Guide Staff

Here at Current Fly Fishing, we’re all about having a safe, fun, and educational experience on the water.  We pride ourselves on our step-by-step approach to teaching the art of fly fishing. With well over a decade of experience, our guide staff has the tools, knowledge, and time on the water to provide a top-quality guide trip. We’ve guided clients from beginners to experts at almost any age and look forward to getting you on one of our favorite rivers. 

Dave Harvey, Owner/Guide

Joaquin River near Mammoth Lakes,Ca San Joaquin River near Mammoth Lakes, Ca

Dave has a long history of fishing and guiding in the Eastern Sierra. His family moved to Mammoth Lakes when he was 8 years old. Spending summers chasing trout and winters skiing has shaped Dave into a true outdoorsman. 

As a natural teacher with a full PSIA level 3 certification in ski instruction, he has the skills, progressions, and teaching concepts to create a safe and fun learning environment whether it’s on the river or in the mountains. He’s great with clients of all ages, backgrounds, and special needs.

Starting his fishing career at The Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes in 2010, he quickly took up guiding and has built up a long list of repeat clients that continue to book year after year. He can guide and staff trips spanning from the Truckee River near Lake Tahoe to the Lower Owens River Near Bishop, California and almost everything in between.

Dave lives in Reno, Nevada with his wife, two daughters, and son. He spends the summer months guiding on the Truckee River He spends his winters teaching private ski lessons at Palisades Tahoe (formally Squaw Valley).

Dave looks forward to booking your next outdoor adventure!

Chad Kasten, Guide

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Chad Kasten grew up in the Eastern Sierra and started working in the fly fishing industry at 16 years old. He started a fly fishing club at his high school and later became the general manager for the Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes, California. Here, he would learn the technical side of the business and what qualities make a great guide. He is now guiding full-time sharing his love for the sport with others and creating lasting experiences for his clients.

As a guide, Chad is a skilled, patient teacher, making him the perfect fit if you’re looking to advance your techniques, have a nice day out with the family, or chase after the one that got away. He is committed to creating a great experience, with a fun and relaxed attitude.

Chad moved to Reno, Nevada, and joined the Current Fly Fishing guide staff in 2020. Now he spends the majority of his time on the Truckee River although he’ll still travel to Mammoth Lakes to guide his return clients.  In his spare time he focuses on casting dry flys to trout. If it’s overcast and calm, you will find mayflies hatching, and Chad on the water. He is a true student of the sport, and whether it be nymphing, casting dry flies, or chasing big browns on streamers he is always striving to learn more and perfect his craft. Check him out on Instagram @the_mulefly_society

Brett Hulen, Guide

Joaquin River near Mammoth Lakes,Ca San Joaquin River near Mammoth Lakes, Ca

Originally from Maryland, Brett cut his teeth targeting Smallmouth bass and other warm-water species. He moved to the Eastern Sierra in 2011 and started working with The Troutfitter in 2017. He soon started guiding fly fishing trips out of Mammoth Lakes, California.

Brett’s ability to see the bigger picture on the water makes him an adaptable angler and a dependable fly fishing guide. One of his signature qualities is his positive attitude. He is patient, friendly, and gives excellent instruction making a day on the water with him fun and enjoyable. An obsessive learner and a passionate fly fisherman, he’s constantly looking to expand his knowledge of everything from entomology to fish behavior to fly tying.  

Brett has been on the guide staff at Current Fly Fishing since 2020. He’s also an accomplished fly tier and has quite a following in that realm, check him out on Instagram @flycurious.  In his spare time, he targets large trout with 4-6 inch streamers that he ties himself in search of “The One.” Of course, the search is never over, but at least he has some trophies to show for it!