Meet some of our rockstar presenters...
As the founding father of Rajeff Sports, Tim tends to be busier than your average bald guy. When in the office, he spends all his time designing new lines and rods, addressing managerial-type-stuff or helping with customer service. When he’s out and about, he’s usually finding a reason to wet a line somewhere nearby or in far-off lands.
Tim’s extensive knowledge of fly rod design and performance stems from his early childhood patronage to the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club in San Francisco, where he became a young and successful competition caster. Tim won a gold medal in the World Casting Games in single hand distance as well as winning the national overall fly accuracy and distance championship. Tim first began designing rods in 1980 and was one of the first people to use and adapt graphite fly rods in competition casting.
After spending his youth fishing and casting in California and Oregon, Tim’s fishing career took a turn when he took a job working for the Fenwick Fly Fishing School in Montana during 1973. In 1985 he made the trek north and began guiding in Alaska, eventually moving on to develop and build the first fishing camps on Russia’s Kola Peninsula, 60 miles above the Arctic Circle. He spent six years managing these camps before returning to the states in 1994. Upon his return, he began working for a premium domestic rod manufacturer, where he worked as head of the engineering department and the Fly Brand Manager. Until 2001, he worked learning the ins and outs of fly rod design and manufacturing, when he started Rajeff Sports.
In 1996, Mia acquired a serious interest in fly fishing. Later, in 2001, Marty Sheppard, her husband introduced her to two-handed Spey casting—a pursuit that forged Mia’s connection and admiration
Always committed to conservation, Mia is a river steward for the Native Fish Society, Conservation Chairman of the International Women’s Fly Fishers and supporter of the Deschutes River Alliance, Oregon Wildlife Foundation, and Casting for Recovery. She's ambassador for Simms Fishing, Winston Rods, Airflo, Costa, Keep'em Wet Fishing and Bogg's
Pacific Northwest Sage/RIO/Sitka Gear Regional Sales Rep George Cook is a 30+ Year Veteran of the Fly Fishing Theater having been with SAGE since 1987. He taught his first Single Handed Class as a student at Washington State University in 1982 and has been teaching Spey Casting since 1991. Geo has been immersed in the Forefront of the Northwest Spey Scene since its recognized beginnings of the early 1990’s. Known for the Popsicle Fly Pattern as well as the Fabled 7126 TCX “DeathStar” ( He Named It) George has played a hand in “Many Things Spey” throughout the years of Rod/Line & Reel Development. An Avid Big Game Hunter, Geo’s pursuit of Big Deer throughout the US and Northern Mexico is
Heather Hodson @northwestflygirl
Founder of United Women on the Fly. Heather is an expert at making anglers (especially women) feel comfortable and becoming a part of the fly fishing community. Sometimes referred to as the “Middle Women,” Heather volunteers her energy and time to connect women, help start a Women’s Program or enable anglers to become more confident on the water. Heather currently holds the position of Western US Women’s/Diversity Ambassador for Trout Unlimited. Her passion for conservation, getting women involved in fly fishing and enthusiasm to think outside the box is infectious.
Eric Neufeld currently is a sales representative in the Pacific Northwest, Northern Rockies and Alaska for Simms Fishing Products, Winston Rod Co, Echo, Airflo, Nautilus, Bauer and Solitude Fly Co. He attended the University of Colorado before becoming a fishing guide in Alaska and South America. After 6 years of guiding Eric hung up the guide boots and went to work with George Cook at Anglers Rendezvous. You can find Eric currently residing in Spokane Washington where he roams the Northern Rockies, Cascades
GLoomis Fly Rep
AK, WA, OR, CA, ID, UT
Jacob Zirkle was born in Washington, at the age of
Throughout his career guiding, he always looked for the next thing to bring his customers and push them to become better anglers. Spey casting was one of the crafts he took on, in 2006 he began the journey with a class from friend and Sage Rep George Cook. Over his time with two-handed rods, Jacob focused most of his attention casting to monster trout with short
In 2016 he took a job with Don Coffey as the NW GLoomis Fly Rep and spends his time traveling his territory showing off new sticks to others who love fly fishing with 2 handed rods. Jake’s favorite GLoomis two handed rod is the new IMX Pro Short Spey Series, paired with today’s short head systems make chasing trout in the West a blast.
Bio- Mark Fuller is our PNW Sales Representative for Korkers Footwear, and lives in Hood River, Oregon. Prior to Korkers, he spent 17 years on the water in Western Wyoming and Eastern Idaho as a fishing guide. He still owns and operates Grand Teton Fly Fishing, in Jackson, Wyoming.
Troy found his calling for fly fishing at a young age of 11 where he mentored a fly fishing guide for his junior high job shadow. This led him to
Troy brings some valuable information to the table when it comes to nymphing techniques and strategies. There is more to it than just tying on a nymph and a strike indicator… Troy breaks down what the “modern nymphing” techniques are and when to apply them. it might just change the way you think about your nymphing game.
Peter Donahower has been tying flies over 40 years. More than a decade ago, steelhead flies became a specialty, particularly older vernacular patterns such as
Peter draws inspiration for
Mr. Donahower’s work is published in America’s Favorite Flies and Swing the Fly magazine. He is a wild fish advocate and Native Fish Society River Steward, in addition to being a featured tyer for Fly Fishing Collaborative. His steelhead
Matt is the Director of Product Development for Loon Outdoors, a fancy title that gives him access to a laboratory full of test tubes and bubbling concoctions used to create incredible UV glues,