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Welcome to Tailwaters Fly Fishing Co.

Meet oue staff

David Leake  
Owner & Travel Department Director

David Leake has over a decade of experience in the fly fishing travel and retail industry. In addition to being the owner of the company, David manages the travel department at Tailwaters. David has traveled throughout the world developing our travel offerings. These destinations include, but are not limited to, Alaska, Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Seychelles, Venezuela, and of course all through the United States.  David is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and has two children, Lynsie and Patrick, with his wife, Melissa. 

 
 

Travis Moore
General Manager & Retail Specialist

Travis was born and raised in here in Texas, and has fished everywhere from Idaho to Russia to Xcalak, Mexico. His fly fishing journey began in the clear limestone streams of the Texas hill country while he was a student at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. After graduating from college he joined the team at Blue Drake Outfitters in Dallas and has been a fixture in the local fly fishing scene ever since. Travis is an FFF Certified Casting Instructor and the Operations Manager here at Tailwaters. He wears a lot of hats around here and his responsibilities range from buying product and managing our inventory to giving casting lessons and helping customers on the floor. 

 
 

Sean Polk
Retail Manager & Fly Fishing Education Director

Sean came to us from the Orvis Company where he was their "Fishing Manager." In addition to being an avid fly tier, Sean is well known in the DFW area as a fly fishing super-guru with a deep depth of knowledge about all the local fisheries. He is also an incredible instructor and is very excited about expanding our fly fishing schools, lessons, and destination education events. Some of Sean’s favorite places to fish are his home waters of the Paluxy River, Belize, the Pacific Northwest, the marshes of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast of Texas. 

 
 

Matt Jones
Graphic Designer & Web Manager
Personal Website: www.theflyphoto.com

Matt Jones is our Texas-grown media geek / hardcore fly fishing enthusiast. He's known for traveling a lot to fly fishing destinations throughout the western hemisphere where he takes world class photos. Matt manages our day to day online presence such as our regular email blasts.

 
 

Haskell Stricklen
Retail Specialist

Haskell came on board with Tailwaters as a Retail Specialist in late 2012. He purchased his first fly in 1987 and within a year he had given away all of his conventional tackle and has never looked back. Haskell began working in the fly fishing industry in 2001 starting at Bass Pro teaching weekly fly tying and beginner fly fishing classes where he introduced literally thousands (40+ students per week for 2 years) of new fly fisherman to the sport.

Since starting in the outdoor industry, Haskell has worked as the Fishing Manager for Orvis Dallas, Membership and Youth Programs Manager for Dallas Safari Club and as the Vice President of North American Operations for the venerable South African company of Rowland Ward. He's experienced fishing the Florida Keys, Belize, the Baja Peninsula, and all over the lower forty-eight. Although versed in all aspects of the sport, Haskell prefers chasing hard pulling saltwater species. While passionate about conservation and educating the future generations about the outdoors, Haskell volunteers for several International conservation groups. Haskell’s experience, warm personality, and deep knowledge of fly-fishing are invaluable assets to our sales floor and education department.

 
 

Ron Foster
Retail Specialist & Casting/Fly Tying Instructor

Ron Foster is our loveable part time and weekend help. Ron's been fly fishing for thirty years and worked for Orvis Company in Dallas for ten years before joining our team in 2007. Ron has fished all over the world and offers incredible enthusiasm and a welcoming presence on the sales floor.