The Trip That Inspired TSURU

Meet Your Instructors

Kristof Mercier - 20 years of Fishing Experience

Founder of the Academy, Kristof is a lifelong fishing enthusiast and a freshwater sciences biologist. Through TSURU, he is committed to offering top-of-the-line products that meet the needs of both seasoned anglers and beginners alike. Kristof's passion for fishing began at the tender age of 4, and it has remained a driving force in his life ever since. His favorite species to fish are pike, musky, and trophy native trout, and his expertise in these areas is reflected in the products TSURU has to offer.
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Matthew Garvie - 15 years of fishing experience

Instructor for TSURU Academy since it's creation, Matthew Garvie is a fisheries biologist currently living and working in the Yukon. Matthew also remembers falling in love with fishing at a young age. With the experiences he has acquired over the last 15 years, Matthew looks to share is passion for salmon, pike, and steelhead fishing through the Academy. With his extensive knowledge, notably in ice fishing and fly fishing, Matthew will provide you with valuable insights and techniques to improve your fishing skills.
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What You Can Expect

With their combined 25 years of experience, Kristof and Matthew are both accomplished anglers and bring a wealth of knowledge to TSURU Academy. They are dedicated to providing comprehensive and practical fishing education, covering a wide range of topics including fish behavior and proper handling, habitat conservation, tackle selection, and durable fishing techniques.

Whether you are a beginner looking to learn the basics or an experienced angler seeking to refine your techniques, our instructors will guide you every step of the way!