Ryan Hammond – Operations Director & Guide
Ryan has 17 years of fly fishing experience, having fished and guided in some of the most remote destinations in Africa and the Indian Ocean. After receiving his Bachelors in Journalism he decided to take up guiding full time, a path which eventually led to him joining the FlyCastaway team in 2006. Ryan is a passionate fly tier and enjoys nothing more than developing fly patterns for all species of fish we target. He is also an ardent conservationist and feels deeply privileged to have fished and guided in some of the most un-spoilt ecosystems which remain on the planet. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where it all started
I have been fishing for as long as I can remember. Thankfully my father instilled in me from an early age his passion for the outdoors, most notably his love for all types of fishing. The first opportunity I had to handle a fly rod was over 17 years ago and one has seemingly been with me ever since.
Whilst completing my Bachelors in Journalism, I realized that fly fishing was no longer an intense hobby; it was going to form a way of life for me. Guiding was the obvious path through which to launch a career in the industry. I have since then been fortunate enough to guide clients onto an array of fresh and saltwater species, here in South Africa as well as Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar and the remote outer atolls of the Indian Ocean such as Cosmoledo, Assumption, Astove, Providence, Farquhar and St Brandon’s. The sheer quality and diversity of fisheries such as Cosmoledo, Astove, Providance and St Brandon’s is something I feel very privileged to share with other anglers. These atolls offer all of us a rare insight into how an unspoilt ecosystem plays out its daily dramas.
This wonderful passion has led me to experience many exciting and memorable moments. Whether it’s setting the hook on trophy sized Tigerfish in the majestic setting of the Zambezi River or stalking the tailing Indo-Pacific Permit of St Brandon’s with an eager client, the intense desire to fish and guide on as many venues as humanly possible continues to grow. In my opinion, it is only through experiencing a broad range of fishing environments and techniques can one continue to improve as an guide and angler.
I look forward to sharing this passion with other like minded anglers for many years to come.
Hope to see you on the water!