Location: Portland, Oregon
Target Species: Primarily Steelhead and Trout, but really all of it!
When did you start fly fishing and who taught you?
I started fly fishing around 9 years ago. I was showed the ropes by my anglers within the community. One who stands out is Brian Chou. Brian helped me with so many aspects of fly fishing, but really stressed how to be a responsible angler and putting focusing on the importance of protecting our fisheries environment.
Why do you fly fish?
I fly fish to keep my soul inline with my mental as natures embraces me and keeps me grounded. When I fly fish I am not only chasing fish, but chasing peace and tranquility for tomorrow and to live the best way possible.
If you were only allowed to fish with one fly for the rest of your life (regardless of species), what would it be?
The Muddler Minnow. It’s such a great pattern and I just have so much confidence in it.
What is your most memorable fishing experience that didn’t involve the fish?
My most memorable fishing experience is the journey itself. The process and preparation of both my fly fishing gear and mental state I go through while I’m with my buddies. The bushwhacking to the river and having the conservations back and fourth. Sharing food around the camp fire while sharing your mental thoughts, including both the highs and low. It’s the process of the journey to the river that makes my experience memorable while the fish themselves become second nature.
What is your favorite Red Truck Rod and favorite Red Truck Reel and why?
The 7136 Diesel Spey Rod along with the Diesel Chrome Reel feel perfectly balanced in hand and the rod has the perfect backbone to handle anything that comes its way. It’s just a great rod and I even caught my first Arctic Grayling on it! I just love it.