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Here at Gorge Fly Shop we all love the outdoors!
Fact is we are all expert anglers and many of us have worked as professional guides. Our crew has countless days fishing locally as well as around the globe. We are a culmination of experiences and knowledge with a willingness to share. The expert advice page is here to help you find that individual that has specific knowledge to help you answer questions about fishing a particular style, species or location. Email the expert you think can best give advice for your fishing needs. We'll be happy to talk fishing.

Need some friendly, professional advice? We would love to help. Simply email your questions to the GFS Team Member who best represents your needs for some prompt, accurate answers!

In no specific order...

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.

Charlie Piette | Manager

I landed at the Gorge Fly Shop via Wisconsin.  I began working in the fly fishing industry as a college undergrad and started guiding when I was in grad school.  The Deschutes first lured me to Oregon when I was 22 and sparked a love affair that I haven't been able to shake.  After contemplating moving to Oregon for many years, I took the plunge in 2022.  I'm happy to call the Columbia River Gorge and GFS my home. 

Northwest steelhead and trout occupy most of my time these days, but my fishing experience is diverse.  I spent seventeen years guiding spring creek trout and smallmouth in Wisconsin and am glad to bring that perspective to the Gorge.  Beyond that, I try to do as much saltwater fishing as I can.  Plain and simple, I love to fish for just about anything with fins and a mouth!

Customer service is my number one priority in the shop.  Whether you are a brand new angler or seasoned veteran looking for the next step, I love helping others become successful on the water.  Whatever your fishing needs may be, feel free to reach out to me directly at the shop.  I'll be happy to help! 

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.

John Garrett
Gorge Fly Shop Team Member

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.

Mike Prine | Webmaster - Tech Support
Gorge Fly Shop Team Member

Mike was raised by a pack of wolves... The reason why he never shaves. Wait No... Mike was born and raised in Hood River and had the wonderful opportunity to experience the vast variety Oregon has to offer. From the Mountain streams to the desert parts of the state. Mike has been with the Gorge Fly Shop for at least a decade maintaining all things web and tech related. His passions besides being a webmaster include hunting, fishing and going to what he calls "Church (4 wheel drive required). When it comes to fishing he still considers himself a newbie but always willing to learn something new. He has a passion for Bass and Trout but always eager to chase something new or to implement a tactic he has never used before. Besides his crazy kids, kayak fishing and utilizing his new Stealth Pro are high on his passion list. 

If you have a issue with your account or notice a problem online, Mike is our go to guy.

Lyndsey Duddles | VP
Gorge Fly Shop Team Member

Travis and I are about to celebrate our 22nd Wedding Anniversary this August.2024  When we married I was working in the medical field and did so through the birth of our two kids.  But, when they were young it was more beneficial to help out at Gorge Fly Shop.  I did not know much early on about fly fishing or working in a fly shop. I worked on a lot of different things on the web, office, inventory and out front.   

Fast forward 17+ years, my time is now spent more on the back end of the business working on products, social media, blogs and so much more.  We have a great crew running the day to day and allowing Travis and I some time together and of course more family time.  

I'm looking forward to learning, growing and becoming a more independent angler. I think what I love most about fly fishing is the places it takes you and the people you are with.

Gabe Cunningham (AKA Fish Boy)

Gabe has been around the shop in some capacity since birth or at least since he could fish. Gabe is not your average angler. While still a young man he has hooked more fish than most of us could only dream of.  He is a young man possessed.  If he is not busy fishing he's usually in the shop.

Next time you see him ask him where he's been, how are the water conditions. 

The Gorge Fly Shop Team
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