District Angling — your personalized team of instructors, craftsmen, and fly fishing experts. Let us help you get on the water.
We're just like you. We're fly fishing junkies. We love the sport, and try to fish as much as we can. We love to fish wherever we can. We fish locally, we fish in exotic destinations. We also love helping people enjoy the sport. We understand the mechanics of fly casting, and the techniques that make fly tying easier and enjoyable. We have over 100+ years of combined fly fishing experience, knowledge, and expertise among our staff.
Richard Farino - Founder, Guide, & Travel
Richard Farino is a Bronx resident of 33 years who relocated to the Washington DC area and founder of District Angling. An avid fly angler who spent most of his free time fishing the fresh and salt waters of the NYC metro area, the Catskills, and the Pocono mountains, he spent 15 years in the fly fishing industry working for retail shops and catalogs. When the northern Virginia area was suddenly without a full service fly shop, he created District Angling - a fly fishing retail, travel, instruction, and guiding business servicing the DMV area.
Known to his employees as "El Jefe", or The Boss, Richard is a registered guide, runs our fly fishing travel, our outreach programs with non-profit organizations, is one of our casting and fly tying instructors, and is also one of our custom fly tyers bringing specialty patterns and durable flies to our vast selection.
He supports many organizations including Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Trout In The Classroom, Trout Unlimited, Coastal Conservation Association's Greater Washington Chapter, Friends Of Fletcher's Cove, the Cape Lookout Albacore Festival, and the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana.
Ivan Sanchez - Sales & Fly Tying Instruction
Ivan, a native of Bogotá, Colombia, has been fly fishing since he was 13, traveling the country catching peacock bass, golden dorado, and trout in high mountains streams and lakes. He became a guide while he was an Evinrude importer and salesman, enabling him access to different types of water and countries, traveling extensively throughout South America.
He is an accomplished fly tier and fly caster and has written a few articles for This Is Fly Magaine, and was also filmed in an episode of The Hunt For Big Fish with Larry Dahlberg in Colombia. Ivan ties our staple patterns for local fishing as well as specialty patterns, and also teaches our Tie-Along patterns on weekends in the shop.
Ivan is a Virginia resident and is well versed in fly fishing the local waters in Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He enjoys drinking coffee, tying flies, drinking coffee, international travel, drinking coffee, and drinking coffee.
Brett McCrae - Travel & Product Expertise
Raised in northeast Ohio, Brett began guiding fly fishermen on Lake Erie’s tributaries in the spring of 2004. He was the general manager at Cleveland’s ONLY reputable fly shop - Chagrin River Outfitters. Brett has guided and fished across the United States and the world.
Whether he’s rowing his drift boat down the Bighorn or North Platte, hosting a group of anglers to a remote Mexican lodge, or swinging a fly through one of his favorite runs on the Chagrin with his friends, nothing makes Brett happier than spending time on the water with other anglers who share a passion for fly fishing.
Grizzly Lambert - Photography, Classic Tackle Appraisals
David "Grizzly" Lambert is a lifelong Virginian, fisherman, photographer, and bamboo aficionado. Having worked in the fly fishing industry for close to two decades, he enjoys building split cane bamboo rods, and is a bamboo rod and classic tackle expert: his bamboo history and knowledge is second to none.
He occasionally performs appraisals for antiquated equipment by appointment only, or by bribery with a Mountain Dew.
Alan Short - Fly Tying Instruction & Custom Fly Tying
Alan Short is a Virginia native and in certain circles is known as Mr. Pennsylvania. He has fished anywhere and everywhere in the Keystone State, as well as all of Virginia and Idaho. He is an amazing teacher and one of the best fly tyers in the industry. Alan ties many of our specialty patterns and is our group fly tying instructor and one of our in-home teachers.
When not at home creating new patterns, Alan can be found running his home-grown supply of dubbing material (his Golden Retriever named Luke) along the Potomac looking for stray tennis balls and squirrels.
Mike Banaszewski - Casting Instructor & Guide
Mike, a native of upstate New York, learned to fly fish as a boy - from trout taken in pristine waters of the Adirondack Park, to voracious northern pike in the fertile lakes surrounding his hometown, to urban shad and smallmouth bass in the nearby Hudson and Mohawk Rivers. After graduating from the Naval Academy in nearby Annapolis, he travelled the world during a career in the U.S. Navy - fly rod in hand all the way.
Mike is a Certified Casting Instructor with Fly Fishers International, is a Maryland licensed guide, and is a graduate of both the Sweetwater Guide School and Bighorn River Advanced Guide School in Montana.
He proudly notes that both of his boys caught their first fish on a fly rod at 3 years old.
Regan Burmeister - Casting Instructor
Growing up in Colorado, Regan enjoyed the dark side of the force fishing spinning rigs in the Centennial State's high country. While attending graduate school in Georgia, he was bitten by the fly fishing bug chasing trout in the southern Appalachians and eventually found two-hand fishing spey casting to be a way of solving certain fishing problems. Regan’s passion is swinging flies utilizing both two-hand and single-hand spey casting techniques, but is an excellent single-hand casting instructor.
Regan is a Certified Casting Instructor with Fly Fishers International and has a passion for chasing sea-run brown trout in southern Patagonia, but is frequently found most weekend mornings at Fletcher’s Cove waving a very long stick in the pursuit of casting the sexiest loops south of the Mason-Dixon line.
Robert Smith - Classic Tackle Repair & Appraisals
Bob Smith is a northern New Jersey boy who has been in love with fishing his entire life. A master craftsman and fine wood restoration specialist, he is especially fond of restoring and repairing classic and antique fishing tackle for collectors and those that want to fish them.
Bob is well known in fishing circles as a shad addict and you will either find him most mornings from April to May down at Fletcher's Boathouse, or somewhere sampling one of his 2 other addictions - fiberglass rods, and creating culinary works of gastronomic pleasure.
Harry Lambert - Master Carpenter & Bass Advisor
Harry Lambert has been our shop carpenter and contractor for the last 3 locations that you've visited us in. He is the reason our shop idea was able to become a physical reality, making sure our new retail store is the epitome of the vision and feel that you've come to expect when you visit your local fly shop. Our business does not exist without him.
Despite being Grizzly's brother, Harry has no interest in fly fishing, but is our advisor for all conventional fishing, particularly the local largemouth bass fishery. He is well traveled and competes in local and remote location tournaments, and is our liaison with all Potomac River bass organizations and fishing tournaments.