2017 CI Bio's

2017 Casting Instructors Bios



Instructor Certifications

CI - Casting Instructor,
THCI - Two Handed Certified Instructor,
MCI - Master Casting Instructor
BOG - Casting Board of Governors,
BGE - Board of Governors Emeritus,
MA - Master Casting Instructor 



Casting Instructors:


Al Buhr


Al Buhr is an avid steelhead fly fisherman from the Northwest. He was introduced to spey casting in 1982 and in the years following worked on two-handed rod and spey fly line development. Al is an advocate of Constant Tension method of spey casting which has many advantages in presenting a fly in most fishing situations, single or two-handed. 

Al has given workshops on single and two-handed fly casting and fly line building throughout North America. He is a FFF Master Casting Instructor, Two-handed Casting Instructor and Casting Board of Governor Emeritus.

Al is an author of two books on fly fishing:

Two-Handed Fly Casting, Spey Casting Techniques,  a comprehensive guide to learning spey casting. 

How to Build Fly Lines, a complete guide to all aspects of making custom fly lines.

Casting Demo     Summer Steelhead PhD with AL

Tom Cammarata

Tom Cammarata, originally from Detroit Michigan and a Seattle native since 1987, and has been fly fishing and teaching fly casting for 7 years. He became a IFFF CI in 2016 and is currently a IFFF MCI candidate.  He has strong passion for fly casting and Trout, Steelhead, Sea-Run Cutthroat, and Bonefish fishing.

Mary Ann Dozer


Mary Ann is an International Federation of Fly Fishers Master Casting Instructor. Her first fly fishing experience was in 1995 in Yellowstone Park and her passion for the sport took hold. When her high tech career wound down after 20 years, Mary Ann opted to pursue her passion for fly fishing and share it with others. She considers casting an art form.  Mary Ann has been teaching & guiding for 10 years in Oregon and Idaho. She currently guides full-time in Central Oregon for the Fly Fishers Place in Sisters, Oregon.  She loves to introduce new anglers to fly fishing or take anglers’ skill to that next level. Her love and finesse of casting has put her on the Winston Pro-Staff Team. Mary Ann is available for casting instruction, fly fishing workshops, and presentations.


Casting Demo  Alsea River Double Spey Single Hand Spey

Robert Gerlach


My passion for Fly Fishing began in 2001 when I met my wife. I picked up a spey rod very early on and put all other forms of fishing aside. I have since become a Certified Casting Instructor and I am on the Board of Directors for the Washington State Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers. I am available for private or group lessons and can be reached at rwg@anewds.com or by phone at 253 377 1798

Jim Higgins


Jim Higgins has been fly fishing for over 50 years and has fished for many species around the world.  In the last 10 years he has become interested in teaching fly casting and got his certified casting instructor credentials in 2006. Since then he has helped many throughout the Northwest become better fly casters.

Craig Koeppler


My flyfishing odyssey began in the mid-1970’s on a small mountain stream that coursed through the Oregon Coastal Range and into the Alsea River.  Large Sea Run Cutthroat Trout were the quarry.  These days, I fly fish for trout, steelhead, salmon, tarpon, bonefish and probably a few other species as well.

Flyfishing for me had very humble beginnings. I waded in denims and Converse All-Star sneakers, and cast with a cane rod and automatic reel.  My, how times have changed.  Today’s equipment has changed many aspects of fly fishing, but one aspect has remained unchanged. The cast is that constant. Since becoming a student of casting, I’ve learned that there are many ways to describe the cast, yet the basic components of the cast itself remain relatively unchanged.

The personal satisfaction I’ve found in becoming a very skilled fly caster, as a teacher of fly casting and as a successful fisherman create a great sense well-being in my life. I hope that each person I meet on the river or a stillwater, or perhaps in a class I’m teaching finds that same sense of well-being.  Fly fishing is indeed, an odyssey that will take you to the most beautiful places on earth for some of the most enjoyable times you will have in your life.


Jimmy Lemert


Jimmy LeMert a Seattle native, started fly-fishing when he was 12 years old and has been teaching fly casting classes for 35 years. He became an IFFF MCI in 2002 and has taught over 1000 fly casting clinics since that time.  He has a strong passion for warm water fly-fishing as well as his local speciality fly-fishing Puget Sound for salmon and Sea-Run  Cutthroat. He has owned Patrick's Fly Shop for the last 28 years and also enjoys teaching fly tying.

Chris Madison


Chris Madison is a part time fly fishing guide. He spends his time between Bainbridge Island and Cle Elum and enjoys giving individual and small group fly casting lessons. 

Pat Peterman


With a lifelong interest in fly fishing, Pat has developed a dedication and  passion about teaching fly fishing skills, especially casting. He is a Master Certified Casting Instructor with the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF). He has offered casting classes and casting demos at many club events, IFFF regional events and at the IFFF International Conclave and is involved in the IFFF Casting Instructor Certification Program (CICP). 

Pat is a member of and has served as President of the Washington Fly Fishing Club and of the Overlake Fly Fishing Club. He serves on the Board of the Washington State Council IFFF. He teaches group and private lessons and can be contacted at patpeterman@gmail.com

P.S. Don’t expect to find him doing any of the above during Steelhead season.

John Roskopf

I first learned to cast a fly from a grade school buddy and henceforth declared myself a “fly fisherman”.  After years of frustration, I met a certified casting instructor and learned how to properly cast and consequently began to catch fish!   Since then, I’ve studied and practiced hard, eventually becoming a Certified Casting Instructor as well as a budding Masters Candidate.  

I love teaching fly casting and the feeling of accomplishment from seeing students grow in knowledge, confidence and skills.

A recently retired financial professional, I’m on the board of directors of the Overlake Fly Fishing Club.  I look forward to meeting you!

Molly Semenik


 Molly started teaching fly-casting back in the 80’s after she left the Midwest and landed in Utah.  In 2000, Molly and her family moved to Livingston Montana where she began a 15-year guiding career.  During this time, Molly started Tie The Knot Fly Fishing, became an outfitter and Master Certified Casting Instructor through the IFFF.   Another move took her further west to Birch Bay Washington.  A Two-Handed fly rod is now her go to method in the PNW.  Molly has a recent book out titled 25 Best Off-the-Beaten Path Montana Fly Fishing Streams by Stonefly Press.  Molly is currently on the Casting Board of Governors and Board of Directors of the IFFF.

Don Simonson


Don has been instructing fly casting and fly tying for 40 years.  He is a Life Member of the International Federation of Fly Fishers, Washington Fly Fishing Club and Methow Valley Fly Fishers.  Don is a FFF Master Certified Fly casting Instructor and a member of the IFFF Casting Board of Governors. Don served the Fair as Co-Chair of the Casting Program and will be examining Instructors. He has also mentored or examined nearly every instructor in this program. In 2013 he was awarded the Mel Krieger Casting Instruction Award by the Board of Governors of the IFFF Casting Instructor Certification Program.

Ryan Smith


Ryan has a degree in biology and has worked in publishing and conservation along with guiding fly anglers for over a decade.   Currently, he is the managing owner of The Avid Angler in Seattle.  And on a rare day off, you will find Ryan combing the Puget Sound beaches, chasing steelhead and searching for the next great piece of holding water.  Growing up in Oregon and a few years in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming prepared him for our diverse local fishing. Ryan is a certified casting instructor through the IFFF.

Todd Somsel


Todd Somsel has been fly fishing since the age of 8, is  member of the RL Winston Prostaff,  former fishing guide,  and avid fly tyer. He is a Master Certified Casting instructor and Two Hand Casting instructor. Todd is very active with the casting certification program; He has offered casting classes at IFFF regional events and at the IFFF International Conclave and is involved in the IFFF Casting Instructor Certification Program (CICP) He is a dedicated IFFF member and devotes much of his time towards single and two hand casting and fly fishing instruction.  He teaches group, private lessons and can be contacted at azfishandhunt@aol.com

Walt Swanson


Walt Swanson has been fly fishing and fly tying since 1980. He has fished primarily in Washington, Oregon,

British Columbia and Alaska. He joined the Washington Fly Fishing Club in 1999 and has been involved in teaching their fly casting and their fly tying classes since 2000. In 2007 he became a certified casting instructor.

Bill Wheeler


Bill has been fly fishing about 10 years when he moved to Washington State and landed up on Lake Alice. At first he thought his eyesight was going bad because he couldn't see his fly when he cast. It turned out that his eyesight was fine, his casting was bad. So he started on a journey to become a better caster resulting in becoming an IFFF Master Certified Casting Instructor (MCI). He has had the opportunity to teach casting at the IFFF Fly Fishing Fair as well as the Ellensburg Fly Fishing Fair, Northwest Fly Tying Expo and various club and private venues. Bill is Past President of the Overlake Fly Fishing Club, edited the club newsletter and is currently VP Education for the club. Currently he can see his fly, he just wishes that more fish would see it.

Carl Zarelli


I have been fly fishing since 1975 and have fished from the bottom of South America to the north of Alaska.  Recent fishing trips have taken me to Russia in pursuit of Atlantic salmon.  I currently hold all IFFF casting certifications and hold APGAI certifications from the UK in double hand and single hand rods. 

I am an IFFF life member and on the casting Board of Governors.




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