Ambassadors, Tournament Anglers & Pro Staff

Angling has been a lifelong hobby and profession. Watching clients catch that first ever walleye or personal best fish and knowing those memories will last a lifetime is priceless. - Aaron Phillipe

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Andrew Kraft

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Ambassador

We all have those special memories & moments as we continue our journey through life. Fortunately, I experience many of those through fishing!

It’s a sport, hobby, tradition, outlet, and so much more. Some of my favorite memories are spent in the boat or on the ice, bending a rod, and living in the moment. There are days where you capitalize on that burning desire to pin a bite down, and others where you simply enjoy posting up in a spot and wetting a line.

My purpose has always been to enjoy these times, continually learn through these adventures, and share those experiences with others!

I'm a multi-species angler spending a majority of my time fishing the many great panfish waters surrounding the Bemidji area for crappies & bluegills, Lake of the Woods for walleyes, sturgeon, and northern pike, and Mille Lacs for walleyes and smallmouth bass. There are so many great opportunities for us all to experience through fishing. No matter what it means to you, you’re the one living that experience. Enjoy it!

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Toby Kvalevog

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Ambassador

Toby Kvalevog is a tournament fisherman and owner at Leisure Outdoor Adventures. Toby is a multi species Minnesota fishing guide who has been chasing Walleye, Northern Pike and Musky for over 35 years. Toby started his guiding in the Bemidji area through the Take a Kid Fishing event held annually on Lake Bemidji where he grew up. From there he mastered his skills tournament fishing across the state of Minnesota, winning FLW Walleye events on Cass Lake, Leech Lake, and winning Angler of the year in 2005. Toby loves being a fishing guide on some of Minnesota's top fishing destination lakes like Gull Lake, Pelican Lake, Mille Lacs lake, Lake Winni, Leech Lake, Cass Lake and Lake Bemidji because of the numbers of trophy class Walleye, Pike, Bass, and Musky that call these waters home. Toby K is an experienced multi species fishing guide that has the knowledge and fishing equipment to put you on a trophy fish of a lifetime or a quick limit for dinner.

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"Walleye Dan" Dan Eigen

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Ambassador

Also known as “Walleyedan” is a lifelong fisherman and owner of Walleyedans Guide Service, which is based in the Brainerd Lakes Area of Minnesota. Dan and his wife Shelley have 3 children. Dan loves the outdoors and gives credit to his parents for introducing him to fishing and hunting at an early age. Since fishing is his full-time job, hunting would be considered his number one hobby. Dan’s love for walleye fishing began on Gull Lake using the “Lowrance green box”, and those are still some of his most fond memories ever. 40 or so years later, things have changed considerably in the fishing world, but that excitement is still there when he’s out trying to figure out those elusive walleyes for his guests, family or friends. Last, but most importantly, Dan is a child of God.  


Dylan Foui 🇨🇦

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Ambassador

Just a Manitoba boy with a major passion for hunting down true Canadian monsters. I'm very competitive and love tournament angling.
Fishing is my escape from the daily hustle and bustle, and nothing beats making memories on the water with my fishing crew and family.
Some of my favorite species to target are lake trout, stocked trout, walleye and crappie. Here are a couple of my go-to rods for the hard water season. I love hunkering down for those huge northern Manitoba lake trout, and the Siscowett-S keeps those fish pinned and hooked to perfection. The 2B Savant is an incredible jaw jacker rod for chasing huge stocked trout or ripping on your go-to bait rattle bait. I am blessed to have Lake Winnipeg in my backyard, which is known for holding some of the biggest walleye in the world. The Elliott Evolution 42” and 45” medium are my top two for flutter spoons or rattle baits for those giant Lake Winnipeg walleye. Lastly, the Elliott Inhaler is my favorite rod for those sumo deepwater slabs.


Jason Freed

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Ambassador

As a Minnesota walleye fishing guide as well as a guide for other fish species, Jason gets the pleasure to guide on many different lakes which makes it a unique and rewarding experience all in one. You can find Jason spending his time as a fishing guide on Lake Vermilion, Leech Lake, and the lakes in the Hackensack area. He will be spending the majority of his time on Lake Vermilion now. When he is fishing, Jason is the President of Leisure Outdoor Adventures so he is busy running and managing all operations within the guide service.

Outside of guiding, Jason is a High School Social Studies Teacher at Brainerd High School as well as a Varsity Football Coach for the Brainerd Warriors. He likes to say he has passion in life for the 4 F's, "Faith, Family, Fishing, and Football". He is married to Emilee and they have two daughters, Macin and Hayden.

Tournament Anglers

kyle minke professional bass tournament angler with two largemouth bass

Kyle Minke

MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro

I have always loved fishing. It started when I was very young, fishing in Forest Lake with my brothers. Fast forward to today and I still have the same passion, enjoying the challenges that come along with being in the boat, feeling that bite, and the hooksets of course! Joining a company based in my home state and working with rod designers like Paul and Gregg Thorne who have been building rods for over 40 years is something that I was really looking forward to. Being able to bring my bass experience from Minnesota and other parts of the country to the table, seeing the steps of the process, and the entirety of the work that is involved in creating a rod line is a big reason that I wanted to work with Elliott Fishing Rods and Two Brothers Innovations.

Dusty Minke NWT Professional Walleye Fisherman

Dusty Minke

National Walleye Tour Pro

Fishing has been a part of my life since a young age. My family introduced us to the great sport and we were hooked. My brothers and I spent many days fishing the channel off of Forest Lake catching anything that dared to swim near us. Most of my best memories and adventures revolve around fishing! From the people, to the time on the water, just something about makes it the perfect escape. When I’m not fishing, I’m thinking about it, it is in my blood. The adventure of fishing is endless, it’s a game you can not complete. 

When Paul, Gregg and Aaron from Two Brothers Innovations reached out, asking to be a part of the family, it was an easy answer. Legendary custom rod craftsmen that truly care about the sport and the products, along with an awesome team with passion. It also means a lot being a local Minnesota brand, I knew it was something I truly wanted to be a part of. Having my brother, Kyle, involved on the bass side made the perfect partnership, more than that, it’s a friendship.


Will Pappenfus

National Walleye Tour Pro

Being a serious Walleye angler, I look for a fishing rod that is both sensitive, lightweight and can keep those giants pinned. The Elliott ES76ML-F is one of my favorites for providing long sweeping hook sets when fishing big minnows. It’s so versatile, that I am able to fish leeches and crawlers on the same rod.

Todd Zemke NWT Walleye Angler

Todd Zemke

National Walleye Tour Pro

Todd is an avid walleye fisherman from Red Wing, Minnesota. He travels the country in the summers chasing trophy Walleye as an accomplished Tournament Angler from the FLW to the Cabela's National Walleye Tour and Masters Walleye Circuit. At this level of competition, equipment matters and his favorite Elliott Rod is the 6’9” Medium Fast.


Hunter Wendt

Champions Tour Pro

Hunter grew up in Pequot Lakes, MN and has always had a passion for fishing passed down from his father. Hunter's tournament career started with fishing B.A.S.S High School Tournaments, which led Hunter to the Champions Tour circuit.

When asked what he wants people to know about him he says, “I just love bass fishing and getting people involved in the sport. I’m big into giving back to the community and getting more youth into the sport. My family and I run the annual Jacks Big Bass Bash on the Whitefish Chain every summer in memorial of my high school fishing partner and to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Overall, I just want to be someone that younger anglers look up to and to be an ambassador for the sport of bass fishing because it’s what I love and am passionate about and I want to share that with people."

Pro Staffers


Brewer-Agre Outdoors

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Pro Staff

Brewer-Agre Outdoors' mission is to facilitate outdoors education along with product design, testing and promotions. Scott and Kyle "Talk fishing, hunting & anything you can do outdoors" as co-hosts of the weekly outdoors radio program "Gone Outdoors" on the Mighty 790 KFGO Fargo, KWSN Sioux Falls and "Gone Outdoors" podcasts.

Kyle Agre
Scott Brewer
Andrew Shae
Randin Olson
Mike Thull
Adam Brewer
Tony Agre


Hays Baldwin

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Pro Staff

Hays Baldwin is a year-round fishing guide in the infamous Brainerd Lakes Area. Spending most of his time targeting walleyes on Gull Lake, he enjoys fishing for just about anything that Northern Minnesota can offer! You will often see him in his tiller with a 2B FISHING Genesis 610ML-XF in hand or on the ice with a Rippineye's from Elliott Rods.

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Matt Schneider

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Pro Staff

I grew up in the North Dakota pothole region. You might guess that my favorite hardwater fish to purse are those giant N.D. Perch. My choice of rods is the Elliott Paragon. It’s incredibly lightweight and extremely sensitive. And I truly appreciate the PVD coated guides which helps keep the rod from icing up.

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Jake Feldt

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Pro Staff

Being a multi specie angler, my passion takes me to different locations chasing a wide variety of fish. One of my favorite memories is fishing Lake Trout through the ice on Lake Superior. The Elliott Siscowett-S is a game changer for big trout. My summer passions are Bass and Muskies. I love the Syncork handle material. Extremely comfortable and provides a secure grip. I’m hooked…

Stephen Roller holding panfish

Stephen Roller

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Pro Staff

I love chasing winter panfish. My favorite rod is the Elliott Evolution Series 44” ultra lite. Fishing these new long rods has been a game changer. Great series of rods for hole hopping. The long rods keep the bow out of the line on those windy days and keeps pressure on the fish better than anything I have ever used.


Kris Gaune 🇨🇦

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Pro Staff

I live to fish and fish to live! I spend anywhere from 250 - 300 days a year fishing, either in open water or on frozen lakes and rivers.

If I’m not guiding I’m fishing in tournaments or fishing for fun with friends & family.

I’m very passionate about fishing as well as what rods and tackle I use to catch whichever species I'm on the hunt for. For that reason I choose to use 2B Fishing & Elliott Fishing Rods. Not only for my weapon of choice on game day in a tournament but for my clients to reel a fish of a lifetime with!


Nick Cekalla

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Pro Staff

Owner of EyeCrazy Guide Service and avid Tournament angler, Nick’s home base is the legendary Mille Lacs Lake. Fishing the big pond requires a well rounded rod selection. Elliott and 2B FISHING offers just that - everything for every situation. Nick’s favorite rigging rod is the Elliott ES76M-F.

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Jadyn Thomas

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Pro Staff

I absolutely love ice fishing. Chasing big bull gills requires a special rod. It has to have a tip section that offers enough sensitivity to feel those lite biting panfish. The Elliott Noodle Lite is my go to rod that offers both the sensitivity and a parabolic action that puts the odds in my favor. My favorite feature, I love the Syncork handle material. What a game changer...


Jace Peterson

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Pro Staff

One of my favorite rods is the 7’5” medium-heavy IDENTITY Jig/Texas Rig Rod! When those big girls head out deep to their summertime haunts, I lock this rod in my hand with a 1/2oz football jig tied on. Once I set that hook, I am 100% confident that I’ll be able to wrestle them out of the thickest cabbage, coontail, or milfoil. Combined with a nice sensitive tip and a great backbone, this 7’5” is my go-to!

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Aaron Phillipe

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Pro Staff

I guide on Lake of the Woods and am an avid tournament angler. Being on the water as much as I am allows me to hone my skills. My favorite rod is the Elliott ES69M-F. This rod is an awesome jigging rod and definitely my “go to” for catching those giant LOTW Walleye’s.


Augie Isaacson

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Pro Staff

Augie is a passionate and energetic angler who finds joy in panfishing - his love for this sport knows no bounds, and is known for his dedication to catching panfish all year round. Augie's addiction to ice fishing tournaments truly sets him apart and happy days are those spent on the ice, surrounded by fellow anglers, and the exhilaration of the catch. 

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Charlie Peterson

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Pro Staff

My 2B Genesis 7'9" Heavy is the one rod I can never leave the house without. No matter where you take me throughout Northern Minnesota, I end up with this rod in my hand, either froggin' or flipping a big jig in the thickest of cover. It's a confidence thing, and when I get that big bite I know the odds are in my favor.

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Cody Krug

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Pro Staff

I’m a huge hardwater panfish guy. My favorite rod is the Elliott Inhaler. I have landed so many fish on that rod, it just doesn’t let me down. My biggest to date was a 40” Pike on 2lb. test line after a 30 minute battle. Congratulations to Two Brothers Innovations. What an awesome line of rods.


Tia Hyland

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Pro Staff

Tia is from the Brainerd lakes area and is out fishing one fish at time. You can find her out year round chasing walleyes. Her new favorite go-to rod for ice fishing is the Wally Perca XL; a perfect rod finished with the Syncork® handle. No better rod to fight a walleye through the ice.

Chris Beeksma with Smallmouth Bass - ProStaff Fishing for Two Brothers Innovations

Chris Beeksma

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Pro Staff

Chris has been fishing tournaments and guiding for over 35 years. He specializes in guiding on Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior. He especially enjoys the challenge of river fishing for Steelhead, Browns and Salmon. He has been featured in many local, state and national publications and television shows. His favorite Elliott Rod is the EC72M-M/F.


Chris Weber

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Pro Staff

Chris grew up fishing in south central Wisconsin. He started his guiding business focusing on walleye, perch and crappies. A family fishing trip to Lake Cascade chasing giant perch was all it took to move his family out west to Idaho. Chris is a full time ice fishing, and open water guide, specializing in chasing the amazing perch Lake Cascade is known for. His favorite rod in the lineup is the Elliott Paragon due to its amazing sensitivity. When he’s not fishing, Chris and his wife enjoy hunting and exploring new fisheries. 

Andrew-Osowski holding panfish

Andrew Osowski

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Pro Staff

Chasing winter gills has become my passion. It probably started as a young angler standing on the dock. There is nothing more thrilling then to catch one of those giant pie plate size bluegills. And you just can’t beat the Noodle Lite for setting the hook and keeping those fish pinned.


Tim Butler 🇨🇦

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Pro Staff

Having Lake Winnipeg as my backyard one would think Walleye to be my species of choice… but as a multi species angler I’m always on the hunt for giant fish. From targeting jumbo Perch, to chasing flags for 40"+ Pike. However Lake Trout are undoubtedly my favourite fish to target. There’s nothing better than having your rod pinned and reel screaming. My whole life I’ve been Fish’n Finaddict, when running and gunning on LWPG my go to rod is the Elliott Evolution 45M-XF.

John Hewitt with Two Largemouth Bass - ProStaff Fishing for Two Brothers Innovations

John Hewitt

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Pro Staff

John has fished from Canada to the Bahama’s. After 60 years, his passion for fishing is as strong as ever. An accomplished angler, you’ll find John chasing everything from Crappies to Muskies. His favorite fish is likely the one that has the word Bass in it. Although John will claim that his favorite specie is the one currently pulling drag on his Elliott rod. His favorite go to Elliott rod is the EC73MH. Being semi retired, John is on the water every chance he can get. John is also an accomplished guitarist.


Brent Kunutson

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Pro Staff

I believe one of the most important keys to success is your equipment. I want to ensure I'm utilizing the best equipment available to make every bite count. My favorite technique is trolling lead core for big walleye with the 2B FISHING Genesis 11’6” Medium Heavy trolling rods. I have tried them all and this is hands down the best rod on the market today. My favorite rod for rigging big minnows is the Elliott Rods 7’6” Medium Light Fast Action rod. This rod has the versatility to do it all.


Josh Finnesgard

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Pro Staff

Josh grew up learning to fish walleye on the Mississippi River pool 4. His passion for Walleye’s grew while on family vacations in northern MN, especially when vacationing on Lake Kabetogama. His hunger for competitive fishing began when he started fishing as a co-angler in the National Walleye Tour. He is now fishing the NWT as a professional angler and is traveling around the country chasing his childhood dream. His favorite rod is the Elliott ES69M-F which is the perfect rod for throwing lipless crankbaits.

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Karlee Tower

Elliott / 2B FISHING - Pro Staff

The 2B Fishing Big Nood is my favorite ice fishing rod hat I use, hands down! We target panfish for the majority of the season and the Big Nood playful tip action is perfect for detecting those soft bites, as well as hardy enough to reel in some giant game fish!