OUR STORY

Gil’s Fly Fishing International was founded with the purpose of providing the destination fly fisherman with the ideal personalized trip planning and booking experience.

As a marine biologist and adventure obsessed fly fisherman, Gil has built connections with some of the premier fly fishing operations around the globe. Using the knowledge he has built through his unique fly fishing experience, Gil is now proud to share the best of the fly fishing world through GFFI.

THE CREW

Gillie Greenberg

Founder

The aptly named Gillie Greenberg, known by friends as Gil, has always felt most at home when on the water. Growing up in Toronto, Canada, he spent his summer’s bass fishing with his uncle and father. At age 18, Gil bought his first fly rod to experiment with on his family’s annual walleye trip. Armed with the knowledge one gains from watching hundreds of YouTube videos, Gil managed to land a handful of pike on his first morning with a fly rod. Just like many great fly fishermen before him, he was instantly hooked on the fly.

Upon finishing his military service a few years later, Gil moved to Australia to study marine biology at James Cook University, located on the Great Barrier Reef. Gil became obsessed with fly fishing as a way of life and ended up spending more time on the flats than in the classroom. It was a steep learning curve, but with the help of his fishing partner, Brad Morris and local fishing club, the NQ Fly Fishers, he became quite an angler.

By combining fly fishing with marine biology Gil has been granted access to contacts and locations that most anglers can only dream about. In 2015, he was offered a job by the German government to gather fisheries data as part of the Choiseul Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation project. The project was located hundreds of miles away from civilization in a remote corner of the Solomon Islands. Spending a season off the grid and living off the sea solidified his dedication to fishing as a lifestyle. In total, Gil has fly fished over 20 countries, spanning 5 continents. He brings experience, passion, and leadership to the Fly Fishing International team.

"My favourite part of fishing has nothing to do with catching fish, but learning how they interact with their environment. Whenever I spot a fish, I ask myself what is going on in this fish's mind.
Why at this moment in time, in this exact spot, Is this particular fish doing what its doing?
If after a day on the water I am closer to the answer, I consider the day a success."

Greg Thomas

US program director and Editor-in-chief of FFI magazine

Greg Thomas grew up splitting time between Alaska and Seattle, chasing and catching wild steelhead and Pacific salmon in each state. He serves as Fly Fishing International’s editor in chief and has fished extensively for anadromous fish in The Great Land, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. He’s spent the past 20 years living in the northern Rockies, writing books and articles about the region’s array of incredible trout fisheries. He has travelled widely, chasing saltwater fishes in the Caribbean, pike, lake trout and bass in northern Canada, and Atlantic salmon in eastern Canada and Russia.
His work appears in many national and regional publications, including the New York Times, Forbes, Outside, Field & Stream, Alaska, and Big Sky Journal, among many others. He’s written five books on fly fishing, including Fly Fishers Bible: Montana and Fly Fisher’s Guide to Washington. He founded the annual fly-fishing magazine, Tight Lines, and the web site Anglers Tonic, in the early 2000s.
He spends much of his time fishing and hunting in Montana with a yellow Labrador retriever named Rye.

“Live each day as if it were your last. Prepare like it won’t be.”

Ramy Saboungui

Director of Marketing and Technology

Ramy Saboungui is GFFI’s director of marketing and technology. In addition to his work here, he also works as an active creative digital strategist, educator, full-stack multimedia designer, and developer with experience in several multinational advertising agencies. He is a business catalyst and helps brands from startups to enterprises scale through strategic agile digital innovation tailored to each of their personal operations.

As a child growing up in Kuwait and Egypt, Ramy Saboungui often ventured off to sea, fishing with his dad. Little did he know how these experiences would affect him later in life, and foster interest in a sport that he never knew existed.

Ramy met Gil in Toronto decades later, where he discovered fly fishing and unlocked a realm of new possibilities and challenges. He is constantly amazed by the art and science behind fly fishing and is on a mission to learn and explore the true depths of the sport.

“I love how in fly fishing, you tend to and understand more about the environment, species, how they eat, and ultimately how to make something, throw it in the water, imitate your learning, and catch species around the world.”

Daniel Favato

Director of Videography

Daniel grew up in the suburban outskirts of Toronto, Ontario, spending his early days targeting migratory steelhead and brown trout with spey rod in hand. His first job in the fishing industry was as a deckhand on a Lake Ontario sportfishing boat. Over the course of seven seasons, Dan has earned his position as one of the top salmon charter captains in Toronto.

More recently, Daniel graduated from the television and film production program at Niagara College, and he has started pursuing outdoor video production full time. He brings a strong understanding of the modern media landscape and the foundations of video production to the GFFI team. His skills as an online content creator will help bring a fresh perspective to the sport for both seasoned fly fisherman, and a new generation of anglers.

"It's fun to think that its first light somewhere right now and there's almost definitely a fish that wants to eat."

Brandon Gudjonson

Brand Ambassador

Brandon Gudjonson is a fly fishing guide and manager of St. Mary Angler Fly Shop in Cranbrook, British Columbia. Born and raised in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Brandon spent his childhood outdoors fishing and hunting with his father. At the age of ten, Brandon found an old fly rod in his father’s garage. The two of them took the rod on their next fishing trip. With the help of his father, Brandon caught onto the fly quickly and put the hurt on the local cutthroat trout population. From then on, Brandon was hooked!

Brandon joined the industry while still in high school, spending his summers at the local fly shop, stocking shelves and selling flies. Most importantly, he learned as much about the region’s rivers and fisheries as possible. Brandon took that knowledge and became a local guide with a fierce reputation for targeting big backcountry bull trout. In 2013, the BC native discovered the thrill of saltwater fly fishing, landing a sizable permit from the beach right in front of his hotel in Playa del Carmen. Since then, he has been hosting trips to various saltwater destinations, including Christmas Island and Andros, Bahamas.

Brandon is one of the most enthusiastic, energetic and fun people to get out on the water with. Whether as a guide or angler, he always goes the extra mile to make sure the big one is landed. He has no problem jumping out of the boat to chase off cheeky lemon sharks or taking a dip into fridged mountain streams with mask and snorkel to “see if the bulls are in.” We are privileged to have Brandon as part of our Fly Fishing International team.

“Fly fishing has taken me to some incredible destinations and introduced to me some of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met. Whether it is floating down a local river searching for hungry cutthroat and giant streamer-eating bull trout or sneakily wading a flat in pursuit of a lightning-fast Bonefish or permit - I love it all.” - Brandon Gudjonson