Guide Staff – WA
About Our EWA Staff
- Guiding fly fishing is a profession and we take this seriously. We work exceptionally hard to ensure our staff is heralded as respectful, knowledgeable and courteous pro’s by our industry colleagues. Our goal is to provide the highest caliber of service mixed with an unparalleled level of expertise to help you enjoy your time on the water with us to the fullest.
- Our staff boasts experience in both guiding and fly fishing all over the planet for nearly any species of fish you can conjure up. Collectively we pool these experiences to bring up the level of knowledge amongst our staff to enable us to teach you the craft of fly fishing from nearly any perspective. The application of these experiences on our waters translate into you learning this sport and enabling you to take your new found skills and better use them on your home water. Our experience will ensure you leave us a vastly improved fly angler, this is our passion on every trip.
- All of our guides also teach all of our fly fishing classes from casting to in depth immersion schools. We feel this is important to allow us to help novice to expert anglers alike learn as much from us during the day as possible. This isn’t just rowing a boat down the middle of the river. It iss discussing equipment, tactics, flies and skill sets for small creeks, tropical saltwater, tailwater trout and two handed casting for anadromous species. We guide more types of water in Washington than anyone. The knowledge demanded to successfully do so means you are in as capable of hands as possible.
- The staff at EWA have proven they are legitimate professionals within the industry. Amongst our guides we have several FFF Certified Casting Instructors, hold a variety of Ambassador/Advisory/Pro Staff positions from highly respected equipment manufacturers such as Winston, Patagonia, Airflo, Echo, TFO, Bauer, Rajeff Sports, Fisknat and are all CPR/First Aid Certified, licensed and insured. We also have 3 professional photographers amongst our staff…much of their work is evident throughout our website.
- Moderate to fast action 5 – 6wt rods with floating lines
Winston/Sage/Echo demo rods provided at no charge
- West’s Smelt, West’s Herring, Southworth Special, Herring Popper, Reverse Spiders, Morrish’s Small Fry, Rolled Muddler, Silly Leg Spider and Euphasid patterns, Saltwater deer hair dry flies, Chernobyl ants/hoppers, Miyawaki’s Popper, Bonefish Puffs, Crazy Charlies, Clousers, Bend Backs, Deceivers, Foul Free Herring, Shock and Awe
- Hook sizes for cutthroat should be size 8 or smaller to avoid fatally hooking smaller sized fish.
Dave McCoy — My dad introduced me to fishing as well as experiencing and enjoying life in the outdoors. Growing up in the Eugene area, my stomping grounds were and remain legendary namesakes; Crane Prairie and Hosmer Lakes, the Deschutes, McKenzie and Umpqua Rivers to name a few. I quickly discovered the thrill of having a fish on, but was always in awe of my surroundings. I have now been in the fly fishing industry in one form or another for 21 years now professionally and am relentlessly striving to surpass expectations everywhere I can. I am nothing in my pursuits without my wife Natalie and daughter Nessa who constantly remind me why I am so inspired, without saying a word. Patagonia Ambassador, Winston, Rajeff Sports, Bauer Pro Staff Member, FFF Certified Casting Instructor, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Photographer
Jon Gorham — Hunting, fishing and sports were common activities enjoyed by my family over the years but it is fishing that has worked its way into my veins. It began to do so as a child on fishing trips with my Dad. It really caught my attention in high school when a buddy and I would take my tent and gear to Chestnut Lake, spending the night and catching the big ones. I spent fourteen years in Miami, Florida which allowed me to experience a new kind of fishing — saltwater. What an experience to hook a hundred pound tarpon, or a strong-lipped snook. Even hooking a four-pound peacock bass in the canals was exhilarating. The fishing in South Florida is endless and abundant. Sharing time between working for entertainment stars, scoring goals in overtime to win championships in lacrosse, stalking a quiet flat for tailing bonefish, and yes, dancing in the clubs. Miami was good to me but I knew I had to leave. Seattle, Washington is my home now. The Northwest was a place I wanted to live ever since I was young so this is my life long dream coming true. FFF Certified Casting Instructor
Reid Curry — Originally from Northeast Ohio, my pursuit of fly fishing has brought me all around the country and has landed me here in the Pacific Northwest, which I now call my home. For me, fly fishing is a vehicle for adventure and discovery. No matter how many times I pull on my waders and lace my boots, it never gets old. Each day begins with fresh anticipation and ends with new insights gained. I am perpetually driven by the quest to discover what lies around the next bend, and like most anglers, my time on the water is never enough. My constant pursuit of time on the water is what initially led me to guiding. Since beginning my career as a guide, my passion for the sport of fly fishing has evolved in ways I could not have predicted. After a short adjustment period, I quickly discovered that it didn’t matter to me whose hand was holding the cork. The places and the fish are what originally captivated me about fly fishing. And now, sharing this with others expands my perspective on the sport and elevates my own enjoyment on the water. FFF Certified Casting Instructor
Alex Collier — My first exposure to fly fishing came from my family’s habit of watching ESPN Outdoors on Saturday mornings before breakfast. I grew up spin fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, and catfish in North Carolina, but quickly realized that my spin gear wouldn’t cut it on the trout rivers that surrounded my college in the mountains of North Carolina. After receiving a Sage rod and reel for Christmas I began to teach myself how to cast and fish in this new style—and proceeded to spend many days early on pulling my flies and leaders out from rhododendron plants. The next three years of college were spent chasing trout in the small streams of the Appalachian Mountains. When I arrived in the Pacific Northwest in September of 2005 I was amazed at the variety of water types and fish species that exist here. Even though I have since gotten my bearings on the salt and large rivers here, my passion is still chasing trout in the creeks, streams, and lakes of the Cascades and beyond. This is due in large part to the beauty and tranquility of the landscapes surrounding the waters trout call home.
Todd Karn — When I arrived in the Pacific Northwest in September of 2005 I was amazed at the variety of water types and fish species that exist here. Even though I have since gotten my bearings on the salt and large rivers here, my passion is still chasing trout in the creeks, streams, and lakes of the Cascades and beyond. This is due in large part to the beauty and tranquility of the landscapes surrounding the waters trout call home. I grew up fishing spinning gear with great success but, as I grew older, I felt something was missing. I needed a new challenge! Coincidentally, my father gave me a fly rod and reel package. Like most beginners, I was overwhelmed with this new style of fishing. After spending my first year fumbling around, I had an opportunity to spend three days on the river with a very experienced guide – I took it! That particular trip gave me a whole new perspective on fishing as well as a new found respect for the value of a guide. Sixteen years later, my passion for fishing (or obsession, as some refer to it!) can be summed up this way: I receive profound pleasure from teaching someone the fine art of fly fishing and spending time on the water with new and old friends. It’s the satisfaction you get from presenting a perfect cast; or that perfect swing in the perfect run while skating an October caddis; or seeing the smile on someone’s face when everything comes together and they land their first fish. You see, it might sound like an obsession to some but to me, it’s more of a lifelong challenge.
Eric Sadlon — The seed which ultimately led to my fly fishing obsession was planted early. As a youngster having moved from Brooklyn to Portland, I began chasing salmon with my dad in the Columbia River and its tributaries. As I continued to grow up, I fell in love with the peace and beauty of the Northwest and these magnificent fish. After separating from the military and trying to assimilate to the civilian work force, fishing was my outlet for keeping my sanity. From here I did various jobs until ultimately achieving my dream job as a Seattle Firefighter in 2007. Now having more free time I was traveling the entire West Coast…fishing all of it! But It wasn’t until I had met some fly anglers at a cleanup event that I had picked up my first spey rod and began this journey. I found a new peace which came with the solitude and scenery on my favorite river. Casting a fly was enjoyable and relaxing, very zen like and I frequently became lost in thought. It was in one of those moments when my first encounter with a steelhead came. He slammed my fly so hard, ripping the loop from my hand and my reel began instantly screaming. Echoing through the winter cold, rod flexing, the fish headed for the tail out, giving me quite the show. But before my cold fingers could do anything, he had left me with a limp line in hand and the biggest grin that I carry to this day.
Mark Freda — I was born and raised in Barrington, IL and have fished since I could hold a rod, but was not exposed to the gentle art of fly-fishing until the age of fifteen. The Midwest does not offer many opportunities to fly-fish for cold water species so I was introduced to Colorado waters by my father. My first experience fly-fishing for trout was a three day float down the Gunnison River in Colorado…this was all I needed! From that trip forward I vowed to spend my life learning everything fly-fishing could offer. Over the past 19 years I have traveled from Colorado to Alaska, Oregon to Mexico and literally everywhere in between in search of new rivers, new people and new experiences. It has never really been about catching fish though that is nice as well. Now residing in Seattle, WA, this state of mind drives why I guide, to share all I know about this amazing sport with hopes I can help other appreciate it as well.
Todd Crane — Having grown up in Pittsburgh, PA fly fishing was something leading me away from the bustle of our city and closer to what I could feel was more important in the world…the outdoors. Having begun as a teenager with the fly rod I was behind some of my friends but my die-hard passion for being on particular types of water and the desire to become as proficient as possible quickly opened my eyes to what this sport had to offer. I now find much of the solitude I need in my time on water with friends and clients. Enjoying these with them allows me to relive my own and sharing these side by side creates lasting memories for all.
Ted McDermott — I have always had a weird obsession with fish. I can remember the early days fishing the surf in New York and Massachusetts, staying up all night in anticipation of an early morning on the water, like it was Christmas or something. For the most part, I was just excited at the thought of seeing a few fish. Eventually, I progressed to fishing the surf armed with a fly-rod targeting stripers, blues and the occasional false albie all along the coast of the Northeast. During college in Maine, I was introduced to light tackle trout fishing and was lucky enough to spend a considerable amount of time chasing bones around various Bahamian flats. This kind of exposure was enough to turn an obsession into a profession, and so I migrated West in search of a place that satisfied my needs as a fly angler as well as a guide. The fisheries of Pacific Northwest certainly do that for me. After a brief stint guiding in Alaska, I have immersed myself in the rivers, creeks and saltwater of Washington state and continue to experience new things in a region that has incredible variety within the species you can target as well as the water you can fish. Thousands of beaches and creeks have given me an endless source of discovery and hope in the outdoors. My goal now is to share my love of fish and the outdoors with as many people as possible; what better vessel is there than fly-fishing, and what better venue than the Northwest? The experience is what matters, you musn’t take these places we fish or the fish themselves for granted. Appreciate what’s there and love every minute of the hard work you put into it, sooner or later one will take.
Patrick Kent — As a Seattle native, I have been chasing the fish of the Pacific Northwest since my hands were big enough to hold the rod. All thanks to my Dad and Grandpa, I grew up challenging the illustrious fish of this region by the art of fly fishing. Whether it was a family fishing trip to the fisheries of the Cascade Mountains, or even just a little one on one time with the flows of the Yakima, I found myself in heaven. I grew to love it. Having a family full of fly fishermen, I was taught at an early age that fly fishing is much more than the excitement of hooking into a hog, or catching more fish than your Uncle Ron. Fly fishing is the experience as a whole, it is the beauty that surrounds you as the fish takes your fly. With that said, I do love to catch the fish. There is something about hooking a fish by the fly that you cannot experience anywhere else, and it is that feeling that adds to the beauty. I attended college in Denver, Colorado at Colorado Christian University and pursued a degree in Business Administration while competing as a NCAA golf athlete for my university. Golf remains one of my passions and if it weren’t for golf I would not be where I am. And today I am a fly fishing guide in the one of the most wonderful places on earth, affording me the opportunity to indulge in my passion for sharing with others the great sport of fly fishing!
Trevor Covich — I am a native Washingtonian and have been fly fishing since I was 4yrs old and while growing up I found a passion for trout, salmon and steelhead. Professionally I have been guiding fly anglers for the last decade on the Kanektok River for Alaska West, 4 seasons in Southern Chile, and hosted 2 seasons in the Bahamas. My true passion is tying and swinging flies for chinook and steelhead either in Alaska, BC or on the Olympic Peninsula. I guide and teach Skagit style spey casting for OPST, Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics. I am a river steward and an advocate of catch and release of ALL wild steelhead…this is my passion, what I love and wish to share with people who seek a true Northwest experience.
Jerry French — I found fly fishing as a teenager in the early 80′s . At the age of 19 I landed my first winter steelhead swinging flies. Nearly 5 years later I discovered the spey rod and from that day on I have been a dedicated student of the swung fly and Skagit style casting. Since then I have spent the last 20 years fishing and guiding for steelhead, salmon and trout across the Pacific Northwest, B.C. and Alaska. Now settled back in the Skagit valley, I split my season between the Olympic Peninsula and Puget Sound rivers. I take great pride in providing a focused and fun day of swing only fly fishing on the premier swing water in Washington state.