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.
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.
Dan or “Zaz” is the Content Team Manager at Flylords, focusing on News and Current Events in the fly fishing world. Zaz, as he is otherwise called, is a Pennsylvania native. His fly fishing journey began at age 12 while chasing trout in his home waters. Dan has been on the Flylords team since August 2017 and previously worked for Postfly Box. Having spent his childhood in Europe, you can find him dreaming of his next adventure. Follow him on Instagram @dan.zaz!
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 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.
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 the weekly newsletter and other aspects of digital marketing. Outside of Flylords, Max is a marketing strategist and runs his own site on hiking and fishing. He is now located in Colorado.
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 fish caught on the fly. 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.
Duncan is the director of sales and marketing at Flylords. He first picked up a fly rod when he was 12 years old, and the rest was history. He has traveled all over the world, spending countless hours on the water. He enjoys all the unique challenges fly fishing presents, from stalking bonefish on the flats to sight fishing stubborn brown trout.
Jacob (right) is the Manager of New-Business-Development on the FlyLords Sales and Marketing team. Jacob’s love and obsession for fly fishing started at the age of 13 when he landed his first fish on the fly, a striped bass, on the Kennebec River in Maine. He’s since spent his waking hours dreaming, planning, and working towards the next day on the water. FlyLords is his ideal job as it combines his passions of relationship building (talking), conservation, sales, and of course hooking fish!
Jacob’s life long goal is to open a fly fishing camp for troubled youth. The camp’s mission would be giving the campers the resources and training to handle life’s stresses paired with the hobby of fly fishing as an outlet. Working for FlyLords Jacob hopes to continue his sales education while continuing to grow his network of passionate fly fisherman. If you’re interested in learning about FlyLord’s services, feel free to reach out to Jacob at firstname.lastname@example.org. He also loves networking so if you’re looking to discuss fly fishing, sales, mental health, or conservation we’re sure he’d love to hear from you.
Matteo Moretti is a New Jersey native who, after participating in bass fishing tournaments throughout high school, traded in the conventional gear for the coveted fly rod. A multi-week fly fishing adventure in the Colorado Rockies in 2014 introduced fly fishing in Matteo’s life and he hasn’t looked back since. Now a sophomore at Middlebury College focusing on Environmental Studies and Film, fly fishing has offered the perfect opportunity to combine all the things Matteo loves: photography, film, writing, conservation and storytelling. Currently, Matteo is the Media Intern at FlyLords helping with editing shorts and promotional clips and a nerd and fly fishing junkie the rest of the year—chasing anything that flops, crawls, and flies with rod and camera in hand. Check Matteo out on Instagram: @moretti.media.
Katie is a writer for the content team at Flylords and the founder of Fish Untamed, a website dedicated to backcountry fly fishing. She grew up fishing for bass, pike, and walleye in the rivers of western Pennsylvania, but now spends most of her time chasing trout in the high country of the West. Although she also loves solitude, her favorite part of fly fishing is getting to spend time with friends on the river and around the campfire afterward.
Wills Donaldson is a homegrown Pennsylvania fly fisherman, and currently an intern for the content team here at Flylords. Chasing all that nature has to offer, he’s spent the last 7 summers of his life canoeing, fishing, and guiding in the remote wilderness of Ontario and Quebec. Wills is currently a senior at the University of Delaware with a focus in English, Advertising, and finding secret fishing spots along his local stream. Check him out on Instagram at @wmdfly!