I have been fly fishing my entire life and it has always been my passion. I attended University of Montana where I quickly learned that I wanted to pursue guiding, so I attended Sweetwater Guide School in 2011 and have been guiding ever since. After guiding out west for five years, it was time to move back to my home waters and start my own outfitter, Kismet Outfitters. Kismet Outfitters is based out of Martha’s Vineyard. In the off season we host trips internationally. I feel pretty lucky that I get to spend every day on the water!
What Conservation Issue Do People Need to Know About in your Backyard?
Striper regulations and catch limit. Striped bass have historically been a catch and kill fish and that thought process needs to be changed. Currently, the Magnuson Steven Act is threatened to be rewritten so regulations are loosened regardless of science based research. If this bill passed it will directly effect Martha’s Vineyard fishery and my business. In June I went to DC to talk to Massachusetts senators and congressmen about the importance of keeping our fisheries healthy through science based research.
What Fishpond Products Do You Always Have With You?
The submersible backpack in orange. This waterproof bag holds all my gear and I know it will stay dry. It is very comfortable to wade in all day and it is easy to cast with it on. Also, the color doesn’t hurt!!
You walk into a gas station - what two items do you come out with?
Peanut butter m&m’s and seltzer.
What makes for a #perfectday in your eyes?
Sunny and warm with light wind so we can hit the flats. I think sight fishing for stripers is the most fun, it is very similar to bone fishing! What makes it the #perfectday though is having clients appreciate more than just the fish, but the beautiful waters where they reside. I want all my clients to leave with a better understating of the environment, how to care for the fish and more knowledge about our beautiful sport. If this is all accomplished it is the #perfectday.
Who are your heroes or mentors?
My mother, she has started and owns her own business and has taught me the value of dedication and hard work. She has always pushed me to follow my passion and make it work. She is one of the reasons that I had the confidence to start Kismet Outfitters.
Favorite quote or one-liner?
There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy