I was the kid who would wander outside catching critters and putting them in tiny spaces. Insects were always the most interesting creatures I collected. They changed appearance as they metamorphosed, they lived in fun places to explore, and they were interesting to observe. From tiny beetles to voracious mantises I spent countless hours of my youth raising, observing, and admiring these small wonders of nature.
Several years later I left home and went to Chico State. A few friends of mine introduced me to spin fishing and after spending some time as a gear angler I finally picked up my first fly rod. My casting was terrible and my presentation couldn't fool a fish even if they were starving however I kept to it because it was challenging and fun.
I eventually learned how to cast, how to catch fish, and most importantly how to enjoy life as a self-taught fly angler. Fly fishing is an amalgamation of both my youth and adulthood. It reminds me of the good ole days and inspires me to continue to explore and experience the world.
My message is simple: Keep Calm and Fly Fish.