Your name or any nicknames you have?
Daniel Roberts. A lot of people call me DRob, which started in college.
Where are you at in the world? Where will you be fishing this year?
I live in Fayetteville, AR, but I grew up in Little Rock, AR. I float around Arkansas fishing the different lakes and rivers here.
What river(s) and lake(s) do you guide/fish?
I spend a lot of time between Beaver Lake, Lake Ouachita, Norfork River, Arkansas River and the Little Red River.
How long have you been guiding/fly fishing?
I’ve been fly fishing for about 15 years.
What got you into fly fishing? When did you start?
My dad got me into fly fishing on the Arkansas River for bass and bream. I started when I was about 8 years old.
Why do you fly fish? What does it “do” for you?
I, and my fishing friends, often wonder why we fly fish. We fish around a lot of bass guys throwing crankbaits and flipping jigs. We know that we could catch more fish if we switched over, but the feeling of setting into a fish down deep with a fly rod is indescribable. You feel the line slide away from you, and before you know it the line clears from your feet and is quickly disappearing from the spool of your reel. It’s truly intimate, and has been described as poetic more times than I can count in literature.
If you own and use a Rod Vault, what do you like about your Rod Vault?
I use a 1 piece 10 weight fly rod for a lot of my striper fly fishing and it would be very hard to transport it safely without the Rod Vault. I’m hoping to get a second one when I find some extra funds.
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?
The type of fly fishing that I do most, lake fishing for stripers and bass, demands patience. People like to give up in fly fishing because they don’t catch as many fish. If there’s any piece of advice I can give someone, it is to be patient and don’t give up. Also, it is important to cherish every fish you catch regardless of the species because sometimes the ugliest ones are the most fun and difficult to fool.
Who has influenced you most as an angler?
My dad. I have fished with him more than any other person, and he has molded me into the fisherman I am today. A lot of people would get frustrated with me trying to fly fish during times when conditions aren’t right, but my dad understands my passion for it and he supports me (even if he still catches more with his conventional tackle and lets me know about it.)
What’s your favorite new piece of gear?
Currently my favorite new things are my Scientific Anglers Triple Density sinking fly lines and my Hardy Zephyrus SWS 6 weight fly rod.
What is your favorite fly? (To tie, or catch fish on?)
Typically, my go-to fly is a baitfish fly that I tie called the Thin Wafer. It mimics a small threadfin shad.
Best catch of all time?
My best catch of all time was a 30 pound striper on Beaver Lake last Spring. It took me 5 hours to land it (no joke) and I hope I never have to do it again.
What’s your “Dream Trip”?
My dream trip is fishing for Giant Trevally in the Seychelles.
What are some of the best places you’ve been fishing?
I went to Mexico to bass fish, which was special for me because I didn’t get to fly fish very much due to all the underwater trees. It forced me to go back to my roots of conventional fishing and remember why all types of fishing are special. Fly fishing for smallmouth bass in Wisconsin was another memorable trip because we hit it on the front end of a cold front and it took several days to figure out how to catch them. Once we figured it out, we caught some of the biggest smallmouth I have ever seen.
How do people follow you on social media or reach you?
You can follow me on Instagram at danielroberts9. My Facebook hasn’t been updated in several years, so there are some old gems on there for viewing pleasure.