Where are you at in the world? Where will you be fishing this year?
Denver, CO. I’ll be fishing all around Colorado, up in Wyoming, and hopefully back to Pyramid Lake in Nevada.
What river(s) and lake(s) do you guide/fish?
I spend most of my time between the South Platte and the Fryingpan, but I’m looking forward to checking out some more alpine lakes this year.
How long have you been guiding/fly fishing?
I started fly fishing when I was 11 or 12.
My grandma actually taught me how to fly fish, gave me my first rod, and took me on my first fly fishing trip. I’ll be forever thankful to her for that.
Why do you fly fish? What does it “do” for you?
Fly fishing is my favorite way to relax. It helps me unwind and I love the places it takes you. Sometimes having a crew of buddies out drinking some beers is the ticket and sometimes its nice to just get away from it all and do a solo trip to a little mountain stream with the dog.
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?
Have fun. Fish for whatever you want, however you want, wherever you want (within rules and regulations, obviously). It bums me out when people only think “real” fly fishing is throwing dries, to wild trout, in some high mountain stream. Growing up in the midwest, my options were limited for “wild” trout and clear streams. Some of the best fisherman I know get stoked on carp from ponds behind grocery stores, smallmouth from streams in the boonies, bluegills on two weights, and whatever else you can imagine. As long as you get outside and enjoy what you are doing, that’s all that is important. I know taking advantages of the opportunities I had to fly fish panfish, bass, etc. made me grow to love the fly fishing and the outdoors and become a better fisherman.
I’ve been lucky enough to know a good amount of incredible fisherman. As far as influenced me the most, I’d say my buddy Jay Johnson. Doing a bunch of Pig Farm Ink events with Jay lead me to realize its not just about how many fish you can catch, but how many people you can get to enjoy the sport and the outdoors. Teaching new people to tie a fly, cast, or catch their first fish is just as reward as catching fish yourself most of the time.
What’s your favorite new piece of gear?
I just picked up a DJI Phantom 4 not too long ago. I haven’t had the chance to take it on many fishing trips yet, but I’m definitely looking forward to it.
I like tying streamers the most just because of all the things you can do. To catch fish, it is tough to beat watching a fish smash a big foam hopper.
Best catch of all time?
The first time I caught a trout over 20”. I was probably about 12 and I was fishing with my grandma. I hooked into the biggest trout I’d ever had on a fly rod. I don’t think I’ve a woman in her seventies move that fast and nail the net job like she did. It was definitely rewarding to share my first truly big fish with her.
What’s your “Dream Trip”?
I’m torn between going after Tarpon or sight-fishing for big trout in gin clear water in New Zealand. I’d be pretty pumped with either.
Going back to growing up in the midwest, the Ozarks region is a pretty cool place that doesn’t get the respect it deserves. You have trout fishing, Wild trout in tiny streams and big trout in places like Lake Taneycomo and the White, but you also have some great smallmouth water, white bass, crappie, gar, etc. The variety out there is pretty great.
Colorado is also great if you love trout fishing like I do. The amount of places you can catch all kinds of trout from big fish on the tailgaters to golden trout at high elevation lakes is mind blowing.
The craziest place I’ve been lately is Pyramid Lake. Pyramid Fly Co. and those guys out there never cease to amaze me with the size of the fish they are bringing in. The place looks like it is strait out of Jurassic Park and has a gas station that is also a bar and a fly shop. Can’t beat that.
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