BOB LEWIS – Guide
Born and raised in upstate New York, Bob honed his fly fishing skills on the Mohawk River and West Canada Creek. From the 70’s to the mid-90’s, Bob guided each summer in West Yellowstone for Bob Jacklin, Craig Mathews and Bud Lilly. For the remainder of the year from September to June, Bob taught high school English in New Hartford, New York. Educated at St. Lawrence University, he received his BA and then went to Syracuse University for his MA in English.
During the months of April, May and June, Bob targets the waters in the Delaware River system. His experience with this drainage began in the early seventies and initially focused on the upper East Branch and the lower Main Stem from Lordville down river. Fishing spinners on flat water and throwing streamers are two of Bob’s favorite methods of catching trout. As a guide, Bob focuses on casting techniques, reading water and proper fly presentation. Early in his career, he was lucky enough to be mentored by Lefty Kreh who helped establish him as a guide and a photographer. Other notables Bob has guided include Joan and Lee Wulff, Dave Whitlock, Billy Pate and George Harvey.
Bob enjoys teaching casting to novices, as well as advanced anglers. He has fished the Catskills, Adirondacks, Montana and Alaska, as well as the Bahamas, Florida Keys and South America. His new addiction is chasing stripers and blues on the east coast. All in all, a day on the river with Bob is both entertaining and informative.
BRUCE MILLER – Guide
Bruce Miller has been fishing since he was a small boy. He began fishing the Catskill Rivers (Beaverkill, Willowemoc, Neversink and Esopus) in the early 1960’s and never turned back. He introduced himself to the Delaware River System in the mid-1970’s and was hooked. In 1985, Bruce splurged and bought his first drift boat, which he purchased with two of his buddies, and he’s been floating ever since.
Bruce predominantly fishes with dry flies, but he’s also a big fan of throwing streamers especially during high flows. While Bruce has had his guides’ license for almost 20 years, he was not able to begin guiding full time until he retired from IBM in 2007. A constant participant in the One Fly competition held annually in Hancock, NY, Bruce made us proud by taking home the Top Guide Award in 2011. These days, when he is not guiding Bruce finds any excuse to fish the saltwater in the Northeast, Florida and Texas.
STEPHEN SHEN – Guide
Since graduating from Hamilton College, Steve has been guiding on the Delaware System as well as the Salmon River and Lake Ontario. Exceptionally knowledgeable, Steve is one of our more accomplished entomologists and fly-tiers and knows the river and its residents inside and out. When not looking for rising fish, Steve is throwing streamers at the banks for large browns. He is also passionate salmon and steelhead fisherman, basing his trips in Pulaski, NY area where he guides on the Salmon River and Lake Ontario when not on the Delaware (www.stsfishguide.com).
DAVID BURGHER – Guide
When people hear Dallas, TX, the last thing someone thinks about is flyfishing, including David, until he left the Lonestar State to study Architecture at the University of Arkansas. It didn’t take long before he was looking for some type of relief from the day-to-day stress that the major entails, and before David knew it he randomly bought a cheap combo kit and started harassing the local bass. Many years later and several influential mentors in the sport namely, Chuck Farneth, Jeff White, Al Caucci, and Bob Lewis, have helped mold David into the angler he is today. The continuous search for knowledge while keeping it fun has been the driving factor for David. While pursuing these goals, he has guided in Arkansas, Alaska, Chile, Colorado, Missouri and the Catskills. David has recently started entering fly-casting and fishing competitions and tournaments throughout the country and received his first win at the 2014 GoPro Mountain Games 2Fly-Xstream.
JARED MAKOWSKI – Guide
An Eagle Scout and Rutgers graduate from somewhere in the swamps of Jersey, guide Jared Makowski has over twenty years experience fly fishing and tying. Bitten by a weretrout at a young age, wild rivers flow through his veins. A carpenter by trade and accomplished bamboo rod builder, he is no stranger to solving problems and having dedication to ones craft. He has found the challenge of consistently catching wild Upper Delaware trout with dry flies extremely rewarding. Patient and laid back, yet always eager to share his knowledge with others, we are glad to welcome Jared to the Delaware River Club.
SAMANTHA DENNIS – Guide
Samantha learned to fly fish on the freestone mountain streams of Vermont and the small rivers of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. While brook trout will always be her first love, the lure of big browns has drawn her to many locations, including a 23-day trip to Chilean Patagonia with her husband as their honeymoon. For the past 10 years, she has been pursuing trout in the challenging spring creeks of the Midwest. It took just one epic day on the Upper Delaware to hatch an obsession and she has been returning year after year. While trout on a dry are her favorite, she loves stalking smallmouth and anything that will devour a streamer.
MICHAEL BREWER – Guide
Born and raised somewhere between two creeks in Rochester, NY, Michael always found some time for fishing. After attending a fly tying club one day in middle school, there was no turning back. A recent graduate with a B.S. in Supply Chain & Operations management from the University at Buffalo, Michael quickly decided this degree would be of better use on the river. Whether it’s chasing trout on the Delaware, tirelessly casting for musky in Canada or stalking the lake-run anadromous species on his home waters in Rochester, Michael is after anything that will put a nice bend in a rod. With a laid back but ambitious attitude, Michael is continuously searching for new and innovative ways to fool a fish on a fly.
Jeff has over 15 years of guiding under his belt, but has been fishing ever since he was a toddler growing up in Connecticut, spending his summers near the Delaware fishing with his grandfather. After working in the corporate world, Jeff decided to make a career out of his love for fishing and began guiding full time in the tail waters of Tennessee, prior to moving to Pennsylvania to manage the Delaware River Club.
Along with the Delaware River, Jeff has guided other waters in New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and both North & South Carolina. One thing is certain – good luck finding Jeff anywhere without a river nearby!
Jeff lives in Callicoon, NY overlooking the river with his wife, Kristin, their lab and doting cat. Also keeping the family tradition alive, Jeff takes his young niece fishing as frequently as possible, but his true passion is his chase for the salt and his free time is spent seeking out stripers and blue fin tuna on the fly.