Meet our 2017 Yellow Dog team of fly fishing ambassadors – five of the most interesting, accomplished and adventurous anglers in the game. In addition to hosting and leading trips, working with Yellow Dog clients, assisting with consumer shows and events, and promoting Yellow Dog’s full range of offerings, these amazing individuals also work with the Yellow Dog team in an advisory capacity, helping to develop and explore new destinations, evaluating existing operations and working with the Yellow Dog team to expand our full range of services. If you’re interested in joining any of our ambassadors on a hosted or exploratory trip in the future, be sure to keep an eye on our “HOSTED TRIPS” web page and subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter.
Raised in South Africa, Jako Lucas began fishing South Africa’s fresh and saltwater destinations at the age of four. He represented his country in various competitions throughout his youth before starting his career as a full-time guide in 2006. Along the way he expanded his horizons to include photography and film work, establishing his own action film production company, Captain Jack Films. Jako’s guide resume includes years of working in Mongolia, Norway, and all throughout the Indian Ocean, including time spent on Astove, Cosmoledo, Farquhar, Providence, and Alphonse. He’s fished all across the globe and has won numerous awards for his film work. Jako is currently a consultant for Thomas and Thomas Rods.
Oliver has been the subject of numerous films, TV pieces and magazine articles, including multi-page spreads in Forbes, Men’s Journal and Cat Aficionado. In addition to overseeing the operations as a founding partner of Abaco Lodge on Abaco and Bair’s Lodge on South Andros in the Bahamas, he regularly hosts and arranges fishing trips all over the world. Along with a small group of friends and the backing of Costa Del Mar, Oliver founded the non-profit ‘Indifly’ and their flagship Rewa Lodge and arapaima project in Guyana. Currently Oliver is working on his first book with Stonefly Press, cranking out regular articles for Fly Fisherman Magazine, and still finding time to live the dream.
With over forty years of experience fly fishing the world, Jeff has quite possibly fished more countries and caught more species on a fly rod than any person alive. He’s an active lecturer, published author, a well-known artist, and the subject of numerous films, articles and media projects. Jeff is constantly traveling and developing new techniques for catching the most exotic fish imaginable in places where even the most avid adventurers are hesitant to go. An IGFA World Record holder, Jeff has fished in over 55 countries and caught over 375 species of fish on a fly. The oldest member of the Yellow Dog Ambassador team, Jeff can now die happy having watched the Cubs finally win a World Series.
A native of Ontario, Canada, Rebekka is an accomplished angler, photographer, writer, speaker and television host. Along with her work in front of the lens, she has also garnered a large following through her own photography, writing and social media projects. Her work has been published both locally and worldwide and has been featured in numerous Canadian and international fishing magazines. Rebekka routinely travels the world filming, fishing and hosting trips. From local streams to remote jungle rivers, Rebekka has been there with both fly rod and camera and loves to share the knowledge and experience she gains along the way. When close to home, she is usually accompanied on fishing trips with her two dogs, “Rebel” and "Abel”.
Permit and steelhead addict Wil Flack has been living, guiding and working in Belize for the past 15 years. Wil owns Tres Pescados Fly Shop on Ambergris Caye, and recently opened the Belize Permit Club further to the south in Hopkins. Wil has fished all over the world, including Tahiti and French Polynesia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Fiji, Venezuela, the Bahamas, Australia, Hawaii, Japan and throughout the US West and Canada. He was featured in the 2013 Confluence Films project, Waypoints, searching for jungle payara and eating barbequed jungle rat with his friend Oliver White. When you finish up a day of fishing with Wil, he’ll gladly take a gin and tonic – with two olives.