Who introduced you to fly fishing?
My father took me out to the Snake when I was about 15 and that started a whole love affair with rivers and with the West. But the real credit for teaching me the ins and outs of fly fishing goes to my brother, who is six years my junior and twice the fisherman I'll ever be!
Can you tell us a little about your home waters and the fish you pursue there?
I've moved around so much the last few years that home is wherever I hang my waders. Recently, I've spent time in Montana, where catching a member of the last fluvial strain of grayling on the Big Hole was a highlight, in coastal NC where the redfish are constantly forcing me to up my game, and in the mountain streams surrounding Asheville, NC.
What's the height of the season for you? What time of year is your personal favorite?
There is nothing like Spring in Montana, where I can finally stop gritting my teeth through snow and constantly reaching up to break ice off my guides, and instead can focus on all the new life coming out on the river - first with Rainbows spawning and later with insects hatching and swarming in clouds around me.
What are your favorite travel destinations? What's on the bucket list?
Since moving back to the East Coast, anywhere out West is my favorite travel destination. Montana always holds an unexplainable sway over me. But Patagonia is on my bucket list right now.
What you like most about Thomas and Thomas rods? Which rods do you fish?
Most of all, I love the craftsmanship and - really I don't think there's any other word for it - love in these rods. They're made in the USA and every time I pick one up I can feel the fingerprints of people who are passionate about their craft, fish, rivers, and the people that fish them. Combine all of that with a rod that fishes as well as anything you can find on the market and an incredible heritage and history behind the brand, and it's clear that you just can't beat a T&T rod. I'm loving the Heirloom fiberglass 3wt and the NSII 6wt lately.
What's your current go-to fly?
For chasing redfish in the waters of coastal North Carolina, you can't beat a Meades Gutless Crab.
Other than fly tackle, what piece of gear do you find indispensable?
I love my waders. Simms' women's waders are the best I've tried and having worked for Simms for a little while, I know that the same kind of care and craftsmanship go into these as go into T&T rods.
What's your ideal lunch when on the water? What do you actually pack?
Ideal lunch would be smoked salmon, crackers, and a big pot of coffee over a comp stove. If I'm wading all day though, this normally gets paired down to just the crackers!
What fly fishing blogs/magazines do you read regularly?
I'm a fan of Gink and Gasoline.
When I'm not fishing you'll find me:
Duck hunting, sailing, camping, or trying to make progress on my endless list of books to read.