MONDO is the spike in the system. We are the resistance to the status quo. Mondo represents a new approach to fly fishing gear. One that fuses art, color and high performance with rods & reels, without having a premium price. Mondo wants to blow up fly fishing stereotypes. We believe rods can have custom colors, without ridiculous prices. We’re reinventing and reimagining reel aesthetics by collaborating with artists, designers and photographers to make gear more expressive. No clichés, more fun. That’s what we do.

Most importantly, we want fly fishing to become approachable and accessible for everyone… because once you’ve experienced the sport, the exhilaration will hook you.

Mondo gear is designed to inspire. To let you express yourself in both the gear and in the fishing experience. It is designed to perform flawlessly. It’s not expensive. We design gear that allows you to…

Taylor Barlow

Co-Founder

What is your full name?
Taylor Kimball Barlow

What year of your life did you peak?
Freshmen year of college.  No Question!  Steady diet of Toaster Strudels, slayed nipple deep pow four days a week at Grand Targhee and met new girls from all over the country.  I mean come on!  Sound like a good time?  It was!

Why did you start Mondo Fly Fishing?
I was tired of being spoon fed some BS narrative about what fly fishing is, what fly fishing isn’t and what fly fishing must never become.  I’ve watched a lot people get turned off by the stuffy exclusive vibe flowing out of the industry.  I wanted to craft a more inclusive narrative while bringing sick gear to the people on the periphery of the sport and those trying to figure out how to get in.  Learning to fly fish isn’t hard; casting, knots, equipment, insects, etc.  The intuitive component to fly fishing is the hard part, but that’s what makes the sport so appealing, the bugs, figuring out the water, patterning the fish, etc.  Sorting all that stuff out is the spark.  It’s what keeps all of us coming back.     

What did you do before Mondo?
Spent 10 years playing River Butler, aka Guiding, mainly in the Upper Snake River Drainages.  Took a break from that to get a big boy job.  I started and operated a logistics company for 4 years. Next, I took a couple winters off to groom the runs at Grand Targhee.  Best job ever.  Currently I’m guiding for a Teton Valley Lodge and operating Mondo full time!

What dinning establishment are you obsessing over this week?  Name and Location?
The “Barlow Elk Meat Cafe” located in Victor, Idaho.  Can’t get enough!

If you could fish only one piece of water for the rest of your life what would it be?
Don’t patronize me!  This is neither the time nor the place to lay those types of details on the table.  If I really had to nail down a place though, I’d have to say the Provo River.  I heard it’s going off right now.

Top three destination fishing trips?
#1: GT’s in the South Pacific or Indian Ocean

#2: I need to get back down with my boy Dingo in the keys and slay some Poon, Snook and Perms

#3: Cuba!

Top three trends in fly fishing that you think are funny?
#1: You don’t roll cast dry flies!  You know who you are….Ross!

#2: The Powder River Club

#3: Waders…. So 2005

One person that has influenced your fishing the most?
The Tuna!  Hands down.  We wrote our fly fishing thesis together!  Yep, we have a thesis.  Nope you can’t read it!

Levi Gephart

Co-Founder

What is your full name?
Levi Paul Gephart

What year of your life did you peak?
August 6th, 2008.  In a moment of genuine brilliance, I brought to life a flying bus with the head of a demon pig that flew with dragon wings.  The boar-bus was armed with an infernal arrow tail that demolished any obstacles potentially hindering passengers from getting to work on time.  It looked like this:

That was my peak. Hands down.

What dining establishment are you obsessing over this week?  Name and Location?
Two of ‘em:

#1: Grove Market & Deli
1906 S. Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT

#2: Robin’s Nest
311 S. Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT

Why did you start Mondo Fly Fishing?
I’ve always loved the fight in competition and I’m scrappy and tend to root for the underdog. There is a change within the fly fishing industry currently taking place and I have to be a part of that change.

What did you do before Mondo?
Wore skinny jeans and delivered Jimmy John’s subs on my fixie.

If you could fish only one piece of water for the rest of your life what would it be?
Never been, but most of my dreams center around the East Cape and chasing Roosters – hopefully it will become a reality soon. I gotta think that would be an area that could keep my attention for the rest of my life.

Top three destination fishing trips?
#1:  Upper Provo

#2:  Middle Provo

#3:  Lower Provo

Top three trends in fly fishing that you think are funny?
#1:  Tanner & Taylor School of Rowing

#2:  Fly Fishing Theses

#3:  Mop Flies (Not taking a dig at them… genuinely think they’re funny)

What’s the best thing to happen to you as an angler?
Missing a monster brown after witnessing it murder a white sex dungeon. Nothing has given me the bug more than missing that fish.

A close second is the memory of watching my girlfriend (at the time) miss her first trout on the dry. The twitch in her eye after that farm makes me chuckle to this day. I’ll add that was the point she really fell in love with fly fishing.

One person that has influenced your fishing the most?
Blake Hansen