Bob is the owner of The Fly Rod Shop in Stowe, VT, which started in 1986, and has over 25 years of experience teaching fly fishing. Bob’s traveled throughout the US as well as the Caribbean chasing just about every fish there is!
This is Parker’s 10th 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 and has been doing it ever since.
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!
Alex, a student at UVM moved from California with a history of fishing a variety of different species in fresh and salt water. He can often be found fishing the rivers near the shop in search of large smallmouth and always enjoy sneaking around the smaller high mountain streams as well. As someone who enjoys many outdoor activities and is passionate about the fish and their environment, he’s always excited to share his knowledge with other anglers.
Sean is originally from the gulf coast of Louisiana. He grew up bass fishing the lakes, swamps, and marshes of south Louisiana. He eventually began spending more time offshore, where he guided clients on big game trips for marlin, wahoo, and dolphin, as well as coastal fishing for redfish and speckled trout. Most winters were spent in a duck or goose blind, guiding clients in some of the best waterfowl hunting to be found in North America. Eventually Sean started spending more and more time in the mountains, where he developed a passion for trout fishing. Now settled in the Green Mountains of Vermont, Sean loves sharing that passion with clients and introducing them to the amazing fisheries that the area has to offer. In his free time, you’ll probably find Sean on a stream somewhere, whether swinging streamers to brown trout, or hiking a high mountain stream for our native brook trout.
Matthew was born in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. After high school, he attended Northern Vermont university as an outdoor education major. This is his sixth year here at the Fly Rod Shop. Matt has been fishing for just about his whole life and is eager to pass on the tradition.
Jake is native to Vermont and has grown up fishing and exploring the woods, streams and ponds around the area. He is currently a senior at MMU and headed to Middlebury College this coming fall where he will major in economics and film studies!! He started fly fishing 6 years ago when he attended Trout Unlimited’s Trout Camp and has been chasing fish ever since. You may run into Jacob in the shop or out on the river throughout the summer months! He’s super knowledgeable and happy to help anyone!
Clay grew up in Coastal Maine and hopped around New England until attending St. Lawrence University in upstate New York. After graduating, he spent three years in the Midwest working for a hospitality group; here, while chasing carp and bass in the warm waters of Ohio, fly fishing progressed from the occasional pastime into a borderline addiction. Unable to resist the call back East, he spent the next couple of years cultivating his love for fishing in the Northeast and Florida Keys. After attending the Wulff School of Fly Fishing, Clay decided to turn passion into profession, and fully dedicate himself to the outdoor industry as a fly fishing guide and copywriter. Having spent the past couple of years wading the waters of Vermont, Clay loves to share his passion and knowledge with anglers of all skill levels.
Tina’s been with the shop for the past 10 years or so however more recently started here full time. You may find her in the shop, running one of the Women’s Fly Fishing Schools or she may be plugging away on the back end of the shop website!!!