Fly Fishing Arizona and the World



Chris Baiker, Owner

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA Fly-fishing Experience: 25 years Industry Experience: 15 years Gear I use: Sage ONE Series rods, Abel Reels.

Chris started fishing at the age of five on the lakes and streams of his native Pennsylvania.  Since then, Chris has traveled the world extensively in pursuit of angling adventure.  His angling efforts have taken him to some of the most remote waters available, from Scottish Highlands to the atolls of the South Pacific. At the store, Chris is often asked what his perfect fly-fishing day would entail.  His reply: “one more day on Penn’s Creek with my grandfather… He taught me so many elements of angling but he also taught me the virtues of sportsmanship, and a healthy respect of the outdoors.”



Matt Baker

Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ Fly-fishing Experience: 24 years Industry Experience: 15 years Gear I use: G-Loomis NRX rods, Abel reels

As a Arizona native, Matt has had the opportunity to fish and hunt most of the

Grand Canyon State.  Matt’s fly-fishing and wing shooting experience began at an early age, with the benefit of being raised in a family well versed in outdoor pursuits.

Although his travels have taken him around the globe, Matt still enjoys the diverse landscape and outdoor opportunities found only in Arizona.

Kyle Bourassa

Hometown: Phoenix AZ Fly-fishing Experience: 18 years Industry Experience: 10 years Rods I use: Sage ONE Series & Winston BIIIX

Kyle was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. A strong passion for the outdoors was given to him by his father at a very early age.  Since then, Kyle has taken his interest to the next level. As travel director for Desert Sportsman, Kyle has fished around the world but still enjoys finding new spots in the backcountry of Arizona.  Over the years Kyle’s knowledge has successfully prepared customers for destinations near and far.

Heather Taylor, Product Specialist

Hometown: Parkridge, IL Experience: TV, Film, & Print Experience: 15 years

Heather was born in Parkridge, IL and moved to Arizona when I was 2 years old. Raised in Cave Creek, Arizona and  traveled extensively and even resided in another country for a year. Involved in film, television and print, Heather has been infront of the camera for over 15 years. Heather is educated by our vendors and passes all the information on to you.