Jade is generally a good go to. My last name tends to scare people off.
Where are you at in the world? Where will you be fishing this year?
Northern Wyoming is home. As a teacher, I get to spend my summers adventuring nearly every day. Wyoming and Montana are planned in the books, but it’s an open canvas. You never know where the fish will take you!
What river(s) and lake(s) do you guide/fish?
The Bighorn Mountains hold so many gems, so I spend a majority of time on local water around here. Alcova is my second home base. I feel crazy spoiled to have so many thriving fisheries shared with so few people.
The first time I picked up a fly rod was about 6 years ago. It didn’t completely consume my every thought and free moment until 2015.
What got you into fly fishing? When did you start?
I’ve always been an adventure seeker, prior to fishing I climbed, mountain biked, hiked, backpacked, and camped to get my fix. My first real attempt with fly fishing was in the summer of 2010 in Dubois, WY when a friend was kind enough to try to teach me. Then in the summer of 2015, this tall handsome fella, Nick, walked into my life and changed it forever. Nick is a guide for Grey Reef Anglers who not only made every date one involving fishing, but also taught and encouraged me to expand my abilities. I’ve been hooked ever since.
Why do you fly fish? What does it “do” for you?
Fly fishing for me isn’t a sport; it’s constant learning. It’s the explosion of excitement, nerves, and elation as a fish eats your fly and you set the hook. It’s getting out where there’s not a soul in sight and wetting a line. It’s the pure and distinct ache when you lose a fish. Also, it doesn’t hurt that fish live in beautiful places.
As a woman angler, you’re definitely in the minority. What made you decide to be an angler?
It’s never really been an issue, my gender, in the endeavor and constant pursuit of fish. It’s always been about fishing. The feeling of having a gorgeous trout on the end of your line, holding it in your hands, and then releasing it back into the wild to grow healthy and big… it is unparalleled fun.
Has the fact you’re a female ever been an issue with a client or other angler? If so how did you manage it/them?
I think more than anything the response I get is surprise coupled with respect. I live in a community that embraces women anglers, and though a minority, I wholeheartedly believe women have a big place in fly fishing’s culture and future.
What is a piece of advice you want to give to other anglers or a tip/trick that has helped you grow as an angler?
It sounds a lot like my classroom expectations, “Come prepared, listen, try your best, be respectful, and make no excuses.”
What’s your favorite new piece of gear?
I’d have to say my favorite new piece of gear is my 5wt Redington Butterstick. Sight fishing for cutthroat on the mountain with a fiberglass rod makes for a fun day. I also have been digging my new Vedavoo Netster. It’s made a world of difference accessing my net when trying to land a fish.
Nothing is quite as fun as throwing a streamer, but seeing a fish eat a dry fly is a close second.
Best catch of all time?
It’s hard to choose just one, but I’ll give a memorable account of a worthy fish. I had the pleasure of meeting up with a stellar crew of Vedavoo torchbearers for a trip to Montana in the summer of 2015. My first trip dedicated solely to fishing streamers left me stripping for hours on end with only a few takes. The moment when I finally landed this beautiful brown was pure euphoria. It was a great moment shared with some great people.
What’s your “Dream Trip”?
New Zealand browns haunt my dreams.
What are some of the best places you’ve been fishing?
Alaska, Montana, Colorado, and Baja California have led me to some beautiful fish, but honestly, Wyoming is home and I absolutely love fishing here.
I’m always up for a new adventure. Let me know if you’re in the area and want to wet a line!