Location: Salem, OR
Target Species: Steelhead, Salmon, and Bass
When did you start fly fishing and who taught you?
Conventional fishing has always been a big part of my life. I picked up fly fishing about 9 years ago. Around 3 months after purchasing my first spey rod I met Brian Chou on the river. I really did not know much about double hand fishing other than what I had read and seen on You Tube. I was drawn to the casters swinging flies for steelhead and was up for the challenge. I had caught plenty of steelhead on conventional gear, knew how to read the water and where to fish, but the casting was the knowledge I lacked. With Brian’s help he mentored me and made me the caster I am today.
Why do you fly fish?
I was up for something different other than the ways I had been fishing most my life. The casting itself intrigued me and I was up for more of a challenge.
If you were only allowed to fish with one fly for the rest of your life (regardless of species), what would it be?
Easy one…the Fish Taco! This was the fly I caught my first steelhead on the swing on. I like to compare it to the river you caught your first steelhead in as well. You always go back to it and have a good amount of confidence in it!
What is your most memorable fishing experience that didn’t involve the fish?
I would always get myself in the dog house for telling the wife, “I’ll be back from fishing by 3.” Of course, I would always get home more around 5:30 or even later. I would make up all kinds of excuses and just apologize for not being home on time. Then I started asking her to go with me so she could understand how sometimes you just lose track of time out on the water. After she started fishing with me a few times and began hooking fish I think she understood. Then it happened. She asked “When are we going again, I got a sitter! We should go this weekend.” I remember this day like it was yesterday. We had planned a trip to the coast, had a sitter and the rivers were on the drop…it was on! We we’re on the road early and got to the river and just as we thought, the conditions were perfect. It was one of our best days out together, but what I remembered most was that we had told the sitter we would be back around 3 pm. Well, like I had done hundreds of times I lost track of time and guess what, so did she. She asked me later in the day, “What time is it?” I look at my watch and told her it’s 5:30 and she replies “CRAP! We were supposed to be back home by 3.” We quickly called it a day and headed home. While driving home she looks over and says “Now I understand all your BS excuses and why you get home so late from fishing.” I knew right then and there that she got it.
What is your favorite Red Truck Rod and favorite Red Truck Reel and why?
Hands down the Diesel 12’6 foot 6 weight! It’s a great all around rod and it casts so well. I’ve got the Diesel Chrome reel on there and this outfit just makes me smile.