Lodge in the Bahamas. Jake is a consultant to many first rate Flyfishing lodges and several fly tackle companies; he also designs customized Flyfishing vacation packages and fly fishing schools for anglers throughout the world and is a well known speaker, author, and consultant to the boating, fishing, and fly fishing industries. Jake has authored and or been featured in dozens of articles in most major sport fishing magazines and is considered an expert in all areas of big game sport fishing, and fly fishing.
He is also a FFF certified fly casting instructor, an original member of the FFF advisory committee, and a charter member of the IGFA Certified Captains Organization. Jake Jordan's Fishing Adventures, Jordan's company, for more than three decades has operated several charter boats out of Marathon in the Florida Keys. Captain Jake Jordan (now 66 years of age) still poles his flats boat with fly anglers aboard in search of Tarpon and Permit during April, May, and June, in the Florida Keys.
Jake was an original member of the Mako advisory professional team.
||Jerry Jenkins - USA|
In the mid 90's after 25 years as a Veterinarian, my passion switched to fly fishing around the world. This passion included ownership in fly shops in Phoenix and San Diego, teaching custom rod building and becoming a certified FFF casting instructor.
This was a mistake as there was no time left for fishing. Now it is back to just traveling. Annual trips include Alaska for Kings and Steelhead, Seychelles for all types of saltwater species, Belize for Permit, New Zealand for Trout, Costa Rica for offshore, and South America for Sea Run Browns. The best thing about having been involved in the fly shops was being introduced to some of the greatest friends on earth, who also share my passion for international travel and fly fishing
Lani Waller first introduced me to Jack when we fished the Babine. That was when I realized just how good a reel can be. I have always been a gear head and when I would give talks on fly fishing, my favorite topic was where to put your money in gear. There are places you can cut costs but your saltwater reel, your wading boots and your rain gear are not one of them. I buy the best hiking boots I can afford. My wading boots are even more important as now I am hiking on slippery rocks when I often can't see the bottom. Use inferior rain gear and you run the risk of being miserable or dying of hypothermia. Reels are equally important for a successful trip. I never could understand someone traveling to a salt water destination and arriving with reels that won't stand up to the elements and the salt water species they are stalking. I won't mention any names, but my buddy's new reel lasted about a half day on the Seychelle flats. Lucky for him I had an extra Mako to get him through the week. I have owned and used about every reel on the market but have never found one that comes close to the reliability of Jack's reels. Some other premium reels can take the heat, but I am usually on my second refreshing analgesic drink in the evening while my buddies are still cleaning their reels.
Jerry was an original member of the Mako advisory professional team.
||Gene Quigley - USA|
Capt. Gene Quigley is considered one of the top fly and light tackle guides in the Northeast. A native of the New Jersey shore, Gene has been fishing the inshore and offshore waters for over 30 years. Gene specializes in fly fishing for tuna and striped bass. Equally at home from the boat or in the surf, Capt Gene has put hundreds of fly anglers on their first trophy Striped Bass and Bluefin; and is one of a handful of anglers worldwide who have consistently landed tuna over 100 lbs on fly tackle.
In addition to guiding, Gene is also a noted outdoor writer, photographer, and seminar speaker. He is on the editorial staff for Fly Fishing in Saltwaters Magazine, and contributes regularly to Saltwater Sportsman, Fly Fisherman, The Fisherman, Sport Fishing, On The Water Magazine, New Jersey Angler, and was featured in 2009 as one of North America's Top 100 Guides by Field & Stream Magazine.
Gene is the co-author of Saltwater Fishing, A Tactical Approach and also contributes a weekly fishing column in the "Hook, Line and Sinker" section of the Asbury Park Press.
Gene sits on the national prostaff's for Mako Fly Reels, St Croix Rod Company, Raymarine, AVET Reels, Cape Horn, Jones Brothers, Yamaha, Navionics, Aquaskinz, Rio Fly Lines, Gamakatsu, Spro, Sufix, Pelagic, Hogy, Yeti Coolers, AFTCO, Columbia Sportswear, and Korkers.
Currently, Gene is the Chairman of the New Jersey Professional Fly & Light Tackle Guides Association and sits on the association's national board of directors. He has been a featured angler on ESPN Outdoors, Versus, Outdoor Life Networks (OLN) "Family Fishing Outdoors Show", PBS's "Vacations On The Fly" television shows. He is the co-founder and owner of Shore Catch Guide Service, one of the nation's largest fly and Light Tackle charter companies.
||Jim Freda - USA|
Capt. Jim Freda has been fishing the Jersey Shore for over 30 years. He is co-owner of Shore Catch Guide Service located in Manasquan, NJ that specializes in saltwater fly fishing and light tackle charters from both the beach and boat. He is a part of the National Factory Pro Team for Mako Reels, St. Croix Rods and pro staff for Sufix, Aquaskinz, Avet Reels, Spro, Gamakatsu, Hogy, Korkers, Costa Del Mar, and Columbia Sportswear.
Jim is a highly respected charter captain, author, outdoor writer, seminar speaker, and photographer. His first book "Fishing the New Jersey Coast", Burford Publishing Company, has been a best seller and has received the "New Jersey Center for the Book Award" as one of the most notable NJ books. He co-authored a second book "Saltwater Fishing a Tactical Approach, A Guide for Northeast Beach and Boat Fishermen", with his Shore Catch partners Capt Gene Quigley and Shell E. Caris.
Jim has weekly fishing columns that appear in the Bergen Record-NJ's second largest newspaper and the Coast Star and Ocean Star newspapers of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Nationally, Jim is a contributing editor for Fly Fishing in Saltwaters Magazine and also writes for Fly Fisherman Magazine, Saltwater Sportsman, Eastern Fly Fishing, Big Game Journal, and StriperSurf.com. Regionally he writes for On the Water Magazine where he has is own monthly column, The Fisherman Magazine and the NJ Federation of Sportsman Clubs newspaper.
As a seminar speaker Jim is featured as one of the celebrities on the Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series, as one of the “Stars of the Show” at the Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, NJ, the Northeast's largest fly fishing show and is on the National Pro Seminar slate at the Toyota Saltwater Expo also in Somerset. He is also regularly featured each year at many of the local fishing clubs in the surrounding area including the State's two largest clubs the Hudson River Fishermen's Association and the Saltwater Anglers of Bergen County. Capt Jim has also been a guest speaker at all the Trout Unlimited Clubs in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Jim has also been a special guest speaker at the Bloomberg Network in New York City.
Capt. Jim is on the water in his 28 Parker Sport Cabin with charters from April through December targeting striped bass, bluefish, weakfish, false albacore, mahi, and tuna. He lives in Manasquan, NJ with his lovely wife Mary and their three children Christie, Carlie, and Tommy who are his favorite crew to be with out on the water.
||Bob "Pop Fleyes" Popovics - USA|
Born and raised in New Jersey, Bob Popovics "Pop Fleyes" has been saltwater fly-fishing around the globe for over 40 years. Bob's involvement in the promotion of saltwater fly-fishing runs as deep as the concepts he has created at the vise. A member, former President and Executive board member of the Saltwater Flyrodders of America, chapter #1 in Seaside Park, NJ, Bob helped pioneer modern day saltwater fly fishing in the northeast through his ground breaking fly tying concepts and teaching SW Flyfishing Seminars. A true sportsman in every sense, Bob's contribution to saltwater fly fishing continues to prosper today through his fly fishing, tying, and eye catching videos.
In 1992 Bob founded Atlantic Saltwater Fly Rodders in Seaside Park, NJ. In 1998, he was inducted into the FRESHWATER FISHING HALL OF FAME where he sits amongst some of the greatest names in the sport. Most widely known for his innovative fly tying techniques and designs, Bob's creations of "Fleyes" have literally changed the direction of fly tying with unique and durable saltwater fly designs. The originator of epoxy and silicone flies, Bob's realistic "baitfish like" designs have come to be widely known as Pop Fleyes. From his early introduction of the Surf Candy design in the late 1970's to such sport standards and recent collaborations as the hollow Fleye, Siliclone, Pop-Lip, Ultra Shrimp, Bucktail Deceiver, Bob's Banger, 3-D, Cotton Candy, and Shady Lady Squid, Bob's impacted on fly tyers and fly fishers across the globe has been expediential. Lefty Kreh has called Bob "The most innovative fly tyer I have ever met!"
Currently, Bob sits on the advisory staff to many of the industry's top manufacturers such as St Croix Rod, Mako Reels, and Renzetti. He is a contributing writer to Fly Fishing in Saltwaters Magazine, and his co-authored book, "POP FLEYES" with Ed Jaworowski is a staple read for anyone interested in saltwater fly fishing. To his additional credits, he has created and star's in two "POP FLEYES" videos from Reel Resources and is a frequent seminar speaker at many of the sports national and regional consumer and industry venues.
Today, Bob spends much of his time passionately capturing video history of fly fishing in the northeast. As a surf fly fishing specialist with innovative approaches to the challenges and demands of using a fly rod in the ocean surf, Bob continues to share his knowledge with beginners and experts alike whenever he has the opportunity. He is referred to by many as one of the greatest ambassadors of our sport, and will always humbly pass accolades on to his mentors and fore fathers of the sport of saltwater fly fishing.
Bob owns and operates the Shady Rest Restaurant with his wife Alexis in Bayville, NJ and still resides just a short walk to the beach from his house in Seaside Park, NJ.
||Jan Bach Kristensen - Denmark|
Jan has a true passion for photography, traveling and anything that has to do with flyfishing. He is located in Copenhagen, and never misses a chance to visit near and far destinations with flyrod and camera in hand. In Denmark Jan mainly fishes the beautiful and varied beaches for sea-run brown trout, an all-year fishery with a long tradition. In autumn he often spends time in southern Sweden, hunting the big pike that inhabit the brackish waters of the shallow archipelagos. Jan's travels in pursuit of fish and beautiful locations have brought him to many interesting places. Some of trips that stand out have been for bonefish in Tobago and Venezuela, arctic char and coalfish in Norway, Atlantic salmon in Russia, yellowfin tuna and jack crevalle in Costa Rica, trout in New Zealand, tarpon and permit in Cuba, false albacore and dorado in Florida, monster redfish in Louisiana, asp in Germany and lately, giant tarpon in Central America. Through his travels Jan has become friends with flyfishermen around the world. Being just as obsessed with photography as with flyfishing, Jan documents his adventures with inspiring photographs that have appeared in a number of magazines and catalogs worldwide.
Jan has entered into filmmaking partnering with German photographer Daniel Göz. In 2010 they filmed an extraordinary movie dedicated to the pursuit of tarpon in a very remote and pristine location in Central America. Highlights of the movie are some crazy action footage of giant tarpon being hooked and landed from float tubes as well as camp life and wildlife in the rain forest and interaction with indigenous people in beautiful surroundings. The project was supported by Mako Fly Reels.
Jan holds a PhD in biotechnology and when not out chasing fish or on a photo shoot he works with second generation biofuels as a research scientist.
||Matt Harris - UK|
Matt Harris has been making photographic images of fly-fishing for well over ten years, working for clients like Frontiers, LL Bean, Patagonia, Orvis, Aardvark McLeod, The FlyFisher Group, Flycastaway, Fly Odyssey and Where Wise Men Fish. As well as making images, Matt writes extensively, and his articles have appeared in publications such as Esquire, GQ Magazine, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, This is Fly, Catch Magazine, The Atlantic Salmon Journal, Trout and Salmon, Fieldsports Magazine, Trout Fisherman, Adventure Fishing, Flugfiske-feber and The Farlows Magazine.
Matt has fished all over the globe, from the Amazon rainforests to the Arctic circle. He has travelled to destinations that have included Alaska, Argentina, Australia, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Iceland, India, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Scotland, the Seychelles, the lower 48 USA, Venezuela and Zambia, and Matt has been lucky enough to catch everything from triggerfish to mahseer. His favourite quarries are big Atlantic Salmon and Permit, but he loves it ALL with a passion.
Matt is proud to regularly donate his images to Orri Vigfusson's North Atlantic Salmon Fund and urges anyone interested in the welfare of these magnificent creatures to visit: www.nasfworldwide.com
Matt is based in Cambridge, UK and lives with his wife Cath and their three boys, Charlie, Tom & Pete. Occasionally he is dragged away from fly-fishing to work as an advertising photographer in London, specialising in photographing babies and kids and you can check this work out at www.mattharris.com
Matt's flyfishing images and articles are at www.mattharrisflyfishing.com
||Jono Shales - Australia|
Meet a young man who just lives to fly-fish! Happy, fit, and friendly - a guy who shares and inspires. Jono does not fish for glory nor for money - but purely for the fun and the challenge. The other side of Jono is a professional web-designer, blending technical and artistic talent. But all that is just to fuel his real passion for the outdoors and the fly.
Quite likely he enjoys more fly fishing in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Jono has earned a reputation as the "human FAD" - but his fish attracting ability is entirely due to the preparation and energy put into every session on the water.
Jono's love of flyfishing was shaped early in his life in South Africa, but today living in Australia, you'll probably find him stalking aussie permit on a remote flat, or making ice-veined casts at a frenzy of longtail tuna, or getting down and dirty with Sydney's yellowtail kingfish. He's incredibly humble and nonchalant about it, but it's no surprise that he has already accounted for some sensational captures including landing and releasing 2 back to back free-swimming black marlin in shallow water - on a 10wt. Recently on an adventure to Christmas Island, Jono and friends spent six and a half days fishing offshore from a flats boat chasing yellowfin tuna, sailfish and GTs - and nearly didn't make it home!
Jono is one of the founders of swoffa.com