Your name or any nicknames you have?
My name is Jack Wickman, somewhere along the line I started to get called J-Wick or just Wick so I went with it!
Where are you at in the world? Where will you be fishing this year?
I’m currently in my junior year at CU and I live in Boulder, Colorado. I fish along the Front Range and in the Rockies for the majority of the year. I have lot of trips planned to several different states including Montana, New York, and Wisconsin.
What river(s) and lake(s) do you guide/fish?
I guide the Big Thompson, Rocky Mountain National Park, Boulder Creek and the St. Vrain for the majority of the summer. I love fishing the South Platte, Colorado, Arkansas, and a ton of still water including Antero, Spinney, and Pyramid. I float the Bighorn in southern Montana a few times a year, fish the San Juan in New Mexico when I’m down south, and Great Lake tributaries when I’m in New York.
How long have you been guiding/fly fishing?
2018 will be my third year guiding for Front Range Anglers in Boulder. I’ve been fly fishing since I was 9 years old.
What got you into fly fishing? When did you start?
My grandpa taught me how to tie my first wooly worm at age 8, and at age 9 I went on my first big fly fishing trip with the guys on the Bighorn in Montana. Since then I have been fishing the various freestones and tailwaters of my home state, Colorado.
Why do you fly fish? What does it “do” for you?
I don’t think I’d be able to list all the reason why I fly fish, but my love for the outdoors since a young age and love for fooling fish into eating a fly are the big two. Fly fishing is a job, my church, and a way of life!
If you own and use a Rod Vault, what do you like about you Rod Vault?
The Rod Vault is a completely necessary piece of equipment in my arsenal for convenient and safe travel for all three of my fully rigged client rods. It makes changing spots a breeze and doesn’t sacrifice cab comfort and space. The Rod Vault is light weight, lockable, and has simple/universal mounting for the average car rack.
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?
Keep casting. Don’t get discouraged if you get skunked and enjoy the little things and the people you fish with. When you land a fish its imperative you leave it in a non abrasive net submerged in water until you’re ready for a quick hook removal. Refrain from the death grip, as you can easily damage their internal organs. While the fish is still submerged in the net get a camera ready for a quick picture. You can still take a “hero shot” and actually be the hero. Burst photography helps here, take a few quick photos and send the fish on it’s way!
Who has influenced you most as an angler?
A lot of different people have influenced me as an angler. To name several it would be my grandpa, dad, and uncle. The entire staff at FRA has supported me and been helpful since day one. All my clients have been great people. My fishing brothers- Alex, Chase, Jake & Ryan. I’m missing too many names!
What’s your favorite new piece of gear?
15 foot raft, Rod Vault, Hatch Fanatic!
What is your favorite fly? (To tie, or catch fish on?)
Charlie Craven’s double Gonga in black. It’s an easy tie and fish will turn on a dime for that thing!
Best catch of all time?
30 inch steelhead
What’s your “Dream Trip”?
Strobel Lake in Argentina
What are some of the best places you’ve been fishing?
Rocky Mountain National Park. The wildlife and views are spectacular.
How do people follow you on social media or reach you?
I try to spread the word. I enjoy sharing my work. Direct message is the best way to reach me! I am at @troutszn on instagram!