Your name or any nicknames you have?
No notable nicknames unfortunately; Anthony is pretty common!
Where are you at in the world? Where will you be fishing this year?
I live in Gilbert, AZ and most of my fishing will be done in AZ, with hopefully trips to CO and UT! I’ll also be making a trip to Alaska late June, girlfriends sister is getting married in Palmer. Looking for some BIG Rainbows and Grayling!
What river(s) and lake(s) do you guide/fish?
I most of my fishing on the Mogollon Rim in Northern AZ, and the White Mountains in NE AZ. I only fish streams for wild trout. I also guide part-time for Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures @sedonaflyfishing /
How long have you been guiding/fly fishing?
Been Fly Fishing about 1.5 years and Guiding for only a few months. It’s a new endeavor.
What got you into fly fishing? When did you start?
I’ve been fishing all my life and in my late 20’s I started getting interested in Fly Fishing. I sat on that thought for 4-5 more years then completely switched over. Bought the gear at my local Sportsmans Warehouse (stupidly with not much thought on gear choice, brands, etc) Taught myself to cast a fly rod and I was hooked. I sold all of my spin fishing gear and tackle without looking back. For me it’s one of the purest ways to catch a wild fish. It’s not the easiest sport to learn and I learn something new every time I go out it seems but that’s half the fun!
What is a piece of advice you want to give to other anglers or a tip/trick that has helped you grow as an angler?
Be patient, be willing to adventure, stay humble and keep learning from those around you.
Why do you fly fish? What does it “do” for you?
Everything, feeling the fish on the end of a fly rod is such an amazing experience. You feel every move that fish makes. Plus I’m a Trout snob. You see the saying a lot “Trout don’t live in ugly places” that in itself is one of the main reasons I fish. Being out in nature with a fly rod in my hand, doing my best attempts to fool a wild trout into taking something you tied at home on your coffee table is so surreal. Plus, the people you meet along the way (Especially Instagram) who share the same passions for fly fishing and nature as you do is pretty special.
Who has influenced you most as an angler?
At first it was just my passion for fishing and the outdoors, but now with Instagram and the people I’ve been able to connect with. Especially locally, I’ve met some of the coolest people around! All the knowledge and different perspectives you gain from fishing with different people is invaluable. Shout out to Josh @joshuamedill, Tyler @thecolemancollection and Ricky @ricky_furbee for all the knowledge, experience and sweet fishing trips!
What’s your favorite new piece of gear?
An Allen chest pack, was a birthday gift from Maddie (my girlfriend) and it’s really helped out with having quicker access to my flies, tippet, etc.
What is your favorite fly? (To tie, or catch fish on?)
Hoppers! I love tying/fishing with foam, a very close second would be streamers and semi-seal leeches.
Best catch of all time?
I took a birthday trip recently with Josh @joshuamedill to the White Mountains. Got some direction from a friend Bryan @bryan_gio on a new spot. Ended up catching my personal best trout on the fly an almost 24′ wild brown on an articulated streamer tied by Josh. Also caught a solid 18′ and 22′ brown the same trip! Which for Arizona is more than a trophy sized stream bred trout.
What’s your “Dream Trip”?
The streams of New Zealand, the beauty of that country paired with the incredible trout fishery they have would make for an incredible trip.
What are some of the best places you’ve been fishing?
By far my home state (AZ). Seems cheesy but you really have to work for the fish you catch here, they don’t come easy. It requires lots of miles on your feet on top of endless hours of research. Which for me is the only way I’d have it!
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