Blake Merwin, Owner / Guide

Blake opened the brick and mortar Gig Harbor Fly Shop in March of 2009 after starting the business as Wilderness in 2004. He enjoys exploring new aspects of fly fishing. He guides Puget Sound for sea-run cutthroat and salmon by kayak as well as on the beach in the spring, summer, and fall. In the winter and spring he guides for steelhead.

He loves music (music degree and plays-has played the guitar, bass, piano and trombone) and has been overheard saying “Once upon a time, I was a guitar player in a metal band but traded it up for the care-free, laid back lifestyle of a small business owner.”

Alex Bradberry, Shop Associate/Instructor/Women’s Fly Fishing Program

Alex grew up in San Diego, California fishing local lakes and the San Diego Bay with her dad. Summers were spent fishing the Sierra Nevada lakes and rivers with her grandparents. Once she moved to the Bay Area, she found her love for fly fishing the small streams around Yosemite, as well as the larger steelhead waters of Northern California. After swinging the Olympic Peninsula for winter steelhead, she knew Washington would become home.

Dave Thomas, Shop Associate

Dave is an outdoor enthusiast and loves to fly fish. Fly fishing has lead him to all sorts of interesting faucets of the fly fishing world including fly tying, kayak fishing, and fishing for species on the fringe of the fly fishing world: musky, lingcod, and more.

Bur Harris, Shop Associate/Instructor

Bur is an experienced fly fisher and tier. He most recently worked at Deep South Outfitters in Birmingham, Alabama for 23 years. He loves to fish for steelhead, tarpon, redfish, bass, and more.

 Trent Hough, Shop Associate

Bio coming soon.

Jeremy Molinaro, Shop Associate

Bio coming soon.

Justin Tenzler, guide

Bio coming soon.

Cole Leishman, Guide

Cole was born and raised in Washington, taking his first cast on a fly rod at eight years old. He grew up fishing the beaches of Puget Sound and the trout streams of the Central Cascades. In college, Cole founded the Western Washington University Fly Fishing Club and that is where he learned that he likes to help others learn how to fish or improve their skills. When he’s not on the water, Cole likes to mountain bike, go backpacking, or play with his dog, Teddy.

Aaron O’Brien, Guide

Bio coming soon.

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