Brad Smith has worked in the outdoors industry for most of his life. Growing up in Indiana, fishing opportunities weren’t readily available. However, an early life of guiding and tournament fishing lead him to being an outdoors writer with over 1,000 paid publications to date.
Brad didn’t just stay in Indiana though. He has fished all over the country, from ocean to ocean. He has also fished with and worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. Starting Walton Rods has been a natural progression of a passion to create a life on the water.
Brad currently still resides full time in Indiana with his wife Lindi and their son, Walton.
Mike Malchow has been an avid outdoorsman fishing and hunting for the last 30 years. Fishing has taken him across the country from Southern Florida to Ontario and from the Carolinas to Montana all pursuing his passion of fishing. Mike is a veteran serving 11 years in the 75th Ranger Regiment. His goal after leaving the Army was to continue pursuing his passion of fishing. He now finds himself in Colorado pursuing every species of fish the West has to offer. His favorite type of fishing is any freestone fishery where he can chase trout. He loves the dry fly but get just as much excitement hefting big streamers chasing big brown trout.
Brutally honest consultant, product tester, and fishing guide
Spencer has been fly fishing for about 4 years, but fished his whole life. It’s part of him and something he could never give up. The search continually drives him while putting him in new water and different situations at all times. He enjoy a challenge and this sport offers it. Spencer is also a guy who always tell us how it is regardless of much it might hurt. It’s because of that he is one of the most valuable assets on the team.
Owner of Catch Cam Nets, product tester, and consultant
Beau Robinson is the creator, founder, and president of Catch Cam Nets. He has been friends and fishing buddies with Brad Smith, the founder of Walton Rods, for several years and their adventures have taken them from New York, to West Virginia, North Carolina, and Virginia. Beau is married lives in West Virginia where he spends most of his time dreaming about ways to improve the net game when it comes to fly fishing. You may try, but it would be hard to find a better fly fisherman or person anywhere on the river.
MICAH AND ABIGAIL CRIDER
consultants and product testers
We are a fly fishing couple from Saint Paul, Minnesota and constantly looking for ways to incorporate our business and marketing degrees with our passion for the outdoors and fly fishing. We spend the majority of our time chasing trout in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin and Minnesota, as well as the many species inhabiting the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” We also regularly take trips to target new species across the various regions of the US. We love this sport because of the challenge it gives us, the places is takes us and the new people it allows us to meet. You can also follow us on our blog, The Driftless Flyer, for more.
Fly fishing guide, product tester, and consultant
I’m Capt. Jesse Males, an avid fly fishing, snook snatching, kayak paddling, tarpon slaying, mountain hiking, manatee swimming fool from Central Florida. Over the years fly fishing has had a huge impact on my life and particularly on how I view the world we spend our time in. Aside from partnering up with Walton Rods, I am currently the owner and operator of backwaterflyfishing.com as well as our online fly shop, backwaterflies.com. The lifestyle that is called fly fishing has taken me to some amazing destinations and has provided me with some amazing experiences in the wild. From chasing big salty critters in the Florida Keys, to roosters in Costa Rica, to small wild trout in the Carolinas, and all the way up to the high mountain cutthroat of Wyoming; I have been blessed to experience fly fishing at its finest.
product tester, and consultant
My name is Drew Baker, I am an avid outdoor enthusiast with a bad habit of music. I’m from a small town called Philipsburg in southwest Montana. I take every chance I can to get away from the stresses of everyday life and immerse myself in all Montana has to offer. My favorite avenues in doing so are hunting and of course, fly fishing. The tranquility fly fishing allows is second to none. What was once a weekend hobby has since turned into a lifelong passion of slinging bugs at big fish. Currently I write a fly fishing editorial and photograph for the Montana Hunting and Fishing news magazine, as well as guide for Blackfoot Outfitters and Grizzly Paw Outfitters. Find me on Instagram @drewbakerphoto
Product tester and consultant
I’m Seth Neumann. I was Born in Whitefish, MT and moved to Missoula, MT when I was 6 months old. I’ve Been there for 36 years now and probably going to die there. I Love being in an area where you are surrounded by willing trout ready take a fly. I Started throwing flies at the ripe age of 10 and never looked back. I’m Always searching for that next tug on the line and I love showing people the way of the fly and meeting new friends on my journeys. Soon, I’m planning on starting a career in the fishing industry and quit working for the man. Tight lines from the 406.
product tester, and consultant
Hailing from Toronto, Alyx Fly Guides and adventures around Southern Ontario’s robust river systems and expansive escarpment trails. Picking up a fly rod 20 years ago, she quickly discovered that the sport wasn’t just about reeling in a fish, but discovering the most meaningful parts of who you are. The elusive Winter Steelhead and the hungry Spring Browns are her favourite dance partners, and when she is not reading the river she works full time as a Tech Career Coach and UX Designer.
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