Our Story and Team Bios

Off the Hook had its start back in 2001 over breakfast at Gillwoods Cafe in St. Helena in the Napa Valley.

It stemmed from four college graduate's love of the outdoors and an active lifestyle which had brought them together as far back as freshman year. Skiing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, surfing, skydiving, hiking and backpacking were some of the sports du jure back in those days. Fly fishing, travel, good food and making memories were some of the constants throughout the changing seasons and changing sports.

From this humble beginning and personal experiences traveling and fly fishing together the group developed skills and techniques for finding the very best fly fishing guides, fisheries and travel experiences possible the world over.

When Off the Hook officially opened its doors in 2006 it was our aim to provide our friends and clients with peace of mind and the very highest levels of customer service in guided fly fishing and travel. By listening to you our customers and your needs and preferences, we are able to provide the very best, most enjoyable and memorable experiences possible.

We choose to book only the very best guides and stand behind them. Because of this we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on your guided day with us that is unheard of in our industry. Most guides on the fisheries we book do not make the cut. As a result of booking the best we are able to stand behind them and uphold the very highest level of customer service. This is evident in our high marks, great reviews and so many repeat customers.

Conservation is very important to us and we pioneered a program called Two% for Trout where 2% of the price of our guided trips go directly to conservation, preservation and restoration of the fisheries you experience with us. We even reward you for volunteer work and for sharing the word on Off the Hook with your friends.

Book with us and we guarantee that you will enjoy your time on the water, while learning valuable skills and techniques that will make you a better angler. In addition to the peace of mind that this brings with it you will be rewarded for doing your part to preserve and protect our fisheries. If our guides have it their way you will catch a bunch of fish as well! Finally, and most importantly for the long run, you will be investing in the future health of the planet’s fisheries. That is a win-win-win situation!

Meet out Team

Carrie Copithorne – Owner

Carrie was born near Miami, Florida. Her Dad, John Koger, was a member of the Miami Sport Fishing Club where notable fly fishing pioneers included the likes of Flip Pallot and the incomparable Lefty Kreh.

Carrie and John were inseparable during her formative years and more often than not, Carrie opted for fishing as the weekend father-daughter activity. They explored local lakes as well as the prevalent mangrove estuaries, flats and reefs found throughout this part of South Florida. After moving out west, with her family, she ultimately moved to Northern California to purse a Bachelor’s degree from Pacific Union College in the Napa Valley.

It was during those college years that she ventured into the Sierra Nevada’s and caught her first trout on a fly rod.

Carrie stayed in the Napa Valley for her career and started a family. When inquiring visitors to the valley asked about fly fishing options in the area, the idea of starting Off the Hook Fly Fishing was born. Off the Hook’s current vision on conservation and providing the very highest quality fly fishing experiences for our friends and clients sprang from Carrie’s love of the outdoors and her expanding fly fishing horizons.

She has traveled throughout the North America, South America and Europe catching a myriad of species. Her favorite methods of fly fishing are casting dries for trout in the western United States, or stalking elusive bonefish on the warm sun drenched flats of the Equator. She is sponsored by Sage, Patagonia and Smith.

Click here to send Carrie an email or call (707)225-2366 or (877)228-2477

Ryan Hawks - Guide and Travel Consultant

Ryan first began fly fishing in college when Mike introduced him to the sport. Soon he was spending every possible moment fishing the waters around Redding, CA. Together, he and Mike were perpetually planning new fishing adventures, from remote high desert lakes to Mexico and the Florida Keys. Soon others were asking to come along, and the idea for Off the Hook was born.

Ryan currently lives with his wife and children in the Florida panhandle where he works as a Air Force surgeon and a fly fishing guide. In addition to hosting trips for OTH he spends his free time stalking redfish in the local marshes and chasing tarpon on the sandy flats along the Big Bend. He is an avid fly tyer and has developed several innovative tarpon and permit flies. Ryan is a member of the Federation of Fly Fishers and is a member of the International Game Fish Association’s Inshore Super Grand Slam Club.

Ryan feels fortunate to have introduced clients to amazing fishing destinations world-wide and forged great friendships in the process.

Click here to send Ryan an email or call (877)228-2477

Kami Hawks - Travel Consultant

Kami grew up Angwin, California overlooking the Napa Valley. As a kid outings often centered around the outdoors and water. Her passion for travel, knowledge of the in's and out's of international air travel, and her organizational skills make her a huge asset to us at Off the Hook and to you our valued clients. Kami is the holder of several women's fly fishing light tackle records. She is a good fly fisher when she can be pried away from her real job of being a wife and mother for a few hours and holds several IGFA world records.

She has an uncanny ability to find good value in air travel. Giver her your travel parameters and sit back and watch her work her magic!
Click here to send Kami an email or call (877)228-2477

Joshua Schwartz - Guide,

Since Joshua was a little boy he was fascinated with fishing. As a child he used to spend his summers exploring the local ponds of his neighborhood in Pennsylvania. Catching bluegill, sunnies, and small mouth using jigs and bait became an obsession. When visiting his Grandmother on Long island she knew she could entertain him with fishing for flounder off a local pier. As he grew older Joshua set his sights on following in his late Grandfathers footsteps as a Chef. Career driven he worked his way through some local restaurants on weekends and after school. After High school Joshua set out to sew his wild oats in Colorado. Winter was occupied with Snowboarding while summer was spent mountain biking and trout fishing. After receiving some pressure from his parents Joshua took the next step in his culinary career by applying to the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont. The next few years were crucial for Joshua’s path to becoming a Chef. He worked at some of the finest restaurants in the country starting out at the bottom and diligently working his way up.

It was while waiting for a kitchen build out for a new job that Joshua was permanently introduced to fly fishing. Joshua accepted an invite to fish Hat Creek and the Pitt River here in Northern California. He was so taken with the experience that he purchased his first fly outfit on the ride home from The Fly Shop in Redding...and the rest as they say is history. He has been chucking bugs ever since!

Currently Joshua lives in Windsor, California and holds the position of executive winery chef for Del Dotto Vineyards. When not presenting food to guests he busies himself presenting flies to fish. He is a knowledgeable fly fishing guide and his passion for food and wine is rivaled only by his voracious appetite for chasing Coastal Steelhead and salt water species like Tarpon and Permit. Josh is Orvis endorsed, has guided Off the Hook clients for the last few years and is one of our international trip Hosts. You will thoroughly enjoy, and never forget a day spent on the water with Joshua Schwartz.

Click here to send Joshua an email or call (877)228-2477

Jordan Romney - Guide, Instructor

Jordan Romney grew up fishing the rivers and lakes of Northern California. While attending college at California State University Chico he spent as much time waist deep in rivers as he did in the class room. After college he moved to North Lake Tahoe to challenge himself on the beautiful streams and lakes the Sierra’s had to offer. In 2009 he decided to turn his passion into a career. He graduated from the premier guide school in the West at the Clearwater Lodge in 2010. Since graduating he has been guiding several different waters in Northern California, and is one of the top casting instructors for the Resort at Squaw Creek's fly fishing school.

He is a patient and knowledgeable instructor and guide. Jordan grew up just minutes from the Putah Creek in the small town of Winters. Putah Creek is one of the more challenging technical fisheries in the state however Jordan has an uncanny knack for getting his clients hooked up when no one else is catching fish. His future plan is to travel to far off destinations in pursuit of elusive fish on the fly and to someday produce a movie about his adventures. On top of guiding he has been most helpful in assisting us with Youtube, Facebook and blog efforts. Thank you Jordan!

Click here to send Jordan an email or call (877)228-2477

Captain Bryce Tedford - Guide and Instructor

Bryce grew up on Bainbridge Island Washington and it was here during these formative years that he learned to fish for Silvers, Cutthroat & King Salmon off the beaches of Puget Sound. He began guiding in 1997 right out of High School and in the years since fly fishing has taken him to far off destinations. From various rivers and lakes in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, to Argentina and Chile. He has also fished extensively in Montana, California, Fiji, Cuba & the Bahamas to name a few.

Bryce has been learning, enjoying and teaching the art of Fly Fishing for over 15 yrs. He truly enjoys the opportunity to share my knowledge, expertise, enthusiasm and obsession for chasing fish on a Fly Rod.

Since moving to Northern California 4 years ago, Bryce has focused his attention on Stripers, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass in the CA Delta and its surrounding tributaries. Stripers and Bass are a unique freshwater game fish Bryce passionately pursues; these fish are predatory hunters who will attack a fly vigorously! We highly recommend spending a day in his boat chasing these guys! So much so that we have hired him to personally guide us and our family members when they are in the area!

Bryce is fully Licensed, Bonded and Insured. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential, CA Guide License and First Aid/CPR/AED certification.

Click here to send Bryce an email or call (877)228-2477.

Brett Wedeking(the Fishing Ninja) Guide, Instructor, Writer and Fly Tying Expert(in everyone's mind but his own)

Brett Wedeking has been a welcome addition to our team at Off the Hook. He came to Northern California from the Pacific North West. He has worked in fly fishing retail, guided, taught fly tying, been a fly fishing trip host, freelance writer, and a lover of all things fly fishing for most of his life! His wit and writing style make him a fun read, and his passion for fly fishing is evident on the phone, in print or on the water. He has been featured in magazines such as The Drake, Angling Trade, Northwest and Southwest Fly Fishing.

Brett can be found at Lost Coast Outfitters in San Francisco or angling waters near and far or by clicking
here to send him an email.

Rob Russell (The Midge Whisperer) Guide

We are excited to have Rob Russell back this season after joining us back in 2014.

Rob was born and raised in Santa Rosa California and leaned to fish from his dad. Growing up he fished every river, stream, lake and puddle he could get access including Brush Creek and the Russian River.

During the summers they fished throughout California, but stayed fairly close to home fishing Lake Sonoma, Berryessa, Mendocino, as well as venturing into the foothills to Bullard's Bar Reservoir. For a period spanning nearly 40 years, his family also took trips to Indian Valley Campground on the North Fork Yuba River below the town of Downieville.

It was here that his passion for fly fishing began. He has since fished all over the west for everything from steelhead, salmon and trout to warm water species in Oregon Nevada, Idaho, Montana and Mexico. Rob is a self described adrenaline addict. Looking back he says "I've had a few distractions from fly fishing. It was always difficult to drive over the Gualala on the way to Point Arena to surf when the river was green. It was similarly difficult to surf each time the Russian cleared up, if it ever did or leave the mountain bike at home on the way up to Downieville to fish". "Somehow, I was able to free myself from the need of massive doses of daily adrenaline and over the last six or seven years and have again be consumed by fly fishing." Rob has an uncanny ability to find fish on Putah Creek even when others are struggling. We enjoy every day that we spend on the water with him and judging by your reviews on Yelp and Trip Advisor many of you feel the same!

Click here to send Rob an email or call (877)228-2477

Mike Folden - Guide and Instructor

Mike Folden was born and raised in Northern California and was introduced to fly fishing at a very young age by his grandfather, whom himself was a guide. Mike continues to proudly carry on his grandfather’s legacy as he guides, instructs and shares his knowledge.

Mike is an outgoing, energetic and talkative individual who relishes the opportunity to guide our local fisheries. So, whether it's Steelhead, Shad, Stripers or Trout, whether you are new to the sport or an avid fly angler, Mike believes it's all about the journey. He likes to approach the sport from the angle of keep it simple and fun.

Whatever river or species you would like to fish and experience, Mike looks forward to working with you to create a memorable outdoor adventure.

Click here to send Mike an email or call (877)228-2477.

Brian Clemens - Guide

Brian was born and raised in Upstate New York, where his passion for fishing started at a very young age.

After graduating high school, he joined the United States Air Force becoming a U-2 Aircraft Mechanic and was stationed at Beale AFB, California. He soon discovered the waters of Northern CA and began fishing once again.

In 2005, his fly fishing journey began while searching for steelhead, trout, salmon and bass in Northern California Oregon, New York and Alaska.

In 2009, his passion blossomed into a career as a fly fishing guide. Brian’s knowledge, hard work, patience and dedication to the sport has brought he and his guests much success on the American, Yuba, Feather, Trinity and Lower Sac Rivers. No matter what species and fishing experience you seek, he will ensure an enjoyable day on the water.

Click here to send Brian an email or call (877)228-2477.

Bill Becket - Guide

Bill Becket started his fly-fishing career at an early age. He grew up fishing mountain streams with his dad in the Trinity Alps. He continued his passion for fly-fishing through high school and college while he studied to become a Fisheries Biologist.

In 2011 Bill picked up the sport of Kayak Fishing, and turned his attention to fly fishing the Delta and the Northern CA, Coast. Bill feels the kayak is the perfect tool for fishing the skinny backwaters of the Delta for bass and pan-fish or for paddling up close to the boiler rocks for Rockfish and Ling Cod. He believes it is "our connection with the fish and our love for nature is the common thread that unites us as Fly anglers".

Bill is new to our guide team this season and looks forward to sharing his passion for kayak fishing with our friends and clients. We are glad to have him. Welcome aboard Bill!

Click here to send Bill an email or call (707)287-2939.

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