South Platte River, Spinney, 11 Mile, Antero Reservoir
Landon Mayer has been guiding in Colorado full time on the South Platte River for the last 22 years, and one full season on the Nak Nek River in AK. He resides with his wife, Michelle, and their four children in Florissant, Colorado. Mayer enthusiastically teaches and demonstrates his techniques and on-river knowledge to fellow anglers and has developed innovative strategies for sighting, hooking, and landing selective trout. He shares these tips and secrets in his books The Hunt for Giant Trout: 25 Top Locations in the US to Catch a Trophy (new for 2019), Trout Tips: A Guide’s Secrets, Tactics and Techniques, Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing, Sight Fishing for Trout, and How to Catch the Biggest Trout of Your Life, in addition to three videos: Mastering the Short Game (new for 2019), Landing the Trout of Your Life and Weapons of Bass Production, both of which also feature John Barr
What conservation issue do people need to know about in your back yard?
We need to protect the spawning grounds that supply so many great memories with large wild trout. Spawning beds that are walked destroy future generations and catching trout that are spawning can be fatal to the fish itself. The goal is to target the pre and post spawn season that supply shots at these wonderful trout without interrupting their natural cycles.
What Fishpond products do you always have with you?
Water Dance Fanny Pack, Jefe Net, PIO Pod, Tippet Holder, and Don’t Tredd On Me Hat.
You walk into a gas station – what two items do you come out with?
Coffee and a Slim Jim for my wife;)
What makes for a #perfectday in your eyes?
Everyday on the water!
Who are your heroes or mentors?
My mentor is John Barr and my hero is my Grandma Jesse
Favorite quote or one liner?
This is one I came up with and live by guiding full time.
“The fish you land teach you something, the fish you lose teach you everything!”