Your name or any nicknames you have?

Parker Kinkade 

Where are you at in the world? Where will you be fishing this year?

American Fork, UT. I will be exploring and fishing all over the western US

Parker holds up a large trout

What river(s) and lake(s) do you guide/fish?

Provo River (UT), Strawberry Reservoir (UT), Green River (UT)

How long have you been guiding/fly fishing? 

I grew up steelheading in Northern Washington since I could stand and make a cast. Later I moved to Utah nearly a decade ago and have been learning the art of trout fishing since. I have loved every minute, including the blank days taking the waders off wondering if its all worth it. I have been doing a bit of work for a few companies here in Utah during the summer guiding season for the past few years. Enjoying it all and trying to soak in knowledge and good times.

Parker casts in the rain

What got you into fly fishing? When did you start? 

My father taught me and my brother the game when we where old enough to fish, driving all around the western united states in search of solitude and willing fish.

Why do you fly fish?  What does it “do” for you?

I fly fish because it gives me a chance to escape. Getting lost in the sticks grinding for fish is an amazing chance we get. Blessed we have our public lands and we should work hard to respect them and keep them clean and in public hands.

Parker holds up a large tiger trout

If you own and use a Rod Vault, what do you like about you Rod Vault?

 I have been looking forward to my late birthday this spring to have peace of mind when traveling with the sticks. It will save a ton a time on the water, whether its fishing or guiding if you can pull up to the river rigged up and fish.

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?

All of us know every time you fish you learn something, keep an open eye and don’t get stuck in your ways. Fish with new people, expand what you do and how you fish. I would consider myself a novice with how much there is to learn, I like to keep a fishing log, a small notebook I can remember dates and areas that fished well with what flies and important info.

Parker holds up a football brook trout

Who has influenced you most as an angler?

My brother Kennedy Kinkade. As an older brother has had an edge on me on the water, and has taught me the right way to get it done out there.

What’s your favorite new piece of gear?

I have been loving my new Hydric series 40L Backpack from Rockagator. Awesome pack for keeping your gear dry on the river. It has saved my camera gear a few times from water damage and has been holding up great in 4 months of abuse so far.

Parker holds up a large rainbow trout

What is your favorite fly? (To tie, or catch fish on?)

I have caught more fish on a size 16 Pheasant Tail than anything else. I had the pleasure of watching good friend Dyson Morgan wrangle a 33 inch Pyramid Cutthroat on a small Pheasant Tail.

Best catch of all time?

My very first wild steelhead. If you haven’t had the chance do it!

Parker holds up a large fish he caught night fishing

What’s your “Dream Trip”? 

I would love to get into the back country of New Zealand and chase brown trout.

What are some of the best places you’ve been fishing?

Alaska is the promised land. Strip setting 15 rainbows over 20″ in a day pulling the string on mice and flesh flies in cover is my idea of fishing.

Parker holds up a beautiful brown trout

How do people follow you on social media or reach you? 

You can reach me on instagram @pkinker

About The Author

Jill Kana

Jill is in charge of a great deal of our web content here at Denver Outfitters and is always looking for potential blog contributors, content, and #FlyGalFridays. If you have any desire to say hello or have an idea, please touch base with her at jill@denveroutfitters.com

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