Your name or nicknames you may have?
Curt Schaumburg, Vegas(not really sure how I got that name, but it stuck), “Hey, you!”, “Fish On”, “HELP”…..I respond to a lot of names while on the river!
Where are you at in the world? Where will you be fishing this year?
I’m a Colorado native that spends his Summers chasing tails in Alaska. This season I will be staying in Colorado to guide and raise my baby daughter, Josephine.
What river(s) and lake(s) do you guide/fly fish?
While in Alaska I guide mostly in the Katmai region of the Bristol Bay, focusing on smaller rivers accessible only by float planes. In Colorado I guide everything from small creeks teeming with wild Brookies, to floating large rivers and throwing meat to hungry Browns and dries to eager Bows.
How long have you been guiding/fly fishing?
This will be my 12th year as a full time guide here in Colorado and 5th in Alaska. I have been fly fishing for as long as I can remember…
What got you into fly fishing? When did you start?
I remember standing on the bank of a lake with a giant birds nest in my reel, when an older man approached and asked if I wanted to use his fly rod to fish. I caught my first perch on that rod and was addicted! Got my first fly rod, probably a Sears Rod, and the rest is history!
Why do you fly fish? What does it “do” for you?
Fly fishing for me has always been a pure sport. Just me, my rod and the fish. No distractions. No worries. No screaming people, barking dogs or sirens. At first it was all about how many fish I could catch in a day, now it’s more about being in the present and enjoying the serenity and beauty of the places I go to chase tails.
If you own and use a Rod vault, what do you like about the vault?
I’ve had my rod vault for many years now and absolutely love it! At the end of the day when you’re tired from running up and down the river netting fish all day, it’s nice to not have to worry about breaking down your rods and packing them up. Also, it makes it so much easier to hit the river faster in the mornings! I don’t have to worry about theft, or accidentally breaking a rod when traveling.
What is a piece of advice you want to give other anglers or a tip/trick that has helped you grow as an Angler?
Don’t get caught up in the ego game! We are all out here doing the same thing and no one is better than the next! Do what you want and what makes you happy when it comes to fishing and life. Also, hire a guide…it’s amazing what you will learn from fishing with a guide! Even if you are a seasoned angler you can still learn from others.
Who has influenced you the most as an Angler?
I guided a young man who had fly fished as a child growing up until he lost his sight fighting in Afghanistan. His determination, positive attitude and giant smile while catching trout had affected me in ways that no other anglers could. Though he couldn’t see his prize in the net, or jumping at the end of his line…he still had the time of his life and didn’t let his handicap get in the way of his fun! Every time I’m on the river and think about that smile, I stand a little taller, smile a little brighter and remember why I do this.
What is your favorite piece of new gear?
Does my Jeep count?!?!
What is your favorite fly?
There are so many good patterns out there it’s hard for me to pick my favorites. I like tying up Two Bit Hookers, Intruders, and Hippy Stompers. My favorite fly to fish? Hands down, the Intruder! If I’m fishing with an Intruder it means I’m targeting big, mean and hungry fish!
Best catch of all time?
My wife! I know, I know……how cheesy?!?! BUT, it’s true! Without her I wouldn’t have my beautiful baby girl, or the life I live!
What’s your “Dream Trip”?
What are some of the best places you’ve been fishing?
I’ve been pretty lucky to have fished in some beautiful waters from tiny creeks in Alaska catching 26” rainbows on a mouse, to rowing down massive rivers throwing meat to savage Browns in Colorado! My favorite place of all time though….will always be the river I am standing in at that time!