Captain Ben Zander (pictured right) grew up just blocks from Puget Sound and is a third generation fly fisherman. He has fished all over the western states for trout and steelhead as well as having a serious addiction for tarpon in the Gulf of Mexico. However, his passion can not be contained for the Puget Sound. South sound, to Seattle, to north of Bellingham, Ben has fished it all. He has developed innovative flies for imitating bait fish to larger marabou flies for salmon in the salt. Ben has developed a following of customers at Pacific Fly Fishers, where he is when not guiding, who seek his advice on coastal cutthroat. "There really is nothing more enjoyable than to see someone's face when they hook up with a cutthroat for the first time in the salt." Ben really is devoted to his angling clientele and life as a salt water guide. He has an enthusiastic attitude and easy to get along with personality.
Ben is licensed by the USCG as an UPV operator, a member of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association, CPR and first aid certified, and is fully licensed by Washington State. He has been interviewed by numerous fishing magazines on the topic of Puget Sound Fly Fishing and has appeared in fly fishing movies, radio shows and television programs. He is an official Simms Guide Ambassador & Sage Elite Pro.