Who introduced you to fly fishing?
My Great Uncle Richard tried to teach me how to fly fish as a little kid but I hooked him one too many times. Paul Robertson former Guide and Outfitter turned Guest Ranch GM took me fly fishing for the first time and then hired me to start working at his fly shop Rock Creek Anglers in Saddlestring, WY the next summer.
Can you tell us a little about your home waters and the fish you pursue there?
I consider the Eastern Slope of the Bighorns my home waters. It is a beautiful mountain range with a great diversity of wild trout and rivers. From mountain streams to box canyons to oxbowing meadow rivers to big windy rivers the region has all I ever want in terms of trout fishing.
What's the height of the season for you? What time of year is your personal favorite?
Late summer when the hopper fishing starts to heat up!
What are your favorite travel destinations? What's on the bucket list?
My two favorite places have been Holbox in Mexico and Turneffe in Belize. I can't even count all the places I want to go fish for tarpon, bones and permit…also would like to check out Brazil and Mongolia.
What you like most about Thomas and Thomas rods? Which rods do you fish?
I fell in love with a 3 piece T&T VE 8'6" 4wt that I picked up at the Sports Lure in Buffalo WY about 15 years ago. I think it is a fantastic trout rod because it has a good balance of touch and power. The Solar rods are unbeatable from my experience when it comes to saltwater.
What's your current go-to fly?
Red bodied Turkish Tarantula. It is a fun fly to fish as both a dry and then swing and strip under cutbanks. A bit of a two-in one...
Other than fly tackle, what piece of gear do you find indispensable?
A solid drybag and my camera
From the angler’s point of view, what do you see as the main value of going on a guided trip?
Local knowledge and experience are invaluable. I look at fly fishing as a lifelong sport - and no matter how much time I spend on the water there is someone who is going to be able to expand my knowledge and push me to another level. It also helps to have someone to take the learning curve out of new water.
What's your ideal lunch when on the water? What do you actually pack?
Sandwiches. Or fried chicken.
What fly fishing blogs/magazines do you read regularly?
When I'm not fishing you'll find me:
Behind a camera on a movie set.