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John and Shirley Hagan opened NW Flyfishing Outfitters in May 1993. There son Jack Hagan joined the business in the Fall of 1994. They have seen many changes in the sport and industry over this time period and have never (almost never) regretted the decision to open the store. If asked they would tell you the most suprising aspect of the business is the relationships formed with they're customers. "Our regular clientel isn't just a customer to us, they're family. You can't quantify how valuable that is", says Jack Hagan. The store originally sat 3 miles East of it's current location. The new store is in the ideal building for a fly shop, the only thing missing is a freestone river flowing by the front deck of their "A" frame building.

John Hagan

John Hagan 11/10/43 - 10/18/2013
Our founding father, It was John’s dream that made NWFFO a reality. He was a well traveled & accomplished angler. Though he spent many days wading the flats, step casting down Steelhead runs, popping big hair bugs for Bass, he really was the quintessential “trout bum”. Spending a minimum of 3 weeks a year in Montana, John was most at home when he was knee deep in a trout stream. We lost Dad one month before his 70th birthday to a massive stroke. We still miss his vast knowledge of of fish and fly fishing, his keen sense of business, and mostly his smile. 

Shirley Hagan

The nicest little “old” lady in the business. Although now retired, she has always been that smiling face that made you feel right at home in the store. These days she’s only in the shop to visit. When she is, you’ll know, she’ll be the one who earnestly and patiently listens with a beaming smile. Shirley’s favorite fishing is on still water, where John would have told you that more often than not she out fished him with ease!

Jack Hagan

In addition to managing the store, Jack has been guiding Oregon’s premier wild fish waters since 1996. For someone who grew up to manage a fishin’ store, Jack started his fishing life at a disadvantage, having gone straight from a snoopy rod to a fly rod at an early age. Though Jack enjoys fishing for anything that swims, wild Steelhead and Chum Salmon are really what gets his blood boiling. Jack has fished all over the West, Florida, Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and the South Seas. Where the old men in the shop (John and Jack L.) would tell you that Montana is the Fly Fishing Mecca, Jack would vote for British Columbia with its bountiful runs of anadromous fish. Jack also enjoys hosting Fly Fishing trips, so keep your eyes open here on our web site or in the shop. His next hosted trip may be the one you have always dreamed about. No matter where you’re headed with your fly rod, NWFFO’S “Jack of all fishes” can be of assistance.

Eric Leininger

Eric is a busy guy.  He is our Tying Materials buyer her at the shop, he guides at Goodnews River Lodge” in Alaska in the summer, he guide steels and trout here in Oregon and Washington, and is a “Pro Ambassador” for G. Loomis Rods. He has a huge knowledge base for anything that swims in Pacific NW and can help you get hooked up on those finned critters.

Jack Lynch

The “old” guy, Jack Lynch is on retainer as our counselor. We cherish his advice, even when we don’t ask for it. Jack’s first love is fishing soft hackles for anything with gills. His preference is white fish, but at his age, he’ll take what he can get. Jack was our tying materials buyer for many years. Now that he’s retired, he splits his time between fishing, grandchildren, and taking the marvelous Martha Kaye to lunch.

Ken Janoff

Ken recently retired and jumped at the opportunity to work part time at NWFFO and start a second career. Jonsey needed someone more his vintage with similar leanings in the shop. He has known the Hagan family since they opened NWFFO and has been a loyal supporter and friend. He is excited to start this new phase in his life. He has been a long time outdoor enthusiast; fly fishing and backpacking and enjoys photography. He grew up outside of Philly and came to Portland in 1978. He met his wife Karen here and they have 3 grown boys, 2 daughter in laws, a grandson and grand dog.

John Morgan Jones

AKA - Jonsey
Jonsey has been in the fly fishing trade a long time. He has been involved in guiding, instruction, manufacturing, retail, and fish/angler enhancement as of late. Along with fishing he is a very accomplished musician & photographer and lately you can find him on the motocross track, coaching son racing dirtbikes. Jonsey is one of those people you encounter in life that seems to accel at anything he touches. College educated in law, journalism, and psychology, and has a ton of knowlage on most subjects you want to bring up to him. He quickly became part of the NWFFO family and often teaches the young bucks around the shop a thing or two about catching fish.

Zach Epstein

Zach grew up in So Cal and got his start in flyfishing by sneaking on to golf course ponds for bass.  It was on Stoney Creek in Sequoia National Forest that really turned him into the trout crazed monster that he is today.  These days you’ll find Zach enjoying his days chasing trout on the Deschutes and Cascade Lakes and Streams.  He lives on the banks of the Sandy, and spends most mornings searching for steelhead before work.  Zach has guided on Alaska’s Kanektok River and is now teaching and guiding for us here in Oregon.  His patient and cheerful demeanor make him a true joy to spend a day on the water with.  Having been a mountain rat working at Meadows for the last 5 years, he has a vast knowledge of the Cascades waters, Deschutes, and Sandy Rivers.