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.