Former Caddis Fly Angling Shop employee and Oregon Fly Fishing Blog contributor, Gregory Nespor will be guiding again this season in Yosemite National Park.
This June marks Gregory’s 20th anniversary in the park. For the first eight seasons he worked as a ranger-naturalist in Yosemite Valley where he led guided walks and moonlight tram tours and answered visitor’s questions. During this time he also got involved with bear management, search and rescue, and mentoring Student Conservation Association interns. He considers Yosemite Valley one of his most favorite places.
Later Gregory worked as a wilderness ranger in Yosemite’s high country, based out of Tuolumne Meadows, patrolling the park’s 800+ miles of trail, helping visitors, and protecting resources. It was during the Tuolumne days that he and his best friend Rob would fly fish every day along the Dana Fork of the Tuolumne River, literally outside their front door.
In 2015 Gregory was approached by David Gregory, owner of Yosemite Outfitters, about becoming a guide. After a brief meeting and a day on the water, Gregory accepted the job of guiding visitors on his days off from rangering, and thanks David for changing his life.
In 2021, with the encouragement of family and friends, Gregory started guiding full time. His work at Rajeff Sports in 2018 and the Caddis Fly Shop in 2018-2021 and being a lifelong student of all things wild have inspired Gregory to share the love of fly fishing with others.
His mentors include the Caddis Fly Shop crew, especially Bryson & Justin, Chris Daughters, Tim Rajeff, Katherine Hart, Randall & Mary Kaufmann, Rob Hrabik, David Gregory, Evan Burck, James Lemon, Corey Domings, Creg Phares, and many more.
Be sure to follow Gregory at Gregorynesporflyfishing.com for his latest adventures, Yosemite information, and details about guided trips.