Rapid Fire Questions
What types of fly fishing experiences do you all enjoy?
“For me, a good day of fishing or a good trip is one in which the fishing is secondary. I was recently in Patagonia for a week but maybe only fished for about an hour or so. When I went steelheading in the Tongass, the highlight for me was long walks in the wilderness. I’ve fished in Colorado more days than I can remember, but the most memorable was a day Cheesman Canyon when it had just snowed, and it was well below zero degrees. I had the place to myself. I saw mountain lion tracks and nothing else as I hiked the canyon completely alone. Near the end of the day, I remembered I’d been holding a fly rod all day. I didn’t fish, but it was a special day in a beautiful canyon. Don’t get me wrong, I will get obsessed and fish hard. But generally, fishing is something that takes me to special places, and those experiences in nature are what I enjoy the most.”
If you had a post-fishing cocktail named after them, what would it be?
“Whiskey — neat. I was once asked to provide my favorite fly for a book. I chose a pheasant tail. Similar rationale — simple and almost always works.”
What are a few pieces of gear, besides Hatch products, that you never leave home without?
“I always travel with a camera, my Van Staal pliers, a water bottle, a waterproof bag, and a Patagonia Nano Puff jacket. If I have those things, I’ll be all set.”
What are Your Favorite Fly Fishing Destinations?
“I love mountains. Patagonia, the Sierras, and the Rockies are my favorite places to be. I don’t know what it is about Argentine Patagonia. It always feels like home. It keeps calling me back. Three out of my last four international trips were to Argentina, and I plan to go back every year.”
What are trips that are on your bucket list?
“New Zealand, Iceland, the Himalayas — I want to see more mountains. Mongolia is also high on the list, but more for the overall experience than the fishing.”