Welcome and thanks for visiting Out Fly Fishing outfitters Fly Shop and e-commerce site. O.F.F. Fly Shop is Calgary's newest Fly Shop. The shop was formerly known as West Winds Fly Shop and was purchased in May 2015. West Winds was Calgary's second oldest fly shop and has been in the same location for the last 24 years. We are very excited and feel very honored to be able to call a shop that has been an institution in this industry for the better part of three decades our new home. Since May 2015, we've been working around the clock to renovate the shop, in order to bring it a fresh look and feel, to ensure that fly fishers of every age, gender and demographic can feel at home here. We are passionate about getting more people involved in the sport, from families to fanatics and everyone in between, we're here to make your day O.F.F. the best experience possible.
Our Promise to You
We are dedicated to making each and every customer feel welcome and important. People need to come to a shop and get expertise without feeling pressured or intimidated. No one starts as anything but a beginner, so whether its your first time in a fly shop, or the 15th country with a fly shop you've visited, we want you to get the expertise and information you need in the most professional and knowledgeable manner possible. It doesn't matter to us if you fish everyday, or this is your first day going fishing, we want all of our guests to be able to rely on the accuracy and quality of the information and gear they get as well as the service they receive from us.
- Customer satisfaction and service that exceeds expectations
- Delivering accurate, current and knowledgeable expertise to people of all experience levels
- Welcoming and friendly shop environment
- Making fly fishing more accessible to men, woman and children of all ages and experience levels by providing quality gear no matter what budget you're working with
- Making fly fishing less intimidating to men, woman and children of all ages and experience levels through professional instruction
Who We Are
O.F.F. Fly Shop is a team of like minded individuals whose passion, experience, and integrity have fostered the desire to introduce as many people as possible to the sport of fly fishing. Between our owner and shop staff there are more than 40 different countries that have been visited fly fishing across the globe. Whether it be filming, hosted trips, or personal fishing exploits, they bring with them a wealth of fly fishing knowledge from around the world. Being able to pass on first hand experience from fisheries in over 40 countries is something we are very excited and proud to be able to offer. O.F.F. is Calgary's newest fly shop and the second oldest fly shop in Calgary all in one. We're going to blaze a new path; one propelled by energy and enthusiasm, yet always based on integrity and tradition. From families to fanatics, and everyone in between, Calgary's Fly Shop is here to make your next day O.F.F. as memorable as possible.
The O.F.F. Fly Shop Team
Josh Nugent (Owner)
Josh learned to fly fish at the age of six. By the time he was in Junior High he was giving casting lessons to other kids from his school. After completing a coaching diploma and playing basketball for Red Deer College Josh moved to Calgary. Once again he was back on the Bow river. His passion and love of fly fishing are second to none. In 2003 Josh started Out Fly Fishing outfitters Ltd at the urging of others in the industry. Guiding put Josh through the rest of his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Calgary. Josh did an eye tracking study for his Master's Thesis, which was on the visual characteristics of expert fly casters.
Josh has been fortunate enough to be featured in many fly fishing publications, both as a writer and photographer as well as in The Canadian Fly Fishers,Top Guide Spotlight. He has also worked with several Fly Fishing shows such as two episodes with friend, and host of LL Bean's Guide to the Outdoors, Tim Rajeff and guiding Hunter Hoffler on In The Loop: Modern tactics on fly fishing. Josh has also served as one of the Co-Hosts for Fly Nation (Seasons 1 and 2) and the Spain Series. Josh also serves as a Pro Staff member for Clackacraft and spent 5 years as the Canadian Echo Rod rep. When Josh started the guide company at the age of 21 it was a risk, knowing he wouldn't be afforded the mistakes competitors twice his age would.
On a river as world renowned as the Bow river there is going to be competition in the industry. Competition is a great thing, because competition forces Outfitters and guides to work harder and strive to provide the best service possible for their clients and now he continues to do the same thing with the Fly Shop and its customers. Josh wants Out Fly Fishing outfitters to be a shop that every man, woman or child of any age or experience can come into and feel like they belong there, from families to fanatics and everyone in between.
Courtney Neal (Shop Manager)
Born and raised in Calgary, Courtney developed a rich, enduring fascination with the natural world through childhood exploration of the parks and rivers in the heart of the city. Back then, she was fly angler at heart who just hadn't yet cast a line. That changed in 2008 with a little encouragement, a borrowed rod and reel, and a tiny cutthroat trout willing to eat a #8 Fat Albert.
These days, Courtney prefers to say she works hard and fishes when she can, but the truth is she will go just about anywhere to fish if the opportunity arises. She's casted her glass rods all over Alberta's Eastern Slopes and have experienced many of Montana's most iconic rivers. In 2015 she fly fished the flats in Cuba on a hosted trip with O.F.F Fly Shop and now plans to do as much saltwater fishing as is humanly possible. Courtney started as one of O.F.F.'s guests on guided trips, then she began helping out at tradeshows, followed by part time work in the shop.
Courtney is a gardener, by trade and at heart, and has a love of growing things that may even be equal to her love of fly-fishing. Though she might be enticed by the allure of exotic, toothy fishes, she's grateful for the incredible diversity of Alberta's watersheds and is excited to learn and grow with O.F.F. Fly Shop and Alberta's fly fishing community.
Courtney's passion for fly fishing, extensive retail experience, contagious enthusiasm, attention to detail and organization make her an exceptional fit for the job. We couldn't be more excited to have her as part of the O.F.F. Fly Shop team.
Matthew Blackburn (Guide & Shop Staff)
Matthew was raised in a small farming community in northern Saskatchewan and learned to fish in the vast lake and river systems of the secluded north at a young age. He attended college in Alberta and his focus for an outdoor lifestyle grew into many activities such as backcountry skiing, canoeing expeditions, and hiking trips. He spent several seasons fighting wildfires in Alberta and across Canada and during this time he adopted a passion for fly fishing. He has since fished the different trout streams and lakes of Saskatchewan, the waters of southern Alberta and more recently spent time working and fly fishing in the UK. His love for small waters fit perfectly with the chalk streams and he spent many days chasing trout on the River Test and Itchen. Matthew has now become a guide for the Bow River and is our newest addition to the Out Fly Fishing Outfitters Fly Shop team.
Chris Mulley (Shop Staff & Alpine Lake and Backcountry Guide)
Akasha Bopp (Travel Manager & Guide)
Akasha Bopp joined Out Fly Fishing outfitters back in 2006. In 2003 Akasha and Josh coached club basketball together and have been fishing together since. Akasha worked as a high school social studies teacher for 11 years. He completed his Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership Training and now works as a consultant in community and economic development. Akasha has been learning and helping others learn about fly fishing for over twenty years. He cut his teeth fly fishing on the many small streams in southern Alberta while growing up in Pincher Creek. Akasha also happens to be a long standing Echo Pro Staff team member.
Akasha specializes in helping beginners enjoy the sport of fly fishing that he loves so much. Although he enjoys fishing the Bow, his true love is the waters in the deep south of Alberta like the Crowsnest, the Livingston, and the Oldman along with the many other smaller tributaries in the area. Akasha’s local knowledge and connections give him access to areas most of us can only dream about. Akasha has chased fished all across Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and all across Canada, but is also a very well traveled fisherman. Akasha has fished the flats of Florida, Belize, Mexico, Cuba, as well as Alaska, Papa New Guinea, Australia, France, Great Britain, and even Thailand. In 2016 Akasha was named our Travel manager and we couldn't be happier to have him help coordinating our hosted travel.
Naoto Aoki (Guide & Shop Ambassador)
Out Fly Fishing outfitters was proud to announce the addition of Naoto Aoki, joining us back in the 2010 guiding season. Naoto Aoki was born in Banff, Alberta where he began fly fishing at a very early age, although he spent most of his life in Peterborough, Ontario. With fly fishing as his main focus, he has traveled the globe, pursuing some of the greatest game fish the world has to offer. From Peacock Bass deep in the Amazon to Atlantic Salmon in the pristine rivers of Iceland, there is not too much Naoto has not caught on a fly. Naoto is also an outdoor writer and photographer and is regularly featured in such magazines as Fly Fisherman, The Canadian Fly Fisher, Fly Fusion and Outdoor Canada. He is also a co-host of Fly Max Films and both Seasons 1 and 2 of the show Fly Nation TV. Naoto has guided all over Canada and is extremely excited to add the world famous Bow River to his list! He has spent countless hours on the river and can't wait to start guiding the Bow. Naoto is as gifted with people as he is with a fly rod or a camera so he is a valuable part of the O.F.F. team.