Lance & Kirsten Gray
Lance and Kirsten have more than 50 years combined experience in fly fishing. Lance started fly fishing with his father and brother Lincoln at age 7. In his teens, he began tying flies commercially for shops all around Northern California. At 17, he went to work at Powell's in Chico, working in the fly shop and building rods. He guided for Powell’s, conducted fly-tying and fly-fishing schools, and traveled.
In 1993, Lance and Kirsten started Saltwater Innovations, a company that manufactured and distributed products for saltwater fly fishing. Lance’s Crystal Popper, Gray’s Billfish Fly, the KO Charlie line and the Raghead Crabs are all Saltwater Innovations products. Kirsten worked behind the scenes, handling the day-to-day operation running the manufacturing floor of the company.
In 2003 they launched Lance Gray & Company, a full-service outfitter offering guided trips, fly-fishing schools, workshops and a travel agency. Lance conducts presentations at fly clubs and outdoor shows and supports local groups like Cub Scouts and 4H. He's a signature tier for Aqua Flies, pro staff member for Sage and Rio and is a featured writer, with articles published in Angling Trade Magazine, California Fly Fisher, Fly Fishermen, Sierra Fisherman and Northwest Fly Fishing.
Kirsten is a fantastic photographer who's had images published in periodicals and on websites throughout the outdoor industry.
Ray grew up in Montgomery Creek, California just a stone throw from Hat Creek, Pit River and Baum Lake. Ray has 40 years of fly-fishing experience. On top of being one of the greatest fly-fisherman that I know, Ray is a true gentleman. Ray is an active member of Chico Area Fly Fishers and has held many board positions; he is a recipient of many of the clubs awards including the highly sought Press Powell Memorial Award.
Ray was a manufacturer's representative for many years, He worked for companies like Umpqua, Thomas & Thomas and many other throughout is career. He is a world class fly tyer and loves to teach the discipline of fly-fishing.
He as traveled all over the world and host many trips to South America, Mexico, Canada, Central America, Alaska, Russia and Christmas Island.
His passion for fly-fishing is second to known. I gracious man that we’re proud to have at Lance Gray & Company.
Jon is a perfect for Lance Gray & Company. His easy going personality, his passion for fly-fishing is a natural fit for our philosophy. Jon is an innovated tier, published author and conducts presentation to fly clubs and at shows. Jon operates Baiocchi’s Troutfitters a Northeastern California guide company that concentrates on both Eagle and Davis Lake
Jon’s passion is still water and it shows. With more than 17 years experience fishing and guiding Eagle Lake – is knowledge is only rivaled by his mentor (and ours) Jay Fair. Jon is a delight to be with on and off the water and you can rest assured that everywhere Jon is he is always thinking about fly-fishing! Jon is a great addition to our staff of professionals.
“Flying Phil Ryan” has joined the LGC line up of guides. Phil shares with us his love and passion for fly-fishing. Phil’s laugh, heartwarming humor and his easy going style is simply contagious. Phil’s passion for the sport has fueled his angling adventures all over the globe.
In 1969 Phil was the co-founder of the Napa Valley Fly Fishermen. He devoted a great amount of time to the club, helping with everything from annual dinners to youth fly fishing projects. Phil also managed the local Orvis store that was in Napa.
He is just not a guide, but an avid and passionate instructor; casting instructor, fly tying master and an entomology guru. He currently lives in Redding, CA where he is a member of the Shasta Trinity Fly Fishers.
Phil loves drifting on the Lower Sacramento, casting for steelhead on the Trinity and casting poppers to largemouth bass at El Salto. He is a true gentlemen and his passion for fly-fishing is unsurpassed. Phil is a man we are glad to have on our team at LGC.
Kirsten & I are very privileged and excited to announce that Tim Fox has joined the LGC’s line up of guides. Tim’s vast knowledge and passion for the sport of fly-fishing, his easy going teaching skill, twisted with his zany wit is what makes Mr. Fox a perfect fit for LGC.
Tim & I have been lifelong friends. We worked together at Powell’s back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. He then ventured off to work at the original California Fly Shop that was in Fairfield, CA in the 90’s. He is the former manager of The Fly Shop in Redding, CA and is the current manager of Kiene’s Fly Shop in Sacramento, CA. He is truly brilliant fly tier, fly fisher and also loves hunting. They are exceeded only by his passion for his family. He is a great fit to our family of guides.
He will be one of the lead instructors at our Guide Schools, Drift Boat Schools and will be guiding the Lower Sac, Trinity and Klamath Rivers for us. Tim will also open up his secrets on the Upper Sac and conduct tours and daily guided trips on that historic water. Welcome Mr. Fox, it is very nice to have you at LGC.
Steve started fishing with his father as a boy in Missouri. They fished unknown waters like Charrette Creek, the Current River and Table Rock Lake. It wasn’t until Steve traveled to California in the 1980’s that he picked up the sport of fly fishing. Steve is not just a fly fishers – he is a student of fly fishing. It really doesn’t matter what type of fly fishing you’re talking about; dry fly, streamers, crappie fishing, steelheading or saltwater, Steve’s passion for the sports is endless. He is a perfect fit for LGC.
Steve has spent many years fishing the Puget Sound area, chasing salmon and steelhead in the salt. He is a dedicated fly club member of the Chico Area Fly Fishers where he has held many board positions and is currently serving as the Outreach Coordinator Board Member.
Steve is not only our LGC Online Store Manager, he is also a great fly fishing instructor. He is in his words, the “Sweeper”, in our great Pontoon Workshop and helps out with many of our LGC’s events.
Lance & Kirsten are Pro Staff Members of these fine companies.
Tim is a Pro Staff Member of these fine companies.