Hemispheres Unlimited is a collaborative project. We understand that when clients come to us looking for the best places in the world to spend their all too numbered fishing vacation days, there is no room for error in making sure that we've kept our fingers on the pulse of each destination we present to them. For that reason we have built a team that spans the hemispheres themselves to make sure that our information is up to date, and accurate, and that each of the lodges in our catalog is operating exactly as it was when we made the decision to offer it to our clients. Feel free to get in touch for current conditions and details regarding any of the destinations you would like to visit. We look forward to talking with you soon!
Justin Witt – After spending most of his life trying in vain to balance work with fishing in North America, in 2007 Justin decided on a drastic change of tactics. Taking a hiatus from the marketing communications firm which up until then had occupied his time, he boarded a plane and flew to Ushuaia, Argentina, the furthest physical distance he could reasonably expect to put between himself and his desk without ending up on the icy shores of Antarctica. From there he embarked upon a seven month journey, walking up the spine of the Andes with a backpack and a fly rod to explore Patagonia’s fabled trout waters. Eventually settling in Rio Pico, Argentina, he began Patagonia Unlimited, an off-the-beaten-path style of guide service, and within a few short years built the company into a successful enterprise. As the business continued to grow, its rapidly expanding client base began to express interest in other destinations and new adventures with new species around the world. So, ready for another change and as passionate as ever about his work Justin responded, embarking on an epic first year of guiding outside his new home country that somehow managed to put him to work in every single hemisphere of Earth; and that just within the first twelve months! He has since continued this method of first hand knowledge catalog development, traveling the globe to guide and scout as he manages Hemispheres Unlimited's world-wide list of top notch destinations.
Khadizhat Nur - Khadizhat has been a valuable addition to the team since 2014, when she joined up to manage all destinations in Eurasia. Born in the U.S.S.R. and raised in good old Mother-Russia, she studied Foreign Tourism Management at the Russian International Academy for Tourism before crossing the Atlantic and moving on to earn a degree in International Relations and Global Business at the University of Southern California. Her first experience flyfishing was with Golden Mahseer in India while there for an intensive Yoga Teacher Training course, and has since then fished in pretty much every country she has visited, which is a long list of places to say the least. Khadizhat manages everything from booking processes to client communications for our Eurasian destinations, and eagerly keeps tabs on the fishing in each of those locations as well, hosting groups in that process whenever she can.
Misty Dhillon - Misty's passion for the Golden Mahseer began with his first experience of the fish back in 1995, and since that day he has dedicated himself to little else. Painstakingly developing access to this incredible fishery for international flyfishing tourists, while at the same time leading an impressive effort dedicated to conservation and protection of the resource, he has over the last two decades become an internationally recognized go-to source for all things Mahseer related. Misty is one of only two international representatives in India of the International Game Fish Association. He has appeared on numerous television shows and documentaries featuring the Golden Mahseer. He is certified by the Federation of Fly Fishers as the first Certified Casting Instructor of India. Misty and his wife, Aikta, live at their River Lodge on the Western Ramganga River just outside the Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve in the northern Indian state of Uttrakhand, and manage all of Hemispheres Unlimited's trips to the region.
Rance Rathie - Rance's name is so well known these days in the world of destination flyfishing that he hardly needs any introduction here at all. He spent his younger guide years traveling the planet and working in numerous countries like Mongolia, the Bahamas, Argentina, and Chile, before starting his own very successful business in Argentina, Patagonia River Guides (PRG). He is a member of the Simms, Winston Rod, Hatch Reel, and RO Drift Boats pro staff and has always enjoyed sharing his casting skills with guests, guides, and friends. He loves Patagonia and sharing his knowledge of flora, fauna, and history with anyone that will listen – including his four children, who he is also anxious to share the “if you can’t row, you can’t go” policy set by his father so his kids in turn will have a great love and appreciation of flyfishing. Rance is directly in charge of the day to day operations for all of the PRG programs in Argentina, and sometimes even still finds the time to row clients down our rivers.
Zach “Tweed” Otte - Tweed is, above all else, a fisherman. Growing up in the southeastern United States with bass ponds and trout streams close by and the ocean not too far away, he honed his skills at an early age; but it was not until fishing for peacock bass in the inner city of Miami that his passion for predatory fish in vivid locations fully came to bloom. After graduating from the University of Tennessee Zach traveled to the remote Amazon village of Herrera in Peru, built a canoe, and fished and explored extensively throughout the region on his own. Having survived three years in the jungle, and with three additional languages on his tongue, he wound up becoming a perpetually nomadic explorer, fly rod always in hand. Since then he's caught everything from record-breaking brook trout to mako sharks, and now balances his time between explorations and trip planning for Hemispheres Unlimited, and rowing clients down whitewater rivers wherever he happens to find himself at the time.
Paulino Arias – Paulino is truly a living legend throughout Patagonia at large. Having picked up a fly rod before most anglers in Argentina had even heard of one, he has by now quite likely forgotten more about the sport than the rest of us will ever know. Most of Paulino’s life has been dedicated to the exploration of Patagonian trout waters, and to teaching the members of a newly emerging sport-culture the rules, responsibilities, and details of the game. From tying flies and assisting guests, to putting together some of the best Asados in all Argentina, Paulino’s contribution to our signature Trout Bum program in Rio Pico Argentina greatly appreciated.
Dave Teffeteller – With family roots in the Great Smoky Mountains' Cades Cove, fly fishing for trout has truly always been a way of life for Dave. Today his fly fishing guide books, flies, and fly tying products are found in the vests, libraries, and tying benches of anglers across the globe. Dave, when he is not off fishing far-flung waters of the globe, is one of our North American trip advisors, helping clients with all aspects of their trip planning, as well as hosting trips himself each year on the ground in Argentina.
Alex Knüll – Alex is the head guide and program director for our PRG North programs in the San Martin and Junin de los Andes area of Argentina. Raised in San Martin, but educated in an English speaking school in Buenos Aires, Alex’s passion for fly fishing was enough to ensure he’d settle in his native Patagonia, where he’s been guiding professionally since 2000. Alex has been fishing and exploring the waters around San Martin since picking up his first fly rod at the age of nine, and now brings this huge body of accumulated knowledge and experience to bear on the trips he runs for clients in the area.
Luciano Alba – Luciano is the program director for our Estancia Laguna Verde/Lago Strobel programs, as well as the Golden Dorado River Cruiser program on the Rio Parana. A native of La Pampa where he’s been fishing and hunting since he was eight years old, Luciano went into the sporting property management business with his father Roberto several years ago, and now manages a number of ranches and farms both in his native province and in Santa Cruz. When he’s not holding a fly rod, shotgun, or bow, he also practices law for Alba & Asociados.
Emiliano Luro – Emiliano is the head guide and program director for our Los Roques Bonefish Club package. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Emi now guides the southern season at Estancia Tres Valles and spends the rest of the year guiding, fishing, and photographing Venezuela. Emiliano speaks great English as well as passable French and Italian, and divides his off season months between teaching in local area schools, and exploring new destinations for bonefish, tarpon, and permit.
Gustavo Segovia - Gustavo has been fly fishing and working with tourism in the area between Rio Pico and Los Alerces National park since 1999, and has developed an extensive network of access points to otherwise off-limits or hard to reach locations that is impressive, to say the least. One of the friendliest and most sociable people in the business, Gustavo is a consistent favorite with our clients, and the number of requests we receive each year for a day or two with him on the water is testament to both his endearing personality and expertise. Gustavo is the general manager and head guide of all Trout Bum programs.
Charles J Mize - Charles is our resident tech guru, designer of all things web and marketing related. The good news is, he's a hell of a fly fishermen too! From the streams of Patagonia to the night shores of Cape Cod, Charles artistic design sense works just as well for flies as it does for pixels, and we are thankful each and every year to have him on board. When he's not fishing or designing he writes and illustrates excellent books and short stories for the fantasy market.