Taconic Guide Service

My story-

Meet your Guide:

Ray Berumen

What clients day about us;

via Battenkill or Bust

I grew up in Southern Colorado and learned to fly fish during college. I was a part of what became known as the A River Runs Through It generation. We read voraciously the likes of David Whitfield and hung onto every word that John Gierach wrote. The sport of fly fishing was out of reach for most people back then, and you really had to be committed to learning the craft. The lack of internet and tribal knowledge could only take you so far, and as a result, I spent many years learning from my own mistakes. I ensure all of my clients learn the sport of fly fishing using the least path of resistance, resulting in less stress and more relaxation on the water.

One day in the fall of 1996, I received a copy of the Orvis News. I was working as an engineer in the defense industry in Colorado Springs, CO at the time, but read a job advertisement for a Process Engineer, and it later led to working for one of the best outdoor catalog companies in the World, Orvis. Many years later I worked in the capacity of Engineering Manager for both Orvis Fly Rods in Manchester, Vermont, and British Fly Reels Ltd. in Falmouth, Cornwall, England. 


Having worked in and out of factories for 20+ years, I made a career change and became a full-time math and science teacher at a private middle/high school in Dorset, VT. Teaching as a career enabled me to finally satisfy my lifetime urge to fish most every day for a living. My ability to teach professionally really pays off when instructing both advanced and beginners the art of fly fishing. I have been fishing for over 35 years now, and fly fishing for 25+. I pride myself on teaching the most effective methods in a short amount of time, my clients have an integrated learning experience while actively fishing.