Our Staff

Our store is staffed by life-long fly fishermen and fly tiers with a strong obsession with the sport. Here is the core of our team:

Mike Watriss

great feathers fly shop Mike was born on the banks of Western Run and has been fishing the many wild trout streams around here for over 30 years. An accomplished and award winning decoy carver, Mike’s passions include art, fly fishing, and drumming. In his 21st year at this location Mike has the same passion for the sport and serving customers with the best equipment and materials as the day he opened



Rob Lepczyk

Robby Fly Fishing Great Feathers Baltimore MDRobby was born and raised in northern Baltimore County fishing his local cold water and warm water fisheries, for brown trout, large and small mouth bass, as well as carp and shad.  Robby has been fly fishing and shooting since he could walk, and tying flies since he was eleven.  He has also traveled North America fishing and hunting, from Montana to the Yucatan, New Mexico to Nova Scotia and points in between.

Robby “eats, drinks and sleeps” fly fishing.  You can ask him any questions and he’s got the answer or at least an opinion.

Josef Budniakiewicz

josef_150x150Born and raised in Baltimore County, our webmaster, e-commerce manager and general IT expert Josef Budniakiewicz has been working with all kinds of computer technology since he was a toddler. Being taught solely by his family, his own “tinkering” and a plethora of time on Google, he seems to have a solution for every technological issue we have. Whether it is inventory management, online customer care, or keeping our computer technology up to date – Josef is always doing something in the shop.

What he lacks in extended knowledge of fly fishing, he makes up for in oiling the machine that is our online business.


David Budniakiewicz

Dave Trout fly fishing gunpowder baltimore marylandAs a Maryland hatchling, Dave got his first fishing experience using a “Snoopy” Zebco reel & pole and fishing for bass in Deep Creek Lake, MD. Since then, he has become an avid fly fisherman and fly tier. His trips range from the rivers in Oregon, California, New York, North Carolina and Florida. But usually Dave spends most of his time catching trout on the Gunpowder River with periodic trips to the Salmon River near Syracuse, NY for some serious steelhead fly fishing.

Jack, “Shop Dog”

Jack Fly Shop dog Great Feathers Baltimore MDJack is Robby’s 6 year old English Setter, although he now eats more sandwiches than points birds, he still enjoys to sniff the Grouse skins and will always welcome you at the front door with a wagging tail.

Great Feathers prides itself in the wide selection of the finest in tackle and materials from around the world. Take a moment to search our website.  If you don’t see what you’re looking, please contact us by phone or via email.  You can also use our forum to post questions.  We are also on Facebook and we’d love for you to join our friends and share your experiences with us.