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Ambassadors

WETFLY TEAM MEMBER OF THE MONTH

WETFLY AMBASSADORs

JAY STALNACKER

Jay lives, works and plays in beautiful Colorado. He has worked in public safety for the past 20-years Beginning his career as a volunteer and now has the privilege of leading many courageous young men and woman who have dedicated their lives to help others. He has worked for many local, state and federal governments public safety agencies over the years and proudly shares that he concluded his federal career as a USFS smokejumper. He currently works in special operations with a focus of wild land fire management, but is cross-trained as a commissioned police officer/SWAT team member, EMT and mountain search and rescue specialist.  Jay founded the non-profit organization, Warriors on the River. WOR has partnered with the fly fishing industry leaders like WETFLY along with mental health, spiritual and leaders within public safety organizations to provide first responders with a guided fly fishing outings. The intent is to reconnect first responders with the things in life that mean most and encourage healthy hobbies like fly fishing in support of their efforts to overcome the negative psychological and physical effects of critical incident trauma. Jay is the Pro Ambassador program Director, product development, warranty and repair service representative and Tenkara guru for WETFLY.  

Jay lives, works and plays in beautiful Colorado. He has worked in public safety for the past 20-years Beginning his career as a volunteer and now has the privilege of leading many courageous young men and woman who have dedicated their lives to help others. He has worked for many local, state and federal governments public safety agencies over the years and proudly shares that he concluded his federal career as a USFS smokejumper. He currently works in special operations with a focus of wild land fire management, but is cross-trained as a commissioned police officer/SWAT team member, EMT and mountain search and rescue specialist. 

Jay founded the non-profit organization, Warriors on the River. WOR has partnered with the fly fishing industry leaders like WETFLY along with mental health, spiritual and leaders within public safety organizations to provide first responders with a guided fly fishing outings. The intent is to reconnect first responders with the things in life that mean most and encourage healthy hobbies like fly fishing in support of their efforts to overcome the negative psychological and physical effects of critical incident trauma.

Jay is the Pro Ambassador program Director, product development, warranty and repair service representative and Tenkara guru for WETFLY.
 

DAVID KIRKPATRICK

David C Kirkpatrick works and adventures full time in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. He lives in Southern Oregon with his wife McKenzie and German Shepherd pup Finley. Fly-fishing is his passion, though he enjoys most all activities that get him outside and lives a very outdoors oriented lifestyle. David currently works for the Department of Human Services in Child Welfare and believes strongly in the importance of public service. He graduated from Oregon State University in 2014 with a degree in Social Sciences and has completed MBA coursework at Southern Oregon University. A former college athlete, David coached track and football for several years once his athletic career was over. An admitted fly-fishing addict, David first learned the ropes from his grandfather, Chuck Fisher. Chuck loves to tell a story of when they had just got back from fishing at first light to late in the afternoon. After Chuck woke up from a nap he looked out his bedroom window and saw David in the front yard with a fly rod practicing his casting. In recent years, David got connected with some buddies who helped him take fly-fishing to the next level. There is a very tight knit community of fly-fishers in Southern Oregon that don’t mind helping each other out. His favorite fish to catch on the fly are steelhead and he is fortunate enough to call some of the best steelhead rivers on the West Coast his home waters. Instagram: @western_flywater

David C Kirkpatrick works and adventures full time in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. He lives in Southern Oregon with his wife McKenzie and German Shepherd pup Finley. Fly-fishing is his passion, though he enjoys most all activities that get him outside and lives a very outdoors oriented lifestyle. David currently works for the Department of Human Services in Child Welfare and believes strongly in the importance of public service. He graduated from Oregon State University in 2014 with a degree in Social Sciences and has completed MBA coursework at Southern Oregon University. A former college athlete, David coached track and football for several years once his athletic career was over. An admitted fly-fishing addict, David first learned the ropes from his grandfather, Chuck Fisher. Chuck loves to tell a story of when they had just got back from fishing at first light to late in the afternoon. After Chuck woke up from a nap he looked out his bedroom window and saw David in the front yard with a fly rod practicing his casting. In recent years, David got connected with some buddies who helped him take fly-fishing to the next level. There is a very tight knit community of fly-fishers in Southern Oregon that don’t mind helping each other out. His favorite fish to catch on the fly are steelhead and he is fortunate enough to call some of the best steelhead rivers on the West Coast his home waters.

Instagram: @western_flywater

JARED WATSON

As an Air Force Combat Veteran – Nov 2006 to June 2011. I began fly fishing upon separation from active duty military at the request of my grandfather, a Korean War Veteran, to aid in my transition and begin coping with my PTSD and TBI issues. I’ve worked in the outdoor industry on and off for about 10 years, testing and developing gear and working in various retail platforms. I studied mechanical design engineering until I realized that fishing was my life and engineering wasn’t on that path. I’m currently on my way to obtain my PhD in Fisheries Biology. I truly believe in the WETFLY guiding principles. I want to share fly fishing with as many people as possible and in as many places as I can, especially veterans. Fly fishing saved my life and gave me a purpose. If I can provide that to even 1 person, I will have lived up to my duty. Having the support foundation of WETFLY and my community connections I feel like there is a limitless amount of growth and do-good opportunities. I want to be in the forefront showing what it means to be an ambassador; a healthy river ambassador, a sustainable fishing practices ambassador, a WETFLY ambassador, and a veterans ambassador. I volunteer with Project Healing Waters locally and I donate flies that I tie. I am scheduled to work with them nationally next year for some volunteer guiding at a few events around the country.  Instagram: @lostwateradventures  

As an Air Force Combat Veteran – Nov 2006 to June 2011. I began fly fishing upon separation from active duty military at the request of my grandfather, a Korean War Veteran, to aid in my transition and begin coping with my PTSD and TBI issues. I’ve worked in the outdoor industry on and off for about 10 years, testing and developing gear and working in various retail platforms. I studied mechanical design engineering until I realized that fishing was my life and engineering wasn’t on that path. I’m currently on my way to obtain my PhD in Fisheries Biology.

I truly believe in the WETFLY guiding principles. I want to share fly fishing with as many people as possible and in as many places as I can, especially veterans. Fly fishing saved my life and gave me a purpose. If I can provide that to even 1 person, I will have lived up to my duty. Having the support foundation of WETFLY and my community connections I feel like there is a limitless amount of growth and do-good opportunities. I want to be in the forefront showing what it means to be an ambassador; a healthy river ambassador, a sustainable fishing practices ambassador, a WETFLY ambassador, and a veterans ambassador.

I volunteer with Project Healing Waters locally and I donate flies that I tie. I am scheduled to work with them nationally next year for some volunteer guiding at a few events around the country. 

Instagram: @lostwateradventures
 

ETHAN SMITH

Fly fishing has been one of my passions ever since I was a little kid. My father introduced me and my brothers to fishing at a very young age every chance he got he’d take us out camping, fishing, and everything outdoors. Ever since I experienced the sensation of having a fish hooked on my line as a kid fishing has been my passion ever since. The perfect fly fishing scenario in my book would have to be the late summer nights under a bright moon chucking a big ole mouse fly trying to lure out big browns looking for a nighttime meal. Lucky for me I was raised in Midway, Utah and grew up only only a mile away from the river so getting out on the water and hunting some trout has always been a regular activity I’ve been able to do several times a week. i don't think i can decide on the most memorable fish I've ever caught (just too many) but i do think the most memorable fishing trip I've ever had would have to be trips going up and drifting the Green River with my father, that's where my love for fly fishing began. Instagram:  @american.fisher

Fly fishing has been one of my passions ever since I was a little kid. My father introduced me and my brothers to fishing at a very young age every chance he got he’d take us out camping, fishing, and everything outdoors. Ever since I experienced the sensation of having a fish hooked on my line as a kid fishing has been my passion ever since. The perfect fly fishing scenario in my book would have to be the late summer nights under a bright moon chucking a big ole mouse fly trying to lure out big browns looking for a nighttime meal. Lucky for me I was raised in Midway, Utah and grew up only only a mile away from the river so getting out on the water and hunting some trout has always been a regular activity I’ve been able to do several times a week. i don't think i can decide on the most memorable fish I've ever caught (just too many) but i do think the most memorable fishing trip I've ever had would have to be trips going up and drifting the Green River with my father, that's where my love for fly fishing began.

Instagram:  @american.fisher

WETFLY grassroots team