Meet Our Staff
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.”
Cody Hoeckelberg - Floor Manager
Cody Hoeckelberg was born and raised in Colorado and has a passion and excitement for fly fishing that is contagious. Fishing has become a part of his nature whether he is studying Google Earth for new bodies of water to explore or thinking about a new fly pattern design.
“There are so many opportunities in the world of fly-fishing and it can take you anywhere in the world and even pay your bills,” said Cody. “I have met some of my best friends through fly fishing and have unforgettable memories on some of my crazy excursions to fishing destinations.”
Cody has fished extensively in Colorado and also had chances to explore Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, Michigan, Indiana, Louisiana, Florida, British Columbia and Mexico. Cody is also on the Board of Directors of the Denver Chapter of Trout Unlimited and is Lead Guide for Casting for Recovery.
"I coordinate the river helpers for Casting For Recovery, which is a non-profit organization that provides a free weekend long retreat to women who are victims and survivors of Breast Cancer,” said Cody. “Fourteen ladies show up on the North Fork of the South Platte outside of Bailey, CO for a weekend of spiritual gatherings, healing sessions, and the chance to bond and hear about each other’s battles against cancer. I volunteer my time by finding 14 professional and compassionate fly-fishing guides that I pair up with the ladies for their fishing day, which takes place on the final day of the retreat."
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 - Marketing Manager
Kyle Wilkinson is the Marketing 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"
Dave Mitchell - Fly Fishing Associate
David is a transplant from New Mexico where he grew up fishing the San Juan, the Rio Grande and other local rivers with his Grandfather where fishing was a tradition. He makes it a point to continually find new waters to fish and has fished many of the western rivers from Montana to New Mexico as well as waters in the North East US, Texas, Florida and Mexico to name a few. He enjoys fly tying and experimenting with different patterns. He also loves to get behind the oars of his drift boat any chance he can.
"Every trip to the water is a new experience. Find your utopia"