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’s an avid fly tier and gets a kick out of traveling to far-away fly fishing destinations.

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.

Maia Menard, Shop Associate/Instructor/Women’s Fly Fishing Program

Maia is a Washington state native, but has spent time all across the PNW,  Colorado and most recently Utah.  After growing tired of years spent working the corporate life, her passion for fly fishing motivated her to ditch the corporate lifestyle and open her own fly fishing company.  When a position opened up at her favorite PNW fly shop, Maia jumped at the opportunity to move back home to fish the beaches of Puget Sound and explore the rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula.

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.

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