Jeff Cottrell

jeff-cottrell-side-bannerName: Jeff Cottrell

Location:  On the banks of the Klickitat River
Age:  59
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 when I was 12 years old and learned by watching an old man on the Kern River.  I’m totally self-taught.  I told my dad I want to be a fly fisherman so he went out and bought me a fly rod and an old Joe Brooks book and that was it.

Why do you fly fish?
Honestly, I have so many answers and just can’t come up with a specific one.   It’s one of the things I’ve always been really good at and there are too many reasons why.  Both my wife along with my passion for fly fishing make me a better person.

If you were only allowed to fish with one fly for the rest of your life (regardless of species), what would it be?
A Muddler Minnow!  I know for a fact that a tarpon will take it, and I’ve caught trout, bass, pike, dorado on it as well.  I’ve hooked more steelhead by skating a muddler than any other fly.

What is your most memorable fishing experience that didn’t involve the fish?
Hahaha…the first one that comes to mind is when I was guiding the Laramie River back in the small overview where we just sat down for a quick meal and to check out the river.  I knew from my experience that there were several moose in the area.  I warned my clients about being aware of their surroundings and the dangers about running into moose.

Sure enough, as I finish my last words we hear some commotion just ahead of us.  It gets louder and louder and suddenly one of my clients comes running and screaming out of the bushes as fast as lightning with a giant moose chasing him from close behind.

We couldn’t help but burst out in laughter as the timing was perfect.  My client seemed to be running faster than Bruce Jenner.  The words, “Stay out of the moose’s way” was interrupted by my clients yelps.  He was from Japan and had never seen a moose until he got chased by one in person.  He ended up getting chased up to the edge of the meadow until the moose finally stopped.

What is your favorite Red Truck Rod and favorite Red Truck Reel and why?
As far as the reel goes my favorite is the Diesel Chrome.  It’s  just badass anyway you look at it.  It is similar to one of the legendary reels that influenced this design but is beefed it up.  It’s truly an awesome reel all around.

I happen to be really hard on gear, and every single Red Truck fly rod that I’ve  used is a workhorse.  They cast amazing and I’ve literally never had a single issue with one.  I personally really love the 7 wt Switch and the 13’6 foot 7 wt Spey Rod.

Capt. Collin Huff

capt-collin-huffName: Collin Huff

Location:  Seattle, WA
Age:  39
Target Species:  Anything that swims!

When did you start fly fishing and who taught you?
My Grandfathers got me into fishing before I could walk. I gravitated to the fly around 7 or 8 years old . I spent a lot of time in a little fly shop in Downtown Austin,  The Austin Angler, asking questions and watching VHS on tying flies as well as casting.

Why do you fly fish?
It’s my HAPPY PLACE!

 If you were only allowed to fish with one fly for the rest of your life (regardless of species), what would it be?
A 2.5 inch  purple egg sucking leech.  It’s a great fly and it just plain works!

What is your most memorable fishing experience that didn’t involve the fish?
That’s a hard one to narrow down.  The first time I fished the upper Bogy stands out in my mind.  I’ve been reading about this river for as long as I can remember.  Getting out there was pretty amazing.  I fished it really hard for four days without a grab, but was stoked the whole time.  On the fifth day things came together!

What is your favorite Red Truck Rod and favorite Red Truck Reel and why?
The Red Truck 6126-4 Diesel Spey Rod paired with the Diesel Chrome.  It’s the perfect summer run set up.   I’ve been throwing some heavy tips and big intruders with this as well and it’s performed amazing!

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Keith Westra

keith-bannerName: Keith Westra

Location:  Fremont, CA
Age:  41
Target Species:  Trout, Bass, and Striped Bass, but I have a thing for most all flats species!

When did you start fly fishing and who taught you?
In 1993 a moved up to Arcata, CA and attended Humboldt State University.  I met a guy in my dorm who fly fished and we went up and fished Coffee Creek outside of Weaverville, CA.  After catching my first little wild rainbow on a dry fly I was hooked!

Why do you fly fish?
It clears my mind and just feels right.  I love the process of fly fishing from getting your gear together to the road trips to just being out in nature pursuing fish.

If you were only allowed to fish with one fly for the rest of your life (regardless of species), what would it be?
Give me a small white Deceiver and I’m a happy man!  I’ve caught so many Largemouth and White Bass along with countless other species on this fly.

What is your most memorable fishing experience that didn’t involve the fish?
I did a good amount of hosted travel for a while.  I took a group to Los Roques, Venezuela.  To this day it has been one of my favorite trips.  I spent one evening on the roof of the place we were staying and had a few beers  with one of the helpers.  He spoke little English and I spoke little Spanish, but we managed to communicate pretty well and had some good laughs.  It was so clear that evening and the sky was full of stars.  I soaked it all in while listening to the ocean waves crash.

What is your favorite Red Truck Rod and favorite Red Truck Reel and why?
I’m a huge fan of the 10 foot 7 weight Diesel Rod.  I’ve used it for Steelhead, but love it even more for throwing sinking lines for Largemouth and White Bass on one of my favorite lakes.  I match it up with the Diesel 7/8 Reel and it’s just perfect!

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Chad Brown

chad-brown-side-bannerName: Chad Brown

Location:  Portland, Oregon
Age:  40
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.

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Jaime Delgado

jaime-delgado-profileName: Jaime Delgado

Location:  Salem, OR
Age:  41
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.

Ben Paull

ben-paull-side-bannerName: Ben Paull

Location:  Seattle, WA
Age: 31
Target Species: Trout, steelhead, salmon, saltwater flats fish, smallmouth bass and pretty much anything that pulls really hard!  Sight fishing is probably my favorite thing of all.

When did you start fly fishing and who taught you?
My older brother taught me to fly fish when I was about 9 years old. I learned on a bass pond in Massachusetts where you could catch an infinity of largemouth to about 15 inches. It was a good place to learn.  I also had some more interesting early experiences with my brothers fishing for sea run cutthroat on Vancouver Island.

Why do you fly fish?
As Carl Safina wrote, “Fishing provides time to think, and reason not to”. That really sums it up for me.  Fishing is medicine. The ability/necessity to completely focus on something that doesn’t actually matter clears the mind and is so healthy. Plus the places fishing takes you are literally the most beautiful in the world!

If you were only allowed to fish with one fly for the rest of your life (regardless of species), what would it be?
Man, that’s pretty hard for someone who fishes both salt and fresh water. I guess I have to say my all time fish catching fly, the Hale Bopp Leech, tied with black/red Arizona Simi Seal dubbing and a small red glass bead head. This fly absolutely crushes trout in freshwater, lakes primarily, but also in rivers.  In a tan color I’m sure many bonefish would eat it too.

What is your most memorable fishing experience that didn’t involve the fish?
I guess my best memory that didn’t exclusively involve fishing was when a few friends and I went on sailing trip to the South Pacific in 2009, while trying to make the sickest fly fishing film ever. We failed at that, but we did film a great story that’s coming out this winter. In New Caledonia we met a guy named Marc, and when all other options had been exhausted, he took us up north to the best bonefish country, hosted us, fed us, introduced us to his family, and just generally saved the day big time. He spoke just enough English to be charming and funny and just a really great friend. He was really excited just to meet and fish with other fly fishermen, because he hardly knows anyone in New Caledonia who fly fishes- it’s such a small country, just over a quarter million people.

What is your favorite Red Truck Rod and Reel, and why?
I gotta say the 890 Diesel is a killer rod!  I used to go to the Golden Gate ponds and just huck that thing as far as I could, over and over and the line just sailed. I got much better at casting with that Diesel in my hand. Now I fish it with Commando Heads and it is even better. I have the 590 and the 7110 too and love them as well.  As for reels, the Diesel reels hands down.  I really like click pawls and the reels are just beautiful.

Mike Idell

mike-idell-newName: Mike Idell

Location:  San Francisco, CA
Age: 25
Target Species: Trout, steelhead, stripers, carp, sharks… you name it!

When did you start fly fishing and who taught you?
High school. I thought I knew what I was doing with a fly rod for about a year or so (turns out, I didn’t) and then I went off to college in Colorado where a couple seasoned buddies of mine showed me the ways. They had grown up fishing in Wyoming and Alaska so whenever we went out for a day, I was like a kid in a candy shop soaking up every bit of information I could get. The rest is history.

Why do you fly fish?
I’m consistently impressed and amazed by how smart and unpredictable fish can be. That challenge and reward for getting it right every now and then is what keeps me going. In the last few years though, I’ve learned that it’s a lot less about outsmarting fish and a lot more about learning something new every time, and enjoying the time you have out there altogether. Cliche, but it’s true.

If you were only allowed to fish with one fly for the rest of your life (regardless of species), what would it be?
The Gurgalator because those who know, know!

What is your most memorable fishing experience that didn’t involve the fish?
I guided out in Wyoming for a summer after college and was lucky enough to spend most days with awesome clients that were just happy to be outside in such remote places, regardless of the fish. It really put things in perspective for me at the time. When you get to fish a lot like I did in college, you get numb to how lucky you are to be out there at all. All of those days as a guide on the river without a fly rod in my hand but with people that were just stoked to be out there were just as memorable as any fish I’ve ever caught, and I’ve honestly learned to appreciate all my time on the river a whole lot more because of them.

What is your favorite Red Truck Rod and Reel, and why?
My Red Truck fiberglass 7’6″ 4 wt with a 4wt Red Truck diesel reel. Most fun rod to cast on the planet, hands down. I could cast that thing all day without seeing a fish (and I have) – it’s a blast.

 

 

Chad Erchul

Name: Chad Erchul

Location:  Reno, NV
Age:  43
Target Species:  Trout, Trout, and more Trout…Did I mention TROUT?

When did you start fly fishing and who taught you?
I started fly fishing about 12 years ago and  am mostly self taught.  I would follow Candy-apple John up and down the beach at Pyramid Lake picking his brain and watching him cast.  Eventually I started tying my own flies and the obsession just grew from there. 

 Why do you fly fish?
When I was in elementary school I would often ditch and my mom would get a call from the Principal.  She would know right where to find me…Battle Creek with my pole.  I don’t know why I fish, but it’s all I ever think about. 

If you were only allowed to fish with one fly for the rest of your life (regardless of species), what would it be?
Easy. The HMD fly that my buddy Geronimo ties. They come in several different sizes and colors and are a very very effective pattern.

What is your most memorable fishing experience that didn’t involve the fish?
One time we were at Pyramid camping, it was a very cold morning and we were out fishing early when we heard loud screams coming from the water.  I looked out and saw a man clinging to a green aluminum duck boat that had flipped. With all his tackle floating in the water around him we started hollering and yelling at other boaters to help. Finally after 10 minutes we caught the attention of a guy who raced over and drug him to shore.  I picked him up, took him inside my camper and gave him coffee and dry clothes.  He told me I saved his life and that he was retired Coast Guard and didn’t have a life jacket, he then gave me his duck boat. After I got the title in the mail I sold it on Craigslist for $500 cause I ain’t tryin’ to drown.

What is your favorite Red Truck Rod and favorite Red Truck Reel and why?
The Red Truck Diesel 10 foot 7 weight matched with the 7/8 Diesel Click and Pawl Reel.  It’s my go-to Pyramid Lake setup and all it does is catch hogs!

Jimmi Damone

Name: Jimmi Damone

Location:  Reno, NV
Age:  33
Target Species:  Trout of any kind!

When did you start fly fishing and who taught you?
I started fly fishing about 4 years ago, right after I lost all my fingers on my dominant hand. When I felt ready to go for it, Mike Sexton (who at the time worked at Reno fly shop) brought me out to the grass and gave me some quick casting pointers. Since then I’ve been teaching myself, but have been getting plenty of help from the Pyramid Fly Co. crew.  I figured I needed something challenging to do, so now I fish left handed!

 Why do you fly fish?
It helps me mentally, but it also helps with my ptsd. The real reason is I get to be outside along a river either with some good friends or by myself.  It really does not matter.

If you were only allowed to fish with one fly for the rest of your life (regardless of species), what would it be?
Probably just a simple  midge, it’s versatile in our local waters and it ropes hogs at Pyramid!

What is your most memorable fishing experience that didn’t involve the fish?
I’d have to say everyday at Pyramid.  Sometimes I’ll just hang out and  watch my homies pull up 15-20 pound Cutthroat all day!  2017  was an unreal season. 

What is your favorite Red Truck Rod and favorite Red Truck Reel and why?
The Red Truck Diesel Trout Spey.  At 11 foot 5 weight matched with the 7/8 Diesel Reel,  it’s an epic outfit that is well balanced and has not let me down.  The bottle opener on the rod tube cap  is a big bonus as well.

Ryan Enns

Name: Ryan Enns

Location:  Chilliwack, B.C.
Age:  41
Target Species:  Trout, Salmon and Steelhead.

When did you start fly fishing and who taught you?
I tried fly fishing back when I was seven or eight with a family friend, but just trolled around a lake. He let me keep the rod and reel which kept the passion lit. I didn’t get serious until three years ago when I started reaching for my fly rod every single trip to the river.

 Why do you fly fish?
I say to myself, I’d much rather get skunked on a fly rod than a gear rod. It’s my therapy. It’s challenging, it’s rewarding, and you learn something new every trip… and you haven’t even caught a fish yet!!! 

If you were only allowed to fish with one fly for the rest of your life (regardless of species), what would it be?
I love the hobo spey. It’s not too big, it’s not too small, and the way it swims drives steelhead nuts. 

What is your most memorable fishing experience that didn’t involve the fish?
I just came back from Vancouver Island hunting for summer run steelhead. My buddy Tyler and I camped out the night before drinking craft beer and getting the gear ready for the next day.  We headed way back into the cathedral forest and fern jungles exploring sacred steelhead water. To stand amongst the huge old growth trees, understanding how long they’ve protected our rivers, it was an honor to fish in their presence. Definitely a day to remember for the rest of my life!! 

What is your favorite Red Truck Rod and favorite Red Truck Reel and why?
My favorite Red Truck rod and reel is the Diesel Switch 7110-4 with the Diesel Chrome reel. This setup suits the size of rivers I typically fish and can handle the species of West Coast salmon and steelhead. It’s the most universal weapon in the arsenal… and I like loud, screaming click and pawl reels!!

John Schultz

Name: John Schultz

Location:  Harrisburg, PA
Age:  37
Target Species:   Trout of any kind, Smallmouth Bass, but Steelhead are by far my favorite!

When did you start fly fishing and who taught you?
 I started fly fishing when I was 8 yrs old.  My grandpa took me and my two brothers to the Southern Tier in NY and we found some farm ponds loaded with bass and blue gill.

 Why do you fly fish?
I fly fish because I personally find it to be the most enjoyable style of fishing.  Fly fishing to me is an intimate process.  My involvement in formulating leaders, knot selection, and fly tying/fly selection is a personal yet key component to the fresh and saltwater game…I love that.  Plus, fly fishing is something I can get the whole family to do! 

If you were only allowed to fish with one fly for the rest of your life (regardless of species), what would it be?
If I had to use just one fly it would have to be a dark colored Clouser Minnow.  You can trim back the material and practically use it as a jig fly catching anything from Trout and Smallies  to Tarpon or Mahi-Mahi!

What is your most memorable fishing experience that didn’t involve the fish?
My most memorable fishing experience is most definitely going to chase wild Brook Trout with my grandpa,  dad and two brothers. Most of the time I was trying to help my grandpa thread the tippet through a fly (he had poor vision).  We ended up just hanging out stream side chatting while he puffed his pipe, each taking a turn in the same run.  Not one fish was caught, but lots of laughs.

What is your favorite Red Truck Rod and favorite Red Truck Reel and why?
My favorite Red Truck  gear would have to be the 10′ 7 weight  Steelhead nymphing rod.  The feel of that rod is an extension of myself and I can bomb single hand spey casts on medium water or high stick a technical small beat.  The 9′ 10 weight Permit has a good amount of notches on her belt too.  Both rods are sweet in my eyes!