Paul Mason & Jesse Riding
Paul Mason's angling journey began in the river-rich landscapes of Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming, expanding across borders from Alaska to Chile. His fly fishing odyssey spans three decades, during which he honed his craft on global waters. Tying flies ignited his passion at the tender age of ten, setting him on a trajectory of immersion in fly fishing.
Paul's academic pursuits align seamlessly with his outdoor passions. His academic journey has been dedicated to studying fisheries and aquatic science, culminating in a Master's in fisheries from Utah State University. This academic foundation enriches his practical experience on the water.
For over 12 years, Paul has contributed his expertise to Rainy's Flies, where he serves as a fulfillment and technical specialist. His comprehensive understanding of fly fishing and the technical aspects of the industry underscores his dedication to the craft. Beyond fishing and tying, Paul enjoys crafting custom fly rods and landing nets, a testament to his enduring connection to the art of angling.
Paul's home base is in Logan, UT, where he resides with his wife, Allison. Together, they continue to explore the intricate dance between fly fishing and the natural world.
Jesse Riding, son of the illustrious fly designer and manufacturer Rainy Riding, was immersed in flies and fly tying from an early age. Growing up, he spent countless hours observing his mother, Rainy, as she meticulously crafted flies. His journey in fly tying began at the age of 4 when he started experimenting with his variations. Amid his formative years and beyond, Jesse honed his fly-tying skills and assisted customers in the fly shop, thus kindling his profound connection with the fly-fishing industry.
With a career over 35 years, Jesse remains deeply involved in fly tying. His dedication is unwavering, as he dedicates himself to tying flies daily, crafting new patterns to be tested on the waters in the coming days. Jesse's passion extends to his personal tying spaces – two stations at home to accommodate his creative bursts without displacing his children from their vise and another at work, ensuring he can swiftly turn his ideas into tangible fly designs.
Presently serving as Co-Owner and President of Rainy's® Flies & Supplies, Jesse divides his time between headquarters and the distribution warehouse in Logan, Utah. His responsibilities range from sales operations to coordinating with dealers, sales representatives, and fellow fly designers and engaging in fishing escapades across the globe. With an impressive portfolio, Jesse has introduced over 60 distinct fly designs to the market, each available through Rainy's® Flies, a testament to his ceaseless creativity and innovation.