Tucker Ladd - Owner
Tucker Ladd was born and raised in Colorado. For Tucker, fly fishing is more than just a hobby. It’s a lifestyle that keeps him close to nature and the natural world. Tucker fly fishes for the camaraderie it brings with friends and family. Fly fishing has become an activity that brings peace and relaxation to his life, and is something the he tries to share with every person he meets.
In addition to owning Trouts Fly Fishing, Tucker is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the American Fly Fishing Trade Association.
“I am not only proud to become the AFFTA Chairman, but I am honored to be the first retailer to ever hold this position. This is a testament of the commitment to the retail base of our industry by the current Board of Directors, as well as AFFTA as a whole. I have always believed that retailers are the life-blood of our sport and industry, and I am excited to have the opportunity to represent this segment of our trade group. 2014 will undoubtedly be an exciting year for AFFTA, and I am looking forward to helping drive our trade group to new levels of success, relevancy and growth"
Rick Mikesell - General Manager
Rick Mikesell began working at Trouts Fly Fishing in June of 2010. If you have a question about equipment, flies or gear – regardless of how technical – Rick will have an answer and most likely a pointed opinion. In addition to fishing for trout in the higher elevations of Colorado, Rick is often found chasing a wide range of species in Colorado including pike, muskie, bass and carp.
“Fishing is a constant challenge," said Rick. "On the water, all of the complications and nuisances of life disappear and all that is left is a very real connection with the grandeur and complexity of the natural world - it is never boring or the same. Nature always has a new set of variables and new challenges to offer.”
Kevin Cooke – E-Commerce Manager
As our E-Commerce Manager, Kevin is responsible for the management of Trouts Fly Fishing Online Store and also online sales and fulfillment in multiple digital market places. Kevin has a strong digital retail and technology background, his most recent position being with Run.com managing multiple websites and the digital presences of 43 brick and mortar locations across the US. Kevin was born and raised on the East coast but spent most of 2008 traveling the US with the Toyota Trail Teams promoting the Toyota Tundra, FJ Cruiser and Tacoma. Kevin fell in love with Colorado and the West visiting places like Ouray, Crested Butte, Breckenridge and Steamboat Springs. Once Kevin's contract ended, he moved back to NC and began a career in online marketing with a small customer acquisition firm, RedVentures. After a few years in Charlotte, NC, Kevin and his college sweetheart married on 9-10-11 before moving to Colorado in early 2012. Kevin lives here in the neighborhood with his wife Kaily and dog Charlotte.
Kyle Wilkinson - Outfitting & Communications Manager
Kyle Wilkinson is the Outfiting & Communications Manager at Trouts Fly Fishing, as well as one of our fly fishing guides. Born and raised in Southeast Kansas, Kyle recieved his first fly rod at age 10 and the deal was pretty much sealed. Now, nearly 20 years later, Kyle's love for the sport and teaching others continues to grow by the day. He has traveled extensively throughout the Midwest, Rocky Mountains and multiple saltwater locations chasing any fish that will eat a fly. When not on the water, Kyle can usually be found relaxing with his wife Katie and their two King Charles Spaniels Maddie and Nelli.
"Simply put......It's all about the journey"