RIO Products recently announced the addition of three new professionals to its Advisory Team: Michigan-based guide Pete Humphreys, Colorado-based fly casting instructor and guide Topher Browne, and writer and instructor Aaron Jasper. The Advisory Team helps further RIO’s innovation and quality, giving feedback on current products as well as ideas for new ones.
Read more in the press release below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 18, 2013 (Idaho Falls, Idaho) – RIO Products, manufacturer of fly lines, leaders and tippet material adds three new professionals to its acclaimed Advisory Team.
Pete Humphreys is a popular Michigan river guide and casting instructor, specializing in swinging flies for Great Lakes steelhead on the world famous Muskegon River. Pete fishes all over the world including Norway, Scotland and most of the steelhead rivers in British Columbia such as the Dean and the Skeena tributaries. He is an expert spey caster and a respected teacher, demonstrating casting at spey gatherings, fishing shows and teaching spey schools in the Mid-West. He is one of the few instructors internationally to hold Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) Single, Two Handed and Masters Certification and is also an innovative and avid fly tier.
Topher Browne is a fly casting instructor and has guided professionally for trout in the Rockies and Atlantic salmon in Quebec. In 2011, Topher published two books: “100 Best Flies for Atlantic Salmon” and “Atlantic Salmon Magic” – which won a Silver Medal for the Best Sports/Recreation Book of 2012. Topher fishes extensively for Atlantic salmon in Canada, Iceland, Norway and Russia and for Steelhead in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia. Topher is also a professional fly tier whose flies have appeared in a variety of magazines and books. He currently serves as an ambassador for both Sage and Patagonia.
Taught by his grandfather, Aaron Jasper picked up a fly rod at the age of six and has not put it down since. Aaron presently fishes in excess of 200 days a year and says that his greatest accomplishment is making all of his knowledge accessible to the average angler. In 2006, he created the website and forum, www.troutpredator.com, with the goal of bringing exceptional fishing information to the average angler. Aaron has been published dozens of times in national publications such as American Angler and Fly Tyer. And in addition to writing articles he has released three DVDs on various facets of nymph fly fishing.
RIO’s marketing manager, Simon Gawesworth, is delighted by the additions to RIO’s famed Advisory Team. He says, “Having on-the-water feedback and a constant stream of new product ideas and product tweaks is invaluable to RIO and is part of the life-blood of the company. Pete, Aaron and Topher are excellent additions to our Advisory Team and they will certainly help improve our product offerings”. Simon adds, “I am very much looking forward to working with them.”
About RIO Products:
RIO is a pioneer in developing fly lines, leaders and tippet material to enhance fly fishing experiences across the globe. Offering premium fly lines for both freshwater and saltwater fishing applications, RIO consistently utilizes field experience and scientific testing to create the best products on the market for anglers. Founded 20 years ago in the mountains of Idaho, RIO continues to develop innovative products, design revolutionary tapers and refine performance-driven fly line technologies. For more information about RIO Products, please visit www.rioproducts.com.