35 year old owner of Mossy Creek Fly Fishing, AFFTA Board Of Directors, Massanutten TU Board, Fly Fisher’s of Virginia Technical Advisor. Colby and his brother Brian opened up the shop together in 2003. He started guiding and instructing in Virginia in 1999 and fishing almost every day of the year since 2003. When he is not fishing, he’s at the vise tying flies. He started tying flies for local Virginia fly shops at age 13 and was featured at many fly fishing trade shows through his teen years. Although he is based in the Shenandoah Valley, Colby always has ‘salt’ on his mind. When he isn’t hosting a trip in the Bahamas or Belize chasing bones, permit, tarpon, and cudas with a fly, he is out with his buddies chasing stripers, big drum, cobia, or billfish off the Virginia coast!
Brian Trow is the 35 year old co-owner of Mossy Creek Fly Fishing. He began fly fishing and tying at the age of 10. He has been teaching and guiding fly fisherman for 15 years. Brian has a passion for restoring the local waters, and is very involved with Trout Unlimited. Serving on the national board of trustees for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing allows him to give back to veterans through our wonderful sport. He loves the great relationships developed with “friends” of the shop over the years, and that is why he continues to be such an active guide. When he is not busy at the shop, teaching, or guiding, you will find him at home with his wonderful wife and two boys, right on the banks of Mossy Creek.
Bob has been fly fishing since he was 8 years old. That was 52 years ago and he still loves it, especially sharing it with others. He believes that most folks not only want to catch fish on a guided trip, but also want to leave a better fisherman because they learned something that day. He started guiding in the Shenandoah Valley in the mid 80’s when he owned Mossy Creek Outfitters, in Bridgewater, Va. He can’t really say he has a favorite species to fish for, he just loves it all, brook trout to muskies and everything in between. It’s hard to find a more experienced, fun, well mannered guide in the Mid Atlantic than Cramer!
Tom has been a professional guide and instructor for 20 years. He is an AFFTA board member and very well connected in the fly fishing industry. He is a dedicated tenkara fly fisherman and Mossy Creek’s exclusive tenkara guide. Tom’s passion for tenkara was honed in Virginia’s mountain streams where he chases native brook trout. He shares his extensive knowledge of tenkara on his blog MiddleRiverDispatches.com. His reputation as a tenkara devotee makes him sought after as a guide and speaker.
Tom’s day job is Executive Director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America.
L.E. Rhodes lives minutes from the James River in Scottsville, Va where he spends his time chasing BIG smallmouth bass. However, when he has time, he’s out teaching fly casting lessons, stalking big brook trout or floating the big rivers with our guide crew. He is our favorite fishing buddy and has the best attitude of any guide in the Country. We are fortunate to be partnered with such a quality guy. LE is an incredible fisherman and fly tier. He currently ties all of the CK nymphs for our shop, one of the most productive nymphs we have ever used on our trout waters!
Dusty is on the pro staff of the Scott Fly Rod Co., Hatch Reels, Hyde Drift Boats and is a Guide/Ambassador for Simms Fishing Products. Dusty says, “ I’ve been lucky enough to work with and learn from some of the best in the business. Jay Buchner, Bob Clouser, Dave Whitlock and Scott Sanchez inspired me with their innovative and masterful approach to fly tying as well as effectively fishing the flies that they tie. From Paul Bruun, of Jackson, Wyoming I learned how to guide professionally and have fun doing it. Joan Wulff, Lefty Kreh, Macauley Lord and Floyd Franke taught me how to teach and how to analyze the cast. It’s because of these folks that I am able to say I have the best job in the world. I’m privileged to call them my friends. I hope that I can open the door for you, as they did for me, to this fantastic sport.”
Jess has been working in the shop and as a guide for Mossy Creek since August of ’09. Born and raised in Martinsville, Virginia, he picked up a fly rod at the age of 12 fishing the Smith River tailrace and the mountain streams of Southwestern Virginia. Jess spent his college years at James Madison University studying and mastering the spring creeks and mountain streams that he guides on today. On his days off, Jess loves chucking nasty articulated streamers in high and dirty water, and fooling technical tailwater trout with tiny midges.
Shane has been a fishing freak since he was born! He has been guiding and instructing for us since 2004 and putting our clients on PIGS ever since. When he isn’t on the water he’s tying flies or buying musky tackle! Shane loves tying articulated streamers and HUGE musky flies. You will always find him experimenting with new innovative materials at the vise. He is one of our most popular guides with incredible patience and excellent instincts on what the fish are doing day to day. He literally fishes every day when he isn’t guiding and helps to manage our private trophy trout fisheries. One of the nicest guides you’ll ever meet, Shane will make sure you have an excellent time on the water.
Frank joined the Mossy Creek team while working on his Master’s degree at JMU back in 2011. He loves traveling and places that fishing brings him. From tarpon and snook in Islamorada to steelhead on the west coast Frank enjoys it all; however, he feels most at home on the waters in and around Harrisonburg, VA. Franks background in education allows him to be extremely patient and he works well with all of our anglers, new or advanced.
Jacob picked up fly-fishing and tying flies when he was 12, and spent much of his youth exploring mountain streams for brook trout and the Rappahannock River for smallmouth bass. As an undergraduate at James Madison University, Jacob developed his passion for fly-fishing. In 2011, while pursuing his Masters in Education, Jacob joined the staff at Mossy Creek. When not guiding or teaching high school mathematics, you can find Jacob floating the river in search of bass and elusive musky. With Jacob’s teaching background and knowledge of local water, his anglers leave the day with a better understanding of the sport.
Eric’s passion for fly fishing began years ago as a gift from his father. Ever since then he has been obsessed with everything fly fishing. Whether it’s in the mountains chasing brookies or floating the river chucking musky flies, Eric just enjoys spending time with clients, friends and family on the water. On his days off, Eric loves to share his passion of fly fishing with his son. Together they can be found wandering the banks of the valley’s spring creeks or floating the river with their dog “Doah”.
Wayne began fly fishing in college where he spent most of his time exploring the rivers and creeks in and around Rockingham and Augusta County. When he isn’t teaching high school English and coaching cross country, you will find his friendly face behind the counter at the shop or on the water instructing or guiding. Wayne is one of our newest guides and his background in teaching gives him the patience of a saint! He is extremely passionate about fly fishing and is always looking forward to his next angling adventure.
Buzz is the newest member of the Mossy Creek Crew. While growing up outside of Bedford, VA tossing crawdaddies and bass bugs in farm ponds he quickly developed a love for the tug of a five pound largemouth. After dialing in on backcountry reds and specks all over South Carolina’s creeks, Buzz moved to Harrisonburg to attend JMU where his passion for fly fishing flourished on the Valley’s spring creeks. When he’s not behind the counter at the shop, you can find Buzz dredging Mossy for finicky browns or testing out new nymph patterns to fool big bows.