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John Cochran

Senior Staff Advisor


Pittsburgh, PA


As the GM I have a wide range of responsibilities which is what I like. I assist the other staff in their general areas as well as marketing, advertising, content creation, web site merchandising, and sales. I enjoy the variety. Just dont talk to me in the month of July :)

Fishing Experience:

25 years professionally and I caught my first fish on a fly when I was 13. I have been a guide in the Rocky Mountains, fly shop owner, Teva Games competitor, ESPN Fly Fishing Masters competitor, guide in the Florida Keys and secretly want to live in Alaska so I can harass the giant rainbows that live in the Kenai River every day! (Update: 19X66 Willie Boat ordered on Dec 11, 2016. Dream launched! Maybe Ill get a few sessions a year now!)

Wish List:

I want to explore the Maldives Islands in the Indian Ocean, All of Patagonia, All of northern BC, and exotic locations in the Bahamas. You know who you are!


Next to fly fishing, I enjoy hunting for shed antlers in the spring months, hunting big game in the fall, photography, camping, backpacking, hiking and hanging with my wife and dog.


“Dear Mr. Ringer,
Thank you for delivering my new cooler and the stickers. I was most happy for the Vail Valley Angler ones. I meant to reply to your email about how fly fishing nuts I am and your support and your fly shop is part of why I love it so much. you guys do it right. Glad to be a happy client and appreciate your staff and you for my experiences which grow my love for the sport.
Talk soon, ”

— MM aka "the Sloth"
Also, appreciate your superior closing skills!

I just wanted to thank you, Brett, and the staff for how great my recent experience was with Vail Valley Anglers. I came into Vail on rather short notice with an old high school buddy and you all were terrific in setting us up for two great float trips with Rob on very short notice. In particular, our last day in the valley was unexpectedly terrific when you and Brett so graciously allowed us an afternoon on your private section of the Eagle. We caught some very nice fish and could not believe that we had that stretch all to ourselves.
This last visit with you guys is just an example of the many reasons why I have continued to come to your business over the last 25 years. I look forward to many more.
Best regards,”

— Dr. Bryan Reed