Guide Flies is a unique fly fishing company. We are a fly designer and fly fishing retailer that is supplied by the Guanaja Fly Tyers Guild. This relationship provides a direct sales outlet for our family of skilled fly tyers on the Island of Guanaja, Honduras.
The Guide Flies was originally founded by Dave McKenna of Douglas Outdoors at Fly Fish Guanaja to provide stable, safe jobs to the families of the fishing guides and lodge employees.
Dave's catalog of custom flies became the basis for the Guanaja Fly Tyers Guild to begin working full time as an independent, entrepreneurial workforce. We began with monthly trips to the island with backpacks and luggage full of raw tying materials and supplies.
Our first headquarters was a little beach bungalow alongside the jungle at Fly Fish Guanaja. The fly tyers dedicated themselves to long hours of learning their new craft. They persevered through passing hurricanes and the global Covid-19 pandemic. Today we can confidently say that they are some of the best fly tyers in the world!
Every fly sold at GuideFlies.com is custom designed and tied to the highest quality standards. We use the best materials from manufacturers such as Semperfli, Hareline Dubbin, Umpqua, Tiemco, Firehole Outdoors, Solarez, Wapsi, Nature's Spirit, Whiting Farms and many other fine fly tying suppliers.
We believe the core of fly fishing culture is conservation, a passion for challenge and a love of nature's beautiful places. We hope to build the fly fishing community by connecting through those values!
-Dave McKenna, Owner