Your name or any nicknames you have?
Where are you at in the world? Where will you be fishing this year?
I am in Palmer, Alaska and will/have fished many rivers and lakes around there and in Anchorage, Alaska too.
What river(s) and lake(s) do you guide/fish?
Rivers I guide include Montana Creek for salmon (Chums, Pinks, and Silvers) and the Tangle River and Lakes system for Arctic Grayling. And Alaska is full of lakes and a lot of them I will guide for Pike too. All using fly rods of course!
How long have you been guiding/fly fishing?
I have been guiding for 2 months and have loved every minute of it. I have been fly fishing for about 1 and 1/2 years.
What got you into fly fishing? When did you start?
My dad got me into fly fishing and ever since March 2016
Why do you fly fish? What does it “do” for you?
I fly fish because it is the best way to fishing.The technique and precision needed to lay the fly in front of the fishes’ mouths is like none other I have ever experienced. Fly fishing can take people places they would have never been able to experience and truly show the angler the beauty of the area he/she is in. Flying fishing gets me connected to my environment and teach me to love my surroundings. Being a full time college student it also acts as a stress reliever. The tranquility of being along a river or stream and throwing a fly in the water is amazing. The motion it self is what gets me addicted, catching fish is a bonus.
If you own and use a Rod Vault, what do you like about you Rod Vault?
I do not own a Rode Vault, yet. I am currently save my money for one. I just love the idea of being able to get to the spot open the Vault and go fishing. Not wasting time putting the gear together and taking it down. Spending more time on the water is always key.
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?
Advice I would give an angler just beginning fly fishing or fishing in general don’t worry about catching fish and just enjoy what brought you to the area you are. A quote I like from Norman McLean from the River Runs Through It, “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops.”
Who has influenced you most as an angler?
My dad has influenced the most as a young angler, because he is be there to help me and answer any questions I have
What’s your favorite new piece of gear?
My new favorite piece of gear is my Simms Large Waypoints Backpack. Being in Alaska we have to hike along the river because road access is only so useful. This pack allows me to carry multiple fly rods, food, and all my essential gear.
What is your favorite fly? (To tie, or catch fish on?)
My favorite fly to catch salmon on is a weight pink bunny. Salmon absolutely devour this fly and I have went through multiple pink bunnies in one day just cause they love it so much.
Best catch of all time?
My “best fish catch” is my first fish on a fly. I spent days on this little creek near my old house in Virginia (I moved to AK in July 2017) trying to catch smallmouth bass and on the last cast before I was going to pack out I got one on a wooly bugger.
What’s your “Dream Trip”?
My dream trip is to head to the Delta Clearwater in East Alaska. The Delta Clearwater is home to giant Grayling. They are an intriguing fish with their beautiful dorsal fin.
What are some of the best places you’ve been fishing?
The Russian and Kenai Rivers are amazing. The Russian has huge steelhead and the Kenai is home for the largest king salmon on the world.
How do people follow you on social media or reach you?
My guiding instagram is @Hooked_On_Backwater