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Instructors

Jim Mauries

Guide, professional fly tyer and instructor for over twenty five years; Jim’s experience as a guide and tying instructor is unsurpassed in this part of the country.  His flies have been featured in numerous publications; many of his students have gone on to tie flies professionally.  Jim has probably taught more people how to fly fish and tie flies than anyone in Middle Tennessee.

Jim Monroe

Warm water specialist, tech guru and one of the best fly tiers in this part of the country.  Monroe can whip up classics or innovate original patterns anglers drool over, and fish just can’t resist. Jim has been tying for over fifteen years and has been teaching tying for over eight. He has worked, guided and instructed in the fly-fishing industry for over 10 years.

Chris Nischan

Chris has been guiding both hunters and fisherman since 1984. His primary love is teaching and guiding fly fishermen for both cold and warm water species. He has guided fishermen in Arkansas, North Carolina, Alabama, Montana, Kentucky and Tennessee. His specialty is guiding anglers for trout on both the Caney Fork and Elk rivers in Tennessee, as well as several private lakes for bass and panfish. Chris is also an FFF certified casting instructor.

Troy Basso

Troy Basso was born and raised in Michigan, but after an 11 year stint in the US Army he landed here in Tennessee. Troy is an accomplished outdoor writer, guide, and tier. He is a professional tier for Idylwilde Fly Company and currently has 9 of his patterns on the market worldwide. His passion lies in the plethora of warm water rivers and lakes that are so abundant in this area. The one thing he is not is a fly fishing snob… carp, gar, bass, trout, musky and panfish are all equal in his fishing playbook.

Mike Bjorgo

Twenty years of guiding with five of those seasons guiding in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region, Mike has guided and fished everything from Lake Clark up to the Kanektok, Illiamna, Wood-tikchick, and Nushagak from kings to Big bend. Mike also guided for a fly out operation in Juneau, where steelhead and big sea run dollies were added to his list. He also spent a couple of seasons as a flight medic above the Arctic Circle, chasing and pounding huge char and sheefish, when he wasn’t saving someone’s life. No one else in our area has as much experience guiding Alaskan waters.

Susan Thrasher

Susan, an FFF certified casting instructor, is the owner and operator of Southern Brookies Fly Fishing in Lancaster, Tennessee. As an avid fly angler, fly tier and oarsman, her enthusiasm for the sport is contagious. She has been on staff with the Joan Wulff School of Fly Fishing since 2005 where she teaches in the New York Catskills each spring. Her professional training, coupled with a patient and fun loving personality, makes her a natural teacher and guide.  We are thrilled to add Susan to our long list of over-qualified guides and instructors.

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