Guide Services

World Class Fishing Guides

Bruce Marino

Bruce Marino

  With over 40 years flyfishing and tying experience, Bruce Marino has travelled to many destinations to fish for fresh and saltwater species. His flies have become widely used and are often go-to patterns for the guides in the areas that they guide in. A few of these places include Cooper’s Minipi Camps in Labrador where they use his BMar Norway Rat, Hexagenia and Stonefly patterns. Guides at Crocodile Bay Lodge in Costa Rica use several of his BMar Wounded Baitfish patterns. They are used there to catch offshore and inshore species. Guiding on the crown jewel of Connecticut, the Farmington River and shore guiding the coastline of Connecticut are his main passions now. He is the past fly tying editor for Fly Fishing New England and Fly Fishing the Mid Atlantic States magazines.  He’s also a Scott Fly Rod endorsed pro.
Tel: 860-967-9338  Email:  Website:

 Antoine Bissieux


  Antoine Bissieux is an  Orvis endorsed fly fishing guide that Legends is happy to recommend.  We know first hand Antoines fly fishing acumen is far reaching, allowing you to utilize a variety of tactics in all weather and water conditions no matter the season or time of day. He is also adept at night fishing, a must experience to truly understand and experience a trouts full range of diet including small mammals!

Antoine taught thousands of students at the Orvis Fly fishing School in Manchester VT, and has guided trophy trout waters throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts.  Antoine  offers casting clinics, instruction and customized guide trips for all experience levels and customizes every trip to enhance your on and off  river experience.


Tel: 860-759-4464  Email:  Website:

 Zach St.Amand


   Zach St. Amand is a native of New England and has been fishing it’s rivers for more than twenty years.  Fishing has always been a central part of his life; bringing equal parts of adventure, peace, challenge, and excitement. These values are at the core of what he hopes to bring to all clients.  Living on the Farmington River, Zach is in constant tune with the ever-changing river and it’s environs.  Experiencing hatches, varying water levels and environmental changes has given Zach a distinct advantage as a guide and fly tyer. Zach has developed his own specialized tying formulas specifically designed to fool trout on the famed Farmington river. His fly’s are available through Legends and Upcountry Sports Fishing. A veteran of the service industry, Zach has been bartending for over fifteen years.  A professional in the field, Zach has tended bar in Massachusetts, Florida, Connecticut and Manhattan.  He enjoys introducing people to the art of fly fishing and enjoys sharing fish stories over the bar almost just as much.  Clients have become regulars and regulars have become clients. Zach lives in Barkhamsted with his wife and two sons.

Tel: 646-641-5618  Email:  Website:

 Marla Blair

Marla Blair

Marla Blair is a transplant from Southern California and lives in Ludlow, MA., with husband Tony Sarlan, and their cat “Moses” (who can part kitty litter and walk on it). Marla Blair can be seen on “The New Fly Fisher” Fishing Show. She was the subject of a Docu-Commercial, advertising the Union News/Sunday Republican, and has been interviewed by several local TV stations, as well as talk radio programs. Marla Blair offers lectures, power point programs, casting & fly tying demos at trade shows, as well as fishing and other types of clubs.  Marla Blair has written articles for Fly Tyer Magazine, FFF / NEC Newsletter, Internet newspaper,, Woods & Waters USA, IWFF Newsletter, and more

  • Since 1993 has owned and operated: “Marla Blair’s Fly Fishing Guide Service & Instruction”
  • Professional, Top female, freshwater, Guide/Instructor for West. Ma. & N.W., CT.
  • Inventor of fly patterns;  The Jailbird©, Mahogany Blair’s Emerger, & the Para-Dorito
    The Jailbird© has been featured in Fly Tyer Magazine, and can also be found in two
    Books written by the late Dick Talleur.
  • Author of “Positive Fly Fishing”  Originally published by Lyons Press in 2005
  • Second & third editions published by Marla Blair
  • Member of the New England Outdoor Writers Association
  • FFF Certified Casting Instructor
  • FFF International Certified Guides Association

Supported by;

  • SAGE * REDINGTON , Simms Pro-Staff,  RIO Products, Cabelas Pro Staff, VARIVAS, Frogs Fanny,  Folstaf Walking Staffs, Chota Boots, Loon Products , Regal Vise, Daiichi Hooks, Angler Sport Group.

Marla Blair offers an additional services :

  • Destination Fly Fishing Trips Coordinator for Individuals & Groups
  • Trips to Labrador, Alaska, Montana, Patagonia, & the Yucatan.
  • No detail too small and remote locations a specialty. Will accompany on some trips.
  • Families/groups with non-fly fishers, can include other activities depending on location, availability and time of year
  • A proven tract record in taking guess work out of planning your trip.

 Tel: 413-583-5141 Email:  Website:

Mark Swenson

Layout 1   Mark is from the Danbury/Southbury area and has fished the Farmington,
Naugatuck and Housatonic watersheds for over 40 years. Mark has
earned a Bachelor of Science degree in teaching and owns a design
studio, working as a commercial artist.He worked as a food photographer
for Betty Crocker and a biological illustrator creating art work for CT & NY
DEEP. Mark can hone beginner and intermediate fly fishing skills, helping
with roll casting, mending, getting flies deep without weight, reading the
water, understanding the relationship between the hatch and what flies to
use. Families, couples and retiree’s are especially encouraged to give
Mark a call. If you have never cast a fly rod before, want an upgrade in
skills, or simply need guiding to the right water to match your skills, a few
hours with Mark will have you both confident & competent by day’s end.


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 Tel: 203-632-0206  Email:

 Steve Culton


  Steve Culton is a guide, fly tyer/instructor, and writer whose work has appeared in numerous national magazines. His areas of specialization include wet fly fishing, dry fly fishing, and indicator nymph fishing. Steve is what you’d call a teaching guide. If you’re interested in learning new methods, fishing new flies, expanding your general knowledge base, or simply exploring the Farmington, he might be the right guide for you. Steve says, “When you’re fishing with me, there are no such things as dumb questions – or for that matter, too many questions.”

Steve believes there are many, many ways to catch fish on a fly rod – and that people fish best when they use methods and flies they have confidence in. Above all, he believes that you’re out to have fun. Before any outing, Steve likes to talk to clients so he has a clear understanding of what their goals and expectations are.

Tel: 860-918-0228  Email:  Website:

Lisa Shepa​rd


  Lisa has been an outdoors enthusiast all her life. A Connecticut native, she grew up enjoying many many outdoor sports that Connecticut has to offer, hunting, fishing, hiking and skiing to name a few. Although she enjoys many outdoor activities, fly fishing is her passion. Lisa has more than twenty-five years experience fly-fishing the waters of Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts .

  Lisa believes that careful preparation before the day begins is the difference between a good and a great day of fly fishing. Spending over 200 days on the river a year, Lisa has experienced most every weather change and its effect on the water, insect life and the trouts eating habits. You will be amazed at Lisa’s determination to find rising fish and her ability to match the hatch using flies she designed and perfected over the past twenty years, specifically to fool Farming River trout. If convinced to take a break, Lisa will regale clients with a story or two about her experience fishing rivers in the US, England and New Zealand.

​​  Tel: 203-556-7317  Email:

Ron Merly

Ron Merly has more than 45 years experience fishing the trout streams of Connecticut. He holds the current state record for sea-run brown trout and is the author of Fly fisher’s Guide to Connecticut. His award winning work has also been featured in On The Water, Eastern Fly fishing and American Angler magazines. Ron is an accomplished,enthusiastic angler who consistently catches trophy trout.

Ron served twelve years on the board of directors of the Nutmeg chapter of Trout Unlimited where he also served as President from 2009-2012. Of his many accomplishments to benefit our trout and our waters he is credited with leading the charge to successfully remove dams from CT waterways and for the installation of many fish ladders and state- of- the-art river monitoring systems. He is currently working with the Sea-Run Brook Trout Coalition in their ambitious efforts to restore Salters to Northeastern waters.

Tel: 203-558-2787  Website: Ron Merly’s Fishing Guide Service

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