Meet the Owner/Operator
Aaron Grabiel was raised in Northern California in a small town just East of Redding; spending all his free time hunting and fishing the local “secret” spots. Learning the tactics of stealth and approach from his observations of game in the field and learning wildlife habits from the animals themselves has given him a unique perspective on the wilderness around him. He is a true woodsman, which is a disappearing skill in the modern day of technology.
As a guide and instructor, Aaron is extremely patient and knowledgeable. He takes the time needed to teach all that he can to people wanting to learn. Aaron has a true passion for HarvestWild - guiding, teaching and the outdoors. He has been guiding since 2004.
Aaron has fished all over Northern California, Western United States, Honduras, and Baja. He has guided in Alaska and has spent many months in Argentina. As an independent guide, Aaron has been featured on the Outdoor Channel on Familiar Waters hosted by Mike Pawlawski, Spiritual Outdoor Adventures with Jimmy Sites, the book Life Behind written By Regan Kline and an article featured on the website myoutdoorbuddy.com. Aaron is also an ambassador for California Trout. Come seek out your adventures with HarvestWild.
Meet the Co-Owner/Manager
For Michelle Grabiel, there is nothing that beats spending time with her family and friends in the outdoors. She has a passion for hunting, fishing, health and fitness, culture, travel, capturing moments and highly respects and enjoys the beauty of the wild and all that it has to offer.
She is an outdoors woman. She has an obsession to grab her fly rod and reel or bow and arrow and chase the wild things that lurk in the water and wilderness. She is the oldest of three sisters and a brother and they all share a passion for the outdoors. Being the oldest, helping her siblings grow as outdoors people was her greatest reward. Now, as they each find their own way, the outdoors is the pillar that binds them. Michelle’s path landed her at Humboldt State University for a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business. Her degree took her abroad to Switzerland and Italy where her passion for traveling grew. Working full time and carrying a full load at school made time on the water and in the wilderness precious; learning to be efficient at school, on the water and in the field, was the game. After finishing at Humboldt State, home base shifted back to Northern, CA. Michelle seasonally divides her time between trout, steelhead, turkey, deer and elk. As well as throwing into the mix, photography, videography, backpacking, gardening and managing their little farm. She is a new Mama and she has never enjoyed anything more than having her little girl by her side while showing her life’s gifts.
Michelle is so excited to bring to the table a woman’s perspective, and a mother’s perspective to HarvestWild and watch what it grows into. She will continue to make her mark in the hunting and fishing industry all while encouraging women to pursue a known or hidden passion for the world outside.
Meet Our Gathering Expert
Wolfy Rougle has been a North Valley wild food educator since 2005. She wrote the local wild food cookbook "Sacramento Valley Feast! Or: Don't Eat Sterile, Eat Feral". For many years, she operated Springfed Organic Farm and Nursery, a one-woman, off-grid farm, dedicated to medicinal herbs and super-nutrient-dense greens. On her nature walks, Wolfy loves re-connecting people with the natural world and helping folks gain confidence and excitement about foraging. Brimming with herbal lore, she excels at introducing people to the green comrades who will help them through life. Whether you're on a city lot or a wild mountainside, Wolfy reminds you that the plants are here to help you!
Meet Our Wild Foods Chef
Born and raised in sugar and coffee country, Costa Rica is where it all got started. From an Italian Bolognese Father, home cooked meals were a staple in Manlio’s household. From his Moms Costarican humble cooking to his Dads Bolognese sauces, pastas and wine pairings were taught at an early time in his life. Being around his Mom and Grandma in the kitchen made him more and more curious about the art of food. He decided to educate himself further, so Manlio went to the school, LeCordon Bleu and graduated with honors. He worked at hotels and fine dining restaurants. He later moved to Florida and worked in the Florida Keys at a small Spanish tapas restaurant. The food there linked him back to the food that he grew up with and that he knows and loves as ‘rustic, simple food’. With some of the best ocean fishing in the world all around him, the Florida Keys gave him a new-found love for ocean food that changed his life. Manlio then decided to move to Naples, Florida to work under a phenomenal Italian chef, whom made rustic Italian food that could easily beat a 5 Star Michelin Restaurant. Manlio has been cooking now for 10 years. Cooking has changed his life. His passion lies in cooking - learning, researching and developing the art of food.
Fly Fishing Guide
John has been a fly fishing enthusiast for over twenty years. As a youngster, John honed his skills on steelhead in the Trinity River and wild trout in Northern California. He has worked for Orvis as a fishing manager and instructor of fly fishing schools in the Reno area. While in Reno he also taught fly fishing schools for the Nevada Department of Wildlife. John graduated from the Clearwater Lodge Guide School in 2009 and has been guiding for the Lodge during trout season since then. He moved back to Reno to pursue the amazing fisheries in Nevada while still guiding for Clearwater Lodge during their season. While guiding in Reno he was able to put his clients on many trophy cutthroat of twenty plus pounds at Pyramid Lake. John recently moved back to Northern California to pursue the Steelhead and trout of this amazing area. His calm and patient demeanor, teamed with intimate knowledge of the rivers and lakes that he guides, makes him a perfect fit for any angler. Whether you are looking for an introduction into the sport or are an expert angler, John promises that you will always learn something from him while on the water.
Brian William Kyncy III
Fly Fishing/Hunting Guide
Born and raised in North Eastern California, it would be an understatement to call our home waters Brian’s second home. Lucky enough to have been raised in the mountains in Eastern Shasta County he grew up exploring the rivers and learning to fish and hunt from his father, Brian Kyncy Sr. and other experienced guides, Ted Lidie. In High School, when asked if he wanted to play baseball during the summers by his father his answer was simple, “Dad I want to fish and hunt!”. Since then he hasn’t looked back, spending almost every minute of every summer fishing and guiding in Alaska and Northern California. Now you could say he is lucky enough to turn his favorite hobby into his favorite job. Brian is an accomplished fly fisherman, spey fisherman, and nymph fisherman. Brian is also an accomplished and excellent turkey, wild hogs and bear guide.
TODD "SLIM" CANCILLA
Fly Fishing Guide
Todd “Slim” Cancilla has been a fly fishing guide since 1993. The first twelve years of his guiding career were spent probing the famous San Juan River in New Mexico. He was blessed with great success there and a large following of anglers. But to be closer to friends and family, Slim moved to Redding, California in 2004 to guide the great waters of Northern California. In this short span of time he has quickly become one of the premier guides in the region – not surprising considering his experience, giftedness, and passion. He is a great instructor, expert rower, and phenomenal fisherman, so of course those who fish with Slim quickly gain proficiency at fly fishing. His great love for God and people makes a day in Slim’s boat full of laughs, great stories, and a sense of genuine friendship.
Fly Fishing Guide
Colton is a Northern California native, born and raised in the heart of trout mecca, Redding California. In the summer months you can find him taking guests to the many beautiful trout rivers that surround the area. In the winter he spends most of his days chasing steelhead in fern ridden canyons. If you happen to catch him off the water it’s very likely to see him either riding his mountain bike, rock climbing, or playing a show with his band. His outgoing and easy going personality makes him very easy to get along with.