Fishing: Sage Elite Pro
Cat O’Grady is Colorado born and bred. From high-elevation freestones to southern ponds, Rocky Mountain water seems to flow in her veins. After casting her first fly to the feistiest six-inch browns you’ll ever meet, Cat catapulted herself onto technical tail-waters and into a decade long career in the fly fishing industry. With a fierce thirst for knowledge, Cat attended Colorado State University-Pueblo and completed her degree in Environmental Biology and has made it her goal to infuse science with fishing whenever possible. Since graduating, Cat has found a happy home on the diverse waters of the Arkansas River and in the loving and wonderfully wacky family of The Drift Fly Shop. Cat spends her work days in the shop, guiding, teaching entomology and fly fishing, and lecturing about how trout perceive their aquatic world. On her days off, Cat can be found swinging a line to fat-and-happy rainbows or with her nose in a book, either way a vial of insects is bound to be in her pocket. Cat has also recently been named a Sage Elite Pro.
It all started in 1996 when this guy from rural western NY got his chance to be accepted to Realtree’s National Pro Staff. Now 20 plus years later I’m still craving the outdoors, whether chasing whitetails in Montana or fishing on the Great Lakes after trout and Salmon. I’ve been lucky enough to have traveled all over the United States and Canada representing Realtree at Outdoor Expos and Grand Openings of Outdoor stores, as well as sharing my experiences at dozens of speaking events annually. I currently host a regional TV show (Rush Outdoors) that airs on 9 Networks across NY, PA, and Southern Ontario, as well as a national TV show on the pursuit channel, starting 2017 (The World of Rush Outdoors). Just a lucky guy that I am….. Tim Andrus – Host of Rush Outdoors and The World of Rush Outdoors. Realtree National Pro Staff.
Tyler Freel lives in interior Alaska, and whether it’s hunting bears, moose, Dall sheep, or flyfishing a grayling stream, you’ll find him there. A hunter, trapper, fisherman, and licensed assistant guide, he is experienced in a wide variety of fields including hunting, taxidermy prep and fur handling, as well as competitive rifle, pistol, and archery shooting.
Joshua John Wells
Throughout my life to this very day, I have been a student to our wild outdoors. My life under a roof is just to have my life from out underneath one. My passion for everything under the sun has grown into a lifestyle in which I would trade for nothing. My focus is on grass roots boots on the ground inspiration and to enhance our role as stewards to our great wilderness. My outdoor heritage runs deep and I will carry on our legacy as sportsmen. Together, we make a difference.
Jay Sjogren was born and raised in Minnesota. He eventually migrated north to Alaska to pursue his childhood dreams of hunting Dall Sheep, the great Brown Bear, Alaska/Yukon Moose, Mountain Goats, and Musk Ox, as well as fishing for the mighty Kind Salmon and barn door Halibut. Jay and his black lab ‘Sana’, proudly call Alaska their home and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.
Spencer Neuharth is an outdoor writer from South Dakota. He graduated with a biology degree and has worked for agencies like the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. His greatest passion is pursuing whitetails and walleye.
Mark Wackler was born & raised in Alaska, and continues to call the Kenai River his home. He began guiding at the age of 17, and that summertime job has turned into a seasonal career, small business, and life-long passion. Mark is now 38 and his business, Fishology, employs multiple guides, manages prime riverfront lodging, and has gained a reputation as a premiere fishing business on the Kenai Peninsula.
Even though I’ve paddled waters from the Ganges to the Nile and explored hills and valleys fromTuscany to the Tai Shan Range, I always seem to find my way home to the Rockies. I feel like I went searching all around the globe to find myself 5 minutes from the house where I grew up, in Denver. Like most Denverites I can’t wait to head for the trails and rivers of our beautiful state on the weekend but when life is hectic and I need to clear my head, I’ve been known to paddle my kayak through the center of downtown and jump on the Light rail to head back to my car. Yep, you get some strange looks carrying your kayak on a train in the middle of the city but I have made some paddle buddies that way. I’m passionate about exploring and am excited to join the Wildlife Willy team so that I can share all those experiences with others who just can’t wait to go outside and play.