lunes, 16 de abril de 2012

Tim Rajeff 
 You might have seen him.  He's that magnetic guy hanging around the casting pond at the sport shows, the one throwing those incredibly long narrow loops of fly line
Tim Rajeff was Born in San Francisco in 1959 and grew up in a middle class working neighborhood about a mile and a half from the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club.  Tim started fishing at the age of five. His early fishing education took him from trout fishing in Yosemite Valley to bass and carp fishing in the Russian River in California. Later Tim’s family took their annual vacations to the Rogue River near Medford Oregon and it is there that he started fly fishing. Tim was nine years old when he followed his brother and began to compete at the local and state level.  In 1973 Tim worked with Frank and Gladys Gray at the Fenwick Fly Fishing School outside West Yellowstone Montana.  During college he spent a summer on the Big Hole River in Montana working for the Complete Fly Fisher. He also spent two summers guiding in King Salmon Lodge Alaska.  Tim’s most recent lodge effort was setting up operations on the Ponoi River on Russia’s Kola Peninsula. Tim and Katherine Hart, his partner, spent five summers there prior to settling in the Portland area in 1995.
Tim now leads groups of fly fishers to many unique destinations including Mongolia.  When not fishing, Tim balanced his time between skiing, tennis, and tournament casting. The rivalry with his brother peaked in 1984 when Tim won the National combined Fly Casting Distance and Accuracy trophy and narrowly missed the grand all-round title as well. In doing so Tim broke the national distance record for the ten weight line class at 186 feet and the 15 foot rod class record at 265 feet. Tim’s international recognition came in 1984 in Lintz Austria where he captured the World’s Single Hand Fly Distance gold medal with a cast of 205 feet. Tim retired from competitive casting in 1985 and now is the owner of Rajeff Sports, the North American distributor of Aiflo fly lines and owns his own rod company, ECHO rods and reels. Tim now resides in Vancouver Washington with Katherine. Tim’s future calls for hosting more fly fishing and casting schools combined with an advanced casting book and video with his brother Steve.

Katherine Hart
Katherine Hart got her fishing start at an early age at her family home just outside Portland, Oregon where they had a small lake with bass and bluegill for her to practice on.  Fishing became a full time and full circle pursuit over 20 years ago, starting in Alaska fishing lodges, where she met Tim Rajeff, then both traveled to Russia's Kola Peninsula in 1990 starting/building the Ponoi River Lodge with Tim and crew. They put together organized, built, and managed the Fly Fishing Lodge on the Ponoi River in Russia for 5 years. Katherine has been teaching with Tim Rajeff and the Rajeff Fly fishing School since the start of the school. She was the third women in the nation to have qualified as a Masters¹ Level Certified Fly Fishing Instructor by the Federation of Fly Fishers. When not fishing, teaching and bird watching in exotic places, you can find her keeping company with our chickens in the veggies garden or tending the Pinot Grapes in their backyard. Now she is back in the Pacific Northwest working at Rajeff Sports as the co-owner. Since 2001, they have their own line of Echo Rods and are distributors for various other Fly Fishing products.

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