Together we (Alan Youell and Cheryl Forner) bring a unique set of experiences and professionalism to our partnership in On The Water Fly Fishing Travel. In the 1990’s Cheryl spent the decade working as a travel consultant with various full service travel companies in Western Canada. During the same period Alan worked in the sporting goods retail industry as a store and district manager as well as a buyer. He also spent time working at one of Calgary, Alberta’s premiere fly shops, working in sales in the shop, guiding part-time on the Bow River and tying commercial and custom flies for sale. Both of us acquired strong business skills and exemplary customer service values and expectations during this period.
In the late 1990s, we both found ourselves looking for new challenges and adventures and ended up at the University of Calgary in the Archaeology Department working on undergraduate degrees. It was there that our individual stories joined to become one. In 2003 we both began our Master of Arts degree studies in the Archaeology Department at the University of Saskatchewan. By 2005, degrees in hand, both of us embarked on careers as consulting archaeologists. Our work took us across Alberta and Saskatchewan and, for Alan, across Canada’s northern and arctic regions. Through a series of twists and turns that also found Cheryl exploring her passions in Anthropology she began working with Aboriginal Communities in Canada recording traditional knowledge and managing environmental services Aboriginal partnership companies. In the meantime, Alan moved into the related field of project management and planning in environmental services.
Throughout we have supported each other with our individual and common goals. Working hard and playing just as hard; taking every opportunity that we can to find ourselves out On The Water, rod in hand. We have both been fishing since early childhood. Alan started exploring his fly fishing passion in 1986 and introduced Cheryl to the sport in 2000.
At On The Water Fly Fishing, we combine the skills that we each have acquired along the way, including experience in the travel industry, experience in the fly fishing industry, project and company management, experience tailoring travel to individual needs, a passion for fly fishing and exploring our world – local and distant, along with training and experience in the cultural sciences that we apply to understanding local cultures and different ways of doing business. Together, we bring to On the Water Fly Fishing a unique perspective on fly fishing travel, individually customized packages, hosted trip travel, couples travel, group travel, corporate trips and we have personal experience travelling to remote and out of the way locations.
Please, give us a call or send us an email so that we can start helping you to embark on your own fly fishing adventures and realize your dreams On The Water.
The Main Cave
Pesca - The drawing that inspired our logo