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.
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.
Walter is a renowned fly tier, angler, and builder of some of the world’s finest bamboo fly rods.
John is the owner and operator of Dan Bailey’s Fly shop in Livingston, MT.
Alen is a lifelong angler in Tennessee and the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
Bill Bakke is a native of Oregon and has been involved in fish conservation work for over 30 years.
Ray is a lifelong angler, hunter, and outdoorsman in and around the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee.Read more »
Ron has fished the waters of North Carolina and the Appalachian Mountains for nearly 60 yearsRead more »
Randy is a guide, teacher, angler, and conservationist.
A. K. Best
AK is a world class fly tier, angler, musician, and author.Read more »
Glenn is the founder of Sweetgrass Rods and one of the former owners of Winston Rods.
Charlie is the owner of Charlie’s Fly Box and author of several books on fly tying.
Ed is an author, fly tier, poet, and lifetime angler.
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
Rick A.K.A. “Bug Man” is one of the world’s leading trout entomologists.
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.
Todd is the Program Leader for the Native Fish Restoration Project in Yellowstone National Park
Lefty is one of the most influential sports fishers of our times.
Matt is the Supervisory Fishery Biologist at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Jim is the author of the award-winning book, Salmon without Rivers: A History of the Pacific Salmon Crisis.
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.
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.
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.
Steve is the former Supervisory Fishery Biologist at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Tom Morgan is the owner and founder of Tom Morgan Rodsmiths located in Manhattan, Montana.
Rich is an avid angler and has decades of fly tying experience.
Richard has been involved in the business of fly fishing since he was a child.
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.
John worked as a bus driver in Yellowstone after WWII.
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
Jim is an author of several books on fly fishing, fly patterns, and hatches including the Hatch Guide for Western Streams.
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.
Tucker is a guide, fly tier, and casting instructor and owner of Trouts Fly Fishing shop in Denver, CO.
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.
Mary Kay Watry
Mary is the Conservation Biologist at Rocky Mountain National Park.
Dan has been the Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park since 2011.
Thumbnail of Kyle Wilkinson sitting in his office in Trouts Fly Fishing in Denver, Colorado.
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.
Joan Salvato Wulff is also known as the First Lady of Fly Fishing, has been casting since she was a school girl in 1937.
Adam is a Wisconsin based artist who focuses on trout and wildlife art.
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.
Chandan is the founder of Rogue Anglers which offers guided fishing adventures all across India.
Sanjeev is better known locally as the snake-man.
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
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.
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.
Ritish is biologist, naturalist, conversationalist, and eco-tourism guide.
Amit is the Deputy Director of Jim Corbett National Park and Tiger Reserve.
Manoj has worked as a Climate Change Officer and Field Project Associate in Langtang National Park in Nepal.
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.
Additional information on interviewees:
- Dan Wenk, Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park
- A.K. Best, Author
- Dave Hughes, Author
- Bud Lilly, Author and Angling Legend