What got you started in fly fishing?
- My Dad got me started fly fishing when I was young. After living in an area with great fishing, I really began to appreciate the challenges and the adrenaline of catching a fish on the fly
How has Adventure Athletics helped you in your passion?
- Adventure Athletics has helped me with my fly fishing by providing me with clean energy and hydration while I am out on the water. I now use K2 to get the boost I need during long days wading the river or paddling around a lake.
What is the best part of fly fishing?
- The best part about fly fishing is feeling your line go tight, setting the hook and feeling the weight on the end of your line. At that moment anything can happen: You could have the biggest brown of your life, you could lose the biggest rainbow of your life or you could catch a little cutthroat. The adrenaline of not knowing until you get that fish in your next is the best!
Who do you look up to as your hero?
- There is a lot of people in fly fishing that I look up to who are pushing the limits and doing some incredible things in some incredible places. One is Derek Olthuis and the guys at Blue Halo. I have learned a lot from their videos and posts about fly fishing. My Dad and my Great Uncle Bill are also up there as they are still avid fisherman and I hope that I’ll be fishing for as long as they have.
How do you step up your game each year?
- The more knowledge I can gain every year the better I will be. A great way that I step my game up is to pick the minds of fishers who have been doing it for a long time. Local guides have more knowledge about a river than almost anybody. Another way I step my game up each year is by studying the river’s ecosystem and knowing what type of hatches occur. If you know your bugs you’ll be able to match the hatch and get into the fish.
What three attributes do you think every fly fisherman or women needs?
- Patience: Some days on the water can be frustrating. Nothing you try is working and the fish are being selective. Having patience and putting in work on the river can pay off big in the end.
- Thoughtfulness: You have to think everything through to be successful. The incorrect line, leader, fly, cast, the stretch of water can ruin your chance of catching a fish. Spending a little extra time studying the water and making sure your setup is correct can go a long way in having a successful day.
- Optimistic: Every day spent on the water is a blessing. If you go in thinking that you must catch a trophy trout or a certain amount then it’s a waste and more likely than not you will not be successful. Be happy that you are out on the water enjoying yourself and doing something that you love and you will have a great time and catch some fish.