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.
PRESIDENT - 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
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.
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.
Morgan was born in Sonoma County, CA. He grew up in the country out of the hustle and bustle of the city life with the Russian River and Lake Sonoma in his backyard. He was able to do some very convenient exploring as a youngster and became quite the outdoorsman. He started fishing at a young age, every vacation or hike were always accompanied by a fishing pole for Morgan. He displayed a passion for the outdoors and being on the water at a young age. When his father would get off work and go searching for Morgan after school all over town he could often be found fishing in the river, in his new shoes. This was way before the modern conveniences of cell phones. Needless to say, his father had to often work, after work looking for his boys.
He moved to the Sierras in 04/05 to give up the weekend warrior lifestyle so he could snowboard daily and pursue what he thought was his dream. He soon discovered that the mountains were not only a great place for winter sports but the abundance of creeks, rivers, and lakes gave way to excellent year-round fishing. His friends are still out snowboarding and he’s out chasing the next fish. Today, the snowboards collect dust while the fly rods get used and abused. He has been fishing Pyramid since the early 2000’s and has met some really great people at the lake over the years. When he is not out on the water he is found setting hooks in his sleep after a good day at the lake.
Morgan has been fishing for over 30 years and has been fly fishing for near a decade, and guiding for the last 3 years. He has worked with all ages from his niece at age 6 to groups of women in their 60-70’s learning to fly fish for the first time. His mother laughs when she receives pictures from him, friends receive grand baby pictures to look over and she receives beautiful fish and landscape pictures from Morgan. Fly fishing for Morgan is more than just catching fish. It’s about enjoying the moment and taking everything else in while being outside. Morgan has the quiet, calm demeanor to help teach and let others understand how to work the water, and the patience to share this love we have for fly fishing. It's about enjoying the moment, the time spent outside with others and sharing a passion that he wishes to pass on. To share this art and teach the skill to others is where Morgan’s level of expertise shines.
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.
CAPT. ROBERT HAGERTY
CEO - DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
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 the NFL and many Universities across America. With all of his event experience aside, Rob has over 30 years of fly shop and guiding experience. He was a deckhand, guide and Captain 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 and celebrity events, but he has been spending much of his spare time flyfishing his favorite waters and organizing upcoming flyfishing events within the industry. The Pyramid Fly Co. team is ecstatic to have such a genuine CEO and friend.
CAPT. MATT SCHLISKE
WEB / TECH DIRECTOR
Matt Schliske was born in Wyoming. His grandfather and great grandfather were Cowboy State trout fishing cattle ranchers. He grew up fishing and hunting throughout the Rocky Mountains and has guided on many of the beautiful rivers in Wyoming and Montana.
Matt met Captain Rob at Pig Farm Ink’s first Iron Fly in downtown Fort Collins, CO. Their friendship and working relationship was solidified during the Pyramid Fly Co grand opening and Pig Farm Inks first annual Iron Fly nationals in Pyramid Lake, Nevada.
Schliske started taking photographs at the age of 13, photography and filmmaking has been a passion of his ever since. He started Pig Farm Ink in 2012 with friends Jay Johnson, Mark Brown and Chip Guthrie. He has traveled the country with the Fly Fishing Film Tour meeting many passionate anglers and spreading the good word of flyfishing along the way. In 2005 he started his custom bamboo fly rod company and has made over 200 fly rods by hand for anglers all over the globe.
In 2014 , Schliske moved to Charleston South Carolina a town he fell in love with on the film tour. He spent three years on the coast getting his Captains license, fly fishing and guiding for redfish, and working at Lowcountry Fly shop. He now splits his time between Charleston, Wyoming and Pyramid Lake. We are proud to have him as part of our marketing and technology team here at Pyramid Fly Co.