Meet the Barrio Fly Fishing Team, all very enthusiastic fly fishers and great ambassadors of the sport!
A group of friends who are always keen to help with product development and evaluation.
Will Shaw - Scotland
Will Shaw is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Will has been fishing for 40 years for everything from trout to tuna and pike to pollock, fishing all over the UK, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. He now specialises in fly fishing for wild brown trout on rivers and in fly fishing for pike, however he can provide in-depth tuition on all kinds of single-handed fly fishing.
A proud holder of the AAPGAI Advanced Single Handed qualification, he also holds Scottish Game Angling Instructor (SGAIC) and Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) instructor qualifications. Will offers qualified fly fishing and fly casting instruction in Edinburgh, the Lothians and across Scotland. As an AAPGAI, SGAIC and FFF certified instructor he can help with top quality tuition and coaching for beginners, intermediate and advanced fly fishers.
You can contact Will Shaw by email: click here to contact Will by email.
For more information please visit Will's website at Lineslinger Flycasting Tuition.
Marc Fauvet - France
Marc Fauvet has been an avid fisherman since the age of 5 and has had the opportunity to fish in many types of waters and countries throughout his travels. Based in France, he pursues his passion for fly fishing while helping beginners, intermediate and advanced anglers in the art of handling the fly rod.
Marc is based in the southern French Pyrenees region and will travel worldwide, offering fly fishing, fly casting and fly tying courses and demos. Recognized for his innovation in the approach to fly casting, with a special interest in presentation casts and helping candidates prepare casting instruction certification exams, he has taught and demonstrated casting in the United States and throughout Europe.
Marc is a Federation of Fly Fishers - Certified Casting Instructor, a Comision Nacional de Lanzado - Master de Lanzado and member of the Partridge of Redditch International Fly Tying Pro-Team.
You can contact Marc Fauvet by email: click here to contact Marc by email.
For more information please visit Marc's website at The Limp Cobra.
Hamish Young - Scotland
Hamish Young is based near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. Hamish grew up fishing on the rivers and lochs of the Scottish west coast but he has lived, worked and fished all over the UK.
Hamish's passion is fly fishing in the rivers and lochs of the Scottish Highlands for trout, salmon and sea trout, but he's not adverse to a spot of salt water fishing either! With 35 years of fly fishing experience, Hamish has helped develop and trial the Barrio range of fly lines since the first Mallard.
Hamish is a moderator on our website forum and can be contacted via a PM message on there.
Rich Knoles - USA
Rich Knoles is from Michigan, on the Detroit River. He has taught Fly Casting and Fly Fishing for the Federation of Fly Fishers, Orvis, Cabela's, Michigan DNR and at Monroe County Community College.
Rich offers instruction and occasional guiding and has fished all over North America, the Caribbean and parts of Australia and Scotland. A passionate Steelhead Angler, Rich can be found on rivers in the Winter with his mustache brittle and frozen.
You can contact Rich Knoles by email: click here to contact Rich by email.
Mike Heritage - England
Mike Heritage is based in Ashford, Kent. Mike is a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Master Fly Casting Instructor, that's a bit of a mouthful, so FFF MCI for short. Mike is on the committee of the British Fly Casting Club (BFCC) and has held various club distance records, he is very much 'hands on' at all the BFCC events throughout the UK and can always be found helping with tuition, tips and advice.
Mike's resurgent interest in fly casting was trying to blast a five weight fly line to the horizon! He still tries to do it, but since he decided to become an instructor he has developed a more rounded appreciation of all types of single-handed fly casting. It would be his pleasure to help you take your first steps on the fly casting ladder, or help you climb even higher by adding a few feet to your existing cast.
Mike was very much involved in the research and development process of the Barrio GT series fly lines, in fact at one stage these were going to be called the "MHD"!
You can contact Mike Heritage by email: click here to contact Mike by email.
For more information please visit Mike's website at Mike Heritage FFF MCI UK.
Djordje Andjelkovic - Serbia
Djordje Andjelkovic was born in Nish, Serbia, on the banks of the beautiful river Nisava (Fairy River) where he enjoyed his first casts. Always on the move to find new water, new fish, new friends ... Djordje now fishes in several countries in the region, including Bosnia, Ukraine, Slovenia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Switzerland, Hungary, Greece and Bulgaria.
Djordje offers Fly Casting courses and training programs for students of all levels, from basic to advanced, for both single handed and double handed rods. In addition, he also offers courses for instructor candidates.
He is a Master Certified Casting Instructor with the Federation of Fly Fishers and an FFF Two Handed Casting Instructor.
You can contact Djordje Andjelkovic by email: click here to contact Djordje by email.
Djordje also runs the popular website forum at Fly Casting Nation.
Sandy Nelson - Scotland
Sandy and Mike have been working and fishing together for a very long time. Sandy was involved in the development of the very first Barrio fly line and was the Barrio rod-builder for 10 years. He has had an input into many of our fly line designs and spends a lot of time field testing prototypes while chasing his beloved River Don Brownies.
His adventures around the world, fly fishing for Bluefish off a Florida Beach, chasing Tuna off Australia, hunting back country rainbows in New Zealand and exploring countless Scottish river banks, has given him a wide knowledge base and the opportunity to put Barrio fly lines to the test in a great variety of destinations. Sandy is not a certified instructor, but he is a proficient caster and always has time to help others get to grips with techniques and where to use those "Casts that catch fish".
He is closely associated with Carl McNeil at Swift Flyfishing in New Zealand and specialises in building the Epic range of Fastglass and Carbon fly rods. His rods are all custom built to order so he can ensure the customer gets the best possible product, built the way they have always dreamed of. Sandy is also passionate about Cane, so as you can imagine, rod building takes up much of his time during the long winter months!
You can contact Sandy Nelson by email: click here to contact Sandy by email.
For more information please visit Sandy's page at Sandy's Custom Fly Rods.
Matthew Howell - Australia
Matthew Howell lives in the small country town of Myrtleford in North East Victoria, Australia. He has spent the last twenty-two years chasing fish on the fly.
Matthew has fished in New Zealand, Tasmania, Montana, The UK and of course mainland Australia.
He is a Master Certified Casting Instructor with the Federation of Fly Fishers and has been a regular instructor at Peter Hayes Fly Fishing Conclaves in Australia.
You can contact Matthew Howell by email: click here to contact Matthew by email.
For more information please visit Matt's page at Matthew Howell Flyfishing.
Bernd Ziesche - Germany
Bernd is based on any water that holds beautiful or huge fish. He teaches fly fishing all year round in many different places. He is a well known expert in fishing for Sea trout and Atlantic Salmon, as well as an all round fly fisherman fishing for many species around the world.
Bernd is a full time professional fly fisherman. Teaching fly casting and what tactics to use on the water are his main targets in all the courses, demos, workshops and fishing trips that he offers. Bernd has taught in numerous countries, but still has lots of ideas left for future locations that he would like to go to and share some casts.
You can contact Bernd Ziesche by email: click here to contact Bernd by email.
For more information please visit Bernd's website at First Cast - Fly Fishing School
Bernd says: "Don't forget - The first cast is always the best cast!"