While just a few years old his grandfather, uncles, great uncles and other family members began to instill him me a love for everything outdoors. They taught him that it isn’t all about the casting or catching, but it is about the entire experience. When he was around 10 a friend gave him an old Garcia fiberglass fly rod and a Sears and Roebuck fly reel. From that old fly rod, his love for tying flies, casting, feeling the stream around his legs, the feel of a rod deeply bent, and most importantly the love of sharing all of these experiences was born.
Today most of his time is spent raising his kids and spending time with his wife while sneaking in fishing with them as much as possible. Mad River Outfitters has been an important part of his life for years. From his son’s first steps in the tying department and his daughter’s middle name being Tenkara to his first tying class in the early 2000’s this is very evident. Now...he's part of the team! Ryan will be in the shop full-time and heading up the Fly Tying Department. He'll also be teaching a few classes and doing a bit of guiding for us.
If time allows, he loves tying flies, loading up the canoe, and pulling out the two-hander or Tenkara. Looking back over all the memories that fishing has blessed him with, it is hard not to want to help others be able to make some memories of their own. Sometimes these moments are on fishing trips, with his kids, or commonly with those he runs into along the journey.