Hello! My name is Ryan Russell. I grew up in Boise, Idaho and started fly fishing when I was 5. Like most people from Idaho, I was very connected to the outdoors, specifically fly fishing. As an adolescent, I would often be found casting in my back yard or tying flies in my room. At age 12, I became a Boy Scout, and quickly achieved the rank of Eagle. It was then that I was given a VHS tape of Gary Borger and I would watch it over and over. I found the video on you tube and posted a link at the bottom of the page. That VHS tape was part of the foundation for my love of fly fishing.
Over the last 30 years, I have traveled all over the West. I've caught almost every species of trout in North America and all species of carp. I specialize in everything from big rivers to little trickles. I have been to some of the most famous spots in the world, even discovered a few and fished with the best fly fishermen and women from around the world. In 2020, I got to partner with Chris Galvin to win the Carp Slam in Denver. In 2022, after only fishing the river a handful of times, It was a HUGE HONOR to be invited back to the Carp Slam as a Pro.
At it's root, fly fishing is something that connects us to the natural world. Fly fishing for carp and trout in Arizona will test all of your skills. Large, spooky fish that require you to stalk them, and to provide a soft presentation. The techniques and knowledge shared will also help you find your own "peace" outdoors. Here there are limitless opportunities for your fly fishing and few people around to compete with. So.... LET"S GET OUT THERE! I promise the you will never come to Phoenix without your fly rod again.
Ryan & Max