Rapid Fire Questions
What types of fly fishing experiences do you enjoy?
“My favorite experiences are a little bit of solitude, opportunity, and good company while pursuing wild fish in wild places. I appreciate traveling with good friends and having a common goal in mind. Everyone knows what that goal is, and we’re all working hard to achieve it. Goals audibly defined for the group are a big deal, and the expectations and how we go about achieving it.”
If you had a post-fishing cocktail named after you, what would it be?
“It might be a margarita, but for a drink named after me… the Skagit Mist.”
What are a few pieces of gear that you never leave home without?
“Flies are the one piece of equipment that I carry on with me. Everything else I could care less about. Rods and reels are super critical, but flies are the one piece of equipment I build my whole system around. I have a system which I like to fish and flies are the driver of that system. If I don’t have my flies of choice, then I lose all of my confidence.”
What is one of your greatest fly fishing travel memories?
“I did a bunch of traveling with Fly Fishing Team USA and was able to go to numerous European destinations for trout. One destination that stood out was Bosnia. Their rivers are incredible! It’s ultra-clear, technical, single fly water with trophy-sized grayling (50cm grayling). The water was so clear that what you thought was knee-deep was up to your neck. The people in Bosnia are also incredible – I still message with several of them over Facebook. The twenty-five-cent espresso shots in Bosnia aren’t too bad either!”
What are Your Favorite Fly Fishing Destinations?
“My favorite fishing destinations center around anadromous fisheries – Northern California up to BC. I love to pursue steelhead destinations. What I believe makes steelhead unique is that it is likely that the fish you’re fishing for has never seen a fly in its life. You can get out to pursue unpressured fish in remote atolls, but fresh fish from the ocean have most likely never seen a fly. At Umpqua, we support Trout Unlimited’s push to remove the lower four dams on the Snake River. These fish matter and dam removal isn’t something people toss around lightly.”
What are trips that are on your bucket list?
“I’d really like to focus on pursuing Atlantic salmon in Canada and parts of Europe. A remote, live-aboard experience, with a focus on permit, such as Poivre, would also be high on the list!”
What's New with Umpqua?
“Our leader and tippet is a significant initiative for us. It’s the best presentation for your fly – confidence from the fly up. Leader and tippet are ultimately what delivers your fly! We have a ton of species and scenario-specific leaders designed to give better energy.”