Carl Haensel is an educator, biologist, photographer, writer, author and fishing guide. He has guided and taught fly fishing since 1996 and has authored over a hundred articles on fly fishing techniques, tips, flies and locations as well as children’s educational literature. From 1996 until 2003 he owned and operated Around the Bend Flyfishing based in Eden Prairie, MN. From 2001 until 2007 he served as a regional manager for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Fish and Boat Commission. There he managed education, programming, and aquatic resource issues for an area encompassing over five million people, including the City of Philadelphia. He has fished extensively throughout the world and his outdoor photographs have been widely published. He is also an educational consultant and enjoys secondary and post-secondary teaching.  Together with Jade Thomason he manages the Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo on behalf of Minnesota Trout Unlimited.  Carl serves as the Northern Minnesota Vice Chair for Trout Unlimited. Find his books Fly Fishing Minnesota and Minnesota Fly Fishing Maps on our website for purchase.

Carl also regularly gives presentations on a variety of topics including regional fly fishing, fly fishing techniques for steelhead, trout, bass and more, photography, and saltwater destinations. Contact us to discuss presentation topics for your event.

Jade Thomason is a conservation biologist and photographer that focuses on writing, consulting, GIS mapping and website design. She has worked on forest ecology research teams in Washington for North Cascades National Park and in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska for the US Forest Service. Together with Carl she manages the Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo and writes and shoots photography for a wide variety of publications including American Fly Fishing, Eastern Fly Fishing, Northwest Fly Fishing and the Pennsylvania Angler & Boater magazine. Jade also works closely with Minnesota Trout Unlimited and is the editor of the Minnesota TU publication Trout Unlimited Minnesota. Find her and Carl’s book Minnesota Fly Fishing Maps for purchase on our website.

Namebini has been a northern Minnesota business since 2007, taking its name from the original Ojibwe name for the nearby Sucker River.  Since then we have offered guided fly fishing and a variety of other services based at our property in the Sucker River watershed.