Our Team

JENNIFER BIRD

Publisher

Jennifer Bird is the heart of the Fly Fusion franchise and the driving spirit behind the magazine. She has worked with Fly Fusion since its inception and has played an integral role in establishing the magazine’s unique vision. Along with overseeing all staff and facets of production for the magazine, she also oversees planning for the International Fly Fishing Film Festival, which includes over 100 dates around the globe. She does all of this between 9am and 3pm weekly. Before and after you can find her anywhere where her boys are, which in the summer and fall months is deep in the backcountry.

DEREK BIRD

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 Fly Fusion Series, and is the Producer responsible for content acquisition for the International Fly Fishing Film Festival. 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

Associate 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.

JEFF WAGNER

Field Editor

Jeff Wagner is a Master Certified Fly Casting Instructor, avid fly fisherman, and former Director and Casting Board Member of Fly Fishers international. 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.

DEREK OLTHUIS

Field Editor

Derek Olthuis recently joined the Fly Fusion team as the travel and destination field editor. As a fly-fishing photographer, cinematographer, and writer who’s always seeking to inspire audiences with huge fish in untouched and remote landscapes, Olthuis brings a wealth of experience to the position. He was born in Calgary, Alberta and raised in Bigfork, Montana, where he learned to fly fish on the small streams and backcountry lakes around the Glacier area. As a kid he was constantly searching out new water and willing cutthroat off the beaten path of the West’s renowned rivers. This desire has expanded over the years to seek out exotic locations and remote fisheries around the globe. Coupled with his desire to explore the world’s fishing opportunities, Derek finds joy in capturing and sharing his experiences with others to help fuel their own fishing passion.

BRIAN CHAN

Field Editor

Brian Chan is a respected stillwater guru who’s lifelong passion for fly fishing has resulted in his spending literally thousands of angling days on world class stillwaters. He has shared his extensive knowledge of aquatic biology, trout ecology, entomology, and lake fly-fishing tactics with others through a number of magazine articles, books, and instructional DVDs on fly fishing. Brian has been featured on numerous television shows and is a much sought after presenter throughout North America. Brian enjoys introducing new fly fishers to this sport, getting them “hooked” on his lifelong passion, as much as he enjoys helping to refine the skills of even the most advanced stillwater anglers.

AL RITT

Field 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. He took his first formal tying class in 1983 after moving to California.  Since then he’s tied flies and fly fished for numerous species around the globe. 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. Al is a member of The Outdoor Writers Association of America, Trout Unlimited, a life member of the Fly Fishers International and a life member the FFI Fly Tying Group, a member of the Catskill Fly Tyer’s Guild and The Fly Dressers Guild.

BOB REECE

Field Editor

Bob Reece is a professional fly designer.  His science background and love of God’s creation fuel his desire to create highly effective new fly patterns.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree is Biology and Master’s Degree in Natural Sciences.  Bob lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming where he works as a junior high science teacher and runs his guide service, Thin Air Anglers at Horse Creek Ranch. Bob volunteers with the Cheyenne branch of Project Healing Waters and runs a fly-fishing club for 7th and 8th grade students at his school.

GILBERT ROWLEY

Director of Photography

Gilbert Rowley is a professional filmmaker in the fly-fishing industry. He believes that his passion and knowledge of the sport help his films portray fly fishing in a way that numerous generations of fly anglers can connect to. Some of his recent accomplishments in film production include multiple IF4 film selections, and the recent instructional films Modern Nymphing and Modern Nymphing Elevated. Outside of filmmaking Gilbert received bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Science from Utah State University, and he spends his time as a fly-fishing guide on Utah’s Provo River. He is also a fly designer for Rainy’s Flies, and most importantly Gilbert is a husband and father.