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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I was born in Gaspé and I live there. I feel gifted about this, because this place gives me everything I need: wildlife, mountains, trees, salted waters, fresh waters and over all beautiful salmon rivers. Gaspé definitely is paradise. I caught my first salmon at the age of 16 in Alaska with my father. I didn’t know at this time that this was going to be the first page of a long story

Genevieve Fournier: Gaspé, Quebec, Canada

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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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My family introduced me to fishing before I could even walk. At first, I wanted to learn how to fly fish to realize my old dream : fishing for Atlantic Salmon with my grand father. So at 13 years old, I was introduced to the Maison des Jeunes au Point du Mire where I stayed for 5 years. With them, I learned quickly, discovered my passion for teaching and did amazing trips around North America to fish.

Sabrina Barnes: Montreal, Quebec

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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 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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My earliest fishing memories were created at 4 years old. My Grandfather would take my twin brother and I to our Family camp but always made sure to stop at the little Brooks along the way. My first setup was an alder with a piece of string attached with a single hook tied to it. We would use that to catch native Brook Trout. After every trip we would stash the “rod” in the bushes so we could use it for their next time we returned. Those trips laid the foundation for my love of the outdoors and fishing. I started to fly fish around 12 years old and still have and use my original fly reel on occasion.

Matt Dort: Nova Scotia, Canada

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

Capt. Sarah Gardner: Harkers Island, NC

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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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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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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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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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I started fly fishing from a young age with my dad. I came from a fly fishing family so It wasnt that strange that I already manage to cast with fly fishing rod at age of 4. From that time fly fishing became as the biggest passion of my life. So far Im trying to be focused on travelling worldwide and targeting new species. The last couple years a became a womens flyfishing champion in The Czech Republic 5 times, 2 times I got silver place.

Katka Švagrová: Czech Republic

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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 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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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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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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Fly fishing, and also fly tying, de-stressed me enormously from my busy army job and responsibilities in the past. It was the best medication for me to bring my mind back to peace again and it indeed worked far better than any pills, powders or drugs.

Hans van Klinken: Netherlands

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Whitney is a certified Two-handed casting instructor, a full time fly fishing guide, and a six-time Spey-O-Rama casting champion with a current women’s world record of longest cast and overall score.

Whitney Gould: Cascade, MT

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