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, WAYPOINTS and PROVIDENCE).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 Director of Sales and lead program director for Alaska, Kamchatka and Iceland. 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 both fresh and saltwater destinations around the globe. 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, Chile and Venezuela. 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 guides 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, a 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 Yucatan, Baja, Canadian, U.S. Pacific Northwest 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 sheer stature, and you will be hard-pressed to find a more inspired and outgoing angler on any river.
doug [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
Doug works as Yellow Dog’s program manager for the Bahamas and Honduras. A serious saltwater addict, Doug 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 were always family traditions, 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, his two children, and his faithful and crazy Bird dog Hawk.
cam [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
Cam Davenport is Yellow Dog’s program director for Belize, Guatemala and Costa Rica. Prior to joing the Yellow Dog team, Cam spent over four years living and traveling throughout Belize while managing Turneffe Flats on Turneffe Atoll. He has also managed fishing lodges in Oregon, Idaho and Colorado. Growing up in Bend, Oregon within biking distance of the famed Deschutes River provided Cam the perfect opportunity to cultivate his passion for the outdoors. In his spare time you can find Cameron fishing on the Henry’s Fork or Missouri or chasing steelhead on the nearest steelhead river.
fishing [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
Bryan works with Yellow Dog's blog, social media and photo programs. From Facebook to Instagram to Yellow Dog's Travel Blog, Bryan helps make it 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.
camille [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
A Montana native who grew up in the town of Hardin in the Big Horn region, Camille focuses mainly on Yellow Dog's Alaska, Kamchatka and Christmas Island programs. Seeing the world is her passion, and being able to share it with others is her life's calling. She was raised splitting time between Montana and Alaska, where she's spent every summer since she was a little girl at her family's fishing lodge on the Nushagak River in Bristol Bay. She began guiding at a young age, enveloping herself in fly fishing and the great outdoors. She always knew that her passion would become her life's work and would take her places she never dreamt of going - let alone fishing! Whether she's hosting groups of anglers to Christmas Island, Kamchatka and Alaska, fishing her way through Argentina, Brazil and the Seychelles, competing in the GoPro Games and other events, or exploring the waters of the Greater Yellowstone area, Camille is truly one of the best in the business.
bessie [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
Bessie is Yellow Dog's program director for New Zealand and assistant director for South America. An angler since she was learning how to walk, Bessie grew up on a ranch outside of Saratoga, Wyoming, where she spent numerous summers working in the hayfields and fishing on the upper North Platte River. After studying Art History and Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia, Bessie returned to Wyoming to guide in the Saratoga area. Years later, a fateful backpacking trip to the land down under compelled Bessie to pack up and move to Queenstown, New Zealand, where she lived and worked for well over two years. Naturally, she was beguiled by New Zealand's incredible fishing opportunities and spent years fishing, visiting and exploring lodges and outfitting operations all throughout the country. In addition to her time spent living and working in New Zealand, Bessie has travelled and fished extensively throughout the U.S., Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba, the Bahamas, Canada and the Cook Islands.
Brenda joined the Yellow Dog Team the summer 2014. Brenda works as a Program Director Assistant and Itinerary Specialist for Belize, the Seychelles and many of Yellow Dog's most exotic and off-the-grid offerings. Brenda also prides herself in being knowledgeable in all of the Yellow Dog programs in order to be of assistance to as many of our clients as possible. You can always count on Brenda to be upbeat, show care and attention for the details, and provide a friendly voice on the other end of the line with a happy, can-do attitude. When not in the office, Brenda loves being in the outdoors and on the water. She enjoys fishing with her husband Joe and hiking with her border collie Charlie.
jen [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
Jen is the Itinerary Pro and logistical support for the Mexico, Canada, contiguous U.S., and the Bahamas programs. Book a trip to any of the destinations in these areas, and chances are you’ll be chatting with her at some point! Raised in Montana, in the small community of Big Timber, she grew up on the banks of the Yellowstone and Boulder rivers learning to fish with her dad and brothers. She is a Montana State University alum who returned to the area recently after taking some time to travel and explore outside of the state and U.S. When not cranking away here at Yellow Dog, Jen can be found outside hiking, biking, fishing, and playing as much as possible!
carter [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
Carter handles the inbound and digital marketing for Yellow Dog. He has a passion for all things marketing from analytics to search engine optimization. Before joining the Yellow Dog team, he worked for The Fish Hawk in Atlanta, Georgia and for TroutHunter Lodge on the Henry's Fork of the Snake River. Originally from Atlanta, Carter spent much of his time fly fishing the Chattahoochee River, the Blue Ridge Mountains and throughout North Carolina and Tennessee. Carter has also fished internationally in the Bahamas, Cuba, Mexico, Canada and Belize. When he's not in the office, you can find him searching for rising trout on the various streams throught Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.
grey [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
Grey is the Program Director for Day Trips and Special Operations for Yellow Dog. Originally from North Carolina, Grey grew up fishing and exploring the coastal and mountain regions of the state; at home in both the salt and freshwater. A graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South, he always found time to get out and the waters of the southeast. While in college, Grey interned with Yellow Dog and developed a deep appreciation for Montana and its extensive fisheries. Grey has guided the Bristol Bay region of Alaska and fished internationally throughout the Caribbean and Central America. When not in the office, Grey strives to be on the water or in the mountains surrounding Bozeman on skis or mountain bike. As a member of the Yellow Dog team, Grey seeks to encourage others to see the world through fly fishing.
kalen [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
Kalen (pronounced "Kay-lin") works as a Program Director Assistant and Itinerary Specialist for Cuba and South America. A Midwesterner at heart, Kalen was raised lake-fishing on the plentiful waters of Minnesota and Wisconsin. She has lived all over the country, travelled across Spain on foot, and toured all of Montana with Shakespeare in the Parks and Schools. Outside of the office, she can be found teaching yoga, hiking, camping, singing, cooking, and enjoying her family.