Meet the Fly Lords
1Jared Zissu, Founder
Jared Zissu is the founder of Flylords, starting the company in his college dorm room in 2012. Jared has the vision to grow the sport of fly fishing through inspirational content and authentic storytelling. Over the past year, he has traveled to some of the fishiest places on earth shooting photos for outdoor brands and for the Flylords Instagram feed.
Dan “Zaz” Zazworsky is the Head of Content, managing Flylords Mag and the content team. He is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he founded the Panther Fly Fishing Club. He currently lives near Harrisburg, PA where he can be found chasing wild trout and smallmouth bass while dreaming of his next trip to the salt!
Favorite Target on the Fly: Bonefish
Max Erickson is a cinematographer and colorist based out of Brooklyn, NY. After working in-house as a cinematographer at a production company in Vermont he moved on to freelance. He specializes in cinematic visual storytelling and has extensive experience in commercial, documentary and narrative projects. When Max isn’t behind a camera you can find him navigating rivers with a fly rod in his hand or hurling himself through the air with skis on his feet.
Zento Slinger is an east-coast based filmmaker. His life revolves around interesting people and cool stuff. Zento is an incredibly talented storyteller and editor. He will be responsible for the post-production of the Argentina project.
My name’s Jake Wood I’m the Snapchat content manager. I was born and raised in Austin, Texas and I’m currently a student at The University of Miami. I started fly fishing when I was 9 years old and I have been fortunate enough to travel all over the US and world catching awesome fish. The island of Abaco is my favorite place as I have been fortunate enough to spend my whole life traveling there. My favorite species to target are big, tailing bonefish on foot, as well as permit and tarpon anywhere I can find them. If I’m not fly fishing, I still spend my time outdoors, whether I’m spearfishing, surfing or snowboarding.
Aye! I am Collin Terchanik from the Flylords’ content team. My job
consists of writing blogs and finding jaw-dropping content for all you
viewers. In my free time, I am a professional wanderer, a wannabe fly
fisherman, and a real Central Pennsylvanian. I target all species,
from the tiny brook trout that flourish in our mountain streams—to the
toothy muskellunge. From my past experiences, I have come to
realization… Through the humility and sometimes frustration the sport
may bring me, I am always drawn back. As most fly fishermen do, I have
the utmost passion and respect for fly fishing. Since the craft treats
us fishermen so well, it is our duty to treat it the same way.
Daniel is a Senior at Hanover College, Indiana. Daniel first started fishing shortly after rushing when one of his fraternity brothers introduced him to it.
Daniel was born and raised in Costa Rica. Freshwater fishing, especially for trout, in Costa Rica is rare and he didn’t have the chance to fish for it until he came to the US. He is part of the Content Team and manages the Flylords brand new Tumblr page. Daniel wasn’t exposed to fly fishing until later in life. It wasn’t a family tradition. When he first heard of it, it captivated his attention and some would say it was love at first sight.
Hey my name is Conner Grimes and I am on the content team at FlyLords. I grew up in Duluth, GA and then moved to Nashville for college. I really started getting into fly fishing around my sophomore year of college. Tennessee has some great tailwater trout fisheries, but my favorite species to target is smallmouth bass in unknown creeks throughout the state. My favorite thing about fly fishing is the amazing places it has taken me and I am excited to see where it will take me in the future.
Max DesMarais is a New Hampshire native, and an avid outdoorsman with a passion for fly fishing. Max is part of the marketing team for Flylords, handling email marketing, and other aspects of digital marketing activities. Outside of Flylords, Max is a SEO and PPC specialist and runs his own site on hiking and fishing.
Growing up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, one may have trouble believing that I am an obsessed fly fisherman, but it’s the truth. Fly fishing for me began with seeing pictures of my Uncle and Grandfather fly fishing for salmon in Alaska or permit in Belize.This led to my then 16 year old self to pretty much convert most of my fishing gear and fishing goals to focus on fly fishing. I do a lot of fishing on Martha’s Vineyard chasing sand eel slurping stripers at night, so these days I turn to my 9wt almost every session, while the big surf rod takes the back-seat. I exchanged the big striper plugs and largemouth soft-plastics for clousers and frog flies that I tied myself. While I do much of my fly-fishing during the summer months up north, this past spring–with the help of the local fly fishing guru and good buddy– I hooked up to the pictured striper one mile upriver from Georgetown, DC, which was probably my best and most memorable fly caught fish. Currently, I am a Junior at Miami University in Ohio and far from my familiar waters, but joining Flylords’ content team and tracking down epic fly fishing stories and content has definitely helped ease the some of the itching desire to throw some flies.