The Pyramid Fly Co. team consists of 5 dedicated flyfishing enthusiasts who all coincidently met at Pyramid Lake. Whether it be a coincidence or just a matter of blessings, they are thrilled to be hand-in-hand with each other working to showcase America's finest fishery to the world.
HEAD GUIDE - GUIDE OPERATIONS MANAGER
Casey was born in September 1990 in Sparks, NV and he grew up there fishing the lakes and partaking in water sports since he was able hop aboard the boat. He tied his first fly at the age of 8 using pillow feathers, sewing thread, and some nail polish so that he could catch some bluegill. Casey played soccer for 16 years as a goalkeeper and he went on to receive a scholarship to play at a liberal arts University in Oklahoma where he studied art and continued to fish in his free time. He returned to Reno to coach Reed High School’s varsity soccer team and at that time he also began to pursue his tattoo career. He has now been tattooing for over 4 years and looks to open up his own shop in the future.
Casey has always had a strong passion for fishing and art, which is the reason for his success on and off the water. He looks to fulfill his biggest passion of flyfishing by pursuing the elusive 30 pound Lahontan. Over the past few years, Casey has helped dozens of fisherman dial into the fishery and catch the fish of their lifetime. Casey is notorious on the lake for being the #1 “Netman” as he has helped land many big fish for his friends and even random nearby fisherman. He is dedicated to putting extensive time on the water in attempts to “crack the code” of the mysterious Pyramid Lake and the monsters that dwell within.
HEAD SEMINAR/CLINIC INSTRUCTOR - GUIDE
Doug Ouellette has fly fished Pyramid Lake for 44 years. He has presented fly fishing shows and classes for over 30 years. His Pyramid show, “Pyramid Lake - Land of the Giants” is the only Pyramid show that is endorsed, by the Pyramid Lake Tribal Council and has their Seal of approval.
Doug’s Pyramid Lake clinics are the most comprehensive and educational clinics available on the lake. He teaches many angling techniques including, retrieves, leaders, knots, lines, fly selection, casting, weather situations, and more! These are “hands on” clinics that will help you to understand the fishery better for future success.
John Barr author of “Barr Flies” and designer of the Copper John says of Doug, “ Doug Ouellette of Reno, Nevada is one of the best Stillwater fly fisherman in the country”. Doug wrote two pages (6&8) in John’s book on the “Floater no Cator” technique for Pyramid Lake.
Doug has designed several outstanding fly patterns and is a recipient of the prestigious “Cal Bird Fly Tying Cup”. He is also a contract fly tier for Umpqua Flies with four cataloged patterns. He also designed and named the famous original Popcorn Beetle. Click HERE to link to the history of the Popcorn Beetle.
Doug's Site: http://www.pyramidlakeguideservice.com
Mike brings decades of stillwater experience to Pyramid Fly Co. Mike was a member of the U.S.National Competition Team and is now on the Senior U.S. National Team. He has fished competitively in still waters all over the world. His knowledge and insight to fishing Pyramid Lake makes him a valuable asset to our team.
AUSTIN MONTREIL LEONARD
MEDIA AND MARKETING DIRECTOR - WEB DESIGN
Austin was born in North Carolina in 1990 and lived in the cities until 3rd grade where he then moved to the Appalachian Mountains with his mother and sister. While in the cities, Austin grew up mostly bass/crappie fishing with his father and his uncle until he eventually began targeting trout once he moved into the mountains. Austin adapted to the mountain lifestyle very quickly and began snowboarding without hesitation to limits. With talented friends in the area, Austin picked up freestyle snowboarding fairly quickly and before you know it, he was traveling nationwide and had a handful of sponsors. During his last year of high school and throughout his college years, Austin had landed a job at Windells Summer Camp in Oregon. He worked at camp for 6 summers and this was where he found his love for the outdoors and flyfishing. He then went on to get an Associates Degree in Fine Arts while studying graphic design, which is where he found his passion for photography.
Encouraged by his peers, Austin fell into the addiction of flyfishing and quickly became captivated in all it had to offer. Flyfishing and photography were so harmonious together, that he later put down the snowboard and went full-steam-ahead on his outdoor photography and fishing. Austin has now lived in Central Oregon for over 4 years and enjoys everything it has to offer. He is a Pro Ambassador for some of the largest flyfishing companies in the world, including Redington and RIO. Although he is just a few states away, Austin is no stranger to Pyramid Lake. We look forward to him sharing his talents with the team and of course his urge for finding big fish.
CAPT. ROBERT HAGERTY
CEO - DIRECTOR OF EVENTS & MANAGEMENT - GUIDE
When talking leadership, organization, and running security for some of America's biggest events, no one fits the part better than Captain Rob Hagerty. As CEO of Pyramid Fly Co., Rob is the perfect fit for the amazing team he has created.
Capt. Rob has supervised and directed security and itinerary plans for handfuls of events for the NFL and many Universities across America. With all of his event experience aside, Rob has over 20 years of fly shop and guiding experience. He was a deckhand and guide for many years and then went on to own his own big game fishing company, Team Ocean X-treme, located in Negril, Jamaica.
Currently based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Capt. Rob is still running a plethora of sports events but has been spending much of his spare time flyfishing and organizing upcoming flyfishing events, such as the PIG FARM INK's 1st National event at Crosby's Lodge on October 1st. The Pyramid Fly Co. team is ecstatic to have such a genuine CEO and friend.
Chris Nicola was born and raised in Southern California. He grew up skateboarding, surfing, playing sports, fishing/hunting, and traveling with his family. He knew from his travels that he wanted out of the suburbs of SoCal – and at 18 he discovered his dream in South Lake Tahoe. In Tahoe, the first few years found Chris wakeboarding in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. Every now and then he’d spin cast a line into the surrounding waters, but when he discovered fly fishing – he found his passion. Chris loved fly fishing so much that he’d get up before sunrise to fish before work. As soon as he was off work he’d be back out fishing. He stopped buying season passes for snowboarding. All he wanted to do was fly fish. With encouragement from his fishing buddies and Guide friends - Chris soon enrolled in Guide School. After graduating from Guide School with “Tahoe Fly Fishing,” Chris ventured forth to share his love of fly fishing with everyone he could.
As a Guide, Chris enjoys helping people of all ages and from all walks of life experience some of the magic of fly fishing. He enjoys teaching new anglers about not only the fine art of the various casting methods, but also the entomology and hydrology of the sport. Chris has limitless patience; and has developed successful teaching methods. Chris is a safety-conscious guide, and passionate about providing his clients with a great experience, lasting memories, and some laughs along the way.
Chris loves fishing the Truckee River, Little Truckee River, East and West Carson Rivers, East Walker River, Lower Sacramento River, Trinity River, Yuba River, The American River, Pyramid Lake, and the high Sierra Lakes around Lake Tahoe. For the past three years Chris has been operating a drift boat which has greatly expanded his range of knowledge, skills and client service.
After two summers of guiding for “Epic Angling and Adventure” in Alaska, Chris is excited to be Guiding with Pyramid Fly Co. He has spent many years fishing Pyramid Lake – and even caught his largest fish ever on this lake. None of this would be possible without the love and support of his wife, Ashley.
Rob is a teenaged trout bum who hails from the front range of Colorado. Although young, he has been fishing for about as long as he can remember. Growing up, he fished bass tournaments quite a bit, along with lots of crappie/panfish fishing in the ponds and lakes around his home. As he evolved as an angler, fly fishing became more of a passion as opposed to a hobby. Carp are definitely Rob's specialty, and he also has a major addiction to throwing giant meat flies for giant trout. He's been tying like a plethora of flies for about 4 years now, and he spends most of his time off the water tying on the bench. From #32 midges all the way up to 10-inch articulated bugs, chances are, he’s spun it up.
Tying for Pyramid Fly Company is a dream come true for Rob. Being able to put out quality hand tied flies has always been his priority when it comes to tying, and now with PFC, he's able to bring them to the public's hands and help people catch more fish!