How did fishing come into your life? Is it something you grew up with, is it a recent passion?
I was first introduced to fishing when I was five or six by my grandpa who lived on a trout stream. Around the same time my father started taking me fishing with him. My father was a military man therefore we moved quite often and I got to sample all kinds of different fishing from coast to coast as I grew up. I was truly hooked. It wasn't until my late teens when I moved out on my own to Calgary, Alberta that I took up fly-fishing and that's when the true obsession began.
What else is there in your life that you are passionate about?
I started playing music when I was 12 and started playing professionally by the time I was 14 years old. Specializing in the guitar amongst other instruments. This is how I made my living in my late teens and my twenties. Basically touring and teaching..... and fly fishing every spare minute in between. To this day I will still be in the studio or a rehearsal of some kind on the days where I am NOT fishing or guiding.
Tell me about the guiding that you do. What is your specialty?
I specialize in backcountry walk and wade trips on the Blue Ribbon Streams and spring creeks of the gorgeous Alberta foothills. I put an emphasis on a true wilderness experience where the client can expect to fish large trout in small streams that see very little fishing pressure. I guess I have a reputation for being one of the more secretive guides / fisherman in southern Alberta.
What makes you unique?
I guess what would make me unique is my obsessive nature when it comes to the things that I am truly passionate about. Whether it's music or fishing I can never get enough because such undertakings can never be completely mastered.
What is the best day/experience that you have ever had fishing?
As silly as this might sound I think every day fishing is the best day fishing. I guess it's an old cliché..... a bad day fishing is better than a good day doing just about anything else. Of course some days are better than others but even a slow days fishing can offer all kinds of life lessons. As long as your mind is open and receptive to receiving those lessons.