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Whether your just getting started or are a seasoned angler, it can be helpful to see what guides say about how gear has performed for them on the water. Guides need gear that they can count on and spend more hours using gear (and using it hard) than even the most active anglers. Guide are also often the toughest critics you'll find about fly fishing gear. Our top product and staff favorite pages only show what we feel is the best of the best for a given situation. It's still a matter of choice and all of SIMMS products are known for high quality, durability and reliability so you can't really go wrong. If you still can't find what you're looking for or want to ask a specific question, please call or e-mail us and we will help you locate whatever you need!
Tony Gehman - TCO President
Tony was and will always be mesmerized by water. From an early age he passed many days walking in creeks, turning rocks and enjoying the energy that only running water can offer. Like the rest of the TCO family, Trout was the primary target, but after exploring the Bahamas, Florida Keys and other tropical destinations, Bonefish, Tarpon & Permit quickly became the main focus.
Tony can found in just about any of the stores as he travels to each location weekly to oversee the operations although, his main focus is on the internet business within TCO.
Tony started this company in 1990 with a 750 square foot storefront and has now grown to 5 retails locations and over 25 different fly fishing related websites.
Tony will never loose the passion for fly fishing or the anticipation that lies in the next cool location to explore!
Favorite Waders & Boots:
Wader:
Simms G3 Guide
Boot: Simms Guide Boot
Simms River Sandal
Favorite Rod & Reel:
Rod:
Sage ZXL Series, Winston BIIX Series
Reel:
Sage 6000, Abel Super Series
Favorite Outerwear:
Simms G4 Pro Jacket
Simms Windstopper SoftShell

Favorite Fishing Accessory:
WJ Confluence Chest Pack
Action Optics Tactic Glasses


Chris Frangiosa - TCO Retail Manager
Chris has spent the last ten years immersed in the fly-fishing industry. Early on, he would have been found leading clients on excursions down Eastern Beaches in New Jersey and on North Carolinas famed Outer Banks. Here he operated a lodge catering to hard-core anglers focused on hunting down some of the hardest to catch Saltwater Game-fish on the planet.
Then he joined Orvis as Manager of the Company Store in Downingtown, PA.
At Orvis Chris was able to focus even more on travel. Here he was able to take clients even farther and to more exotic destinations.
Chris is now the Retail Manager for the entire company. We are pleased to have him on our team, as his experiences will most definitely enhance our store and travel programs. He will undoubtedly be hosting many of our Fly-Fishing expeditions with fly rod in hand and Nikon in tow.
Favorite Waders:
Simms G3 Guide
Favorite Boots:
Simms Headwater Boot
Favorite Fishing Jacket:
Simms G3 Jacket
Simms Windstopper DL Jacket

Favorite Simms Accessory:
Wet Wading Sock
Simms Hard Bite Studs


Paul Weamer - Manager TCO State College - Author
Paul was born in Altoona, PA and taught to tie flies and fish by his father in Central PA's fertile limestone valleys. Paul's entry into the fly fishing business was to manage a fly fishing lodge and shop along the Delaware River in 1998. He left that position to become the managing partner of the Border Water Outfitters fly shop in Hancock, NY. In early 2007, after spending nearly a decade in the Delaware River Watershed, Paul returned to Central Pennsylvania as the manager of TCO State College. Paul is a production fly tier and has tied for numerous shops including the legendary Dette fly shop in Roscoe, New York. His flies have been featured in the Pennsylvania Outdoors Television series, the Catskill Fly fishing Museum, and Charles Meck's landmark book The Hatches Made Simple. Paul is a contracted fly designer for Montana Fly Company and the inventor of the Weamer's Truform series of flies. Paul has teamed up with Daiichi Hooks where he designed the Daiichi #1230 Weamer's Truform (tm) Mayfly hook.
Paul's first book, Fly fishing Guide to the Upper Delaware River, is proving to be a must have for anyone fishing the Delaware! He has also collaborated with Jay Nichols on a Tying Dry Flies book and co-authored the Pocket Guide to PA Hatches with Charles Meck. Paul is Fly Fisherman magazine’s Northeast Field Editor and his articles and photographs regularly appear in the magazine.
Favorite Fly Rod & Reel:
Orvis Helios 10' 5wt
Sage TCX 9' 5wt
Winston BIIMX 9' 6" 5wt
Lamson Litespeed
Abel Super Series
Favorite Waders & Boots:
Simms G3 Guide Wader
Simms Guide Boot
Favorite Jacket / Outerwear:
Simms Rivershed Jacket
Simms Windstop Soft Shell hoody

Favorite Fly Line / Leader / Tippet:
Sharkskin Trout Taper
Rio Gold

RIO Knotless Trout Leaders

RIO Flouroflex Plus Tippet

Favorite Accessories:
Thingamabobbers
Brodin Gallatin Ghost Net
Magnetic Net Release
Simms Dry Creek Rolltop Backpack
Favorite Clothing Items:
Simms Essex Shirts
Simms Waderwick Crew Top

Simms Waderwick Crew Bottom

George Daniel Jr - TCO State College - Fly Fishing Team USA
George began fly fishing at age 6 while growing up in Potter County, PA and credits Joe Humphreys for the bulk of his knowledge along with many national and international industry professionals. George has been seen on ESPN and OLN while competing in the Great Outdoor Games and the Fly Fishing Masters. George is a certified FFF Fly Casting Instructor as well.
Some of George's accomplishments include:
3rd place 2003 Fly Fishing Masters, 1st place Casting Competition 2004 OLN Fly Fishing Masters.
Team USA Medals Include:
Bronze Medal 2005 Oregon Trials, Bronze Medal 2006 Fresno Trials, Gold Medal-2006 Michigan Trials, Gold Medal Team -2006 National FF Championships
Team USA Individual Achievments Include:
8th Place 2006 National FF Championships
5th Place 2006 World FF Championships, Portugal

George competed in the 2007 World Fly Fishing Championships, Finland where the USA Team finished 6th out of 23 Countries.
George was among the Coaching Staff for the 2007 Youth World FF Championships, State College, PA
He Won the 2007 OLN FF Masters!
Favorite Fly Rod & Reel:
Winston BIIMX 9' 6" 5wt
Lamson Litespeed
Abel Super Series
Favorite Waders & Boots:
Simms G4 Pro Guide Wader
Simms Rivershed Boot
Favorite Jacket / Outerwear:
Simms Rivershed Jacket
Simms Windstop Soft Shell

Favorite Fly Line / Leader / Tippet:
Sharkskin GPX Taper
Rio Gold

RIO Knotless Trout Leaders

RIO Flouroflex Plus Tippet

Favorite Accessories:
Thingamabobbers
Brodin Gallatin Ghost Net
Magnetic Net Release
Simms Retractor
WJ Confluence Chest Pack
Favorite Clothing Items:
Simms Waderwick Crew Top
Simms Waderwick Crew Bottom

Wes Osborne - Moved on to Colorado on May 29th 2011!
We will all miss him... BUT we are hoping he is coming back!

(does anyone ever come back from Colorado?)
Wes grew up in the outskirts of Atlanta and spent much of his youth chasing large mouth bass on conventional tackle. In his teenage years he began fly fishing for trout in the North Georgia Mountains. His true passion for the sport started in college (University of Georgia) and has not relinquished one bit to this day. A one year resident of PA Wes has invested a lot of time from one end of the state to the other to learn our trout streams intimately. The only thing better than fishing to Wes is maybe some good southern BBQ and a tall glass of sweet tea (and of course talking about fishing) When Wes isn't fishing you can usually catch him looming about record stores searching for rare vinyl.
   
   

Steve Spurgeon - TCO Bryn Mawr, Philadelphia
Steve Spurgeon is a new addition to the TCO team and works out of our Bryn Mawr location. Steve came to us from the Outdoor industry. He was a rep for Etnies and DC shoes and covered lots of ground with these 2 companies... sometimes even finding time to fish!
Steve holds a wealth of knowledge about the local fresh and saltwater fisheries and is always available to help customers with local hot spots and exciting nearby fishing
opportunities.
In his spare time, Steve can be found chasing Bonito, False Albacore and Stripers on Long Island Sound or fishing for dry fly sipping trout on the West Branch of the Delaware River. Stop by the Bryn Mawr store to visit with Steve and tap into his extensive fly-fishing knowledge and enthusiasm.
Favorite Waders:
Simms G3 Guide
Favorite Boots:
Simms Rivershed Boot
Favorite Fishing Jacket:
Simms G3 Jacket
Simms Freestone SoftShell

Favorite Simms Accessory:
Dry Creek Camera Bag
Simms Hardbite Studs


Jake Villwock - TCO Reading
Jake is a college graduate from High Point University in NC with a degree in Entrepreneurship. After his graduation he spent the next 2 years in Alaska as a guide fishing the remote rivers and streams of Sitka AK. When he wasn’t guiding clients to the Alaska Grand slam (all 5 species of Pacific salmon) you could find him testing his skills against King salmon and chum salmon on Saw mill creek with his 8wt. When the weather turned for the worst you could find him on the back of a dog sled mushing dogs in Two Rivers AK. Before he left the east coast headed for Alaska he has spent his whole life roaming the Chesapeake Bay where he called home, doing everything from commercial fishing for stripers, harvesting Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs and throwing an 8wt for stripers around the jetties and rock plies that make up the bay with his father. Aside from working full time at TCO come spring he will begin to guide the local rivers throughout PA
   
   

Joe McGinley - TCO Reading
Joe grew up minutes from the store in West Lawn, PA. He began fishing the “Tully” with flies at the age of 14 and never looked back. During his teenage years Joe could be found walking the stream almost every day, and developed a true passion for fly fishing. After graduating from Penn State University, Joe spent two seasons on New York’s famed Salmon River, where he guided for Salmon and Steelhead. Joe was schooled on guiding at the Guide School in Bozeman, MT. After completing the classes, Joe traveled to southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay region where he guided for trophy rainbows. Now back in Reading, Joe looks forward to guiding on the Tully and sharing is knowledge of the sport.
   
   
 
 

Wyatt Bowman - TCO State College
Wyatt grew up in the heart of Pennsylvania just east of State College. Even at a young age he was fascinated by the outdoors, spending much of his time on Fishing Creek, Clinton County and other water within biking range. However, his love of the outdoors took a back seat to sports as he got older. Wyatt became an accomplished high school football player for Cumberland Valley HS and then on to play at Penn State University as an offensive lineman. After several knee injuries, Wyatt chose to end his football career, but with his newfound free time rekindled his outdoor passion. He attained a fondness for the simple beauty and purity that is fly fishing and the attempt to fool nature. He is also an avid musician that plays anything from folk, bluegrass, to rock and of course the Grateful Dead.
Favorite Waders:
Simms G3 Guide
Favorite Boots:
Simms Rivershed Boot
Favorite Fishing Jacket:
Simms Classic Guide Jacket

Favorite Simms Accessory:
Simms Thirsty Trout Bottle Opener Simms Wet Wading Sock


Gavin Robinson - TCO Reading / Guide
Gavin has been fly fishing for the last 12 years pursuing anything that swims from shad to stripers, bluegills to carp. His real passion lies in chasing trout year round on our local PA streams.
Gavin enjoys tying flies as much as the fishing itself.
A few years ago he learned the art of building bamboo rods and hand crafted nets. One of the most enjoyable aspects of fly fishing for Gavin is finding new water or a new species then tying piles of flies and slowly solving the puzzle for each new fish.
I guess you could say that Gavin has an almost fanatical love for the sport and the outdoors. If you want to book Gavin for a day on the water chasing anything that swims, call the TCO Reading shop at 610-678-1899 or email
Favorite Waders:
Simms G3 Guide
Favorite Boots:
Simms Guide Boot Studded
Favorite Fishing Jacket:
ExStream Insulated Jacket
Simms Rivershed Jacket

Favorite Simms Accessory:
Thirsty Trout Bottle Opener
Simms Dry Creek Duffel


Henry Ramsay - TCO Reading
Henry joined the TCO staff in 2007 after spending the previous few years teaching our fly tying classes. Henry mixes his time helping clients at the Reading store, teaching our fly tying classes and working as a streamside instructor and guide.
For some people fly tying and fly fishing serve as a hobby or a diversion, for Henry it is a way of life and he ties flies nearly every day. He has been a fly tyer and fisherman for over thirty five years. Over the years Henry has had the opportunity to meet, and learn from many notable fly tyers from Ernest Scweibert to Paul Schmookler and many others who have influenced his own work at the vise. Henry has also been a custom fly tyer for over twenty five years; supplying trout and Atlantic salmon flies for destination anglers traveling from Alaska, across the U.S. and Canada and to the rivers of Russia’s Kola Peninsula.
For Henry, the art of fly tying is about developing new ways to imitate nature with the flies he creates as well as expressing his own creativity. He ties nearly any type of fly from very old traditional flies using natural materials to modern flies using synthetics, to classic and artistic full dress Atlantic Salmon flies.
Henry’s work has appeared in a number of outdoor publications including: “The Art of Angling Journal”, “The Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide”, “The Atlantic Salmon Journal”, and the “Game Journal”. We are proud to have Henry as part of our education and retail team in Reading. Through out the year he will schedule a variety of fly tying classes for different interests and skill levels as well as teaching private lessons. Call the TCO Reading store at 610.678.1899 or email to book a fly tying class, private lesson or guided day with him.

Favorite Waders:
Simms G3 Guide
Favorite Boots:
Simms Guide Boot
Favorite Fishing Jacket:
Simms Rivertek Jacket
Simms Windstopper DL

Favorite Simms Accessory:
Simms Backsaver Belt
Simms Underwear

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