Meet Our Staff

Tailwaters Travel Staff

David LeakeOwner & Travel Department Director
David Leake has nearly fifteen years of experience in the fly fishing travel and retail industry. In addition to being the owner of the company, David manages the travel department at Tailwaters. David has traveled throughout the world developing our travel offerings. These destinations include, but are not limited to, Alaska, Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Seychelles, Venezuela, and of course all through the United States. David is the copywriter for all of Tailwaters brochures and pre-trip information and editorial content for the company. David is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and has three children, Lynsie, Patrick, and Sam, with his wife, Melissa.

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Matt JonesCreative Director, Travel Expert & Photographer
Matt Jones is our Texas-grown media geek. Matt is responsible for all our graphic design, web creative, and photography. In addition to traveling the globe shooting much of our travel department’s imagery, you may also recognize many of Matt’s photos published in all forms of fly fishing media including the Drake and Fly Fish Journal as well as the use of his images in marketing and media for Patagonia Clothing Company, Costa Sunglasses, Loon Outdoors, Howler Bros, and much more. Matt is an avid angler, but almost never puts down the camera for the fly rod. He lives in Colorado with his wife Andi and 2 dogs Brinkley & Maple. Send Matt a Message!
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Schuyler MarshallTravel Expert
Schuyler joined the Tailwaters Travel department in 2017, working remotely from Austin, Texas. He brings a lifetime of fly fishing experience and a love of the outdoors — especially in remote places. He grew up an avid trout fisherman, fishing throughout the western U.S. (including living in Alaska for three years), Patagonia, and New Zealand. After moving to Austin, Schuyler caught the saltwater bug while fishing the Texas coast and then throughout Central America and the Caribbean. His latest passion is fly fishing the jungles of Amazonia. He has guided with Telluride Outside and is an IFFF Certified Casting Instructor.
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Tailwaters Retail Staff

Sean PolkRetail Specialist & Instructor
Sean came to us from the Orvis Company where he was their “Fishing Manager.” In addition to being an avid fly tier, Sean is well known in the DFW area as a fly fishing super-guru with a deep depth of knowledge about all the local fisheries. He is also an incredible instructor and is very excited about expanding our fly fishing schools, lessons, and destination education events. Some of Sean’s favorite places to fish are his home waters of the Paluxy River, Belize, the Pacific Northwest, the marshes of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast of Texas. Sean is most often who will greet you when you walk in the shop and is the ultimate resource for technical gear and tackle questions. Send Sean a Message!
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Jonathan RogersRetail Specialist & Instructor
Jonathan is a born and raised Texan and came to us from The Orvis Company as their previous Dallas Fishing Manager. Jonathan quickly became one of our first “shop rat’s” back in the early days and is now our Director of Education and Event Planning. Jonathan has aggressively pursued the sport ever since, and has been responsible for starting up our Complete Cast education program in addition to having a hand in planning all of our company events. When our new shop was being built out, Jonathan used his “handy man” experience to help put the finishing touches on our interior and even construct our shop bar alongside of our photo guru Matt Jones. When Jonathan is not in the shop teaching, helping customers pick out gear, or coaching younger fly fishing enthusiasts, he is out fishing with his wife in the mountains. He is always in search of the next big adventure whether it’s catching Bull Redfish in Louisiana or large Alligator Gar right behind our new shop. Send Jonathan a Message!
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Ron FosterRetail Specialist, Assistant Buyer & Instructor
Ron’s been fly fishing for thirty years and worked for Orvis Company in Dallas for ten years before joining our team in 2007. Ron has fished all over the world from Kamchatka to Los Roques, Venezuela, and is an accomplished caster and fly tier. Ron offers tried and true reliability, incredible enthusiasm, and a welcoming presence on the sales floor. Send Ron a Message!
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Kristian ColeRetail Specialist & Instructor
Kristian is a part of our sales and education teams here at Tailwaters He is originally from Dallas Texas and moved back to Dallas after attending Texas A&M Corpus Christi. In Corpus Christi he did a lot of poling the flats for Redfish around Port Aransas, and fishing the jetties for Texas tarpon, jacks, Spanish mackerel and king mackerel. He has also spent a great amount of time offshore while working as a deck hand and fishing all over the Gulf of Mexico. As much as he loves saltwater fly fishing, Trout fishing will always be his favorite. Some of my favorite places to trout fish are Bozeman, Montana and Woodland Park, Colorado. Send Kristian a Message!
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Lara DuckerRetail Specialist & Instructor
Lara Ducker is from the Texas Hill Country. With over 16 years of fishing experience, her passion for fishing started at young age and grew even more when she discovered fly fishing 4 years ago. Having this love and passion for fly fishing, she enjoys instructing and helping newcomers into this beautiful sport. Lara is in sales, event planning, and is a fly fishing instructor. She currently resides in Dallas, TX with her pup Hadley! Send Lara a Message!
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Ana SCHIWIETZOffice Manager & E-Commerce
Ana is one of our newest members of the Tailwaters team! She started working at Tailwaters in March of 2016 and manages Tailwaters Travel as well as our various social media sites. Before coming to Tailwaters Ana worked at a web-based children’s clothing company and fell in love with all things social media and is excited about helping Tailwaters grow in that area! She was born and raised in Dallas, is a graduate of John Brown University in Northwest Arkansas and a huge Razorback fan! One of the staff’s favorite things about Ana is all the delicious baked goodies she’s always bringing us! Send Ana a Message!
Craig TatumFinancial Officer
Craig is from the coast of Texas and is our go to guy for everything accounting, inventory and scheduling wise! While he is not a fly fisherman yet he does enjoy being outdoors. He lives in Fort Worth and has 5 kids and 1 granddaughter! Send Craig a Message!
Bo GlasgowInventory Manager
Bo joined the Tailwaters team December 2015 and has taken on the role as our Inventory manager. With Skateboarding and art as his passions we’re sure fishing and camping is not far behind. Bo is a Dallas native but Colorado has been home to him for the past 10 years. Tailwaters shop dog, Nollie, is never far behind; come say hi to her next time you are in the shop! Send Bo a Message!

Tailwaters Travel Ambassadors

Meredith McCord
Meredith McCordTailwaters Ambassador
Meredith McCordTravel Ambassador
Meredith McCord has been traveling to fish, much thanks to her dad, since she was three years old. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, Meredith set out to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for a summer to learn the art of fly casting. Since then she has been hooked. To fill her insatiable addiction to fly fishing, she has travelled extensively around the globe to destinations including Alaska, Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Canada, Christmas Island, Guatemala, Mexico, Seychelles, Turks and Cacaos, Venezuela and throughout the lower 48. Meredith holds numerous IGFA world records, is an IGFA representative for Texas, and is a supporter and member of both the Coastal Conservation Association and the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. Meredith has also been on several television shows. When not on the water, she resides in Houston, Texas, where she owns The Mad Potter — a successful retail chain of paint-your-own-pottery studios. To keep in fishing shape, Meredith is an avid swimmer and cyclist, and she spends time training and competing in triathlons throughout Texas.
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Patrick DukeTravel Ambassador
Patrick Duke is a Colorado native whose father introduced him to the fly rod at the young age of eight, and he quickly found himself tying flies by age 10. He moved to Gunnison, Colorado for college where he received two bachelor’s degrees in both fine art and business, as well as a “PhD in fly fishing.” Patrick has spent the last 15-plus years exploring the Gunnison drainage and guiding year-round. Specializing in float fishing, his guiding endeavors have taken him to the Arkansas River and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison Gorge. He now focuses his seasons on the headwaters of the Gunnison River, guiding out of Dragonfly Anglers, the longest established fly shop in the valley. Patrick has created a strong industry presence working as a brand ambassador for Howler Brothers, Thomas & Thomas, Hatch, Cortland, and Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company. In the off season his focus is switched to traveling and fine art. Patrick’s oil paintings have been featured in Southwest Art Magazine, and he exhibits his art in two different Colorado galleries. Between guiding and oil painting Patrick is an avid traveling angler. From the marshes of Louisiana to the jungles of Bolivia to the flats of Cuba, his traveling experience makes him a natural fit for the Tailwaters family and an ideal host for your next angling adventure. To learn more about Patrick Duke visit ArtandAngling.com

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Paula ShearerTravel Ambassador
Paula Shearer is a guide on the Bow River and throughout Southern Alberta. Beyond floating the Bow, Paula enjoys exploring the backcountry waters of Alberta and has traveled to numerous destinations, including British Columbia, Bahamas, and Scotland. She has also been a part of several TV shows and films as a host and co-host on Fly Nation, Fly Fusion TV and In the Loop. Paula was also a cast member in the Scotland fly fishing film, “Once in your lifetime” as well as several other fly fishing videos and film shorts. She is also a proud ambassador some of the most notable brands in the fly fishing industry.

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