Fly Fishing Guides

Meet the fly fishing guides that make your day on the water special.   Ohiopyle is our home fishing base, our full service fly shop is literally, 125 steps from the banks of the Youghiogheny River. We are the only outfitter based on the water, when you call and ask fishing conditions, we are looking at the water from our offices. Also a cool feature of our location is that our large wooden building attracts recent hatches. So if you want a first hand account of what happened last evening, pull into Garrett Street and look closely at the siding on our building. Our fly fishing guides are all involved in conservation and educational activities that further the resources that we work on and expanding the community of fly fishing folk. Come on down to the Yough and get to know some of this gang.

Fly Fishing Guides
Ashley Wilmont

Ashley started at Wilderness Voyageurs as a whitewater guide, but now is the fly fishing instructor extraordinaire. She has been fishing her whole life and fly fishing for the last 10 years. She graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Her “day time” job is Dirt & Gravel Road Program Coordinator and Erosion Control Inspector at the Washington County Conservation District. She also volunteers for Western Pennsylvania Casting for Recovery, a non-profit organization that teaches women that are affected by breast cancer how to fly fish. When she is not fly fishing, she is reading about fly fishing and macroinvertebrates, practicing fly casting, and painting colorful trout. Join her on a float or the Women’s Learn to Fly fish weekend

Wilderness voyageurs fishing guide Matt
Doug Matthews
Doug has been fishing since he was a 6-year-old throwing worms at bass and trout. He’s basically lived in the woods either hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking since he can remember. He grew up fishing all over WV and its mountain streams, especially on the New River, but he recently fell in love with Pennsylvania’s awesome trout streams and especially the Yough. Doug has a BS in History with a Minor in Biology. He enjoys teaching people, especially kids, the enjoyment of outdoor recreation and fly fishing. Doug currently works with Mcfly Outdoors as a fly fishing manager. When Doug isn’t fishing, he’s usually hiking or throwing the frisbee to the dog.
Fly Fishing Guides
Dale Kotowski

Dale has enough fishing knowledge to fill a book or two.  The only thing that he has more of than knowledge, is absolute passion for sharing the sport of fly fishing.  Dale has fished more than 200 waters around the US and enjoys both fresh water and salt water and is as happy chasing carp as he is chasing trout.  He is the president of the local Trout Unlimited chapter and spends a lot of his time on local conservation issues.

Kevin Garrison Ohiopyle fishing guide
Kevin Garrison

Kevin has been running around the hollers of West Virginia and Pennsylvania chasing fish since he was about 12. When it was time for college, it was a no brainer, he moved to State College to fly fish and attend college “in that order”. He graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in Recreation & Parks Management, then promptly moved to Alaska to be a fishing guide.  We are stoked that he has since returned home to western Pennsylvania.  He now has a grown up job, operating the Washington County Park System, but he is able to sneak away and spend time floating and fishing in Ohiopyle.  From his mouth…  “I am always on the hunt for hog Johnson, ” the biggest fish in the river”, my favorite fly is the one in the fishes mouth.  Spend a day with Kevin and you will see how he really enjoys teaching folks about fly fishing and seeing them catch fish.

Rob Walters

Rob has been leading fly fishing trips for Wilderness Voyageurs since 2007. He has a BS in Wildlife Biology & a minor in Entomology from the University of Delaware. His fishing training is extensive: Certified PA Fly Fishing Guide, WFA, LNT, BWSA (instructor), Take me Fishing (instructor), American Red Cross CPR and Basic First Aid (instructor), PA Fish and Boat Commission Fishing Skills (instructor).

Prior Work: Wildlife Rehabilitator, Field Technician, Environmental Scientist, Naturalist, Wildlife Biologist, Outdoor Recreation Program Manager at Venture Outdoors, Membership Director for Venture Outdoors, presently Rob is the River Keeper for the Three Rivers in Pittsburgh, PA

Fly Fishing Guides
Ryan McCauley

Ryan joined our fishing staff in 2013, and soon made his mark. His passion for being on the water and chasing fish of any kind is infectious and easy to locate when on the stream, usually he can be heard from around the bend. He was raised in Erie, PA and walked the banks of “Steelhead Alley” before it was a street on the map. His “day time” job of a lighting engineer has allowed him to live in many cool places around the country and hone skills for many habitats. During the summer season here in Ohiopyle you can find him on the Yough or in the store assissting with fly selection. During the fall he leads our Colorado Fly Fishing trip.