Hi! My name is Ryan Russell. I grew up in Boise, Idaho and started fly fishing when I was 5. While in Boy Scouts, I became even more intrigued and I would often be found casting in my back yard or tying flies in my room. I had a VHS tape of Gary Borger I would watch it over and over. As I moved through junior high and high school sports consumed my life and fly fishing was just a hobby that faded away. I played AAU basketball, baseball and being a soccer goalie and loved competing. My best sport, however was golf, I was a State Champion level golfer and went on to play at the college level at Idaho State University and later moved on to Arizona State's Elite PGA Professional Program. I did this through attending the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and by passing my PGA P.A.T. (Player's Ability Test). I was the only one to pass in my group posting scores of 70-71, taking Medalist honors. Although I had Class A Pro status for a few years, the country club lifestyle was not for me.
At age 20 I learned the family business and started my own. In 2009 I changed the name to Mountain Mobile Glass. The glass trade has been in my family for over 40 years and I am a Master Certified technician. The Phoenix market is incredibly demanding and I worked hard at establishing myself in Arizona. Besides Arizona, I have a crew of contractors operating in 6 states serving locations in Denver, Colorado Springs, Salt Lake City, Boise, Las Vegas and Dallas. This consumes most of my time but I reserve space to guide and teach fly fishing to those interested. In fact, Auto Glass is the reason why my knowledge of Phoenix is virtually unmatched. I have been in and out of every neighborhood, driving by and walking canals 6 days a week, for the last 20 years. I always had a fly rod ready and would take breaks to fish almost everyday. Nobody knows more about carping canals in Phoenix than me.
Besides golf, fish and glass, I also have dealt with my fair share of hard knocks. In 2005 I was in a serious car accident and ejected from my vehicle. I sustained a serious head injury and was life flighted to Scottsdale Osborn Hospital because I was unresponsive. I woke up with no memory of the accident and also with no broken bones which was incredibly lucky. The brain scans also revealed that I was living with a pituitary macroadenoma or tumor as well. I was diagnosed with some tough mental conditions and went through a really long period of healing. It took about a decade for things falling apart for me to put them back together again. This is when I returned back to fly fishing and really honed my skills.
I have traveled all over the West. Besides hammering carp, I've caught almost every species of trout in North America and know where to find them. Big rivers to little trickles. I have fished a lot of places which contributes to the knowledge I pass on to my clients. My main goal is for you to have a the most incredible experience you can think of. Sight casting at it's finest, to big fish that demands stealth and supreme accuracy. NOt even other carp destinations are like this.
At its root, fly fishing is something that connects us to the natural world. I focus my guiding on a combination of putting you on big fish while also having a good time and showing you the area. Fly fishing for carp in Phoenix will test all of your skills. Large fish that require you to stalk them, and require you to provide a soft presentation on light tippet. The techniques and knowledge shared will also help you find your own "peace" within the city. Here there are limitless opportunities for your fly fishing and nobody around to compete with. I will deliver this to you in the most professional way possible, much like a golf pro would.
You will have access to the finest equipment available. I have the resources to teach you and help you succeed. You will not regret spending the time. A few hours with me and you will see Phoenix differently. I promise the you will never come to Phoenix without your fly rod again.