Our Team

DEREK BIRD

Founding Editor

Derek Bird is the Founding Editor of Fly Fusion Magazine. He’s worked with Fly Fusion since its inception and played an integral role in establishing the magazine’s unique vision. On a practical level, he writes the “Stream Lines” column for each issue and oversees acquisition of editorial content. Along with writing and editing, he also cohosts the popular TV show Fly Fusion Television (which airs on the World Fishing Network), and is the Producer responsible for content acquisition for the International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4). Although he juggles a hectic schedule, he still finds time to do what he enjoys more than anything else in life: spending time with his wife and two sons exploring the secluded streams nestled within British Columbia’s Rocky Mountains.

JIM MCLENNAN

Managing Editor

A long-time fly fisher and outdoor writer, Jim McLennan was one of the first fly-fishing guides on Alberta’s legendary Bow River.  Today he and his wife Lynda operate McLennan Fly Fishing, a business dedicated to fly-fishing instruction.

Jim is the author of four books about fly fishing, the the Managing Editor for Fly Fusion and has written for the magazine since its inception. Along with the fly-fishing arts, Jim’s other passions are hunting upland birds and playing music.  His first solo music CD, Six-String Gumbo, was released in 2011 and was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award.

APRIL VOKEY

Field Editor

April Vokey is an essential part of Fly Fusion’s editorial team. Through the years, she has established herself as a respected authority in the sport and has traveled the globe in pursuit of gamefish on a fly rod. Vokey is also a popular TV personality and has been featured on the Outdoor Channel’s Buccaneers and Bones series, 60 Minutes Sports, The Steve Harvey show, Discovery Channel’s Refined, Discovery’s/OLN’s Close Up Kings, Fly Nation TV and Fly Fusion Television. Most recently, she wrote and hosted her own exclusive series, ShoreLines with April Vokey, as shown on the World Fishing Network. The series focuses on fly-fishing’s rich history and the people it consists of. Since ShoreLines, she has branched out with her podcast, Anchored with April Vokey, an uncensored series dedicated to archiving the stories and personalities from some of fly-fishing’s most influential people.  The show is one of the only fishing podcasts solely recorded in a face-to- face environment where Vokey ensures to ask questions apart from the norm.

JEFF WAGNER

Casting Editor

Jeff Wagner is a Master Certified Fly Casting Instructor, avid fly fisherman, and former Director and Casting Board Member of the International Federation of Fly Fishers. Jeff has worked as the Fishing Divisional Planning Manager at Cabela’s, as the Native Fisheries Restoration Project Manager at the National Park Service, and Buyer at Jax Outdoor Gear. Jeff has pursued a Masters of Business Administration and completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Colorado State University.His passion for fly-fishing is unmistakable. His competitive achievements include top rankings in the Orvis Cup, Teva Mountain Games, Best of the West Distance Casting Competitions, North American Fly Fishing Classic, and others.

AL RITT

Fly Tying Editor

Al has fished as long as he can remember and has been fascinated with flies almost as long. Growing up in southern Michigan he fished primarily for warm water species, but remembers feeling magic in trout and trout flies.  Al recalls making “flies” including forming his own “hooks” out of pipe cleaners.  He took his first formal tying class in 1983 after moving to California.  Since then he’s tied flies and fly fished for trout, grayling, bass, pike, panfish, catfish, carp, steelhead, salmon, bonefish, permit, snook, redfish and other species. Currently Al and his wife Diana own and operate Al Ritt Flies.  Al is a fly tying instructor as well as a destination travel host. He is the author of 25 Best Most Versatile Flies. As a demonstration tier Al has appeared at numerous fly shops and expos including The Fly Fishing Show and the Western Canadian Fly Fishing Exposition. Al is a member of The Outdoor Writers Association of America, Trout Unlimited, a life member of the International Federation of Fly Fishers and a life member the IFFF Fly Tying Group, a member of the Catskill Fly Tyer’s Guild and The Fly Dressers Guild.

ROB HINCHLIFFE

Entomology Field Editor

Rob Hinchliffe is an aquatic entomologist and avid fly angler who writes The Entomology Files column for Fly Fusion Magazine. Holding a B.Sc. honors degree in animal biology with a focus on aquatic invertebrate taxonomy he has adopted an integrated approach to fly fishing, combining trout feeding behavior and aquatic insect biology to meet the fish on their own terms. He calls Alberta home, but ventures as far afield as time and money will allow in pursuit of anything that will take a fly.