jim [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
Founder and Director of Operations for Yellow Dog Flyfishing, L.L.C., Jim has guided extensively in Montana, Colorado, New Mexico and Oregon, and has fished throughout the world. Jim spends a lot of time in the Caribbean, South America, and the Indian Ocean, working with our vast network of lodges and guides. Jim is the primary copywriter and photographer for the Yellow Dog catalogs and website as well as the Executive Producer for Confluence Films (the makers of DRIFT, RISE, CONNECT and WAYPOINTS).Jim's articles and photographs have appeared in dozens of different magazines and publications, including The Drake, The New York Times, Fly Fish Journal, Fly Fisherman Magazine, Fly Rod & Reel, Fly Fishing in Saltwaters, Fly Fusion Magazine, USA Today, the L.A. Times, Voyages de Peche, and several others.
ian [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
Yellow Dog co-owner Ian Davis has been involved in the fly fishing industry since the early 1990's. Having grown up in the Catskill Mountains, Ian later went on to attend the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied landscape painting. In the early 90's, he moved to Colorado, where he spent 12 years as the owner of Breckenridge Outfitters - a three-time "Orvis Endorsed Outfitter of the Year" fly shop. After leaving Colorado in 2003, Ian joined the Yellow Dog team as co-owner and saltwater program director. He has fished extensively throughout the world in both fresh and saltwater. Ian is an accomplished photographer and handles all of the art and illustrations for Yellow Dog's catalogs and other literature.
tom [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
Tom is Yellow Dog's program director for Alaska and Kamchatka. Originally from the Midwest, Tom is a graduate of the University of Montana and as fanatical an angler as anyone we’ve ever met. When not in the office, Tom can be found fishing one of the many backcountry streams Montana has to offer or sitting at the vise tying up some new creations. Over his years with Yellow Dog, Tom has traveled extensively throughout Alaska, the U.S. West, Kamchatka and the Yucatan. If you attend any of the consumer shows where Yellow Dog is participating, chances are great that you'll meet Tom in the Yellow Dog booth!
john [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
John Hudgens is Yellow Dog’s program director for South America, managing our operations and programs and lodge operations in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Chile. John has fished extensively throughout South America, and spent several years guiding and managing lodges in Patagonia. John literally grew up in the fly fishing industry, first working for Bob Jacklin in West Yellowstone, Montana before moving on to become one of the top guide's for Mike Lawson's Henry's Fork Anglers in Idaho. During the peak summer months John still guides in Idaho and Montana before settling back into the Yellow Dog office life each fall season. John is an incredible angler, and fanatical bird hunter and dog trainer, and one of the most genuine and straightforward people that we've ever met in this industry.
shaun [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
Shaun Lawson is Yellow Dogs' program manager and director for our U.S. West, Canadian, and Mexico programs. Shaun grew up on the Henry's Fork River – literally. His father Mike opened Henry's Fork Anglers in 1976 and Shaun spent every summer on the river from the age of three on. Shaun brings a ton of industry experience to the position, having guided throughout Montana and Idaho for more than 20 years. Shaun also worked as past fishing operations manager for Idaho's South Fork Lodge, one of the top lodge and outfitting operations in the business. There are very few people in the entire fly fishing industry as knowledgeable and experienced as Shaun and we are super excited to have him as a part of the Yellow Dog team! His friendly demeanor is often overshadowed by his shear stature, and you will be hard-pressed to find a more inspired and outgoing angler on any river.
Mary Pat Harris
mp [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
Mary Pat is Yellow Dog's in-house travel specialist, handling all flight arrangements and details, all airlines tickets, and the travel insurance policies that we highly recommend for all trips! Mary Pat is a Montana native and a life-long angler. She has fished throughout the Western U.S. as well as in the Bahamas, Belize, Alaska, and Mexico. She is an expert on both insurance issues and airline reservations, and she can make your next trip much easier and a lot more enjoyable. A native of Miles City, Montana, Mary Pat lives in Bozeman with her husband Jim Harris and their two boys.
doug [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
Doug works in Yellow Dog’s saltwater department, and has fished extensively throughout the Bahamas, Belize, Honduras, Cuba, the Florida Keys, and the Yucatan. Growing up in Pennsylvania, Doug McKnight was captivated and obsessed with fishing at a very early age. Hunting and fishing in the McKnight household was always a family tradition, and his father Ron and grandfather Stanley always made the time to take him and encourage him to follow his outdoor pursuits. Doug began tying flies at age 9 under his father’s instruction, and soon was tying flies professionally for several local fly shops. For nearly two decades, Doug McKnight has built a reputation as an expert fly tyer in nearly every facet of the craft. From trout flies, bass, saltwater, big game flies, deer hair flies, realistic flies, Atlantic Salmon flies, Doug is an incredibly versatile fly tyer and his creativity shines through in his many published and trademarked patterns. In 2003, Umpqua Feather Merchants signed him up as a signature fly tyer. Today Doug McKnight resides in Livingston, Montana where he lives with his wife Shayla, son Caleb Finn, and faithful and crazy Bird dog Hawk.
sarah [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
Sarah is Yellow Dog’s office manager and master of the entire company infrastructure. Aside from being one of the brightest, most detail-oriented individuals we have ever met, she is also an incredible writer, having published articles in numerous magazines and journals including The Drake, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Pulp Fly, and several non-industry publications. Sarah first worked in stream conservation as a young volunteer for the Pine Creek Headwaters Protection Group in Pennsylvania and arrived to the Henry's Fork in 2003 as a trout research intern. Since then, she has traveled from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to the Namibian bush to refine her knowledge of global conservation issues. Before joining the Yellow Dog team, she held positions ranging from ranch manager to grizzly researcher, working for the American Fly Fishing Trade Association, The Nature Conservancy, Idaho Fish and Game, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. She received a master’s in natural resources policy from the University of Georgia.
fishing [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
Bryan is Yellow Dog's blog and social media master. From Facebook to Instagram to Yellow Dog's Travel Blog, Bryan is the man that makes it all happen. He's an incredibly accomplished independent photographer specializing in creative visual imagery in both still photography and cinematography. Raised in Utah, Bryan has followed in the footsteps of the state’s fierce conservationists, acting as a key organizer for the Utah Stream Access Coalition. A lifelong pisciphile, he grew up fishing Cottonwood Creek and spent the bulk of his twenties on water, surfing Hawaii and working as a commercial fisherman in the Pacific and northern Atlantic. After mastering photography in the winter action sports industry, Bryan turned his lens to capturing fly fishing around the globe. He is the humbled recipient of numerous awards and large-scale assignments, with work ranging from major magazine covers to billboards to groundbreaking cinematography shorts. Bryan has worked with Patagonia, Volvo Cars, Scott Fly Rods, Hatch Outdoors, TroutHunter Lodge, Casa Blanca and Playa Blanca Resorts, Rainy’s Flies, William Joseph, Trout Unlimited, Scientific Anglers, The Drake, FlyFish Journal, NW/SW Fly Fishing, and dozens of other brands, conservation groups and publications.