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Meet Our Guides and Shop Staff

Tom Martin, Owner & Operator of Heavy Water Anglers Fly Fishing Guide Service, began his fly fishing journey at a young age growing up chasing trout in small mountain streams. When he realized he wanted to turn his passion into a career, he attended Sweetwater’s Guide School in Montana. After graduating at the top of his class, he was offered a position at one of Sweetwater’s premier lodges in Alaska. In between the Alaskan seasons, he puts his main focus on guiding professionally back home in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York for Trout, Bass, Musky, and Steelhead. Heavy Water Anglers’ goal is to provide you with the best knowledge, skills, and equipment in the industry to make your fly fishing adventure the best it can possibly be.

Meet our shop manager Vernon Wilson. Vernon grew up locally on the Potomac River in Point of Rocks, and has fished local rivers & streams for more than 40 years. Vernon enjoys helping other fly fishers improve their skills and abilities, as well as sharing his fly fishing experiences from fly fishing the surf, fly fishing the bay & tidal waters, to fly fishing small mountain streams for Brook Trout. Vernon has spent an enormous amount of time on many rivers as a fly fisher, and as a whitewater guide. Both locally and in Alaska. Vernon is also our Tenkara expert. He has a deep appreciation of the historical aspect of Tenkara, as well as the simplicity behind the method of Tenkara.



James Harris, Owner & Operator of Beaver Creek Fly Shop teaches the Learn to Fly Fish courses and does the private casting and tying instruction for the shop. James also guides walk and wade trips on Beaver Creek and other area streams. Helping his customers to become more proficient anglers and fly tiers is his main focus and what he loves to do. You can find James in the shop most days unless he's on the water or chasing birds with his dog Vogel.  



Meet our shop dog Vogel Jager. Vogel was born in March of 2017 in Georgia before moving to Maryland. Vogel is still learning how to behave in the store but he is catching on fast. He is a Pudelpointer, a German breed of versatile hunting dogs. When he's not forced to lay around inside the store, he loves to swim in creeks, hunt birds and eat sticks. If you want to say hi, he will gladly greet anyone who comes in the store! Beware of his wet beard though if he just had a drink of water.