Forged Pro Staff
FORGED® couldn't be happier with its Pro Staff family, for they are the embodiment of why we do what we do. Our
Pro Staff are Professionals in this Industry, and their stewardship of
the environment and ability to make all clients feel like second-to-none
do FORGED® proud. As well as Ambassadors to FORGED®, our Pro Staff also contribute to the brand with designs, improvements and fantastic photography of their unforgettable excursions. If you're looking for a Guided trip, you've come to the right place.
Tyler grew up in a small town in British
Columbia called 100 Mile House that has some amazing trout fishing and
some beautiful lakes . He have been fishing for as long as he can
remember, taking up fly fishing at 19.
"I can still remember
hooking that first fish and really feeling how the fish reacted to the
bite, not only that but the sensitivity and control I had was
unbelievable and from that moment on I was HOOKED!! I love to fish everything from trout, bass, steelhead and salmon!
Fly fishing is my choice of weapon and love everything the sport has to
I now find myself
fully committed to my fishing whether I'm out fishing, studying bodies
of water, researching bugs or tying flies I spent most of my days
fishing. I also love tying flies. Chironomids, leaches ,minnows,
boatman, scuds, nymphs, boobies ,blobs, drys... you name it and I tie it .
spend a lot of time examining insects and trying my best to replicate
the colors and movements in these bugs that I am seeing the fish feed on
. I recently took on competition fly fishing and have done extremely
well. I am looking forward to many more years of competing, fishing,
and tying !"
Tyler is also the Head Prostaff Member for Togens Fly Shop, where he is constantly testing tying materials, tools, line and leaders. He also does instructional fly tying videos on proven BC patterns. Tyler custom tied flies can also be purchased locally and in many BC fly shops.
INSTAGRAM @tylerekdahl FACEBOOK Tyler Ekdahl
Stanton Jack grew up in Kamloops B.C., where he spent many days fly fishing the awesome lakes and rivers in the surrounding area. In his mid teens, he became an active fly tyer and started putting together patterns that would match the hatches occurring on his local waters. Since then the art of fly tying and fly fishing has become true passion and at times an obsession.
In 2017, Stanton started competitive fly fishing which has further enhanced his knowledge of the sport. From studying the flies and techniques used in competition, and combined with his previous experience of lake and river fishing, he has been able to win medals in both individual and team categories and also been awarded Most Improved Competitor River and Lakes combined for two consecutive years.
Looking ahead, Stanton hopes to one day represent his country on Team Canada and win a gold medal in the awesome sport of fly fishing.
As well as a proud member of the Forged Pro Team, Stanton is also a Togens Fly Shop Pro Team member and a Competitive Angler Ambassador for Chinook Wind Outfitters.
Check out Stanton on Instagram @vanflyfishingOn YouTube Vancouver Fly Fishing
Aggie was born and raised in Hungary, and moved to Canada in 1999.
She lived in Vancouver for 2 years than moved to the Valley in 2002 and lived there till 2019.
In 2019 July she accepted a new position in the Sunny Okanagan and moved there.
She fell in love with fishing at early age joining her Father and
Grandfather on the weekends to fish local lakes and rivers in Hungary, targeting Pike, Catfish, Walleye, Carp and many other fish species .
When she moved to Canada her passion continued with new adventures: fishing for White Sturgeon, Salmon and Trout. Aggie specialized in fly-fishing, and she's passionate fly tier, but she still has good knowledge using gear!
She has done many fly fishing competitions on lakes and rivers with the BC fly fishing league, has actively integrated herself in the fly fishing community of the lower
mainland (and now in the Okanagan too), and is involved in river conservation and lake
shore clean ups/education.
She loves teaching fly-tying /fly-fishing and passing done the passion to our next generation focusing on women and youth.
She is also currently Pro Staff for Cabela’s and Basspro Canada, Brand Ambassador for Chinook Wind Outfitters
and Educational Guide for Black Water guiding.
Bob Bautista was born
and raised in Winnipeg Manitoba and learned how to become a expert angler
for pike, walleye, perch, channel catfish and many other species found in the
local rivers and lakes. A lot of his knowledge accumulated on the prairies was adapted
to fish for trout and kokanee in the Okanagan. He loves to fly fish streams of
any size and the many Stillwater around Kamloops and Kelowna, which is the area
that he guides professionally. During the spring you can find him fishing
chironomids and leeches under an indicator, throughout the many lakes in the region.
As the weather warms up, he likes to toss dry flies for rainbow trout and cutthroat
trout on southern Alberta waters. Fall draws him to the mighty Columbia river
for large strong rainbow trout and walleye. His knowledge can be found at Troutwaters Fly & Tackle in Kelowna.
Forged® Owners Note: Bob brings an incredible wealth of
knowledge to Forged®, and has been instrumental in making our reels even
better. I've personally been able to work and fish with Bob, and his skill on a lake can't be matched. Very honored to know this guy.
Dakota has been fly fishing since the age of 6, taught by his father on
the banks of the Tetsa river deep in the Northern British Columbia
mountain range. Dakota is currently endorsed through Simms Fishing
Products, and Nautilus Fly Reels. An avid steelhead and trophy Bull
trout fly angler, Dakota has an huge follower database through instagram
which all are welcomed to follow (@tightlin3s). He's written articles for flyguys.net , Wilsons, and is currently writing something for flyfusion magazine
on bull trout. Dakota will be moving to the coast next year, to become
a full licensed guide for Steelhead and Salmon in the Kitimat-Stikine
region of BC. This is just another step into his addiction of this
madness which he loves more than anything in the world. Look out for his
new youtube channel in the works!
Forged® Owners Note: Dakota is one of the very best guides I have ever had the pleasure of using, and his knowledge helped make our steelheading footage for "The Dimestore Fisherman" a huge success on the Kitimat River. Aside from that, he's a fantastic person, especially when he's outfishing you! I'm truly glad to have him as a Guide, Pro staffer and friend.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jayson started fishing at the very young age of
seven. My parents worked most weekends but I was lucky to have an uncle
who was also seriously into fishing. This uncle, originally from
Newfoundland, took us out almost every weekend to our favourite lakes in
Manitoba in search of walleye, northern pike, and perch. After my mother’s passing, my father
moved to British Columbia, and I soon followed. When I’m out on the lake
or the edge of the river, I often remember what my mom used to always
say, "do what you love to do".
moving to BC I met Krystal, who is also an outdoor enthusiast, and we
created a new life in which we spend a lot of time in the great
outdoors. Krystal happened to have a best friend who's husband loves to
fly fish, and he soon introduced me a new way of the sport, euro
nymphing and stripping flies. I took to fly fishing
right away, and with a lot of practice I'm now in competitions with the
British Columbia Fly Fishing League. In 2019 our team finished 3rd
overall at the North American Loch Style Competition and put me in the
rankings at 11th in BC and 25th in Canada. My passion for the sport
continues to grow and I’m eager to learn more about the sport as I get
out and fish every chance I get. My ultimate goal is to join Team Canada
and compete in the Commonwealth Championship.
Follow Jay's progress on Instagram @netnfish
Mark Hillson learned to fish at an early age, from the Bow River, to
Ontario and all over Beautiful British Columbia, Mark has seen and
fished it all. With over twenty years fly-tying experience, he can
supply you with all of the essential flies you need to succeed, no
matter what fish you’re targeting. Mark is an essential and valued Pro
Staff member at FORGED®, and a certified River Guide that will make your
Vancouver Island fishing trip memorable. For information on Mark’s
guiding services or to book an ECO tour, visit www.cowichantroutfitter.com
For as long as he can remember, fishing
has always been Kurtis Billings' passion. His father taught him how to
fly fish at five years old on the Cowichan River, and soon after
Kurtis fell in love with Steelhead. If a type of fish resides around
Vancouver Island, Kurtis has targeted it. The Ocean is Kurtis’ second
home as he was brought up targeting salmon at a young age, and he now
uses that experience currently working his dream job doing summertime
charters for salmon and bottom fish off the West Coast of Vancouver
island. Kurtis has been an avid fisherman around Vancouver Island for 15
years and hopes to create smiles for his guests for many years to come.
FORGED® is honored to have him join the family, and thrilled to share in
his enthusiasm and professionalism. For information on Kurtis'
services, contact: River Quest Charters 5650 West Riverbottom Rd, Duncan, BC V9L 6H9 (250) 748-4776
Marley Bates started trout fishing at a young age, spending his
summers camping and traveling around the Pacific North West with his
father out of an old Volkswagen van. Since he bought his first fly rod
in his early teens, fly fishing and exploring the rivers and lakes of
the Cowichan Valley and surrounding areas has become an obsession. When
he's not on Vancouver Island targeting big trout in back country lakes
or salmon and steelhead in local rivers, he's traveling down south in
New Zealand visiting his kiwi side of the family and hooking in to large
brown and rainbow trout on the dry fly. Marley's passion for fishing
has turned into a way of life as he now has a career as a salt water
fishing guide, fishing for salmon and bottom fish in Nootka Sound,
Moutcha Bay Resort, Nootka Sound : email@example.com
You would think that with Brian Bergeson’s fly fishing accomplishments that he
came from a long list of fly fishing lineage. With his experience and
expertise you would think that he grew up in the Bridger or San Juan
Mountain ranges. Not Brian, he calls Duluth, Minnesota home. As a
Minnesota native he cut his teeth perfecting his art fishing for local
Brook Trout, Walleye and Lake Superior Salmon and Steelhead. Joining the
1999 Youth Team USA Fly Fishing Team elevated his interest in fly
fishing and furthered his skill set. Brian battled alcohol abuse in his
20’s and lost interest in fishing. Missing friendships and North Shore
Steelhead Brian became sober a few years later. Around the same time he
met a long lost friend in the middle of the Brule River wilderness who
reignited his passion for fly fishing. It was at that point Bergeson
decided to elevate his game. Since then he has been one of the fly
fishing pioneers of Esox Fly Fishing in the Midwest, and continues to
chase fish all over the country with a fly rod. Brian operates Rip Lips Custom Musky Flies
and is a signature tier for Montana Fly Company. He is also a Field/Pro
Staff member of TFO Fly Rods, Scientific Anglers and Fishbum
Wesley started fly fishiing with his grandfather, teaching him to fly fish and tie around ten. He started
with trout in the kamloops and prince george areas, until high school when
he started spending summers at his grandmothers in terrace, BC.
take long for me to become an addict. When I graduated I moved to
terrace and have spent the last 6 years exploring the area and chasing a
tight line. Now I am a second year guide for northpacificspey fishing
charters. I would have to say my favorite species is chinook salmon, but
steelies are a close second. Favorite technique is definitely swinging
Geiser has been fly fishing for as long as he can remember, and
guiding since 2003 on the Upper Pitt River, The west coast of Vancouver
Island, Haida Gwaii and Skeena River System.
and raised in the Vancouver area of British Columbia, he grew up
fishing all the areas rivers for Steelhead, Salmon, Trout and Sturgeon.In
the Summer you can find him In Winter Harbour, on the north west tip of
Vancouver Island chasing chrome salmon, Halibut and Tuna on both Fly
and conventional methods. In
the Fall it’s all about chasing ocean chrome anadromous fish on the
world famous Skeena River system, where he guides for a world class
spends Over 200 + hard days on the water for large powerful fish and is
very demanding of quality fishing gear that will get the job done and
put up with the abuse. This is why he is proud to represent Forged
Fishing products. He is all about supporting local BC products, that are
made to last and perform at price point that will be very appealing to
Forged Field Staff
FORGED® Field Staff represent the majority of who we cater to: anglers who pursue this lifestyle passionately, and like Pro Staff, are stewards to our environment. Field Staff also act as Ambassadors for FORGED®, and contribute to our designs and testing. If you're fortunate enough to meet them on the water, be sure to introduce yourself, because not only are they great anglers, they're great folks!
Kyle was born and raised in Terrace BC, so a fly fishing addiction
for him does not come by surprise. What is a surprise, is a guy from BC's
mecca salmon/steelhead river country, is a full on stillwater trout
wizard! You can find Kyle fishing lakes from ice off at the end of March
until the day they freeze in mid-end November. If he's not on the water
he's on the vise preparing for the next trip out or helping to fill a
fellow anglers boxes. His favorite method of fishing is hanging
chironomid patterns under indicators in the spring, followed closely by
stripping staples in shallow water in late fall. Immense amount of
angling days per year have allowed Kyle to develop a great knowledge and
understanding of the interior BC lakes and their hatches. If you are
fishing lakes in region 3 or 8 in BC, you're bound to run into Kyle
eventually. Don't hesitate to say hello and introduce yourself as he
will never pass up an opportunity to talk all things trout and loves
helping fellow anglers get on the fish!
"FORGED® is thrilled to have Kyle join its ranks , and is even more
thankful of the knowledge and ideas that Kyle brings. A huge passion for
the sport and a willingness to help out others makes us so grateful to
say that Kyle is an asset to whoever he meets on the water. Check out
his Instagram today!"
Mike has had a love of fishing that began
when he was a small boy, spending the weekends fishing for trout off the
seaplane docks in the Campbell river estuary with his father. 3 years
ago he picked up his first fly rod and tying kit. That first trout
ignited a passion that has done
nothing but grow. Any time not at work you'll find Mike out floating
around his favourite local lakes in a pontoon boat chasing trout and
bass, swinging flies on local rivers for salmon/steelhead or scouting
beaches for the next good searun hole. "FORGED® products allow me to follow my passion no matter the season, no matter the species, without breaking the bank." Much of our best photography comes from Mike, and for that we thank him.
Brian’s interest in fishing started about
55 years ago when his father first put a rod in his hands. He naturally
progressed through a variety of fishing styles until he came upon fly fishing some
45 years ago, and the art and science of studying the water and throwing flies
has been his passion ever since.
“We are quite blessed here in Manitoba to
have an abundance of lakes and rivers, which provide us the opportunity to target
numerous species of fish. This
is actually great for me because next to fishing, there is nothing I enjoy more
than tying my own flies, and the varying food sources for the numerous local
fish species gives me a great excuse to spend many hours during the long winter
months huddled over my vise."
Hadden has been a fly angler since 12 years old, his first experiences beginning on the Liard and Tetsa rivers. Learning from his father, his passion for the sport has continued to grow ever since. Some favorite places to fish are the Halfway River and its tributaries, small freestone streams casting dries to rainbows and grayling. Hadden also enjoys exploring the beautiful waters that the Peace Region has to offer. Forged® is happy to benefit from Hadden's experience and passion for our sport, and if you see him out on the river, make sure to say Hi!
Forged® Owners Note: Hadden's fly tying ability has become well known in Northern BC, and I look forward to our next sit down with fur and feathers. A fantastic angler, as well as a solid personality that makes me honored to call him a friend.
"Hi, My name is Kage Kossler, I'm a 13 year old home schooler, and Fly Fishing is my passion. I started at age 8 in my hometown of Bend, Oregon. In 2013 I moved to Alaska with my family and started fishing all over south-central Alaska and around the Kenai Peninsula. I've fished for grayling, rainbows, dolly varden, steelhead and salmon.
This past year I was fortunate enough to compete in the North American Loch Style Championships in BC, and the Youth Nationals in North Carolina. I also attended and watched some of America's top fly fisherman compete in the US Nationbals here in Bend. These experiences have helped me better master loch-style lake fishing and euro nymphing! My ultimate goal is to make the US Youth National Fly Fishing team and Represent the USA."
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Forged® Owners Note: "I was able to compete against Kage in the North American Loch Style Championships this past year, and never have I met a young man so talented, respectful and eager to learn as Kage. His attitude and personality made everyone who had the pleasure of him as a boat partner or teammate thankful for his attendance. Forged® will be there to help him achieve his dreams, and we can't wait to see it happen."