40 (I started when I was 18)
Who introduced you to fly fishing?
Can you tell us a little about your home waters and the fish you pursue there?
My home is in Idaho and I fish Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. The fish are rainbow and cutthroat. Current passion is steelhead. Home waters are the Clearwater, the Coeur d’Alene, the St. Joe, the Clark Fork and the South Fork of the Snake.
What's the height of the season for you? What time of year is your personal favorite?
To quote our Idaho author, “Most of all I love the Fall”.
What are your favorite travel destinations? What's on the bucket list?
Favorite travel destination: Chasing saltwater fish in the winter anywhere. Bucket list: I have been many places, but never New Zealand.
What you like most about Thomas and Thomas rods? Which rods do you fish?
T & T rods: First of all: MADE IN USA, exceptional finish, easy presentation for dry flies, casting ease. Once you pick up a T & T you’ll know the difference. Hard to put into words. Fish them all, depending on the task at hand. Big or little.
What's your current go-to fly?
That’s a whole book that other people have written. For skating big dries for steelhead, I tied one that I haven’t named yet. It’s an ugly, nasty skater. Any ideas for a name, anyone?
Other than fly tackle, what piece of gear do you find indispensable?
Other than a drift boat, waders and rain gear that do not leak.
What's your ideal lunch when on the water? What do you actually pack?
After 40 years of guiding – ANYTHING BUT A SANDWICH.
What fly fishing blogs/magazines do you read regularly?
Brian O’Keefe’s CATCH magazine.
When I'm not fishing you'll find me:
Whatever else I am doing, photography or traveling to warm climates, everything involves fishing (or college football).