Who are we?

Celebrating native trout, beautiful places, and the stories that connect them.


CHASING NATIVES provides learning experiences about nature through travel and fishing that:

♦ INSPIRE curiosity about the natural world


PROMOTE conservation and public lands stewardship


DEVELOP social understanding, respect, and cooperation.


Chasing Natives is a fly fishing journey that explores the beautiful places where North America’s trout and salmon call home. Tim Chase and Joel Vos met in 2016 while working together for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. From Tim’s stories of fishing pocket waters in Shenandoah National Park, to Joel’s bragging about the waters of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, these two outdoor enthusiasts quickly learned of their shared passions for fly-fishing, conservation education and advocating for our nation’s public lands.


Since then, Tim and Joel have traveled more than 18,000 miles together,  exploring rivers, lakes and streams across North America. These adventures have taken them from the salt marshes of the Lowcountry to Appalachian streams, into the western reaches of the Bridger-Teton NF to the renowned waters of Yellowstone. Along the way, these two friends hatched the idea of helping others connect to nature and conservation by sharing their experiences.

A vast system of public lands – almost 650 million federal acres that belong to all Americans – is what make this journey possible. National Parks, National Forests, Wildlife Refuges, Wild and Scenic Rivers and Wilderness areas inspire us. We hope they will inspire you, too.

You are invited to share in this journey. Come along as we celebrate native trout, beautiful places, and the stories that connect them. Follow in our footsteps. Better yet, create your own path. You will be glad you did. We hope to see you out there!

An 18" Yellowstone Cutthroat trout from Yellowstone's Soda Butte Creek

Tim Chase

Educator ♦ Conservationist ♦ Public Lands Advocate ♦ Fly Tyer ♦ Rod Builder

Tim Chase has been an educator since 1997. As a teacher of high school Ecology and AP Environmental Science, Tim received numerous awards including the 2018 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. While earning his degree in Biology from James Madison University, Tim spent time exploring Shenandoah National Park and the nearby George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. He would later return to Virginia’s public lands to hone his fly-fishing skills on the native brook trout streams of the Appalachians. Tim got hooked on the sport of fly-fishing over twenty years ago while traveling extensively across the mountain west. He is an accomplished fly-tyer and custom fly rod builder who now calls the Denver, Colorado area home.  

Joel Vos

Natural Resources Interpreter ♦ Public Lands Manager ♦ Angler ♦ Photographer

Born in in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, Joel Vos has been working in the field of environmental education and conservation for over 20 years. Joel earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from St. Olaf College, and a master’s degree in Environmental Education from the University of Minnesota. In 2012 he began a career with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Homer, Alaska, and it was there that this midwestern “fly-curious” angler found his passion and knack for fly fishing trout and salmon. He has served as the Environmental Education Coordinator for the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Refuge Ranger at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and currently as the Refuge Manager for Green Bay and Gravel Islands National Wildlife Refuges. Now calling the Green Bay, Wisconsin area home, Joel specializes in connecting people to nature through natural resources interpretation and outdoor adventure experiences.

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Let’s connect! We want to hear from you! At CHASING NATIVES, we are always open to talk about your ideas or answer your questions.