Join us this week as we talk with Kyle Wilkinson. We wanted to highlight a first year river guide, learn what he had to do to become a guide, how he's feeling going into the game and what he's hoping to learn. We're going to follow up with him later in the season to see how things are going. Excellent interview!
"My name is Kyle Wilkinson. I’m a sleep-deprived full-time college student, obsessed part-time fly fishing guide, and a podcast/blogging junkie. If I’m not in school or on the water, I’m at the tying bench listening to podcasts or I’m on my computer writing and reading blogs. I enjoy taking pictures of my outdoor adventures and dipping my toe in videography and editing. Everything I do is in preparation for my next experience on the water. I’m always growing and learning more about the sport that I didn’t know before.
I grew up on a small farm with a creek in my backyard, a tiny trickle of water where my fishing gene became fully expressed. As many do, I began fishing with a spinning rod and reel chasing all manners of trout and warm water species (something I still do from time to time), and eventually found myself with a fly rod in my hands. After a vacation to Yellowstone National Park with my father at the age of 14, there was no turning back. We caught loads of trout on flies and had a blast doing it. You could say, dare I mention such an overused cliche, that I was “hooked.” Since that time, I’ve travelled across the state of Washington and even across the country in pursuit of my passion for fly fishing. Although I am also an archery hunter, backpacker, and biker, I’ve spent most of my free time on a variety of challenging and intriguing waters to broaden my knowledge on the sport of fly fishing. There is just something in pursuing a fish with a fly that I am drawn to. I look forward the next step in my angling career as a fly fishing guide.
I had the pleasure of watching one of my best friends, another one of the guides at Ellensburg Angler, grow as a fisherman through his experiences guiding last year. He and I have fished quite a bit the last couple seasons, and earlier this year the head guide at Ellensburg Angler asked me if I would be interested in guiding with them part time. I jumped on the opportunity and have been training with the guide crew ever since. All of the guys have decades worth of combined guide experience under their belts, and it’s been a privilege learning from all of them. It’s been an eye-opening experience learning from the guys who spend so much of their time on the water. The way I fish, everything from line and leader setup, reading water, timing hatches, and tweaking fly patterns to become more productive on the water, has completely evolved as result from sharing a boat with these guys. Each of the guides has their own way of fishing and guiding, and I try to incorporate all of what I learn into my own fishing and guiding. Ellensburg Angler received the Orvis Endorsed Outfitter of the Year award in 2016, a testament to the awesome staff that I get to work with.
My original plan going into college was to become a high school teacher, like my father, in order to have enough time to hunt and fish on weekends and during extended breaks. I thought this would be a great fit for me, having so much free time to pursue my passion. But as I progressed through my first year of post-high-school education, I realized teaching, specifically in the sciences, just wasn’t for me. I didn’t have enough interest in the teaching itself and had difficulty staying engaged in my classes.
Halfway through my second year at my local community college, I decided to change my major from education to digital journalism. This change was possibly the greatest decision I’ve ever made in my education career. I’m enjoying my classes more than ever before, and find ways to implement what I’m learning in the classroom into my passion outside of school. I’ve tailored my classes to benefit my future goals by taking digital photography classes, extensive writing courses, and blogging/social media courses. I have dreams of writing for fly fishing publications, and have already spent time working on my blog, Kyle in the Outside, and on social media outlets under my alias, flybum_101. I hope to continue to blend my education and fly fishing and eventually form a career where I can feel like I’m not even working.
I doubt I could have the opportunities I have today without the support from my family, my girlfriend, my close friends, and mentors. Everyone has always been helpful and positive, never telling me I couldn’t do it. I appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm for me as I approach these next steps in my education and angling career."
Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. Educated at Hillsdale College in Michigan. I have a passion for fishing, traveling, hunting, taking pictures and exploring. I began fishing at 3 years old and saltwater fly fishing for stripers with my dad and his friends on Cape Cod when I was 6. It wasn't until I went to college in Michigan that I was introduced to trout fishing. Since college I have spent my time and energy traveling as many places as I can to fish for new species. In 2017 I began guiding part time for stripers back home and full time in southern Patagonia for the world's biggest trout.
I am extremely passionate about the environment. I believe that we can make a huge difference as anglers to protect and promote the amazing ecosystems that produce the fish we all are passionate about.
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Jako is not only a filmmaker and photographer but he has been guiding professionally since 2006.
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, he completed his B.Com in Marketing from the University of Johannesburg. During his formative years he spent many weekends cultivating his skills, which led to his decision to pursue fishing as a professional career.
His move to London, UK, saw him start his fishing career at the prestigious Farlows of Pall Mall, where he continued fishing many of the UK fisheries. Furthermore he worked at Sportfish – participating in various fishing shows including The CLA Game Fair.
In just a few years, Capt Jack Productions (Jako Lucas), have already accumulated quite a number of Awards and Industry milestones. Here’s to name but a few:
I’m excited to be able to share this news with you! Remote. No Pressure. started behind a small card table on a very outdated Mac computer with zero listeners and zero industry contacts. We didn’t know anyone who could sponsor, underwrite our venture or even encourage us in moving forward. However, we didn’t need the encouragement, because we truly believe whole heartedly that this is what we’re called to do and that drives every single episode and that’s what keeps us coming back to the mic. We truly believe that fly fishing has the power to change the world and it’s our goal to impact others in a positive way within the industry. This week's episode features some awesome clips from some of our outstanding guests from the last 50 episode. This episode was so much fun to put together! What is the other BIG NEWS we've been talking about? There a countless small businesses owners within the industry that create products that make a difference and one of those business owners came on our podcast to talk about what drives him to make great products. I immediately ordered a Deli Fresh Design digital camo version of their sling pack and I fell in love with. It was way smaller than my clunky vest, it could fit everything I needed and could even hold a can of beer. A few months back we we’re kicking around the idea of approaching sponsors for the show now that we get thousands of downloads every month, then we thought instead about how we could impact a small business in a positive way. I approached Ross White about collaborating with Deli Fresh Design to do a LIMITED edition Remote. No Pressure. sling pack. We reached out to local artist Jake Knoth about doing a logo design that will only be used for these slings packs. Once we sell 100 bags the design and the logo will be retired and no more orders will be taken. By purchasing this bag you’ll help another incredible small business in the fly fishing industry and help our podcast move forward to the next level. These bags are made in America and since every single bag is handmade please allow 7-10 business days for delivery. If you’re not 100% satisfied with your bag return it for a full refund. Thank you again for your support and thank you Deli Fresh Design.
In 2014, Jess and wife Lauren’s son, Kase, was born. Soon after, Jess started experiencing intense anxiety attacks, which he had never had before. In a six-month period, he lost 30 lbs., was missing work frequently, and distancing himself from loved ones. "A friend that I admired kept getting me out on the river and I found that when I was on the river I forgot about everything but fishing,” explained Jess. All his worries and anxious thoughts seemed to disappear as soon as he stepped into the water. “When we are fly fishing we are so concentrated on casting, mending, presenting good drifts, etc., that we forget about everything else around us."
During this time, Jess was introduced to mentoring children in foster care through an organization at church. The timing was perfect. He was looking for a way to give back to the community through fly-fishing, a sport that had helped him over some very tough hurdles.
"It broke my heart knowing that my son was going to grow up in a loving home with parents that would support him no matter what and these kids in foster care did not have that. It’s hard enough growing up, much less growing up without loving parents." He continued, "They did not choose this path. Someone else’s action brought them to where they are."
Jess realized that not only could fly fishing help these children’s lives, but it would be an opportunity for them to get out on an adventure, which is something they don’t often get to experience.
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Long time trout bum talks to us about how he got into the lifestyle, how fly fishing has changed his life and his good friend Left Kreh. He also discusses the new book “America’s Favorite Flies.” It’s more of a work of art than just another book. Here is an excerpt from the book on David.
“In the spring of 1969 I met my fishing mentor and best friend, Steve Thomas. Steve introduced me to the great outdoors, with huge emphasis on fishing and bird hunting. This was something that this “City Boy” had no clue about. The rest of the time I visited Steve’s hippy pad in Grand Rapids, MI changed my life forever.
We were sitting around, doing what hippies did back then. When the smoke started to clear I noticed a strange box sitting on his desk.
The box had a bunch of multicolored feathers and other stuff hanging out of both sides of it My curiosity got the best of me and I asked him what was in the box.
“Those are my fly tying materials, Man!” Steve replied excitedly. I don’t think that any of his other friends showed any interest in that box. With my mouth agape, I asked, “Your what?” trying to figure out if my smoke-filled brain was hearing him right.
Steve is the kind of guy that could sell a refrigerator to an Eskimo! Like an evangelist, he began preaching to his congregation. . . Me. He began to zealously tell me all about fly fishing, bug hatches, big fish and how much fun
it was. Even though I didn’t know what the hell he was talking about, Steve reeled me in! “When are we going?” I found myself asking him. At that point, I still had no idea what I was getting myself into.
About 6 hours later, I was soon to experience my first Hendrickson may fly hatch.
I was standing with Steve in the middle of the Little South Branch of the Pere Marquette River, like a fish out of water. I was clad in waders and fly vest that he borrowed from his father.”
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Katie grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains alongside the Chattooga River (Where Deliverance was filmed and dueling banjos can actually be heard from time to time). After years of working odd jobs and traveling the world, Katie decided to earn her bachelor’s degree at the age of 30. It was while attending Western Carolina University in North Carolina that she discovered the discipline of flyfishing. When not searching for trout or guiding, she is a silversmith working from home. Katie is also active with Casting for Recovery and hopes to one day start an organization of her own related to helping people through flyfishing.
A 1987 inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame, Barry was also named one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players of all time in 1996. He played eight seasons with the Warriors, averaging 25.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists. After winning NBA Rookie of the Year honors in 1966, Barry led the Warriors to the NBA Finals in both 1967 and 1975. He earned MVP honors in the 1975 NBA Finals when the Warriors swept the heavily favored Washington Bullets for the franchise’s only championship in West Coast history. Barry now lives in Colorado and is involved in a number of business ventures. Next to basketball one of Rick’s favorite pastimes is fly fishing! Learn more about Rick at his website rickbarry24.com.
Ben is a professional fly fishing guide. He also designs flies for several manufacturing companies. He teaches fly tying, fly casting, and lectures on the sport. He began fly fishing at the age of six and hasn't spent any time since then without a fly rod near by. He has fished all over over the world for any thing that swims. Ben also works as a sales representative in the fly fishing world. He is the President and CEO of the Fly Fishing Show. Ben is the owner of The Angling Bookstore.
Ben is one of but a few guides certified by Tenkara USA. If you haven't tried this exciting, active, traditional fly fishing technique from Japan, you must give it a try. Head out on one of the rivers in the Gunnison drainage with Ben and give it a try. It is a simple and affordable technique that can be learned in a very short time, but enjoyed for a lifetime.
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Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer is the co-author, along with Rev. Michael Attas of Fly Fishing The Sacred Art: Casting A Fly As A Spiritual Practice. He writes a blog, The Fly Fishing Rabbi and is a contributor to Trout magazine and Reform Judaism magazine. Rabbi Eisenkramer is the spiritual leader of Temple B’nai Shalom in East Brunswick NJ and he fishes the cold water streams of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. This week we talk about his obsession with fly fishing, the spirituality of fly fishing and St. Louis' provel cheese!
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