About the Author

Ryan Sparks grew up on a farm in southeast Nebraska fishing farm ponds in the Platte River Valley. He attended Creighton University in Omaha where he majored in History and English. After completing his undergraduate degree, he moved to Bozeman, Montana, where he completed his MA in environmental history. While finishing his coursework and writing his thesis, Ryan worked as a flyfishing guide on the rivers and streams of southwest Montana. After graduating, he made the wise decision to marry his longtime sweetheart , Jillian, and with a bit of reluctance moved to Iowa where he rediscovered flyfishing for carp and the Driftless region of northeast Iowa. In 2015, Jillian took a job in Kingston, Ontario, where they lived on the bank of the St. Lawrence River for three years. Ryan currently resides with his wife and two English pointers, Tippet and Hiccup, near the Cannon River in Minnesota.

Ryan tells stories, through writing and photographs, about the things he is passionate about: fishing, hunting, wild food, rivers, mountains, dogs. His work has appeared in The Flyfish Journal, The Drake, American Angler, Fly Tyer, Fly Fusion, Eastern Fly Fishing, Fly Culture, FlyFisher, NEBRASKAland Magazine, Ontario Out of Doors, and others. He also works as the Senior Writer and Photographer for Approach Media, a production collective with an emphasis on creating promotional narrative, commercials, aerial cinematography, and documentary film.

The Fly Water Medley

The Fly Water Medley simply wishes to share information, stories, art, photography, poetry, or anything else that celebrates flyfishing culture. Its purpose is to explore the diverse elements and eccentricities that draw us to flyfishing—to look at its history, its current state, and directions for its future. It eulogizes wild places, wild creatures, and the inherent beauty of the world. It esteems the strange and unconventional characters drawn to the crazy obsession we call flyfishing. It exists, to paraphrase the author John Voelker, not because fishing is so terribly important, but because so many of our other concerns are equally unimportant and not nearly so much fun.


As a writer and photographer, Ryan is available for commercial and editorial assignments. He has worked in the field both internationally and domestically. Contact Ryan directly with inquiries.