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About The Catch and The Hatch

Teaching Anglers to Catch More Fish and Find New Adventures

We believe that fly fishing is important for the soul and getting the most out of every fly fishing adventure is a worthy pursuit.

We help anglers learn as much as possible about fly fishing so they can catch more fish, increase their understanding of the sport and get the most enjoyment out of each and every adventure on the water.

The Catch and The Hatch is an online fly shop that sells flies and gear, and provides online courses and memberships that teach anglers how to catch more fish and find new adventures on the water. Founded in 2011, the company has nearly doubled in size every year and the Lord continues to bless our efforts as we work towards providing great content and products for our customers, stability for our families and communities and serving God as He leads.


Our Community & Operations

About Our Community of Anglers

We are a dedicated and driven community of lifestyle fly fishermen who are always learning more to catch more fish and find new and exciting adventures on the water.

We started with nothing more than a vision to give people the resources they need to get the most out of every fly fishing trip. As we began to share our tips and resources, we found that a ton more people were interested in what we had to say and share. From that we grew our site into what we have today; a community of over 30,000 anglers and 600,000 visitors to our site every year.  Without every one of you, we couldn’t make this amazing dream of living our passion and enriching your lives with what we learn a reality. Our community is what makes this site great.


The Details of Our Operation

We are a locally run and operated, Colorado based online fly shop, course and membership website for fly fishing across the entire US, Canada and any other countries with active trout waters. We focus our courses around globally applicable topics such as fly selection,  presentation, and destinations to fly fish in the US. We sell a ton of premium flies by the dozen too helping you save heaps on one of fly fishings most over-priced commodities.

Meet the Team

Allen Gardner


  • Hometown: Arvada, CO
  • Favorite Drink: Fishwater Double IPA
  • Would Rather Be: Finding a new river to explore.

Obsessed with fly fishing, business, my faith in Jesus Christ and making the three work together for the betterment of my community and family.  Father of a three wonderful girls, husband to the hottest and most loving woman on earth, and is always thinking of new ways to innovate and make the world a more interesting place.

I created this company to be something unique and remarkable. I love advice, ideas and suggestions to further the vision of this business and make it something that changes the fly fishing industry for the better.

I’ve fished for over 20 years and been on the fly for over 15. Love hunting trout and carp on the fly and anything in saltwater that will eat what I throw.

I love a good laugh and not afraid to waddle down the bank of a river in a water master to get to the good fishing…

  • Hometown: Goa, India
  • Favorite Drink: Laphroaig Single Malt 10 year Scottish Whisky
  • Would Rather Be……  : Brewing beer

I have been fishing since I was knee high to a grasshopper, some would say I was born with a bamboo pole in my hand. But I first learnt to fly fish less than two years ago and have come on in leaps and bounds.

I now tie my own basic fly patterns and am being mentored to become a better fly fisherman and hope to learn the art of guiding in the near future. I love my customers and treat each and every one of them as an individual.

I have lived and worked in 4 different countries and visited 26 so far. I volunteered as a Police Constable for the Metropolitan Police in London for over 7 years and have experienced a lot of what most people only get to read in the newspapers or watch on TV.

Austin Rodrigues


Katie Gilbert


  • Hometown: Gig Harbor, Washington 
    Favorite Drink: “The Cucumber Situation.” It’s a cucumber-mint-lime cocktail with Gin… and it’s delicious.  Outside of that, I could go for a river-side Pilsner any day. 
    I would rather be… petting dogs, playing cards, and planning fishing trips! 
    Hey, I’m Katie! I was born and raised along the Puget Sound in Washington State, and currently reside in Bend, OR. 
    As kids, my parents very quickly taught me and my siblings (by example) what it means to live adventurous lives. Together we stumbled down ski hills, sailed through the San Juan Islands, and of course, fished for big ol’ salmon. Ultimately, the four of us — myself, my triplet siblings Anne and John, and my older brother Mitch — learned to relish the present, and of course, to value our relationships above all else. My family is a really tight knit bunch, and I couldn’t be more proud of that. 
    Now that I live in Bend, I spend a majority of my time attempting to catch native Redband Trout, hiking along Smith Rock, and skiing Mt. Bachelor. I love it down here, and couldn’t be more excited to continue to explore the incredible terrain that Central Oregon has to offer! 
    While I tried my hand at fly fishing as a kid, I only really go into the sport a couple of years ago. Now, instead of accidentally spooking trout out of every hole my Dad’s trying to fish, I take my time to set up my rig, analyze the insect life, and of course, improve that dastardly drift. I’m an intermediate level angler, and very much still have a lot to learn! 
    Thanks for following my journey, and of course, for reading. Over and tr-out!