Q: What goes through your head when you first wake up in the morning when you go fishing?
A: I correspond with those who have been in contact with me. I answer all emails followed by responding to any comments made on my blog from my readers. Then I check to see if there’s any follow-up to be done on my latest Facebook or Instagram posts. I think quick response to those in contact is extremely important.
Q: Where is your favorite place to fish?
A: I like hands-on interaction best, such as being out on the circuit doing seminars at a fly fishing shows, fly fishing clubs, fly shops, or for worthy organizations. The folks I personally meet, teach and entertain always find their way to my website.
Q: Tell us a favorite story.
A: Each year, I donate at least a day and teach veterans to fly fish with the group called Honoring Our Veterans of Jackson Hole. One of the students has participated two years in a row. Amazingly, this individual is missing and arm, ears, and most of his face for that matter. The first year I looked at this man and thought there was no hope. I was wrong. He casted with his one good arm and pinched the line for line control with the stub of his missing arm under the armpit. Wow, I was impressed. But when I took him fishing he couldn’t hook a fish. The next year he was back for this annual class. He’d bought a fly fishing outfit after last year and practiced. I was thrilled to see the improvement in his casting and line control. He was so good he helped some of the other new veterans learn to cast. Then we fished and I was blown away to see he was actually using his mouth as part of his line control and he could hook fish!
Q: Who are your heroes?
A: My dad, both of my late grandfathers, Mike Lawson, Dave Whitlock, Joe Humphries, and the late Gary Lafontaine
Q: If there is any love-hate relationship with any aspect of what you do, can you describe what that is?
A: It’s traveling. I love to travel whether it’s to go teach beginners to fly fish in a seminar 1,000 miles from home or even better, on an exploratory fly fishing trip to Africa. But after 30 years of constant travel, being gone so much tugs at me. I leave an incredible wife behind (she goes with me often but never enough), some of the best trout fishing in the world, and I leave one of the greatest towns one could ever live in: Victor, Idaho.
Q: What sound or noise do you love?
A: Singing birds in spring. Two favorites are the western meadowlark and a robin.
Q: What would be your day job if you weren’t doing what you are currently doing?
A: I would go back to working in the fly shop. I worked in a Jackson Hole WY fly shop for 23 years. I ran the place for 20 of those years, but unlike most managers I spent lots of time on the floor doing the retail end of things. I loved helping our customers catch more fish hands-on, and I loved selling them the gear they needed. Yes, if I ever go back to a day job, I’ll return to the fly shop floor.
Q: If you could bring anybody in the world with you to do what you love (dead or alive), who would it be?
A: I wish my dad could be part of this incredible ride. Not only the fishing, but also the teaching and sharing my adventures part. Dad has been handicapped from fishing for more than 10 years due to Parkinson’s and dementia.