Meet our Guides & Instructors
Steve Turrisi
Steve started fly-fishing at the young age of 7, fishing the creeks of southeastern PA.  He used his own money to purchase his first rod from the Sporting Gentleman at age 11, and was well on his way to being an accomplished fly tier by the age of 10!

Steve's college years were spent in Central PA, and when not studying or chasing girls he fished the streams of the Cumberland Valley.   Since then he continued his passion for the sport, traveling many miles fishing various bays, creeks & rivers from the east coast to Alaska for striped bass, sharks, trout, salmon and steelhead.

Steve is currently the lead fly fishing and fly tying instructor for the Sporting Gentleman.  He is truly dedicated to the sport of fly-fishing, and is readily available to share his expertise through presentations & demonstrations at local clubs and venues.
Marc de Jong
Marc grew up fishing the back bays and farm ponds of south jersey, chasing everything from weakfish and flounder to pickerel and largemouth bass. He began fly fishing at 10, when his father bought him a spin/fly combo with the Marlboro Miles he had been saving! His first attempts with the long rod were taken in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where he fished for wild brookies and stockers. 

After tagging along with his wife to veterinary school, he moved back to the East Coast and just happened to pass by the original site of The Sporting Gentleman. The next day he bought his first Orvis rig. Lucky for him, not so much his wife, his unemployment left him with plenty of time to hone his craft on the small streams of southeastern Pennsylvania. A year later, after a trip to Colorado, he began instructing and guiding under the tutelage of Mary Kuss.

Marc has been guiding and teaching fishing and tying classes for The Sporting Gentleman since 2003. He is most at home drifting down the Upper Delaware with customers, fishing for wild browns and rainbows feeding on the buffet of insects that the Delaware offers. You might also catch him chasing carp locally or chasing stripers on the flats in the back bays of the Jersey Shore.
Mary Kuss

Mary is a life-long avid angler.  She began fishing at age 6 and fly fishing at age 15.  Born and raised in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, Mary graduated from Widener University in 1974 with a B. S. in biology.  She worked for the New Jersey Division of Fish and Game for several years before marrying and relocating to the Philadelphia area.  She has worked as a naturalist for the Tyler Arboretum in Media, PA and also coordinated the Arboretum’s adult education programs. 

      

Mary began teaching and guiding for The Sporting Gentleman around 1980, and later worked part-time as a retail clerk for the shop.  She is a licensed Pennsylvania fishing guide, and has taught countless group classes and private lessons in fly fishing and fly tying over the past 35 years.  She has served on the Board of Directors for several non-profit conservation organizations, and has donated many hours of volunteer teaching.  Mary is a life-member of Trout Unlimited and has served as a Director for the Ken Lockwood, Valley Forge, and Delco-Manning Chapters of T. U.  She is the founder and an active member of the Delaware Valley Women’s Fly Fishing Association, one of the largest clubs of its kind on the East Coast, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary year in 2016.


Now semi-retired, Mary continues to do private instruction by appointment in fly fishing and fly tying, as well as instructional guiding on local Philadelphia area streams.  

Susan Proulx

Susan has been fly fishing local streams for 35 years, targeting trout as well as warm water species. She also has experience fishing western rivers and salt water. After attending the fly fishing instructor school at LL Bean in 2008, Susan has assisted with instruction for various groups. She is also a member of the board of the Delaware Valley Women’s Fly Fishing Association. Enthusiastic, knowledgeable and professional, Susan can put her experience to work for you to get started in the sport, or to increase your skill level.

Matt Rysak
Born a naturalist and adventurer (hopping the backyard fence at age 3!), Matt was introduced to fishing early in life.  At age 6, he often fished with his father and uncle in the rivers and streams of southeastern PA & in the ponds and lakes of southern New Jersey.  A career as a competitive skateboarder allowed Matt to travel out west, where he discovered a passion for fly fishing.  Rarely a week goes by that Matt isn't searching out new water to test his ever-expanding skills. He is always ready to adjust to the changing currents, climate and culture of today's fly fisherman.  Matt tries to instill respect for the natural environment, care of equipment & materials, and most especially good sportsmanship in his teaching methods.  He looks forward to sharing his joy of the fly fishing & the outdoors with you!