Meet the Staff
The Fly Water Travel Team -
Welcome to Fly Water Travel
Thank you for visiting. Fly Water Travel is a team of fly fishing and travel experts exclusively dedicated to arranging trips to the world’s finest fishing destinations. We are experienced anglers and passionate travelers who are faithfully committed to making sure our customers have the best angling experience possible. We hope you find the information on this site useful and maybe even inspirational. If you have any questions about the details of any trip you see or just want to talk to someone who has been there please give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you.
"I have traveled just enough to know that your Flywater Team is exceptional and I want to thank each of you for putting together such a flawless itinerary and trip. We moved around a lot and there were many opportunities for things to get off track but your attention to the details had it nailed from start to finish. Very professional and very well done. Thanks again, I look forward to creating a lot more memories with your Flywater Team." D.G., TX
“Fly Water Travel gets an A+++ rating in customer service and support through every step of info gathering, booking and follow-up. You all ROCK! I am certain that the Fly Water Catalog will remain on our coffee table throughout the year.” M.L., CO
Brian Gies -
Brian is an experienced angler and world traveler with stamps on his passport from as close to home as Mexico, as far away as Mongolia and Nepal and most every angling destination in between. His formal background is in accounting and business management. While well versed in all of Fly Water’s offerings, Brian is a true authority on the fisheries of New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, the American West, Christmas Island, and Mongolia. Brian’s business savvy, attention to detail, and dry humor make him the ideal business manager and an invaluable asset to Fly Water customers. Brian is the company’s Chief Financial Officer and secondary photographer.
"We will book with Fly Water Travel again. Your company is top notch! Thanks for providing such a great experience!" D.S., CA
Ken Morrish -
Ken is a fourth generation fly fisher who has guided throughout Alaska, Oregon, and California.He has taught hundreds of students the fundamentals of the sport, managed fly shops, consulted with leading fly rod manufacturers and designed an extensive line of popular fly patterns produced by Idylwilde Flies of Portland, Oregon. Ken is an accomplished writer and photographer whose work has appeared in Patagonia, Outside, Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod and Reel, Northwest Fly Fishing, Wild Steelhead and Salmon, and other popular publications. Ken serves as Fly Water’s Chief Operating Officer, primary photographer, and catalog copywriter.
“My thanks to Fly Water Travel for great service and advice that gave us an outstanding experience. When we’re ready for another adventure you can be sure we’ll be calling on Fly Water Travel.” B.S, WA
Charles Gehr -
Charles specializes in the trout and steelhead fisheries of the Pacific Northwest, the Rockies, and British Columbia. A passionate and experienced angler, he spent five years as a full-time trout and steelhead guide on Oregon’s Deschutes River before joining the Fly Water Team. Prior to his tenure on the Deschutes, Charles lived in Ashland, OR and fished the waters of Southern Oregon and Northern California extensively. Charles is an excellent fly tier, an extremely gifted spey caster and the best informed member of our staff on spey tackle and techniques. A University of Wyoming alumni, Charles also has a deep affection for and knowledge of the vast and varied trout fisheries of the Rockies and the American West. His overriding passion for the outdoors and wild places has lead him to guide white water, rock climbing, and fly fishing, row the Grand Canyon, backpack long sections of the Appalachian Trail, and kayak countless rivers from coast to coast.
Dylan Rose -
After a rich and varied 15 year fly fishing career in the greater Seattle area, we were honored when Dylan and his wife pulled the plug from their Seattle roots and permanently relocated to Ashland in the Fall of 2011. Dylan is currently managing our trips throughout the Carribean and Christmas Island. Dylan began his fly fishing career in 1997 working for a fly shop in Seattle. Since that time he has worked extensively as a guide, retailer, instructor, e-commerce specialist, blogger and sales representative for lines including Winston, Patagonia, Ross, Scientific Anglers and Idylwilde. Dylan's passion for the sport has taken him to destinations throughout Belize, Mexico, Christmas Island, Venzuela, Alaska, British Columbia, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and all throughout the American west. His drive and dedication to the sport revolves around a deep seated love for the outdoors and a desire to help protect wild places and the fish that inhabit them. Dylan is also a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor, a gifted fly tier and an accomplished photographer. Everyone here is excited to have Dylan on board and we look forward to you working with him over the seasons to come.
David Kalinowski -
David grew up fly fishing in New England. chasing Brook trout, landlocked Salmon and whatever else swam in the waters he visited. After graduating from the University of Connecticut with a degree in natural resources he spent three years working for the state’s fisheries division and then decided to expand his horizons and head West. He landed in Bend Oregon and spent 12 years there managing fly shops, selling guided trips, guiding anglers, and teaching others about the sport he loved. David is a highly skilled angler, tier, and caster and fits in perfectly with Fly Water’s philosophy of customer service. When not out chasing steelhead or king salmon you might find him swinging a golf club or snowboarding. At fly water David will be assisting anglers with their travel plans to Alaska and the Pacific Northwest and we are proud to have him on our team.
Lindy Miller -
Lindy comes to us with many years of experience in high-level corporate event planning as well as numerous other project management positions. Lindy has studied in Vienna, skied in Austria, gone on safari in Kenya and rafted the Colorado River. To date she has visited five continents and remains an avid traveler. At Fly Water, Lindy serves as our primary Sales Assistant/Travel Coordinator and oversees the countless travel related details that go into the planning of each trip.
"Many many thanks!! I really appreciate all you did to help make my trip a success!! My friends at Fly Water are all the best professionals I could ever work with!" K.H., CA
"I am impressed with the depth of your knowledge and your consistent honesty. It made the booking process very easy." D.M., NY
Sales Support & Billing:
Rachel Smith -
Born and raised in Portland, Rachel is the only true “native” Oregonian on our team. She holds a bachelor’s degrees in both Geology and Theatre Arts and in addition to a all of her outdoor interests she enjoys writing, singing, music and children's theatre. Rachel knows the Pacific Northwest from Northern California to Alaska and has climbed our volcanoes, rafted our class five rapids, and taken extended canoe trips through the British Columbian wilderness. Rachel comes to Fly water with more than 17 years of customer service experience and her keen eye for detail makes her a valuable part of the team in assuring that all of our trips are executed without a hitch.
Dealer Sales Manager:
Jon Covich -
Jon Covich has spent the last 25 years immersed in the fly fishing industry and has been one the Pacific Northwest’s most trusted and conscientious tackle reps for the past 20 years. He currently represents Fly Water Travel, Outcast, Fishpond, Oakley, Spirit River and Galvan Reels. In addition to his business as a tackle rep, Jon has traveled to many of the world’s best fly fishing destinations, as both an angler and a professional photographer. Jon has made multiple trips to Chile and Argentina, New Zealand, much of the Bahamas, Belize, Mexico, Christmas Island, British Columbia and Alaska. Photos of his adventures have appeared in Outside Magazine, Grey’s Sporting Journal, Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod & Reel, and Catch Magazine. Jon lives in Seattle Washington with his wife and two sons and we are proud to have him on the Fly Water Team.
Paul Imperia -
Paul Imperia has been traveling the world for over 20 years, most of the time with a fly rod and camera by his side. His destinations include Russia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Honduras, The Seychelles, Mauritius, Africa, Bolivia, Christmas Island, and Nonouti. His angling and photo skills along with his extreme attention to detail(not to mention his calm cool nature) make him a invaluable asset to the fly water site research team.