-Spey Caught Alaskan Rainbow Trout, +33"-
It's what seperates 'just a guide' from a great guide. If you've fished with me before, you know that I have a hard time NOT teaching during the day. I try to avoid overloading my clients with information but after spending a day with me, you will be a better caster, a more efficient angler and have a better understanding of fly presentation and how to achieve that presentation in the best manner.
I will teach you enough that you'll be able to fish the Lower Sac (or anywhere else) on your own and know what to do. You'll know how to read the water, tie your own fly on, and then get that important natural presentation - with or without a moving boat to help.
I'll can almost guarantee we'll have shots at landing some wild trout, and can absolutely guarantee we will create some lifetime memories in a beautiful environmant, and you'll learn a thing or two.
My elementary school had a fly tying class when I was in the 6th grade, so I started tying at a very young age. Grandpa would buy my Muddler Minnows for $1 each. I was starting to unleash a monster within... Little did I know that I would be completely immersed in flyfishing as an adult.
I've been guiding for The Fly Shop for the past 19 years. I was Certified by Mel Kreiger thru the Federation of Fly Fishers as an official "Casting Instructor" in 1999. I then taught for a few years with Mel, who taught me to teach, and taught me to cast really, really far with very little effort.
For 6 years, I worked inside The Fly Shop, filling orders, assisting customers, learning all I could about the sport. During much of that time, I held the position of Director of Guide Services. Booking trips and managing guides and private waters was fun, but when I got the offer to work a season in Alaska followed by a season on the bonefish flats of Venezuela, I couldn't resist.
That first year away from the desk, I logged over 315 days on the water - split between Alaska, Venezuela and the Lower Sac.
Bonefishing took ahold of my life, and over the next 10 years, I would return to the flats of Venezuela a half dozen times....and French Polynesia.....and Hawaii 3 times.....and Christmas Island 3 times...and Belize twice....and Mexico twice...and the Bahamas - six times!
When I'm not travelling to fish, Redding is my home with my beautiful wife and daughter.
And the Lower Sac is my office.
Fly Fishing is what I do. Guide. Teach. Explore. Travel. Tie. Write. It's not a "part-time job."