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Our Expert Team

The team behind Fishing the Good Fight all has personal experience with mental health struggles and can relate to participants. FTGF partners with local therapists to provide all mental health programming and content. The team is made up of two commercial fly tiers and all retreat staff are all high-level anglers sure to help you land a great rainbow or brown.

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Jennings Hester

Founder | Board Member

I grew up loving sports and competition, but the outdoors and fly fishing were things I didn't learn to appreciate until late into my 20's.

 

Both have helped me in many ways, and I hope to share the passion with others.

I founded the Fishing The Good Fight with the idea that there needs to be more awareness, less stigma and that fly fishing can help bridge that gap

Jennings Hester

 

Baker Arena

Board Member

I call the mountains of Evergreen CO home where I live with my fiancé and Great Pyrenees, Willow who loves to go fishing (and spook fish). I've dealt with anxiety throughout my life and it has been something that I have worked through with the help of professionals. I like to think of fly fishing in beautiful locations as "nature's Valium" and turn to the river whenever things get tough. In 2018, I remember going out on the water stressed and anxious and within an hour, feeling completely at peace. I still find that peace every time I'm out fishing.

Baker Arena

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Jeff Guidotti

Board Member

I'm a Colorado native who has been an avid outdoorsman and fisherman my whole life. Over the last several years, the solitude and beautiful landscapes that come with fly fishing have helped me process the grief and loss following my father’s unexpected passing. I believe that fly fishing can serve as a powerful therapeutic resource for other men the way it has helped me. I try to be a resource on all things fishing and love contributing to the organization. 

Jeff Guidotti

Neeraj
"Raj" Sathe

Board Member

I deeply believes in the healing benefits of fly fishing and fly tying. The sport has helped me overcome my own battles with depression and anxiety. I'm motivated to share it with others who are interested.

Raj Sathe

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