Angling Oral History Project
Our Angling Oral History Project collects, preserves, and disseminates the histories, opinions, and stories of politicians, artists, guides, authors, and anglers from all walks of life. Interviews are freely available and searchable to anyone online through our MSU created database.
Lourens is an enthusiastic split cane rod builder.
Tom is an avid angler, journalist, and author who has spent a good portion of his life’s work trying to answer the question “why go fishing”?
Craig is a manager at Fontana Sports in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a lifelong anger who grew up fishing the waters of the dairy state and across the Midwest.
April is an avid angler, mother to three daughters, and founder of SaraBella Fishing which is the first fly rod company to develop fly rods specifically for women anglers.
Peter is a member of the Federation of South African Fly Fishers (FOSAF) and has been fishing since a child in the Western Cape area.
Alex has been fishing since he was young child and has the unique distinction of being able to say he caught his first trout on a rod he build and a fly he tied.
Walter is a renowned fly tier, angler, and builder of some of the world’s finest bamboo fly rods.Read more »
John is the owner and operator of Dan Bailey’s Fly shop in Livingston, MT.Read more »
Bill has been interested in fishing and rivers since he was a child.
Alen is a lifelong angler in Tennessee and the Southern Appalachian Mountains.Read more »
Bill Bakke is a native of Oregon and has been involved in fish conservation work for over 30 years.Read more »
Ray is a lifelong angler, hunter, and outdoorsman in and around the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee.
Ron has fished the waters of North Carolina and the Appalachian Mountains for nearly 60 years
Randy is a guide, teacher, angler, and conservationist.
A. K. Best
AK is a world class fly tier, angler, musician, and author.Read more »
Manoj has worked as a Climate Change Officer and Field Project Associate in Langtang National Park in Nepal.
Moreno is one of the most respected bamboo rod builders in Europe.
Dave is a lifelong angler, fly tier, and conservationist.
Glenn is the founder of Sweetgrass Rods and one of the former owners of Winston Rods.
Peter is a lifelong angler, artist, conservationist, and author.
Dr. Jen Brown is an avid angler, author, researcher, and patient fly fishing instructor.
Jay is a longtime guide, fly tier and angler in Idaho and the across the Rocky Mountains.
Tom is one of the founding members of Montana Coalition for Stream Access.
Joe is an accomplished fly tier, angler, and advocate for protecting rivers and native fish.
Charlie is the owner of Charlie’s Fly Box and author of several books on fly tying.Read more »
Colorado Women Flyfishers
This interview is with Rheana Gavagan, CWF President; Craige Stainton, Past BOD, Charter Member; Chris Juvan, Past BOD, Charter Member; and Chris Prelaz, Past BOD, Member at Bass Pro Shop in Denver, Colorado.
Jack is an angling legend. He is a longtime guide in the Jackson Hole area of Wyoming.
Stephen is an avid angler and one of the best split cane rod makers in South Africa.
Ed is an author, fly tier, poet, and lifetime angler.
Gavin is a talented young artist and angler. He states that “fishing is my life”.
Is a world renowned fly tier and angler. He is a pioneer in artistic salmon fly tying and is recipient of the prestigious Buz Buszek award.
Tanner is an avid anger and a co-owner of Tenkara Rod Co. which he helped found in Idaho.
Andrew is an avid angler, researcher, fly tier, and author.
Darren is a member and founder of a group called the Fly Crew which is an organization that actively seeks to get youth involved in the sport of fly fishing.
Jimmy is the owner of Jimmy’s All Seasons Angler in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Sumantha is a conversationalist, naturalist, and wildlife advocate with over 15 years of experience in the wild areas in and around Jim Corbett National Park.Read more »
John is the author of angling classics such as Dances with Trout, Standing in a River Waving a Stick, Sex, Death, and Fly Fishing and Trout Bum.Read more »
Will is a lifelong anger, guide and fly tier (and a MSU alum!).
Ben and Buck Goodrich
Ben and Buck are father and son anglers with decades of experience under their collective belts.
Chandan is the founder of Rogue Anglers which offers guided fishing adventures all across India.Read more »
Joe is a lifelong conservationist, angler, and advocate for our wild areas.
Rick A.K.A. “Bug Man” is one of the world’s leading trout entomologists.
Monty is a lifelong anger and has been a guide on the Beaverhead and Big Hole Rivers for nearly 50 years.
Ed is one of the most interesting and knowledgeable people I met on my South African trip.
Andrew Herd, Dr
Andrew is one of the world’s leading fishing historians.
Reed is retired member of the MSU chemistry faculty and a life-long angler.
Dave Hughes is an author of more than 20 books about fly fishing.
Bob Jackin is the owner of Jacklin’s Fly Shop in West Yellowstone, Montana.
David and his brothers founded Outdoor Professionals and helped invent the Dragonfly
Bruce is the office manager at Grand Teton Fly Fishing in Jackson Hole, WY.
John is the author of several books on fly fishing including Slack Line Strategies for Fly Fishing.
Jill is an avid anger, dog lover, and advocate of experiencing the outdoors in any way possible!
im is the founder and CEO of Yellowdog Flyfishing Adventures which arranges flyfishing trips to exotic locations around the globe.
Todd is the Program Leader for the Native Fish Restoration Project in Yellowstone National Park
Jan is the manager of a shop called the Fish Eagle, a branch of King Fisher, in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Lefty is one of the most influential sports fishers of our times.
Matt is the Supervisory Fishery Biologist at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Ilan is an attorney, conservationist, member of Federation of Southern African Flyfishers, and lifelong angler.
Jim is the author of the award-winning book, Salmon without Rivers: A History of the Pacific Salmon Crisis.Read more »
Annette grew up in one of the most prominent angling and fly fishing families in the world.
Bud Lilly 2014-10-16
Bud is a legend in the angling world. He is an accomplished angler, fly tier, guide, and owner of Bud Lilly’s Fly Shop in West Yellowstone, MT
Bud Lilly 2016-02-26
Bud has been active in countless conservation efforts including recently the Warriors and Quite Waters Foundation.
Esther Lilly was the National Executive Director for Trout Unlimited in the mid 1980’s and was also the National executive director for Federation of Flyfishers.
Al is a former member of the Montana State Legislature and was the first to introduce a bill stating that Montana waterways belonged to the public.
AD Maddox is one of the leading angling artist working in the field today.
Adriano is artist of many talents.
Craig and Jackie Mathews
Craig and Jackie Mathews are the founders of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, MT.
Keith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Duke University and a Master’s in Journalism from the University of Michigan.
Beau is the owner of Montana Adventures and Angling in Billing, Montana.
Tom is a rancher, writer, and lifelong angler.
Bear is a lifelong angler, guide, and casting instructor.
Gregg is one of the most enthusiastic supporters of all of our efforts in the Trout and Salmonid collections at MSU-Bozeman.Read more »
Steve is the former Supervisory Fishery Biologist at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Read more »
Carrie is a school teacher, angler, member of Casting for Recovery and cancer survivor.
Tom Morgan is the owner and founder of Tom Morgan Rodsmiths located in Manhattan, Montana.Read more »
Tim is a guide operating out of Dillon, Montana and fishing primarily on the Big Hole and Beaverhead rivers.
Richard has been involved in the business of fly fishing since he was a child.
Sanjeev is better known locally as the snake-man.
Joe is an artist specializing in wildlife art. He has done sculptures in concrete and more recently carvings in natural wood.
Leigh is an author, avid sportsman, and Chairman of the Orvis Company.
Harry is a lifetime angler, author, researcher, and President Emeritus of Western State Colorado University.
Marc is a world renowned fly tier, angler and owner of Petitjean Fishing Equipment.
John worked as a bus driver in Yellowstone after WWII.
Pritam the manager of Himalayan Outback Lodge and is a native of the Himachal Pradesh region, growing up with the same village as fishing guide, Bobby Sighn
It is difficult think of anyone who can compare to Nat’s commitment to protecting the environment.
Scott is lifelong angler, fly tier, and conservationist.
Ted worked as an attorney for the US Environmental Protection Agency for most of his career
Bobby Sadpal Sighn
Bobby is an acclaimed guide, angler and naturalist.
Karnvir Saran Das
Karnvir is the owner and manager of Mahaseer Fishing Camps in the Village of Jhargoan, India.Read more »
Jim is an author of several books on fly fishing, fly patterns, and hatches including the Hatch Guide for Western Streams.
Tony is one of the founding members of Montana Coalition for Stream Access.
Pramesh is the co-founder of the Nepalese Anglers Club which is the only club dedicated to angling and catch and release fishing in Nepal.
Trevor is a young Zulu man who has the dream job of being a profession fishing guide in South Africa.
Alam is one of the most celebrated fishing guides in all of India and is an expert on the rivers near his village on the outskirts of Jim Corbett National Park.
Bruce is a retired chemist, angler, and author. He is a leading expert on fishing Yellowstone National Park and the waters of Idaho.
Ritish is biologist, naturalist, conversationalist, and eco-tourism guide.
To say Tom is a man of many talents is an understatement.
Doug is the author of several books including Selective Trout which has been called one of the most important books written on angling and trout behavior.
Sharon is an avid angler and an incredibly skillful fly tier.
Masako is an angling writer, fly fisher, and fly tier.
Gary is the former director of the American Museum of Fly Fishing, a lifelong angler, and designer/tier of innovative flies.
Martin is in his early 90’s and has been an avid angler for nearly 80 years.
Tucker is a guide, fly tier, and casting instructor and owner of Trouts Fly Fishing shop in Denver, CO.
Amit is the Deputy Director of Jim Corbett National Park and Tiger Reserve.Read more »
There is likely no one that has had more of an impact on preserving and improving the trout populations in Montana’s rivers than Dick Vincent.Read more »
Jeremy is the host of Animal Planets television program River Monsters.
John is the manager of Tam Trout and the Trout Tree Restaurant near Nanyuki, Kenya.
Dave is an author, researcher, angler, resort owner, and founder of the Wild Trout Association in Rhodes, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Mary Kay Watry
Mary is the Conservation Biologist at Rocky Mountain National Park.Read more »
Joel is the CEO of Denver Outfitters.
Tom is a lifelong angler and tireless advocate for protecting trout habitats.
Dan has been the Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park since 2011.Read more »
Thumbnail of Kyle Wilkinson sitting in his office in Trouts Fly Fishing in Denver, Colorado.Read more »
Jason is a lifelong angler, fishing boat captain, guide, conservationist, and cheesehead!
Renthia de Wood
James has served as an environmental attorney for both the United States and the state of New York helping to protect our rivers and wild areas for decades.
Olivia has the distinction of being the youngest person I have ever interviewed.
Shane is an avid angler and fly tier who has been spending time outdoors, and on rivers, his entire life.
Joan Salvato Wulff is also known as the First Lady of Fly Fishing, has been casting since she was a school girl in 1937.
Satoshi is a MSU alum, an avid angler, guide, salmon fly tier, and owner of Lefty Angler & Flies in Livingston, Montana.
John is the owner of Upstream Flyfishing in Cape Town, South Africa.
Dorothy has been fishing and tying flies for over 7 decades.
Adam is a Wisconsin based artist who focuses on trout and wildlife art.Read more »
Additional information on interviewees:
- Dan Wenk, Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park
- A.K. Best, Author
- Dave Hughes, Author
- Bud Lilly, Author and Angling Legend