Since 1994 in Columbus, Ohio
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Ryan "Buff" Ratliff

While just a few years old his family instilled in him a love for the outdoors. They taught him that it isn’t all about the casting or catching, but it is about the full experience. At 10 a friend gave him an old Garcia fiberglass fly rod and a Sears & Roebuck fly reel. With that old fly rod, the stream around his legs and the feel of a rod deeply bent, his love for sharing fly fishing with others was born.

Nowadays, Ryan's time is spent with his two children and wife. Mad River Outfitters has been an important part of his life for years. With a unique passion for fly tying, he manages our Fly Tying Department, guides and teaches classes.

If time allows, he loves tying flies, loading up the canoe and pulling out the two-hander or Tenkara. With all the memories fishing has blessed him with, it's 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 with those he runs into along the journey.