TARGETED SPECIES: RAINBOW TROUT, BROWN TROUT, STEELHEAD, BROOK TROUT, SALMON
I’ve been fishing my local waters since the tender age of 10. With a small break in my mid-late teens because I was too cool to skool (obviously). Wasn’t until my early twenties when I picked up my first fly rod, and since then, there’s been no turning back. I kicked into high gear and went straight to freak-fanatic mode once I learned that I could make the very same flies I was buying at local shops and big box stores. I could tell the story of the first fish I caught on my own fly a million times with the same enthusiasm, every time.
Once I became a father, is when my entire outlook changed. I had a responsibility, a drive, a motivation to teach my son, and eventually a second son, the importance and beauty of fly fishing. To respect and appreciate the ever-evolving sport and hobby and treat it with pride and passion. Fly tying, like fly fishing, is my yoga. If I can help even one person find their “yoga”, then it’s all worth it.
I grew up in a small town in British Columbia called 100 Mile House that has some amazing trout fishing and some beautiful lakes . I have been fishing for as long as I can remember. I am now 30years old and love it more and more every-time I am out on the water. I took up fly fishing when I was 19 when a friend took me out on my first fly fishing adventure, I can still remember hooking that first fish and really feeling how the fish reacted to the bite, not only that but the sensitivity and control I had was unbelievable and from that moment on I was HOOKED!!
Now I find myself fully committed to my fishing whether I'm out fishing, studying bodies of water, researching bugs or tying flies I spent most of my days fishing. I also love tying flies. Chironomids, leaches ,minnows, boatman, scuds, nypmhs, boobies ,blobs, drys.. you name it and I tie it .]
I spend a lot of time examining insects and trying my best to replicate the colors and movements in these bugs that I am seeing the fish feed on . I recently took on competition fly fishing and have been learning a lot from it . I am looking forward to many more years of competing, fishing , and tying !!!
The river resonates trickles, bubbles, and ripples with the existence of what a river is. Fly fishing for me has become the art of casting, fly tying, and the passion to stalk trout in many picturesque rivers, creeks, streams, and alpine lakes. Fly fishing has so many intricate details and facets from the spontaneous hatches, to the most technical presentations required to the ever changing drifts of a trout stream.
There is such enjoyment from fly tying of the absolute bliss of catching beautiful trout on my own flies. I believe fly tying gives me the artistic touch in creating the tiniest forms of art for the prize, the trout. I spend many evenings tying, replenishing my fly boxes, and preparatory for the next trip to the river. When your neighbourly angler kindly asks you what the fish are taking, it is kind of a secret. It's not available in stores. It is a wealth of trout lore at your finger tips.
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LIVES IN: Kamloops, BC FISHES: Lakes and Rivers TARGETED SPECIES: RAINBOW TROUT, BROOK TROUT
Growing up in Brampton, Ontario, fishing (let alone fly fishing) was never really a thing. A serious accident left me in pursuit of another passion in life, and that is where I found fly fishing. It became so much of a passion that at the age of 19, I packed up and left home for good, for the pursuit of happiness. Two days and eighteen hours later, I stepped off the bus in fly fishing mecca, Kamloops, BC.
Involving myself in the world of fly fishing, becoming an advocate and making it my career was (and still is) my dream. Since then I have become the president of local group the Kamloops Fly Fishers and am their representative on the Regional Angling Advisory Team committee with the ministry of FLNRORD within Region 3. I am also the KFF’s project coordinator and collaborate with other groups, clubs and associations to drive bigger initiatives. Currently a member of BCWF and BCFFF as well as assisting the ministry and DFO to provide information on our local fisheries.
I am also one of BC’s top competitors and over the years of intense learning, I have been privileged enough to take home numerous medals in both small and large fly fishing competitions. The last one being the North American Fly Fishing Championships in the BCCFFL, where teams and individuals from all over the world came together to compete in the place I now get to call home. Now a proud member of team Togens, this is just the beginning, and I am eager to see where this passion of fly fishing will take me.
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