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Guide Profiles 
Italy

Pro Guide : Edy Dona'

Location: Northen Italy 
Technique: Euronymphing 
Species targeted: Brown trout, Rainbow trout, Marble trout, Grayling 
Bio: Edy is a world class fly fisherman, specializing in euronymphing. He has one multimple rivers world championship titles, and now currently is the technical director of team Italy. He has been on numerous TV shows in Italy and worldwide for Sky promoting fly fishing at its highest levels. Hosted trip: Join Edy on the Adda River, or the Sessia River in Northern Italy, you can choose to have lessons or just to fish with him, and discover the world of Euro nymphing at it's best. The trip includes hotel stay on lake Como, fishing with Edy, meals, fishing gear and photos. You will be expected to rent a car to meat the guide at pre established location. Closest airport Milan Malpensa.

Pro Guide: Ropino

Location: Lake Como 
Technique: SpinningSpecies targeted: Pelagic predators. Zander & Pike 
 Bio: Ropino has one the Italian champion title for pelagic predator fishing, and now offers guided fishing trips by boat on Lake Como hunting for the giant beasts of the lake.Hosted trip: Join Ropino on the hunt for some true lake monsters the notorious lake Como predators, depending on seasonality and availability Ropino will take you fishing on bass boat either on Lake Como or Lake Lugano on the hunt for these monsters. The trip includes, hotel stay on lake Como, fishing with Ropino, meals in hotel, fishing gear and photos. You will be expected to rent a car to meat the guide at pre established location. Closest airport Milan Malpensa

Pro Guide: Andrea Volpini

Location: North Italy - Italian AlpsTechnique: Fly fishing - streamer fishingSpecies targeted: Brown trout, Rainbow trout, Marble trout, Grayling, PikeAndrea is a member of Alps Store staff. 
Bio: Andrea is a profound connoisseur and lover of fly fishing and is one of the best interpreters in Italy of streamer fishing for marble trout. Andrea is one of the most skilled fly tiers in Italy for trout and pike fishing streamers and has an incredible knowledge of materials and dressing techniques. Closest airports Milan Malpensa/Milan Bergamo Orio al Serio

Pro Guide : Gianluca Bonomi

Location: North Italy - Italian Alps 
Technique: Fly fishing - Euronymphing - Carp fly fishing 
Species targeted: Brown trout, Rainbow trout, Marble trout, Grayling, Pike, Carp 
Bio: Gianluca is the owner of fly fishing Alps Store & Fishing Services Located in Bergamo. Gianluca is a qualified Professional Fishing Guide according to AIGUPP organization and is the reference person in Lombardia for all AIGUPP Guides. Gianluca is also a qualified Professional Fishing Guide in Nederland for predator fly fishing. Closest airports Milan Malpensa/Milan Bergamo Orio al Serio

Pro Guide: Ottavio

Location: North Italy - Italian AlpsTechnique: spinning for trouts and Predators 
Species targeted: Brown trout, Rainbow trout, Marble trout, Grayling, Pike, Perch, Zander 
Bio: Ottavio is a Professional Fishing Guide in Alps Store Staff. Ottavio is a qualified Professional Fishing Guide in Nederland for predator fly fishing. Ottavio, is a young Guide Alps Store specialized in freshwater spinning, in particular alpine and pre-Alpine rivers and lakes. Ottavio has an extraordinary knowledge of the waters of the Alpine valleys where he has a profound experience for fishing for marble trout

Pro Guide: Alberto Colzani

Location: Northern Italy 
Technique: fly fishing/spinning 
Species targeted: Brown trout, Rainbow trout, Marble trout, Grayling 
Bio: Alberto is the newest addition to our team, owner of "Mountain stream fishing Italia" Alberto is a well established guide and outdoorsmen. His passion is pocket water and Alpine Lakes.Hosted trip: Join Alberto and discover some truly unique Alpine pocket waters and Alpine lakes. Alberto also offers guided over night stays to some truly unique Alpine Lakes. 

Guide Profile
USA

Pro Guide: Bret Oeltjenbruns

Location: Burnsville, Minnesota 
Technique: Nymphing and streamer fishing for 
Species targeted: Trout Bass & Pike 
Bio: Bret grew up in Iowa fishing the North Eastern trout streams, and fishing lakes in northern Minnesota. I didn’t start out fly fishing until I was an adult. I am a part time guide for Bob Mitchell’s Fly Shop in St. Paul Minnesota. My favorite part of this sport is teaching new people how to fly fish, and showing them that there are so many different species you can fish for.Hosted trips: Join Bret nymphing and streamer fishing for trout in the Midwest Driftless area. or enjoy floating some local rivers fishing for smallmouth bass and northern pike.

Pro Guide: Taylor Chew

Location: Texas  
Technique: dry Fly, Nymphing and streamer fishing forSpecies targeted: Trout Bass & Pike 
Bio: Taylor was our head guide in 2019 on Lake Como, He headed up all our operations leading guests to some great fishing. Taylor is not only an excellent guide but a great fun guy to be around. He is now based in Texas near corpus cristi. In the past he has headed up guided tours in Zimbabwe and guided drift boating in Alaska.

Pro Staff

Pro Staff: Walter Grava

Location: North Italy - Valtellina 
Technique: Fly fishing - Euronymphing - Streamer 
Species targeted: Brown trout, Rainbow trout, Marble trout, Grayling, Pike, Carp, Perch, Whitefish, Zander 
Bio: Walter Has been working with Whieldon Fly Fishing since before Whieldon fly fishing existed. He is known for consistently pulling out the biggest fish of any water, known for his passion of fly fishing and friendly demeanour, Walter is a great guy to be with to fish and talk fish. Closest airports Milan Malpensa/Milan Bergamo Orio al Serio

Pro Staff: Mirko Villa

Location: North Italy - Milan
Technique: Spinning
Species targeted: Brown trout, Marble Trout, Rainbow Trout, Pike, Zander, Grayling, Perch
Bio: Mirko is an Italian Spinner with a huge passion for fishing life and nature. All started when he was just four years old, thanks to his father, a real fisher man, who introduced him to this beautiful world. He has experienced different kinds of techniques, but none of these has given him Native's vibes. He loves discovering rivers where he can relax and "feel" the nature. .. "I'm very passionate about fishing life, that's why as soon as I can I go fishing"..

Pro Staff: Alex Do Santos

Location: Northern Italy - Valtellina
Technique: Dry Fly, Nymphing, wet fly, Streamer,
Bio: Alex is a avid angler, passionate about his fishing. He loves hunting for those big predator fish, like large trout and pike.He has been fly fishing for 15 years and his favorite river is the Adda river in valtellina! He is often out fishing with Walter and together they make a formidable team, pulling out massive trout and pike out of the Italian waters.

Whieldon Fly Fishing Ambassador

WFF Ambassador: Paolo Ercoli

Location: Vitterbo, ItalyTechnique: Dry Fly OnlySpecies targeted: Brown troutBio: Paolo is WFF only Ambassador and casting instructor for SIM the Italian School of Fly Fishing. Paolo has been heading up our brand from the start and is a fun lively guy to be around. He is super passionate about dry fly fishing and Italian food. He is an excellent host and a trip to visit him should be on your list of things to do when visiting Italy.Hosted trips: Paolo hosts fly fishing trips to the stunning and very technical Nera River in Umbria, He organises casting lessons with SIM around Italy. Trips with Paolo include lodging in a unique agriturismo, fishing with with Paolo, meals in hotel, fishing gear and photos. You will be expected to rent a car to meat the him at pre established location. Closest airport is Rome Fiumicino