USA vs. Argentina-Chile-Patagonia
In the USA, we focus on fly casting instruction/lessons only. In Argentina-Chile, we offer guided DIY fishing and hunting services.
New USA Location -- Fort Collins, Colorado
We believe fly fishing is an intellectual, physical, and emotional activity. We have designed a series of new, modern fly casting classes based on the principles of neuroscience and Emotional Intelligence.
We call it the E.I. Fly Fishing System™ Our instruction model is built upon steady, progressive development, and is strongly rooted in a 21st century educational platform, which focuses on the science and art of fly fishing.
Meet Your: Instructor - Guide - Counselor - Coach
Current Credentials: FFI certified casting instructor, Trout Unlimited and Fly Fishers International life member, Colorado mental health counselor and life coach, national certified counselor, CPR and first-aid, NOLS advance wilderness first-aid.
Past Experience: Patagonia lodge manager/host, NH licensed fly fishing guide, NH Fish & Game certified fishing instructor, Boy Scouts of America merit badge counselor, Co-creator/advisor of Phillips Exeter Academy fly fishing club. Board member for Great Bay Trout Unlimited and Three Rivers Stocking Association.
Career: Prior to his 2nd career in mental health counseling, Mark worked in medical sales product/team-territory management, and development. He's a former Iowa State University scholarship athlete, and was the vice president of the ISU student government. Last, he is an inductee to the New Hampshire catholic high school athletic hall of fame.
He's a highly educated and trained counselor-coach-instructor-guide, with tons of knowledge and experience. You'll be working with the very best! Read Client Testimonials
Mark's Fishing Story
Over 200 years ago, my family emigrated from Ireland to Tilting, New Foundland. Tilting is located on Fogo Island and for decades the Foley’s earned a living as in-shore Cod fisherman. I have visited Tilting, but I grew up fishing trout streams and the coastal waters of New England. My love for fishing and adventure travel has led me to places such as Alaska, British Columbia, Montana, New Zealand, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Africa and more. In 1999, I spent one year DIY fishing and hiking the Andes mountain range (from Tierra del Fuego to southern Columbia, and from the Galapagos Islands to Brazil). Since then, I have regularly returned to fish South America, and at one time, I managed an Orvis endorsed fly fishing lodge in Argentina. My fly fishing adventures around the world have provided many wonderful life experiences. As such, I love to share my global fishing experiences by hosting anglers on national and international trips. When I am home in the U.S.A., I am busy teaching, and doing my part to make my fishing community a better place.
Read about: Mark's First Fish on a Fly Rod
Other Training and Certification
Though not all certifications are directly related to fishing, my overall training and education offers diversity and value. To obtain these certificates, I had to pass oral/written test, state and national criminal background checks, and pledge to uphold ethical standards.