Where are you at in the world? Where will you be fishing this year?
I am currently living in Mount Clemens, Michigan. This season hope to explore the Upper Peninsula and Northern area of the state as much as possible.
What river(s) and lake(s) do you guide/fish?
After moving recently to Michigan I have been fishing my new local waters which would be the Clinton River, Paint Creek, some local carp ponds and the marshes off Lake St. Clair. I have taken a couple trips out west for steelhead and fished a few rivers up north for trout.
How long have you been guiding/fly fishing?
I believe I have been fly fishing since 2013, but really got into it the last two years.
Fishing has always been one of my favorite things to do but sitting with some bait in the water started to get boring as I got older. Traditional tackler never really caught my attention and on a family trip to the Greer I wanted to fish the stocked pond but it was fly fishing only. Luckily they rented me a fly rod and I was able to stay busy all weekend catching Rainbow Trout. Eventually I got a cheap fly rod and started targeting carp but didn’t really have much luck until I got a nicer rod and some tips from my friend Kc Badger.
If you own and use a Rod Vault, what do you like about you Rod Vault?
I currently do not own a rod vault but plan to put one on our new adventure mobile, a 2002 VW Eurovan. Putting together my fly rod multiple times a day drives me nuts but leaving it all together with the kids in the car scares me.
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?
Something I have learned through my experience in fly fishing is patience for sure. You are going to get knots, tangles, caught in trees, miss fish, lose flies, beat yourself up physically and mentally but when you land that fish you have been dreaming of it is all worth it.
I would have to say my friends have been the biggest influence on me as a fly fisherman and a few of my social media friends that just seem to catch rad fish all the time. A few friend I recommend following on Instagram- @kcbadger, @ricky_furbee @intothewildwego, @lasvegasog, @derekolthuis, @rbtek1 @bluehalogear @sosfly, @brier_kelly
What’s your favorite new piece of gear?
Lately I have really been stoked on my 3wt glass rod. Its really smooth to cast and I can’t wait to get up north to throw some dries for trout soon.
What is your favorite fly? (To tie, or catch fish on?)
My favorite fly… thats a pretty tough one. Tying I would say currently it is the Fly Fish Food complex twist bugger. Fishing I would say the Swinging D and Drunk and Disorderly the last couple weeks. I really like the Sneaky Pete for the river I live on, AZ Simi Seal Leeches and AZ Mini hoppers for trout and my go to dry fly is always an Elk Hair Caddis. I have been trying a lot of new patterns since moving to Michigan so big streamers, articulated streamers and the Hawkins Little Rascal streamer have been filling up my Tacky Boxes. I am definitely one of those people with way too many flies and typically only fish the same handful of them but I am working on that! Haha.
Best catch of all time?
Best catch of all time is another tough question for me. I fish for a variety of species and styles of fishing. I am really happy with some fish I have caught since moving out here like the Steelhead, Bowfin, a big Rock Bass, to name a few. In Arizona I focused mostly on wild trout and when in the valley I fished for carp. I guess catching my first Great Lakes Steelhead this year was probably the most fun but catching a few good size Native Gila Trout in AZ was awesome too.
My dream trip is an easy one because I love Char and after watching Arctic Unicorns I can’t wait to go after some Sea Run Dolly Vardens. A trip to fish for those and other native char species would be awesome.
What are some of the best places you’ve been fishing?
A few of my favorite places I have been fishing would be the Manistee’s and the PM here in Michigan, the Rim area of Arizona and the White Mountains in AZ. People have their own mental picture when they think of a state and after hiking a lot of the creeks in Arizona it gave me a whole new perspective.