Álvaro G. Santillán is an accomplished fly fishing photographer, film maker, journalist and fly fishing guide.
Álvaro was born in the north of Spain where he fly fish since his early childhood. Specialized in trout sight fishing and Atlantic salmon, Álvaro travels around Spain and the globe, searching for the best fly fishing spots in each season of the year. He has fished and explored more than 20 countries and the count still going on.
Álvaro is always with a rod and a camera in his hands, inspired by rivers, mountains, wildlife, travel and outdoor sports subjects, Álvaro wants to capture the essence of fly fishing, connecting people with it and encourage the viewer for consider his relationship with the Nature and specially with our rivers and waters. As he says: fishing is more than catching fish.
Alvaro started in the competition world at the age of 13 and he qualified for the Spanish High Competition Youth league in 2003 with a second place in the qualifying championship, where he remained till 2006, when he decided to quit the competition.
Founder of Lineas Vivas web platform in 2004, a website dedicated to technical articles, photography and guiding, where he started his professional career as a guide and he wrote for Spanish publications like Dánica Magazine or Ríos con Vida.
Fly casting lover, Álvaro obtained the Master of Fly Casting title of PAIL program by the National Casting Commission when he was 15 years old in 2005.
Álvaro has always been an authentic nature and outdoor lover and this love for the natural world took him to study Biological Science Degree and graduate in 2012 in Basque Country University.
In 2016, the passion became a job and he founded FOCUS ON THE FLY.
Since 2019, Álvaro works for Guideline as content creator in their online marketing department.
In 2021, the lack of fly fishing magazines in Spanish took Álvaro to found A MOSCA MAGAZINE, where he works as editor, articulist and photographer.
Nowadays Álvaro continues to create content for numerous brands, magazines, TV Shows and publications, and guiding in Spain and other foreign countries as Norway, where he spends the summer guiding for the Norwegian Flyfishers Club.
CLIENTS, FRIENDS & PUBLICATIONS
Guideline Flyfish, KUIU ultralight hunting, Caza y Pesca TV MOVISTAR+, International Fly Fishing Film Festival, Norwegian Flyfishers Club, The Fly Fish Journal, RISE fly fishing film festival, YKR Fishing Pro Evolution, In the Loop Magazine, Salmonized, Luckybur, TotalPeep, Dánica Magazine, Ríos con Vida Magazine, Jara y Sedal Magazine, Kengis Bruk, We Are Fly Fishing Mag, FinChasers Magazine, Myfishingmaps, Clic & Fish, Moscas Joaquín Herrero, FlyLords Magazine, ClubSalmon2000, H20 magazine, CRR flies, Fernando Saiz Spain, FlyOnline.es, Spey Brothers, Fish & Fliege magazine, Soça Fly, LTG Pliva & Ribnik…