Your name or any nicknames you have?
Where are you at in the world? Where will you be fishing this year?
I live near Denver, Colorado. I’ll be fishing all over Colorado.
What river(s) and lake(s) do you guide/fish?
I fish Deckers (South Platte), the Arkansas River from Buena Vista to Canyon City, Dream Stream, all over North Park, CO including Delaney Buttes, North Platte River and tributaries, Lake John, Bear Creek
How long have you been guiding/fly fishing?
I’ve been fishing for 30 years. I picked up fly fishing in the last couple of years.
What got you into fly fishing? When did you start?
I was always interested in fly fishing and intrigued with the artful casts and the beauty of it but I was a little intimidated by the equipment, different lines, technique and entomology. A couple years ago I went through a divorce and really needed to find a hobby and a new focus. A few friends of mine are fly fisherman and recommended “river therapy”. It really was the best thing for me as far as taking my mind off of things, experiencing beautiful scenery and of course the accomplishment of landing a fish.
Why do you fly fish? What does it “do” for you?
Fly fishing really helps to focus on the current moment. It’s a great “excuse” to be in some of the greatest scenery in the world. I enjoy the challenge of fishing new places. Often I mix in a photography trip with a fishing trip, this allows me to photograph wildlife and landscapes at sunrise and sunset and fish the rest of the day and night.
If you own and use a Rod Vault, what do you like about you Rod Vault?
I have a Rod vault on order, expecting it at the end of June. I ordered it after I stopped in the shop to buy the OverRoam tent. I’m looking forward to having the rod vault so I can save some time by having my rods rigged up and ready to go. The OverRoam has already improved my ability to get out to beautiful fishing locations and camp a few feet from the water. To have my rods rigged up and ready to go will make it even easier to get the most time on the water.
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 thing that has helped me the most is the recommendation to always stop by a reputable fly shop in a new area. The local guides know the water the best and they know what has been hitting and what is hatching in their water. You can check their websites but having a coffee and picking up a few tried and true flies can really lead to a successful trip.
Who has influenced you most as an angler?
I can’t really point to any one person. I enjoy following a number of outfitters and guides on Instagram and between their posts and videos posted on Youtube I have learned quite a bit.
What’s your favorite new piece of gear?
I just picked up a new Waterworks Lamson Reel. It is crazy light and I love the large arbor for quickly landing fish.
Best catch of all time?
My best catch was a rainbow trout I caught last weekend. It was 23″ and fought me like crazy. The whole time I was worried it would break off but after a long exciting fight I was able to bring it in. It hardly fit in my net. It was the second cast of the day and I ended up catching 12 fish that day, a few of similar size and the rest a bit smaller. Overall it kicked off a really fun day, one of my best days I’ve had fishing.
What’s your “Dream Trip”?
I have to say I’ve lived the dream on more than one occasion. As a wildlife and landscape photographer I always enjoy trips that provide subjects for my photography as well as world class fishing experiences. On many occasions I’ve had wildlife such as moose, elk or bighorn sheep wander to the waters edge as I was fishing and I’ve had to put down the rod to capture the experience. Having the OverRoam tent allows me to park and camp stream side so I can just wake up, throw on my gear and get right to fishing. In general, North Park has fulfilled any dreams I had originally and I can’t imagine it getting any better. Waking up and heading to a fishing spot while i capture images of pronghorn, moose, elk, coyotes or a beautiful landscape. Then getting to a picturesque location to cast my line and hook a beautiful fish. The sunsets are amazing and the night sky is so filled with stars its unimaginable. Then wake up and do it all again. You can do so much in a weekend and leave feeling like it was a full week long trip.
What is your favorite fly? (To tie, or catch fish on?)
It depends on where I’m fishing. In most rivers and streams the standard pheasant tail has delivered time and time again. In the Delaney Lakes the waterboatmen has brought great success.
What are some of the best places you’ve been fishing?
I’ve really enjoyed fishing North Park. Between fishing the oxbow bends of the meadow streams being the only one out there except the moose, the Delaney Lakes and the huge fish they have there or the North Platte river as it passes through the canyons there is just so many opportunities and beautiful scenery in such a small place.
The Arkansas River is also a beautiful waterway. As the most recent to gain Gold medal status it isn’t too busy and the fish there fight hard and hit hard. The South Platte at Deckers is a fun place to fish with some large and good fighting fish if you can beat the crowds. I tend to enjoy a bit of solitude but South Platte is closest so it can be good when you just need to get your line wet.
How do people follow you on social media or reach you?
I have an instagram account https://www.instagram.com/bohlnaturescapes/
My Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BohlNaturescapes
Also my photography website www.bohlnaturescapes.com