|Travis Duddles | Shop Owner |
Travis was born and raised in Hood River Oregon, where he still resides. Growing up with some of the best Steelhead fishing in the world, Travis' love for pursuing Steelhead started at an early age.
This passion for the sport of fly fishing and chasing Steelhead with a fly rod developed into a career in 1992 when Travis opened the doors February 29th to The Gorge Fly Shop. Shortly after Travis started guiding clients for summer and winter Steelhead on many of the great tributaries to the Columbia River in the area.
With guide experience and owning Gorge Fly Shop Travis has helped clients all over the world, helping them fill their dreams of catching Steelhead on a fly rod.
| ||Greg Darling | Warm Water Expert |
Gorge Fly Shop Internet Manager and Product specialist
Warm water Species is where I consider myself an expert. I have been pursuing Bass, Crappie, Bluegill and Walleye all my life. Between my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, north to Lake Erie and beyond into Canada is where I have gathered most of my experience. Since moving to the Northwest and starting my career with GFS in 2007 I have built my reputation for being a bass pro on the mighty Columbia River. I can't explain the hold on me the passion for these warm water species but it exists and thrives no matter where I go. So if you have ever wanted to take a Bullgill on a 3wt or tease a smallmouth to the surface with a giant popper than we share the same passion and I would be thrilled to share my knowledge with you for your pursuits.
Today Steelhead gets much of my attention and swinging flies with a Two Hand rod has further advanced my skills. I now find myself using these tools in the pursuit of Trout, Bass and any other species I think I can swing a fly to.
The passion of fishing involves discovery. Its a lifelong pursuit!
| ||John Garrett |
Gorge Fly Shop Team Member (Management)
I started working for Travis about 5 years ago after retiring from a 23 year salmon & steelhead guiding career, I have known Travis since he opened the Gorge Fly Shop back in the day. Through my guiding and angling experiences I have gained a wealth of knowledge in our local Oregon, Washington and some Alaska waters.
Although fly fishing has always been a passion of mine I'm also knowledgeable in Gear and Center pin fishing. A local grown fisherman, I have been fishing these waters since high school in the late 70's, if you couldn't find me in the basketball gym you'd find me on a river somewhere. The last five years at the shop have been wonderful for me, allowing me to stay active in the industry and help others pursue their passion of fly fishing. Give us a call it's easy to talk about something you're passionate about! Oh yeah, I like sweet tea, getting caught in the rain and long walks on the beach.
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Gorge Fly Shop Team Member
Originally hailing from Colorado, I began fishing at an early age and learned to fly fish with my dad around the age of 10. Over 20 years later the passion is still alive and strong!
I've fished throughout the West as I traveled through the Rockies, Inter-mountains, the Cascades, and up in Alaska while pursuing my other passion- snowboarding. I primarily enjoy chasing trout in small cold mountain streams. However, after transitioning to the PNW I fell in love with spey casting for steelhead. Fortunately, steelheading with a swung fly isn't exactly a numbers game and therefore my ultimate favorite is skating dry flies and surface attacks. Always looking for new water, I've been known to drive through the night, sleep under the stars, and be up first light with a hot cup of coffee. Good thing I'm a total morning person, often tying "classic steelhead patterns before work if I don't have other chores to do.
Bucket-list trips include: Flats fishing for permit, bonefish, and tarpon; B.C. summer steelhead; Sea-run browns in Argentina; Atlantic salmon in Quebec; And lastly, sight fishing browns and rainbows in the New Zealand and Australian back-country. Hopefully someday!
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