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My name is Jesika, but my hometown friends call me Jesi! Weirdly enough, some people that I see call me by my Instagram name “Texas fly girl”.
Where are you at in the world? Where will you be fishing this year?
I currently live in central Texas in a pretty decently-sized town called Belton which is about an hour North of Austin. I fish small creeks/rivers here in Texas and also travel a couple times a month up to fish Beavers Bend, Oklahoma. I travel twice each year to a new state to try out new waters! This summer I plan to fish lots in Oklahoma and Texas of course, and then make a few trips up to Missouri to get on some trout. I also am lucky enough to get to spend 2 1/2 weeks in Alaska during the salmon run this year!
Here in central Texas I fish pretty much any body of water you can find: Belton Lake, Lady Bird Lake, and countless small creeks and rivers!
How long have you been guiding/fly fishing?
I’ve been fly fishing for about three years now. I have fished conventional since I was small, but got into fly fishing within the past three to three and a half years! I first heard about fly fishing when I was 17, and started that same year.
I started fly fishing because of my boyfriend of 4 years- Joshua! He went out with a couple of friends and used a fly rod and he came back the next day and purchased his own! I used the rod once and just had to get my own. I bought the Cabelas RLS combo and ever since I have been hooked!
As a woman guide/fly angler, you’re definitely in the minority. What made you decide to be a guide/angler?
Being a woman in the fly fishing industry is interesting because women are the minority in the sport. I decided to become part of the industry because I love the sport and, living in Texas, fishing has always been a part of my lifestyle. When I was introduced into fly fishing, the challenge and tranquility of the sport intrigued me to pursue the sport and better myself in it.
Has the fact you’re a woman ever been an issue with a client (such as them hitting on you or maybe talking down to you? If so how did you deal with it/them?
I’m not currently guiding, but I have had issues with fellow fisherman assuming that because I am a woman I don’t know anything about fly fishing.
What’s your favorite new piece of gear?
It’s hard to narrow down to one piece of gear but if I had to choose, I would have to say my limited edition pink Blue Halo 5 wt rod. I have different blue halo rods, but the 5 wt is just the best overall rod for me as it comfortably throws streamers as well as the lightest of dries!
My favorite catch so far isn’t my biggest fish, but it was one of the most memorable! This would be the 6 and a half pound largemouth bass. We’d been fishing all day and catching little 1-2 pounders on the 3 wt and on one of the last casts of the night I threw a big ole streamer and hooked into that baby. I’ll never forget that night!
What’s your “Dream Trip”?
I have so many places on my list that I dream of fishing. It’s hard to narrow it down to one, but I can narrow it down to 3! The first place I would want to go is to Patagonia to fish for Jurassic Lake rainbows. Second place would have to be the crystal clear waters of New Zealand. To see their huge Browns inhale my fly through that clear water would be breathtaking. Last but not least is the Florida Keys to hunt some giant tarpon. Landing a beast like that will be a dream come true!
I’ve fished lots of awesome places but my favorite place is the Lower Mountain Fork River in Oklahoma. Luckily I get to fish this river monthly and I view it as my home river!
How do people get ahold of you for guiding / sponsorship?
On Instagram at @tx.flygirl
Or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org