Team Rio

RIO Products is acclaimed world-wide for its evolutionary leader, tippet and fly line designs. RIO is at the forefront of the fly fishing industry in its creativity and dedication to creating products that solve problems and enhance fly fishing.

A number of fly line designs and ideas have come from the remarkable RIO Advisory Team. These anglers are on the water more than most and really know what a fly line should do. Their ideas, testing opportunities and experiences help make RIO fly lines the best there are.

Our Roster

Fly fishing becomes a way of life. It can lift you up and let you down. It can frustrate you, but in the end you know you simply have to do it.

Barry and Cathy Beck: Benton, PA

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In my mind fishing is a recreational activity and recreation, by definition to me anyway, should be fun and relaxing. It should not be hard work casting. The spey cast is relaxing and enjoyable in itself.

Mike McCune: Newcastle, CA

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I started saltwater fly fishing in the late 70s. In the early 90s I took the leap and started guiding full time saltwater fly anglers.

Brian Horsley: Nags Head, NC

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Keep a beginner’s mindset and you’ll never get bored with this great activity.

George Dainel: Lamar, Pennsylvania

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Jason resides in Arcata, CA and spends most of his year guiding salmon, trout, and steelhead on the swung fly in the waters he calls home.

Jason Hartwick: Arcata, CA

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Jon spent over 25 years as a fly-fishing guide and is the founder of the longest established fly-fishing school in the South.

Jon Cave: Black Hammock, FL

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I’ve written 3 books and presented many fly fishing segments for a fishing DVD magazine. I’m also a Master Instructor with the International Federation of Fly Fishers and these days do a lot of teaching. I really enjoy teaching fly casting and fly fishing

Peter Morse: Blue Mtns, AU

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SAGE & RIO Ambassador, Patagonia Ambassador, photographer, writer, videographer.

Capt. Sarah Gardner: Harkers Island, NC

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I started fly fishing from a young age with my dad and uncles on the lakes and by the time I was 11 I was rowing myself out into the middle of the lake in search of trout on my own. Later in to my teens I began fishing rivers and have pursued my passion ever since.

Paula Shearer: Calgary, Alberta, CA

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Jeff began fly tying commercially at 13 and started guiding fly fishermen on Northern California's waters as early as age 16.

Jeff Putnam: Sacramento, CA

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Fly fishing is a sport that you can learn and participate in your entire life. The people, places, and memories from fly fishing will make you a better person. It really will.

Mark Raisler: Craig, MT

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I am the Director of Marketing and Communications for Trout Unlimited Canada, seminar speaker, guide, fly fishing hosted trips, co owner online Stillwater Fly Fishing Store, author and TV co-host.

Phil Rowley: Alberta, Canada

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I believe fly fishing is an angling art-form. Within it can be found beauty, grace, skill, and science. All things without an achievable ceiling.

Scott O'Donnell: Enterprise, OR

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I am passionate about wild steelhead, saltwater angling, writing, teaching, podcasting — and anything that I can dip in butter

April Vokey: Northern BC/Eastern Australia

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No matter how you choose to fish, the most important thing is to have fun and respect your sport and the environment.

John Barr: Boulder, CO

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Born in Cambridge, UK. Grew up the son of an avid outdoorsman who taught me to fly fish as a young lad.

Pete Humphreys: Rockford, MI

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Works for JD High Country Outfitters (Love child of 2 iconic Jackson Hole fly shops, Jack Dennis Sports and High Country Flies) as the Hardgoods Buyer.

Rob Parkins: Victor, ID

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RIO Ambassador. Sage Ambassador. Eternal student of the game.

Topher Browne: Portland, Maine

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