Jeff Brazda fly fishing guide Washington State: My life to become a professional fishing guide started at the age of 7 as I first learned to tie flies with my grandfather. By age 13 I was catching steelhead and salmon with regularity under his tutelage. I pursued the normal life, incessantly fishing my way along in the North West until age 32 when I began spey fishing and started a custom fly line and rod business. I soon discovered the fun money was in guiding and promptly quite a lucrative construction job and jumped in with both feet. I have been guiding anglers for trout and steelhead over 16 years now between Montana, Alaska and my home state of Washington. I presently guide steelhead at three locations in Washington including the famed Olympic Peninsula and follow that up with hosted trips abroad and then back to my home in Ellensburg. I run a simple day to day guide business for the summer months in central Washington targeting trout. I finish out my 200 plus day season on my true home waters of the upper Columbia tributaries, steelhead fishing the most beautiful water in the state the Methow River a river of my beginning into this career/culture we call guide life. In the off season I enjoy bird hunting with my Labrador Jesse.
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Green head killer Nate is my duck hunting buddy and manages much of the operation at the Bogy House. Nate is a tireless angler versed in double and single hand fly fishing and has mad boat skills. He's been obsessed with Steelheading since a very young age, when he was toted around in his father's packframe up and down steelhead rivers. A signature tier for Idylwilde and now Umpqua. Nate is equally passionate about fly tying and enjoys time at the vise creating new patterns. Utilizing many of his skills Nate provides a lot of the graphics and many of the photos on the website. He is certainly an accomplished Guide and instantly knows his way around any fishing lodge. He has since moved to Montana to live the life and guide for trout out of Missoula Mt. We will see Nate at the Bogy House for years to come..
Andy has been fishing from age two, when his family moved to a house in Walla Walla with a spring fed pond in the back yard. From a young age he fished for the bass and kamloops trout that were stocked there. From his sophomore through senior year in high school he was part of the USA Youth Fly Fishing Team, traveling to the Czech Republic, Portugal, and Pennsylvania during the summer to compete and learn fly fishing methods from the rest of the angling world. Andy started guiding in Alaska in 2008 and has worked in Norton Sound and Bristol Bay, now guiding on the Naknek River and other fly in only locations from June through early October. An avid tier and spey fisherman, Andy relocated to steelhead land after finishing college in Missoula Montana. Mid October through January 15th Andy guides in the Clearwater River in Idaho for steelhead and fall run chinook, while moving to the Olympic Peninsula for the spring steelhead fishery from February until mid April.
Bo is 28 years old and married to his wife Kierstin. They are the parents of a little baby girl named Julianne. Bo has been guiding for steelhead for six years all over the state of Washington. After cutting his teeth for winter steelhead on the tributaries of the Columbia during his college at Lower Columbia CC, Bo played semi-pro baseball for four years after high school, including two years in Saskatchewan, Canada. Bo spent the following spring trying out for the Arizona Diamondbacks for a free agent contract. After a few serious talks with himself and a few thousand hours (mis)spent chasing steelhead, salmon, and trout, Bo made the decision to become a full time guide. BO, “I've learned a lot through my experiences on the river and off, but one thing remains constant. I love to fish and I love to take people fishing”.
Caleb is a Montana transplant from Atlanta, Georgia. He fell in love with all aspects of fly fishing while working on his degree from the U of M. College years were spent playing hooky from class chasing trout all over Western Montana. Caleb’s career in the fly fishing industry began with working multiple seasons on the Missouri River out of Craig. In 2014, Caleb was discovered by Joe Cummings of A Classic Journey Outfitters and Missoula River Lodge. Caleb is now a full-time staff member and highly sought-after guide for Joe’s operation in Missoula. He also spends every fall guiding hunters into trophy mule deer in eastern Montana. Caleb is an extremely hard-working guide who demonstrates the highest level of commitment to fulfill his guests’ expectations day in and day out.
Riley may be the new kid on the block, but he is no stranger to catching steelhead. As a Pacific Northwest native and USCG licensed captain, Riley spent his childhood cruising in the San Juan Islands and fishing from an inflatable dingy for salmon. His obsession for fly-fishing began at the University of Montana, receiving a B.S. in Fisheries Biology in 2013. Along with guiding steelhead on the Olympic Peninsula, Riley has guided in Montana, Chilean Patagonia, and Alaska, including a six-week steelhead camp on Kodiak Island. His passion for catching steelhead extends beyond getting the picture of the fish for the world to see. Because of human induced factors such as, habitat degradation, dam implementation, and over-harvesting, Riley believes that the preservation of wild steelhead should be the utmost concern for steelhead anglers. Versed in drift fishing, back bouncing, and nymphing, Riley’s preferred method of catching steelhead is the two handed swing.
Big Joe with a fish of a lifetime After more than ten years this is the first guide season that I have not worked with Joe, I will miss him and his constant good humor and fantastic abilities to catch fish. Joe is staying in Twin Bridges where he has taken a real job in the wonderful trout filled state of Montana. We will have to resort to the occasional visit from Big Joe to the wet side of the US , he is now building a family and living the dream of reality...