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.”
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. Originally from Southeast Kansas, Kyle received his first fly rod at age 10 and the deal was pretty much sealed. Now 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 or tying flies, 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"
Erik Myhre- E-commerce Manager
Erik Myhre is responsible for the development and operation of Trouts’ E-Commerce presence. Erik was raised and grew up fishing along the banks of the Mississippi River in the heart of Wisconsin’s Driftless area, until he moved to Colorado in 1999. Unlike others on the team, Erik didn’t pick up a fly rod until arriving to Colorado, but has made up for lost time ever since. Erik has a passion for travel, and his piscatorial pursuits have taken him to seventeen countries to date, with more being added as often as possible. He’s also currently working on fly fishing in every state in the U.S. When not on the water he can be found hunting in the high country, snowboarding in the back country, or exploring remote wild places with his wife Shelly and his daughter Addyson, typically with a camera in hand.
Doug Gord- Assistant Manager
A Kentucky native, Doug Gord is the Assistant Manager at Trout’s Fly Fishing. Growing up near the Ohio River in Louisville, he was exposed at an early age to a diverse multitude of warmwater species. Since moving to Colorado, most of his focus has stayed in that warmwater category, with pike and tiger muskie being his favorite species to target on the fly. Outside of Colorado, he has experience fishing in many areas of the Midwest, Canada, and Alaska. When not out fishing he can be found tying large muskie flies, watching 90’s VHS classics, or hanging out at the Pepsi Center cheering on the Avs.
Jon Kirk- Fly Fishing Associate
Jon was born and raised in the great state of Texas. He was avid about hooking into largemouth bass in local ponds and flounder giggin’ in the gulf coast in his pre-fly days. Enter 8wt. Jon received his first rod at the age of Twenty-two and fishing would never be the same. Although a recent convert, he has discovered a treasured passion and lifelong pursuit in the sport of fly fishing.
When not on the water, you can find Jon spending time with his wife Emily exploring the city of Denver and the wilderness that ensues beyond the city limits,
“Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after”
-Henry David Thoreau