Michael has traveled the globe familiarizing himself with the full gamut of The Fly Shop’s international destinations.
Michael began his career at The Fly Shop as a counselor at our acclaimed FishCamp™ program in 2001, which led into several years of guiding in Northern California and eventually managing The Fly Shop’s Northern California guide service, private waters program, and schools and camps from 2005 to 2012. Throughout this time he’s spent every free moment traveling the globe in search of exotic adventures, which he’s excited to share as the newest member of our International Travel staff.
Michael comes from a fly fishing family, and it’s literally in his blood. His great grandfather worked on the Silverton Railroad in Southwest Colorado in the early 1900s, where he plied the trout-filled waters of the Animas River on every day off. Michael’s grandfather took the next step, wetting a line in nearly every fishable creek, lake, and puddle in the Rocky Mountains during a 50+ year career as a ranch and forest-land appraiser. Both of Michael’s parents are passionate anglers, as is Michael’s lovely wife, Kerry. Their young son, Mitchell, cast his first fly rod before he could walk.
The passion for fly fishing in the Caranci family has always blended with a passion for travel. By the age of 14 he’d tackled the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming and caught every species of Alaskan salmon on a fly, and he caught his first bonefish on Abaco Island in the Bahamas at 15. College took him to the University of Puget Sound in Washington State, during which time he spent a semester living abroad and studying in Milan, Italy, before graduating with a degree in English and Creative Writing.
Michael began teaching at our FishCamp™ program while still in college, and promptly used that background in teaching to get his Casting Instructor Certification through the Federation of Fly Fishers, and was the youngest person ever to get their Masters Certification through the FFF. He has introduced thousands of people to the joys of fly fishing, and continues to teach and guide whenever he’s not traveling the globe in search of exotic species and un-touched waters.
Over the years Michael has logged in thousands of miles visiting as many countries as possible, and stalking as many different species of fish on a fly as he could. He’s been from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, and from Christmas Island to the Caribbean including Los Roques, Belize, the Mexican Yucatan, and the Bahamas.
When Michael’s not casting a fly, rowing a boat, teaching a casting seminar, or spending time with his family, he’s bent over a keyboard writing. He’s been published in almost every major fly fishing rag. We’ve enjoyed following this young man’s fly fishing career, and you can look forward to seeing more articles, stories, books, and photos with his name attached for many years to come.