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For those of you who have been in and around the two-handed rod scene for a while, Dave Pinczkowski need no introduction. Dave has been throwing two-handed rods and spey lines for a long time at nearly anything that swims in the Midwest and beyond. He has chased a wide variety of fish in his home region and beyond and is a wealth of knowledge as a result. Always innovative in how he approaches his fishing, he has helped countless anglers improve their experience on the water, which is a testament to not only his guiding ability, but also his willingness to teach others the way of the force. When Dave isn’t working or guiding, you can find him prowling about wherever there are fish to be had, a true predator.
“A Montana native”
KynsLee’s affection for the sport sparked in her youth, captivated by the gentle flow of her homewaters, the Missouri River. This experience triggered an all-consuming desire to learn, progress, and share her passion with anyone willing to bend an ear. Some years later, while attending the University of Montana, she embraced the overwhelming urge to make guiding her career. Working with Blackfoot River Outfitter's for nearly a decade, KynsLee runs her spring/summer trout program on various systems surrounding her home, in Missoula, MT. She now shares her time between Blackfoot River Outfitters and a few other outfitters. Through the autumn and winter months, she can be found guiding and fishing for steelhead in the Pacific Northwest. An outspoken advocate for mobilizing female participation in the sport, KynsLee’s worked tirelessly to develop casting, rowing, and fishing programs for women in the Pacific Northwest. With a background in conservation, she’s partnered with organizations like American Rivers to protect and preserve river ecology and the health of her fisheries. KynsLee is a proud G Loomis Elite Ambassador.
Born and bred in the PNW, Rick has had a spey rod in his hands since age six. The fondest memories of his childhood were shared shaking dries before the sunrise with his father on the banks of the Snoqualmie River. At 16, he began dividing his time between the West side and the Yakima River where he got his start as a guide. From that age on, Ricky has been chasing fish across the PNW and now calls Montana home. Ricky is a prolific two and single hand caster and one of the fishiest people, as many know. Over the past decade, he has worked to polish his professional guide skills and strives to be one of the best. During the spring and summer, you will find him on the trout rivers of western Montana then back in Washington for the fall and winter anadromous fish.
Capt. John McCloskey has had many adventures along his path, from fighting on U.S Karate teams to fighting fire. He was a technical rescue and high angle rope instructor for the state for many years as well as an E.M.T., and he served his community well. John has always instructed in some form or fashion but his real passions are found in the outdoors. Adventure has escorted John to vast destinations and landed him the trophy of experience and lifelong friendships. His time on the water is spent in Alaska where he manages and guides at Naknek River Camp through the summer months, then back to Georgia where he teaches Spey Casting classes and swings for trout. When not guiding, John can be found fishing, hunting, or with his family. John is an excellent instructor and loves sharing the knowledge he has attained through many years of experience.
Born on the plains, made for the mountains!
OPST ambassador Lael Johnson was born in Kansas, where he developed his interest in fishing at a young age. Midwestern lakes and reservoirs were the familiar places he would visit in search of Bass, Crappie, and Catfish, but he was always searching for something wilder with free-flowing rivers, mountains, and Steelhead. Watching fishing shows of the places anadromous fish lived as a kid gave him the drive to chase the dream of doing it for a living and after a move to Seattle in the early 2000's he jumped at the opportunity. Fast forward to the present day, and Lael is living and thriving in that dream. Lael is currently a fly fishing guide in Washington State, swinging flies for Salmon & Steelhead on rivers located within the Olympic National Park and in SouthEast Alaska. In addition to guiding, he hosts trips to British Columbia for trophy Chinook and to Patagonia for Golden Dorado & Monster Rainbows. During his days on the water, he has gathered some notable catches for himself and guests by religiously using our OPST Swing hooks as his connection to success.
Book a trip with him at flygyde.com and follow his adventures @flygyde on Instagram.