Learning to fly fish never ends
Josh was born and still lives in southern Maine along the coast of Portland Harbor and Casco Bay. His home waters are the coastal regions of southern Maine targeting Striped Bass and also the rivers/lakes/ponds of northern Maine for Brook Trout and Landlocked Salmon. A registered Maine Guide, he is also experienced in fishing for species such as Bonefish and Permit to Golden Dorado and Pacu and has travelled from Belize to Argentina to experience some of the world's best fishing.
Josh has spent years helping to outfit others for either a day trip to a local river or a month-long trip to the other side of the world. He has great experience in outfitting a customer for their exact needs and fishing style, fishing location, technique, and skill level.
An audio engineer by education/trade and an outdoorsman by hobby, Josh tries to combine his experience and knowledge in both worlds to teach others also via the creation of high quality media/video/photography that can help connect people to the vast world of fly fishing. Any other time not found on the water or in the shop, Josh can usually be found in his basement tying up bucktail deceivers trying to do his best Bob Popovics impression.
Paul Smith lives and fishes in Spaniard’s Bay, Newfoundland, an island province off the east coast of Canada. At home he fishes for salmon and trout, but he has travelled all over the world in search of just about any species that will bite an offering of fur, feather, and tinsel.
Paul loves the ocean and cast flies in the salt at every opportunity. He grew up in a land of endless lakes, so naturally he partakes in trout fishing on still waters. But his true calling in life is flowing water. Paul caught his first Atlantic salmon on a fly in a Newfoundland river when he was just 8-years old. He has never looked back.
For salmon and sea trout he has wet his waders in the rivers of Newfoundland, Labrador, Quebec, Iceland, Norway, Ireland, Russia, and Argentina. Paul has studied their habits and the varied techniques used to entice sea-run fish to the hook. There is much to learn, dead-drifted bomber, skated dry, riffling hitch, sunk line, and more. Everything works some of the time, nothing works all the time.
On this quest Paul started like most, overhead casting with a single hand rod. By necessity, the high bank and winds of his home sea trout waters, he first learned to spey cast with a single hand rod. Soon afterwards Paul discovered rods with two cork grips. His line flew further with less effort. Now he has immersed himself in the various styles of two-handed casting, traveling to Ireland and Norway to further my education and obsession.
Paul is a published writer and photographer for many of the top fly fishing magazines and publications. You can see his work in American Angler Magazine, Atlantic Salmon Journal, Sporting Classics, and many more.