Team

Team

Todd Spire

Founder, Fly Fishing Guide & Instructor

New York State Licensed Fishing Guide

NYS Guide #7768

A lifelong fisherman, Todd relocated to the Catskills in 2008 and has been fishing the Esopus Creek for over 10 years. Todd offers fly fishing instruction for beginners as well as advanced casting techniques to experienced anglers. Skilled in dry and wet fly presentations he also specializes in tight-line nymphing in the traditional Catskill style. He is a board member of the Ashokan-Pepacton Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and served as its Secretary for several years. His photography has been featured in Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine, and recently won the Orvis 2017 Fly Fishing Photo Contest. In 2012, he wrote a column for the Poughkeepsie Journal entitled Healthy Rivers about issues surrounding post Hurricane Irene clean-up and the future of protecting cold water trout fisheries. The turbidity that followed Irene inspired the design of his fly The New American, a modernized hybrid of the traditional Pheasant Tail with Gordon Hill’s popular fly, the Nymphomaniac. The New American is included alongside several classic Catskill patterns in the Jerry Bartlett Angling Collection in Phoenica, NY. Since founding Esopus Creel in 2017 he been featured in Edible Magazine, And North and Escape Brooklyn.

“To the souls who will commune with me on the river this coming year… We will share in a ceremony. Of the art. Of admiration. Of being both small and mighty in the face of nature. We will share awe. We will wade in the same water that once graced the sky, and is on a journey back to the sea. A universe from which it will be reborn. As we all are, in the face of water. Please join me for fly fishing in the Catskills. You will see, or hear, or learn, or touch something amazing. Probably all of those things… and likely a wild rainbow trout will make the list.”

-Todd Spire


Paul Schiavo

Partner, Fly Fishing Guide

New York State Licensed Fishing Guide

NYS Guide #8061

Paul Schiavo has been fishing the waters of the Catskills for 30 years and has global fly fishing experience on both fresh and salt water. Catskill Creek was his childhood stretch where he began his lifelong addiction to fishing. (Thankfully, there is no cure). His intimate knowledge of the rivers and tributaries of the high peaks region of the Catskills is matched by few anglers. Paul is an avid and highly experienced dry fly fisherman with 25 years of experience angling Esopus Creek. A family property in Colorado, which graces 2.4 miles of the famous Taylor River, serves as his western base of operations. This season, he joins Esopus Creel to share his experience with anglers on guided wade trips for trout and still water boating trips for the trout & bass populations of the Ashokan Reservoir.

“I want people to have the feeling that I have out on the water. It’s half the reason I wanted to become a guide. The experience of helping others catch fish is a great reward for me.”

-Paul Schiavo