Dave and Kelly Leonhard are Orvis Streamside’s owners. Dave has been a fly angler for more than 50 years and has taught fly casting and fishing to thousands of anglers. Dave Leonhard is a master certified casting instructor for the Federation of Fly Fishers, head of fly casting for the Michigan Council TU Fly Fishing School, a life member of TU, a former director and charter member of the Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited in Traverse City, Michigan, former president of the Challenge Chapter of TU, owner of Orvis Streamside in Traverse City, and owner/director Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing School and director of casting for the Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing School.
Kelly is a lifelong fly angler. She handles the corporate intricacies of the store and cares for the family’s horses at their small horse farm south of Traverse City. When they can, Kelly and Dave love to fish Montana waters, grouse hunt Michigan coverts, and match the hatches on the Upper Manistee and Boardman Rivers.
Greg Miller is Streamside’s GM and one of it’s top river guides. Greg came to Orvis Streamside from the Detroit area after helping out the gang at the corporate store in Royal Oak. His executive experience, pleasant demeanor, and fly angling skills make him one of the most productive guides on Michigan’s top trout, steelhead, and salmon rivers, as well as one of Orvis Michigan’s best and most experienced instructors. Greg’s experiences include fishing Alaskan rivers, Belize’s Savana and flats, and the streams of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming.
Craig Fiebing is Orvis Streamside’s head guide and serves as a shop technical expert. Craig is as third generation Traverse City resident and angler and has forgotten more about the regions rivers than most will ever know. When Craig isn’t floating the Upper Manistee or Betsie, he’s caring for his family’s horses, fishing their private lakes for bluegill and rainbows, and guarding their secret Morel haunts. His ol’ school commitment to a quality experience on the river is reflected in his dedication to long hours of hard work on the river and a consistently positive outlook.
Jim Craig is one of our regular Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing School instructors and guides. Jimmy is an FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor and veteran instructor for the FFF and Trout Unlimited. Jim’s background includes guiding duck hunting in Tennessee, and goose hunting in Michigan. He is a “carp on the flats” expert and heads up the Orvis Michigan Specialty Carp School each year. Jim’s fly fishing experiences also include fishing the streams of Montana and Wyoming, bonefish in the Bahamas and redfish in Florida.
Mike Dunckley comes to Streamside with the passion for fishing that is highly contagious. Mike doubles as our Head Instructor for the Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing School. His skills as an instructor are rare and his sense of humor is exceptional! His eye for the for slot and feeding fish is obvious. Mike has fished all of our local watersheds since childhood and is available for both trout, salmon/steelhead, and instructional trips.