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Directors of Fishing and Guest Services

We are proud to have two wonderful fishing professionals, Lori-Ann Murphy and Ed Blank, who share the job of Fishing Director here at El Pescador.

Lori-Ann Murphy

Lori-Ann Murphy works with an angler on casting from the casting platform in front of El PescadorIn 2009, I joined the El Pescador family on Ambergris Caye, Belize, as Director of Fishing and Guest Relations. I thoroughly enjoy working with our exceptional guides, meeting and fishing with angling enthusiasts from all over the world and I’m thrilled to extend my love of fishing to the shores of Belize.

I have worked in the fly fishing industry for over twenty years. As an avid outdoor enthusiast, I discovered the excitement of experiencing nature through fly fishing on my home waters of southwest Montana, Idaho’s Snake River and the Jackson Hole area of Wyoming.

In 1989, I was the first woman to be named an Orvis-Endorsed fly-fishing guide. I have served as a consultant to several fly fishing tackle and equipment manufacturers and make educational and promotional presentations at sport shows and fly fishing clubs all over the United States.

In 1992, I co-founded Reel-Women. We were the first company to offer women-only fly fishing trips all over the world. Our company has since grown to include guided float trips for both men and women, fly fishing schools, fly fishing guide schools, casting clinics, and destination trips.

I have enjoyed competing in numerous fly fishing and casting competitions over the years. In 2003, I was named “Best of the West” in the ISE Casting Competition. In 2007, I was a member of the team that won the Fly Fishing Masters contest sponsored by Outdoor Life Network.

My media credits include ESPN, CNN, The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, and Outside Magazine. I was the fly fishing consultant for Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon in the movie The River Wild.

I can’t wait for our guests to experience fishing the legendary saltwater flats of Belize. The joy is always learning something new, and taking with us what we have learned along the way. Honing your casting skills is especially critical for successful salt water fly fishing. Beginning and advanced anglers are encouraged to work on advancing their skills in our casting clinics held most afternoons on the docks – email me for details! Cast to your dreams, and see you there!

Ed Blank

Born and Raised on a fly fishing river in northern New Hampshire, all I ever knew was skiing and fly fishing. I was very lucky and the skiing took me around the world into my thirties; racing professionally for 12 years.

Ed Block preparing anglers for their next day of fishing at an El Pescador villa.In 1990 I stepped away from skiing altogether and rekindled my love for fishing. I outfitted and guided fly fishermen on week long adventures in Alaska. For 20 years I organized and guided our float trips, camping, fishing and rafting down the best rainbow rivers in southwest Alaska. Our favorite rivers were the Alagnak River, Moraine Creek, American Creek, the Arolik, and Goodnews rivers. My winters were filled with traveling with my Alaska clientele to winter destinations like Florida, Argentina, Chile and the Caribbean with frequent visits to El Pescador over the years.

During one of these trips to El Pescador I was seduced by tarpon and now hunt for them wherever I go. In the Spring of 2008 I started working as a tarpon guide in the Florida Keys concentrating on the months of May and June.

In 2010 I retired the Alaska portion of my life and began my work with the El Pescador family, job sharing with Lori-Ann Murphy as Director of Fishing.

I hope I am lucky enough to host you on your next trip to El Pescador!

If you have any questions, or want help planning a trip, email us at [email protected].

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“Lori-Ann has done more for the fly fishing business than almost anyone.
She is not only a top notch teacher of the sport, she is an extraordinary fisher lady!”
– Bob Clouser

“El Pescador could not have chosen a better person!
Congratulations to both Lori- Ann and the El Pescador team”
– Lefty Kreh

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