Mcfly Brand Shaman's
Cat Toy - Mcfly Brand Shaman, Colorado USA
Cat grew up in Mammoth Lakes, California, next to the wild trout creeks and streams in a quaint ski resort town nestled in the magnificent Southern Sierra Nevada mountain range. She learned to ski at an early age of 3 from her grandparents. Her grandfather would take her and her younger brother fishing to the high alpine lakes and mountain streams. They hiked the spectacular glacier carved mountains blanketed with vibrant wildflowers, tall majestic Jeffery and Bristlecone pines, and deep earthquake faults.
Her family moved to Reno, Nevada for new prospects to explore and college education opportunities. As a young adult, she enjoyed several seasons as a ski instructor at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. Shortly thereafter, she took an interest and became a certified Emergency Medical Technician.
The gates dropped and the rumble of 20+ guys racing motocross dirt bikes exploded from the starting line, including Cat. Not just a recreational racer, Cat pursued points in the annual MX West State Championship motocross racing series in Northern Nevada. Cat knows racing motocross to be most adrenaline pumping perfect storm of both physical and mental concentration which is an absolute requirement for the most severe sport on earth. Her swift progression in the male dominant sport kept her competitive for 10 years with multiple trophies and numerous corporate racing sponsors.
As an emergency medical technician, the aspiration to go further in the healthcare field led her into the journey of further studies where she graduated with a minor in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2007. Racing motocross, she said, kept her sane in surviving nursing school.
Cat’s nursing career started in Colorado with experience in psychiatric nursing, post surgical rehabilitation, and as a nursing educator. In addition to channeling her medical expertise, she is also a ski patroller at the pinnacle summit of the Rocky Mountains gracing the slopes of Loveland Ski Area. Like racing motocross, ski patrolling is physically demanding, requires an aptitude of awareness, discipline, and superior public relation skills.
The opportunity to experience fly fishing occurred recently when she was merely handed a rod and reel and left to discern on her own. Cat used her past experiences of life skills to perfect the techniques that are necessary to be a successful fly angler, and her progression rate soared. Experienced fishing buddies, professional guides, and friends were stunned at Cat's expeditious passion to own the skills. As a disciplined fly angler, she changed her approach by analyzing the intricate facets of fly fishing from spontaneous hatches to the most technical presentations required among the ever changing drifts of a trout stream.
Fly fishing can take Cat to some of the most ruggedly beautiful, breathtaking canyons found in Colorado. The near future will unfold as there will be more to come with fly fishing for Cat. There is so much to share, enjoy, and to treasure.
Lauren Euverman - Mcfly Brand Shaman, BC Canada
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Spencer Schey - Mcfly Brand Shaman, Fernie, BC Canada
Spencer considers the Bow river in Alberta his home water. Spencer is 40 years young and enjoys hunting nosing trout with dry flies, crafting cocktails, wearing shorts and flip flops, and tying flies while drinking those craft cocktails. He also likes listening to Hip-Hop, rowing a boat, adventure, and is a big fan of laughter.
Words to live by: Fortune favors the bold.
Occupation: Service industry (Mixologist, & Fly Fishing Guide)
Daniel Parson - Mcfly Brand Shaman, Wyoming USA
Dan Parson is a fly fishing guide for Solitary Angler and a high school science teacher. He calls Southwest Wyoming home.
Dobbin Buck - Mcfly Brand Shaman, Georgia USA
Raised in northern Minnesota at the gateway to the Boundry Waters Canoe Area, Dobbin Buck has been a lifetime outdoorsman who picked up his obsession for fly fishing from his father who was a lifelong diehard fly fisherman. Dobbin is a fly fishing guide in north Georgia and also is on the Board of Directors for veteransflyfishing.org a non profit dedicated to teaching military veterans fly fishing skills and providing mentorship for them to become guides or advanced anglers! Dobbin has fly fished worldwide and owns fisheries in both north Georgia and upstate NY on the Battenkill River. He balances his obsession for fly fishing with being an Entrepreneur (Troutpreneur) that employs nearly 50 people at his cabin based marketing agency in the backwoods of north Georgia. Dobbin also enjoys the backwoods with his wife Elizabeth and two kids! Follow some of Dobbin’s fly fishing adventures on Instagram: @dobbin
Sue Mickelson - Mcfly Brand Shaman, Washington USA
Sue Mickelson, Co-Owner/Guide RiverSoul Outfitters LLC
Sue started a fly fishing guide service on the Yakima River in Washington state after realizing that the industry was in dire need of more women anglers and guides. RiverSoul Outfitters was born, and quickly became a partnership of two, like-minded spirits, who want to share a passion for fly fishing, the river, and the accomplishments of each angler, new or seasoned. ~Roam Free – Fish Wild RSO
Fun facts about Sue:
*Favorite after fishing drink: Old Fashioned, extra sweet
*Must have on her boat: Organic gummy bears
*Worst Phobia: SNAKES!!
*All time favorite fly: Tie between Lightening bug and thunder thighs
Amber Serbin - Mcfly Brand Shaman, Alberta Canada
I grew up in the city of Edmonton located in the northern region of Alberta. It’s mostly a prairie province with a ton of lakes and rivers but it’s got all kinds of gems hidden into the foothills and Canadian Rocky Mountains as you begin to head west. This is where my fishing passion began. In my younger years I was recognized as a tomboy and was constantly yearning for adventures whether it was on my bicycle, snowboarding in the mountains, or fishing with my dad. After I graduated High School I was accepted into nursing and have since specialized as a dialysis nurse. Nursing has allowed me to create a flexible lifestyle balance that complements my active outdoors regime.
Fishing for me has always been the highlights of my summer and winters, always asking dad “when can we go again” and every fall dad and I competed in a fishing derby where my competitive side lit up and winning that big tub of Double Bubble gum was the motive behind it all. When dad said “We got to be up for 5:00am to get the early bite” I don’t think he believed I would as I would come bouncing into the camper at 5:00am ready to scrape frost off the canoe and get lost in the lakes thick fog to hunt for the winning pike.
It wasn’t until after high school I got a job at a local fishing store and my whole fishing world was amplified. That’s when I learnt that there was a whole community of anglers out there, anglers like you and I. Shortly after, I got another fishing job in sales at a local Fly Shop. Spooling reels and helping customers set up their new combos, suggesting flies for hatches, and helping customers with their fly tying needs was a passion aside from fishing itself and the more knowledge I gained and shared, the more I wanted to taste different adventures. That’s when I began craving more than what Alberta had to offer and I started taking fishing on my out-of-province travels. Floating rivers for Steelhead and Salmon on the west coasts of British Columbia then heading to eastern Canada to the Niagara and Cattaraugus Rivers for bass, carp, steelhead, sheep head... you name it... and then everything in-between. Then down south to the tropics for bonefish, dorado and barracudas. I love seeking new species and I love challenging myself with the tougher, bigger, meaner fish. Recently I’ve been tying up my own big mega-Bufords and tossing them out in search for a 20lb pike, prepping myself (and my arm) for an upcoming bucket list Muskie adventure to Wisconsin. There is always an adventure to be had, and I plan to live my life fulfilling that. Tight lines everyone!