Meet the Fly Lords
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 years, he has traveled to some of the fishiest places on earth shooting photos for outdoor brands and for the Flylords Instagram feed.
You can follow Jared on social here.
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.
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.
Will Poston has been with us here at Flylords since 2017 and is now our Conservation Editor. Will focuses on high-profile conservation issues, such as Pebble Mine, the Clean Water Act rollbacks, recovering the Pacific Northwest’s salmon and steelhead, and everything in-between. Will is from Washington, DC, and you can find him fishing on the tidal Potomac River in Washington, DC, or chasing striped bass and Albies up and down the East Coast—and you know, anywhere else he can find a good bite! Follow will on Instagram @Will_Poston and be sure to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a conservation-related issue you want to be covered!
Matteo Moretti is a New Jersey native who, after participating in bass fishing tournaments throughout high school, trading 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.
Wills Donaldson is a homegrown Pennsylvania fly fisherman and is a Flylords content lead. 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!
Landon Brasseur is a Catskills resident with a love for all things on the fly. If he isn’t behind a computer or vise he is most certainly gone fly fishing!
Grant Michaels is an avid outdoorsman and fly fisherman with a passion for conservation and documenting fishing adventures behind the lens with family and friends. Grant is on the Content Team here at Flylords focusing on current events and interesting topics floating around the fly fishing world. You can catch him trekking the mountains and exploring new areas in search of that addictive tug! Follow him on Instagram: @gemichaels
Scott Smith is an outdoor photographer, videographer, and published writer. Now a
contributor to Fly Lords Mag. Fly fishing is his passion or obsession, a way of life. Scott
is known for his enthusiasm, passion, and sense of humor. He is always adapting to the
ever-changing conditions in Southern Ontario. Targeting big fish in tributaries, ponds,
lakes, creeks, and rivers are all part of the game while chasing carp, migratory species, or whatever the hot bite is.
When he’s not in school, Nate Holmes is running around chasing any fish he can cast to. From Striped Bass and False Albacore to trout and salmon, Nate loves throwing flies and sharing his adventures.
Landen German (IG: @Landen_Bailey) is a Southern California transplant following his passion for fly fishing to the great state of Idaho. Landen is currently a senior at Boise State University. When he’s not on campus Landen is on the river, in a kick boat, or on the beach chasing anything from Corbina and Calico bass to Trout and Smallmouth.
Tia Kelliher is an Alaskan fly fisher with a passion for outdoor adventures. She is studying Aviation and German at the University of Alaska Anchorage, with hopes of being a pilot. Tia can often be found fishing, hiking, kayaking, skiing, playing hockey, traveling, or teaching hot yoga. She loves finding new places to fish and enjoys introducing her friends to fly fishing.
Ameen Hosain is a content creator and fly fishing guide based out of Boulder, CO. Ameen is a Colorado native, and has a passion for writing and capturing moments in the great outdoors. He lives the fly fishing lifestyle to the fullest and enjoys every second of it!
Evan Garda’s love for fishing started at an early age in Southwest PA and is a passion that continues today in Colorado. Evan is on the Content Team here at Fly Lords and can be found chasing trout throughout the west with his trusty fly rod.
Owen Rossi is currently a senior at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. When he is not in class – or on the field competing for Duquesne’s division one men’s soccer program – he is out on the many trout streams that Maryland has to offer.
19Ralph “Tate” Perkins
Tate is an intern with the content team who grew up in Southern Maine fishing for striped bass and Brook trout. Tate is a sophomore at Bates College majoring in Environmental Studies and on weekends he explores all of the awesome fishing opportunities New England has to offer.
Heather grew up in South Florida where she pursued a large variety of salt and freshwater species from a young age. Throughout her time at Florida State University, Heather worked in marketing and hospitality with Costa, Trout Unlimited, CCA, Tropic Star Lodge, and CFCW. She currently works full time as the Director of Operations with Fish for Change – a nonprofit that hosts international student fly fishing trips grounded in education, conservation, and community immersion. This platform gives Heather a chance to follow her passion, as she hopes to inspire the next generation of anglers. Heather plans to use this opportunity to work with the Fly Lords Sales Team as a chance to broaden the sense of community within this sport, inspire others to get out on the water and help break down the barrier of entry within fly fishing.
Andrew is a Conservation Writer for the Flylords team. He’s a native Marylander who loves chasing striper and trout alike, but his real passion is studying and writing about the environment. Andrew specializes in topics including public lands/water, fisheries management, sustainable tourism, and corporate sustainability. Andrew believes that the fly fishing community is a unique group of people that form very close relationships with the fishing spots they love, and the species they love to catch— creating a group of people that are uniquely passionate and willing to fight for the health of these environments and the fish that live within them.
Gretchen Mahoney is a native Texan who grew up fishing lakes in east and west Texas for largemouth bass. A trout fishing trip to northern Colorado at age 10 sparked her transition from traditional gear into the fly fishing world, and she’s been hooked ever since. She is a law student at SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, and when she escapes the library you can find her high-tailing it to the nearest bass boat. She is passionate about casting light on conservation issues and the dynamic, vibrant sport of fly fishing.