Scott Struif has worked at The Fly Angler since 1996, and in retail fly fishing in the Twin Cities since 1982. Scott has guided countless fly fishermen at Alaska's Bristol Bay Lodge, during his 9 seasons there, as well as in Mongolia. Scott has also hosted many saltwater trips to The Bahamas and The Pacific, primarily for bonefish. His favorite local fish are smallmouth bass, muskies, and steelhead. In his own words, " I like to throw big flies at big fish where there are no big crowds..." Beware...once you get him talking, he may never shut up.
To get him talking, try emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Rolek may look young, but he is an accomplished photographer who has been with The Fly Angler since 1999, and has recently become a new full time member of our staff.
Although he grew up in Grand Marais, MN, his first fly fishing experiences came on metro lakes for panfish and bass. After a couple of years, he found the trout streams of western Wisconsin and southeast Minnesota, so from there he was off to the races.
He now picks his species by season, trout in the winter and spring, panfish after ice out, pike, bass and maybe a carp or two in the summer, Steelhead in the fall, and back to trout in the winter.
Mike also tries to make at least one trip a year to a saltwater destination. He has fished for Tarpon, Snook in Florida, and Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit in the Bahamas and Mexico.
"I consider myself very fortunate to have pursued many different species with the fly rod. I have enjoyed fly fishing for many years. One of the things that I enjoy the most however, is seeing someone else go through the learning curve. What I mean is that I love to see a beginner make a really good cast, and understanding why it happened. Or when someone catches their first trout with a fly they tied themselves. Having to struggle a little, and make mistakes, and then get it right. That's what it's all about! Cool!!"