Meet the Guides
Mike is the founder and Senior Guide of Ellensburg Angler. He is married to his wonderful wife, Jamie, and they have an awesome son named Caiden. When not guiding, you will find Mike out scouting new fishing opportunities or camping with his family and fishing with his son, Caiden, who loves to fish as much as his dad.
Mike was born and raised in Washington State and has been chasing fish since he can remember. Mike has been in the fly fishing industry since the age of 17 and has been guiding on the Yakima River full time since 2005.
Mike is a licensed Coast Guard captain and a licensed Washington State guide. He is always safe, positive, patient and loves to teach new anglers as well as coaching the most experienced anglers.
Stefan Woodruff is our Head Guide at Ellensburg Angler. He started fishing with his father at the age of 7, and has spent most of his life chasing a variety of fish in his home state of Washington. He has been guiding in Central Washington since 2011, and lives in Ellensburg with his wife and dogs.
Stefan considers himself extremely lucky to make a living guiding and teaching the sport of fly-fishing, and continues to find new ways to better himself as both a guide and an angler. When he isn't rowing his boat on the Yakima or Klickitat, Stefan enjoys spending time with his wife and chasing his bird dogs around central and eastern Washington.
Todd Fuchigami grew up fishing the reefs and open water of Oahu, Hawaii. He joined the Army in 2003 and has been stationed throughout the continental U.S. Todd was first introduced into the world of fly fishing while being stationed in North Carolina. His first trout caught on a fly was in the Smoky Mountains. Since that time he's been addicted to fly fishing and sharing his passion with others.
His job in the Army as a Flight Medic and Medical Instructor is apparent when he’s working with new anglers. He's fished for striped bass off the coast of New York, stalked monster bonefish in Hawaii, and chased trout in several states on both coasts. Todd's true passion is chasing trout in the desert creeks of Eastern Washington.
Keegan Carlson has been fishing with his father since the age of four. Keegan attends school at Central Washington University and created a fly fishing club with some of his close friends.
He grew up on Camano Island, Washington. He loves pursuing the outdoors and spending quality time with family and with his girlfriend, Jordan. Keegan is passionate about the conservation of local waterways and loves to help people learn about the art of fly fishing.
Rich Connelly was born in Lewistown, ID, but grew up in Spokane, WA where he started fishing at a very young age. Rich grew up fishing the rivers around the Spokane area, but while living in Seattle in the mid-90’s, Rich discovered fly fishing on the Yakima River, and he’s never looked back.
In 2011, Rich got a new fishing buddy, his dog Shadow (who can be found riding shotgun in Rich’s boat and raft) while guiding in the Missoula area. This is Rich’s third season with Ellensburg Angler, and he enjoys working with like-minded guides who are passionate about the sport of fly-fishing and the rivers they guide.
Kyle Wilkinson has been known to slip away to fish his local rivers and lakes in Eastern Washington whenever time allows. He was introduced to fly fishing by his father at a young age, but after a summer vacation to Yellowstone National Park, there was no turning back. Since that trip, Kyle has devoted most of his time to becoming a better fly angler by fishing various bodies of water and utilizing new techniques and tactics to catch a variety of species.
As a young adult, Kyle attends Central Washington University and plans on majoring in Digital Journalism. He enjoys introducing new people to the sport of fly fishing and informing others through the use of both social media and the written word. Without the support from his mother, father, and girlfriend Emily, Kyle doubts he could have pursued his passion the way he has.