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Bob Shannon

Bob is the head guide and owner of The Fly Rod Shop in Stowe, VT, which started in 1986, and has over 25 years of experience teaching fly fishing. He is a member of Vermont's Fish & Wildlife Board, a member of the Board of Directors for Lake Champlain International, a member of the St. Croix Pro Staff, as well as an ambassador for Simms Fishing Products. Bob has guided in Vermont, New York, Canada and the Caribbean. Over the past 20 years, his fly fishing has taken him from the mountains of Montana to the coast of NH.

Parker Wright

This is Parker's 7th year here at The Fly Rod Shop. Parker has grown up in Waterbury just south of Stowe and has lived there his entire life. He has been enjoying the outdoors since he can remember, fishing since he was old enough to hold a rod and has been hunting since he was old enough to shoot a gun. He started to fly fish at the age of 12. He loves to hike a wild brook trout stream with a 3wt and a box of dry flies.

Alexander Shannon
Fishing Helper

Alexander has been a member of the Fly Rod Shop Staff for many years now, and he has just now declared himself the Assistant General Manager of all Programs here at the shop. During the work days here at the shop, Alexander can be found out on the pond testing the equipment while waiting to jump in the van and join any fishing trip he can. He is great at helping set up the equipment and giving PLENTY of advice on how to catch fish.

Robert Shannon Sr.
Sales & Marketing

Robert started at the Fly Rod Shop three years ago after a 30 year career in Sales & Marketing. Being the owner's Dad has its advantages. On any given day you can find him working behind the counter in the shop or out on the lawn mower catching some rays - and anywhere in between. He looks forward to you stopping by the shop anytime!

Stehpanie Olsen
Kid's Camp Instructor

Stephanie was born in a small town in New York and came to Vermont after high school to attend Sterling College. With her love of natural history and drive to educate people and protect wildlife habitat and forests, she graduated with a degree in conservation ecology. After graduation, she pursued her outdoors career and stated in Vermont. She spent two years as an AmeriCorps member at the Montpelier Parks Department creating sustainable trails, managing invasive plants and creating a beautiful place for the public to enjoy nature. Currently, she is a teacher's assistant at the Barre Technical Center helping to educate high school students for the Natural Resources and Sustainability Program. When she is not in the woods teaching about how to protect and conserve our environment, you can find her fishing for trout and walleye!

Frank Ferrante

Frank grew up on the banks of the Lamoille river, and the shores of lake Elmore, chasing whatever fish he could get to bite. After starting off fishing with a spin rod, as a young lad he honed his fly fishing skills by attending The Fly Rod Shops free casting clinics, and picking the guides brains. Eventually one thing led to another and now he is guiding for us! You can spot Frank stalking the banks of Vermont's many rivers and streams for trout, or just look for the drift boat coming down the river. If you don't see him there he's probably out on the charter boat in a lake or reservoir targeting a number of species. Regardless of what and where fish are biting Frank is excited to take you out and put you on some fish, making for a trip you wont soon forget!

Andrew Costagliola

Andrew has spent the last 20 years exploring and fishing the waters Vermont has to offer. He's a recent graduate of Sweetwaters Guide School out of Montana. Wether it's hunting a wily brown trout on the Dog or Floating down the Lamoille he'll make your next trip to VT one you won't soon forget. Andrew also spends a lot of time fishing for Bass and Northern Pike as well as crafting his own flies to fool these awesome fish! If you've got questions on fishing for Atlantic Salmon he's your guy too! Andrew spends several weeks every year in Cape Breton targeting one of the most prized fish that can be caught on a fly!

John Conrad

John has been guiding for the shop for over 20 years. His knowledge on the Winooski and Lamoille Riversheds is unbelievable, you name a rock, he knows it. John loves spending time on the bigger rivers of VT but can also be found stalking the Dog river trying to get a giant wild brown to take a #24 trico. John is also an incredible fly tyer and teaches lots of our fly tying classes.