David is a world class accordion player and part time fly fishing guide. Most of his inspiration in life comes from listening to bands like Creed, Nickelback, Hanson and Daughtery. His neon green 1993 geo metro is the pride and joy of his life. Heros that make sense in his mind include John Stamos, Bob Barker and Elton John. He loves salt water fishing in the Florida Keys as well as any body of water that gave fish in it. He has been a guide in Utah for Four years and enjoys every minute of it, teaching people how to catch fish!
Koshoni in the late 90's tried his luck out in a post era grunge band but quickly learned that his flute playing skills were average at best. His back up plan was to become a fly fishing guide so that's what he did. He has guided for Simply Fly Fishing for 4 seasons and is one of the premier guides in Utah.
Brandon is a romantic who loves tater-tots, and quilting. When he is not reliving his glory days of being the 1994 Pog and Slammer national champion, he stays busy teaching his 2 fishy sons how to double haul and strip set. His favorite species to fish for are Redfish, Pike, and Carp. He enjoys spending time on the water making new friends, and helping people catch their first fish on a fly.
DR. KEONI KAUWE
Keoni has been fishing the Provo River since 1990. Back then he chucked a #3 gold Mepps every chance he could get. These days he barely manages to hold down a day job between dreaming about fly fishing saltwater flats and skipping out for all-day fishing adventures. He is a patient teacher and loves the feeling of watching his clients catch big fish!
DR. SCOTT BARNES
Scott came into this word via Caesarian due to the large fly rod that was clutched in his right hand. Growing up in the Midwest in the 70’s and 80’s proved difficult for him, due to the fact that no one in the Midwest knew what in the world he was toting around. He would constantly get ridiculed by his peers, “Is that thing used to pick apples?”, “Is that a cane for the blind?” or his favorite: “where is your seeing eye dog. “ Although from the Midwest, he desperately wanted some acceptance from likeminded people. So in 1990 he moved to Boulder Colorado for school. He felt like a little kid in a candy store. Rivers, rivers everywhere.
So for 4 years he honed his fishing skills all over the west. Not only in fly fishing, but also earning a degree in Marketing. In an extraordinary event that would shape his future, one evening after eating gas station sushi , which in hind sight was a very bad idea, he started to vomit compulsively. During his about with food poisoning, the dehydration reached a point of hallucination. And in that moment he saw with complete clarity his Curios George stuffed animal from his youth say in Portuguese” Share what you know, help people to see the passion.” At the time Scott really didn’t know what the heck George was taking about. He decided right then to never eat sushi again. He pondered this statement over and over again until one day while eating his nonfat Greek yogurt after his yoga / palates class, it hit him. What his child hood friend, who also had a fly rod glued to his right hand, was trying to tell Scott was that one day he would share his knowledge and passion with others who would want to learn how to fly fish. It all became clear for Scott, and after becoming an eye doctor in 1998, he took a residency program in Alaska and Washington State. Dr. Barnes moved to Utah in 1999 and has spent 3 to 4 days a week fishing everything from his neighbor’s pool to the Provo river. In the unfortunate time of his death in the distant future, he has requested that his gravestone states, “just one more cast”. And echoing from his grave will be the sound of a passionate man saying peacefully, give me my damn fly rod back!
Derek Olthuis was raised on a lake in Montana where he was introduced to fishing. He had the privilege of fishing almost daily developing a deep love for fishing and the outdoors. At the age of 8 he was introduced to Fly Fishing by his uncle and almost instantly became obsessed. There is nowhere he would rather be than on the water with a fly rod in hand hunting trout. Derek loves teaching people about fly fishing and sharing his passion for the sport.