Meet our awesome Ambassadors. These are the people whose adventures you can vicariously experience through our social media and newsletters. They embody our values and are awesome sportsmen and women. Learn more about each one below:
Chad Chorney - Based in Picabo, Idaho
In addition to being a freelance outdoor photographer and writer, Chad is a full-time fly-fishing, upland bird hunting, and waterfowl hunting guide with Picabo Angler in Picabo, Idaho. His photography has appeared in such publications as Fly Fisherman, Fly Fishing and Tying Journal, American Angler, Eastern Fly Fishing, Northwest Fly Fishing, and Catch Magazine.
A seasoned traveler, Chad has fished extensively in Alaska, British Columbia, Ontario, Belize, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and throughout the US. Each winter, Chad hosts anglers on fishing excursions to Chilean Patagonia, and spends several weeks on saltwater flats in search of permit, bonefish, tarpon, and snook.
Chad's passion for wide open spaces and clean water has led to his involvement with conservation organizations such as Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, and the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust. He has previously worked for Trout Unlimited, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Hemingway Chapter in Ketchum, Idaho. Chad lives in the community of Picabo with his springer spaniel, Trico.
Book a guide trip with Chad through Picabo Angler: www.picaboangler.com
Based in Eastern Pennsylvania, Jessica is a passionate outdoorsman wielding a bow, rod, and a camera. She runs DeLorenzo Photography and partners with Latendresse Media Collective, two award-winning businesses. Jess and her husband also run StickersThatStick.com. She enjoys life outdoors with her family, is a Sitka Gear Ambassador, GORE Hunting and Fishing Tech, contributes to Team Mathews, and is a member of several conservation groups such as QDMA, NWTF, and is a volunteer committee member for the PA chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.
Raised in the south eastern United States, Israel grew up testing the many reservoirs for Largemouth Bass, and exploring the southern Appalachian streams for trout. Now a fly fishing guide in northern Colorado, Israel spends his days sharing his passion for the outdoors guiding clients in Rocky Mountain National Park. Israel specializes in back country, overnight, fishing trips to high alpine lakes, as well as fishing small mountain streams. When not guiding, Israel travels the world in search of new destinations and species to pursue with a fly rod.
Book a guide trip with Israel through Kirks Fly Shop: http://www.kirksflyshop.com
I grew up in Minnesota where I discovered my love for the great outdoors at a very young age. After high school I moved to Colorado and that's when I fell in love with fly fishing! This obsession became a full time endeavor as I became more involved in the sport. Furthermore, I always strive to explore new waters and break ground on new tactics for trout and warm water species. You can always find me on my days off fishing and exploring new waters in the great state of Colorado. I take the route less traveled on a daily basis to find fish that most people will never imagine. And venture into areas that the faint of heart will never see. The beauty you can find from hiking around up at 12,000ft for trout is truly breath taking. My passion for Fly Fishing runs deep and will never shake from my soul. Tight Lines Everyone!
I am lucky to call Bozeman, MT my home. As an angler who is passionate about all things fly fishing, I don’t think there is anywhere else I would rather be. I am a full time elementary teacher and spend every free minute I have on the water. It is one of my favorite ways to spend time with my beautiful wife and my best buds. I enjoy not taking things seriously while I’m on the river, unless I am perfecting the new triple haul technique (link in bio). I don’t believe that fly fishing should be pursued with the motive of being #brostaff or for having your instagram pic featured on your favorite fishing companies page. Do it because it’s fun.
Born and raised in the mountains of Colorado, Trent has been running around in the backcountry his whole life. At a young age he took up an interest in fishing and skiing, this has become the passion and driving factor in his life. From his work on the mountain as a ski coach to his summer job as a fly fishing guide, Trent’s enthusiasm for the outdoors is contagious. Trent is currently employed with cutthroat anglers in Silverthorne, Colorado.
Jake was raised in the small mountain town of Gunnison, Colorado. He lived on a river in the Ohio Creek Valley where he learned to appreciate the outdoors. Along side his chocolate lab, Jake learned to fly fish, camp, hike, ski, and understand his love for the outdoors. In college, Jake picked up his first camera and started to document his adventures through the lens. Now living in Seattle, Jake actively seeks new adventures, fishing holes, camp spots, and ski lines. He shoots with a Canon 5D Mark III and regularly spends time with his dog Winston.
Lauren Street, Western North Carolina
I’ve been able to call the Southern Appalachian Mountains my home for some time now. There’s something about being able to walk out my door and have native trout streams in all directions. From a young age I grew up hanging around trout bums in my dad’s fly fishing shop, so I don’t really ever remember a time in my life where fly fishing wasn’t a part of who I am. I’ve always had a huge heart for the outdoors and conserving it, which led me into my career in conservation and natural resource management, here in Western North Carolina. When I’m not on the stream, I enjoy backpacking, hiking, and photography. Fly fishing is my meditation, it grounds me. When I’m out there on the river, there’s nothing else going on around me.
Robbie Roemer, originally from Baltimore, MD is a fisheries ecologist and graduate student at the University of Miami. Born out of his passion for fly fishing that started when he was five, he has been conducting research for over 20 years. He strives to conduct relevant and novel research on sharks and gamefish with the intent of affecting policy to better conserve popular sport fish species.
I’m Jesika and I reside in central Texas. I am a native Texan and I live in Belton which is about an hour north of our state capitol of Austin. I’m currently 22 years old and I’m a full-time marketing student as well as a full-time fish bum. I like to spend my time wading in local creeks tossing a fly for whatever will bite. When I have a weekend to spare, I like to travel out west in pursuit of trout, but I’m pretty happy staying home throwing giant poppers to bass. My favorite species to target is bass because of the aggression and lucky for me, every puddle of water around here holds a few! My favorite place I’ve ever fished is in the jungles of Brazil for Amazonian peacock bass. I have a strong passion for the outdoors and the conservation of our waters and lands so that the generations to come can enjoy being outside as much as I do.
Greg Koch is a photographer, originally from New Jersey, whose work includes capturing the fly-fishing scene in the Northeast, landscapes from his travels, and portraits of people he meets along the way. Growing up, Greg spent time in the Adirondacks where both his passion for the outdoors and photography grew. When not working, Greg can be found fishing, hiking, hunting, camping and snowboarding.
Greg enjoys traveling, and spent time living in Florence, Italy where he studied photography. After graduating college, Greg worked in various financial roles in New York City while pursuing photography as a hobby. Today, Greg works as a photographer in the Northeast, and is always available to travel!
CJ has always had one true passion in life; the outdoors, specifically hunting and fishing. CJ was introduced to hunting at the age of five, when his Dad started bringing him along on weekend duck and goose hunting excursions on the Arkansas River in Southeast Colorado. Though just a spectator at the time, CJ developed an unmistakable passion for the lifestyle. CJ received a degree in Biology from Colorado State University and has worked for several organizations including the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service & U.S. Forest Service. In his time working for these organizations, he took part in several major studies focusing on threatened fish species. CJ took his passion for hunting to the Dakotas and Midwest where he guided waterfowl and upland game bird hunts for a Minnesota based Call Company.
Today CJ resides in Northern Colorado where he sells real estate and spends 80+ days a year in the field hunting and fishing (prominently waterfowl and big game). CJ is passionate about introducing the next generation to the hunting and fishing way of life and loves capturing photography that encompasses these experiences.
Thomas Diesing was born and raised in Northern Colorado and resides there to this day. He was raised to be an outdoorsman in the Rocky Mountains. Hunting and fishing has been in his life since he was born. Thomas’s dad started taking him hunting and fishing with him since the day he could walk. Thomas continues hunting big game, small game, waterfowl, and fly fishes all over the World. Every adventure Thomas goes on his camera is right there with him to capture the great memories that are made along the way. Aside from hunting, fishing, and photography Thomas is a professional elk caller and has won 7 World Elk Calling Titles over the years. Calling elk is a Diesing family tradition. So much so that Thomas and his dad own an elk calling business called Mile High Note Game Calls. They specialize in custom made elk and turkey calls.
Instagram: @tdiesing_photography, @milehighnotegamecalls
I grew fishing the South-East - launching rattle-traps at bucket-mouths with the occasional offshore trip for a shot at something much larger. Fishing was a fine habit - but something changed when I moved to the Mountain West and picked up a fly rod. The science, the surroundings, the bugs, the fish, the experiences - it all clicked. And now, I find myself as hopelessly hooked as you probably are - racking up miles on my Xterra, hauling ass down some dirt road or over a mountain pass at 3AM, all to make that first cast at dawn...
Born and raised in Tennessee, but now calls the mountains of Colorado home. I luckily grew up in a family that promoted being in the outdoors, which has remained one of constants throughout my life. After College I packed up my '92 Ford Ranger with all my belongings and headed west. I ended up nestled in the western slope, and surely felt like I had arrived in paradise. With lots of work and determination, I now manage and guide out of Taylor Creek Fly Shop, and finally found myself doing what I love. As far as fishing goes, I’ll chase about anything I can on the fly; both fresh and saltwater. I also love putting time in on the vice and letting the creativity flow, from gnarly pike flies, to #24 midges. What really gets my heart pumping is exploring the high country to find the magic above tree line. Fly fishing for me is a little more then just fishing. First and foremost I use it as a form of meditation, quieting the mind, and embracing the stillness. Fly fishing serves others in different ways, but I could never put a dollar amount on what casting a fly rod has given me...