Jacob is a fly fishing guide with a passion for conservation and brook trout. He is an accomplished rod builder and restorationist.
Jillian is an outdoor photographer and blogger, using her voice for Public Lands and Cold Water Conservation. She specializes in trying to out fish jacob whenever she puts the camera down.
Winter fishing is its own beast, and not for the faint of heart. You must wear so many layers that just the act of "wadering-up" becomes a HIT workout. It's not going to be easy to tie on that size 25 midge with your 8x tippet. Coffee will be your lifeblood, possibly loaded with a good, strong bourbon.
From tiny brook trout in the Blue Ridge to giant lake trout to more cutthroat than we could stand; adventures around the corner to road trips across the country; the ability to create custom rods and a whole rod bag business.
This year has been a year of discovery, cultivating new friendships, and inspiration from those around me. With 2017 coming to an end, I figured that I would make a short list (in no particular order) of those that have impacted me this past year.
If you're a fly fisherman, you love to share! We pull out our phones to show off our latest brown trout or the permit we managed to catch on a recent trip; we bring out rods we've put together or fly patterns we've just discovered. The closer you are to your fellow angler, the more information you'll divulge, fly tying nights at breweries also seem to get the information flowing. We follow a similar pattern with social media, sharing photos of our daily fishy lives; but when is it too much? What is an appropriate amount of information about your fishing trip?
We live in a world where fly fishing is becoming more and more accessible to people, you run into more people on the water than you used to, and at times you can see how that budding population has taken its toll. So, where is the line between sharing what you love and exploitation for "likes?"
I currently have some space left on my dance card for next year, and as an END OF YEAR SPECIAL, I’m offering a discount on (4 and only 4) rod orders to be finished in the 2018 year, which will fill out the remainder of my allotted orders for the year. Now through December 31, I’m offering 10% off finished “Classic Taper” Offerings and 15% off of my Between Two Banks “Original Tapers” to the first Four orders with paid deposits before Dec.31, 2017. After the four slots have been filled, orders will be added to the 2019 waiting list.
Fly fishing is not an industry in which you'll get rich or famous (not counting "internet famous"), but a thing from which you just can't back away. It consumes you, at every possible level, even during the most hectic of guiding season, when you feel like you're on the verge of burning out, you don't.
There's not a day that goes by where Jacob and I don't discuss rod building, doesn't matter if we're out to eat or out fishing a beautiful creek; we will compare reel seats, match guides, mentally plane a rod, or complain about a scarce thread for wrapping. These are regular days, in typical situations.
When you hurry through you aren't enjoying it, not really. The adventure turns into a "to-do," the experience is lost. You're trying to accomplish something, mark it off a list, feel successful. Living life this way is not beneficial, and fishing should take place slowly and thoughtfully.
Life isn't always about grand adventures, sometimes it's about enjoying the little things, taking your time, and being happy with where you are.