Grand River Outfitting is product of two partners, each bringing a different element to the business. Together, we bring over 20 years of experience to the table in retailing, sales and the fly fishing trade. This is important to our customers as our breadth of thinking and application is broader than most. We will ensure to you that we not only stock what we believe in but also what you, the customer requires. We promise to provide you with what you need.
Meet the Best in the Business!
Born in Nova Scotia, Scott has fished those rivers as a youngster and in his adult years Louisiana and Florida waters. He is enjoying Fergus Ontario and the Grand River to the fullest. Stop by the shop and say hi.
Tania is the glue that binds and keeps the engine running on all cylinders. You will find her working the floor, but mainly she will be keeping Scott in check. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and has an extensive retail background in merchandising and brings a very fresh look to the business with our ladies apparel and antiques.
When Ethan first began frequenting the shop several years ago, we knew he was someone we wanted working with us. Mature and skilled beyond his age, Ethan never fails to deliver and impress. Living within walking distance of the Grand River tail water, he spends more time on it than most, constantly honing his skills both as an angler and guide. Ethan has been guiding, instructing and working in the shop since 2014 and has become a regular face throughout the trout water.
Jacob began working with us several years ago as a high school student and we immediately recognized his merits as a potential pro-staffer. Since then, he has worked with us on corporate projects, assisted with clinics and gradually morphed into a part time guide. Now, Jacob splits his time between studies at Sir Sanford Flemming and guiding with us. As a Fergusite, he has been fly fishing the Grand River for most of his life and knows it top to bottom. His relaxed approach to fly fishing and teaching his trade makes him a sought-after guide and instructor by all skill levels.
Mikey Metcalfe is a staple in the Southern Ontario Fly Fishing community. He is a certified casting instructor with the FFF and a Fly Fishing Guide in Southern Ontario. Having travelled the world fly fishing from Argentina to the Carribean, the Rocky Mountains to the Adirondacks and right across Canada. Mikey now calls Fergus, Ontario his home right on the banks of the famous Grand River.
Jay Passmore is our fly tyer extraordinaire! A resident of Southern Ontario, he supplies us with about 99% of our flies. Jay is in many publications including Ontario Out of Doors, Great Lakes Steelhead Guide by Mike Modrzynski, Flies for Steelhead and Flies for Trout by Dick Stewart and Farrow Allen. He is also featured in the book Wooly Wisdom by Gary Soucie. Flies featured include the Electric Bugger, Flash Fly, Sydenham Peacock, Green Raffia Stone and may more. Jay has been tying for over 40 years.
Jim began tying and fishing at age 20, in Europe, chasing trout and grayling in the mountain streams of Italy, Austria and Slovenia. His life-long passion has since taken him to destination fly fishing hot spots around the world, from Patagonia and the Caribbean saltwater flats, to Atlantic salmon rivers in Gaspé, and the wild steelhead rivers of northern British Columbia.
While Jim enjoys fly fishing everywhere, he’s most obsessive about chasing steelhead with the swung fly and the Spey rod, and spends much of his autumn on BC’s Skeena system, before returning to Ontario to fish for Great Lakes steelhead. He’s never happier than standing deep in cold flowing water in the rain, waiting for just one more pull from these incredible fish!
Since retiring from professional ice hockey coaching, Jim’s beautifully designed steelhead flies have been in great demand, and he meticulously crafts these for discerning anglers from his home in Elora, Ontario, on the banks of the Grand River.