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 in South Africa and we were introduced through our mutual friend, Glenn Brackett.
I met Jim in Berkely, California and we had a great conversation about his lifelong passion for fishing.
Grant is a longtime member of the International Fly Fishers Federation.
Pierre is one of the most interesting people I have had the pleasure of meeting.
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.
Frank is the founder and owner of Frank Amato Publications which is one of the leading publishers of angling and sporting books and periodicals in the United States.
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 his childhood in the Western Cape area.
This was a great conversation about the fishing culture in Peru with a very knowledgeable gentleman.
Jeff is an interesting guy which led to an interesting conversation.
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 built and a fly he tied.
Theo was one of my favorite interviews while I was in Germany.
An accomplished photographer and fly fisher, Val has produced 4 books of his photography centered around the beauty of fishing and its landscapes.
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.
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.
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.
Lothar is an avid angler and member of his local fly club.
Ron has fished the waters of North Carolina and the Appalachian Mountains for nearly 60 years.
I met Alex on Dee Why Beach, just north of Sydney, Australia.
Randy is a guide, teacher, angler, and conservationist.
A. K. Best
AK is a world class fly tier, angler, musician, and author.
Manoj has worked as a Climate Change Officer and Field Project Associate in Langtang National Park in Nepal.
Marjorie has been an avid fly fisher, fly tier, and enthusiast of national parks since she was a child, leading to an interesting conversation.
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.
Alistair is a fishing guide in Uganda.
Peter is a lifelong angler, artist, conservationist, and author.
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 and therefore access needed to be guaranteed through legislation.
Jay is a longtime guide, fly tier and angler in Idaho and the across the Rocky Mountains.
Richard is an avid angler and an artist who creates beautiful works revolving around his passion: angling.
Joe is an accomplished fly tier, angler, and advocate for protecting rivers and native fish.
Matthew is the founder, Chairman and CEO of The Flyfisher Group, a capital, consulting and holding company that specializes in growing sustainable assets.He has worked tirelessly to rehabilitate prime trout habitats in his native Colorado.
I met Justin in Auckland, New Zealand at Rod and Reel tackle shop where he is the manager.
Eduardo owns a fishing lodge, Campucocha Ecological Reserve and Fishing Lodge, near Quito, Ecuador and he had some interesting insights into the culture of fishing in Ecuador.
Jorge Cardillo owns and operates a a fly shop in Argentina.
Leonard Berey Castillo
Leonard was born in Nicaragua and has been on the ocean and fishing since he was a child, and because of this, he has quite the repertoire of stories to share about catching fish and experiencing life on the water.
Cymon owns and operates a hotel on the shores of Lake Victoria in Uganda, and before that he owned and operated a fishing lodge in Mozambique.
I met Gerry in Dunedin, New Zealand where he is the head of the Department of Zoology at the University of Otago.
Charlie is the owner of Charlie’s Fly Box and author of several books on fly tying.
Casey is originally from West Texas––where he said it was hard, but not impossible to fish for trout––and now lives in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Matias Damonte owns and operates a fly shop in Argentina with his brother, giving his insider insight into the fishing culture of Argentina.
Floyd and Janet Dean
Floyd and Janet are a fishing and casting team who (and Floyd tells the story) almost became the first husband and wife casting champions.
Cody is the Director of The Flyfisher Real Estate Group, an avid angler, hunter, and outdoor enthusiast.
Jack is an angling legend.
Martin Garcia Diaz
Martin is a boat captain and fishing guide in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and he also helped catch a world record tuna.
Peer is an avid bamboo rod maker and enthusiast, the translator to German of Mel Krieger’s books, biologist, and owner of Springforelle.
Stephen is an avid angler and one of the best split cane rod makers in South Africa.
Sharland is a well-known South African landscape artist working in acrylic on canvas.
Ed is an author, fly tier, poet, and lifetime angler.
Gavin is a talented young artist and angler.
Héctor is a professor and curator of the National Fish Collection at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico.
Mark moved from the US to Costa Rica almost 20 years ago and has called the country his home ever since.
John is a life long angler living near Hamilton, Montana.
Steven is a world renowned fly tier and angler.
Brady has been the ground's keeper for the Gallup family and an avid fisherman for many years, making this a great conversation.
Tanner is an avid anger and a co-owner of Tenkara Rod Co.
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.
Raul Soria Garcia
Raul is a cool guy.
Colorado Women Flyfishers
This interview was great fun!
Sumantha is a conversationist, naturalist, and wildlife advocate with over 15 years of experience in the wild areas in and around Jim Corbett National Park.
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.
Will is a lifelong anger, guide and fly tier (and a MSU alum!).
If you like the stream access law in Montana, you will love this interview with the man who was the driving legal force behind it.
Paul is the founder and owner of Wild Frontiers, an adventure guiding business in Uganda.
I met Thomas at a trout pond on the outskirts of Bogotá, Columbia, where he works.
Ben and Buck Goodrich
Ben and Buck are father and son anglers with decades of experience under their collective belts.
Originally from Guyana, South America, Peter moved to Costa Rica fleeing the political unrest brewing in his home country.
Born in Ireland, Mel came to Uganda to work as an adventure guide.
I met Rob in Yosemite National Park where he works as the park's aquatic ecologist.
Chandan is the founder of Rogue Anglers which offers guided fishing adventures all across India.
Joe is a lifelong conservationist, angler, and advocate for our wild areas.
This was a great interview with a man who has been fishing the waters of Costa Rica for his entire life and is now the captain of a commercial fishing boat.
John lives in Colonia Juárez, Mexico where his family has lived for four generations.
An accomplished angling artist and avid fisherman, Jake and I had a great conversation.
Bud is from California and has been fishing and tying flies most of his life.
I met Jim at his home in Lewiston, Idaho to have a conversation about his lifelong passion for fishing, his work as a publisher and professor, and about his love for angling.
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.
Marlize Heyns, Renthia de Wood, Marietjie Davies
I met these ladies at the Fly Tiers Expo in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Henry started breeding chickens specifically for hackle after he got out of the army in his 20’s.
Reed is a retired member of the MSU chemistry faculty and a life-long angler.
Mac is a member of the International Fly Fishers Federation, longtime angler, and fly tier.
Dave Hughes is an author of more than 20 books about fly fishing.
On top of being a professor of English at Western Oregon University, Henry is an acclaimed poet, translator, angler, and world traveler.
Misako is the co-author of Tenkara: Radically Simple, Ultralight Fly Fishing.
Nelson is an avid fly fisher, outdoor enthusiast, conservationist, and the owner of Henry’s Fork Lodge in Idaho.
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 Rod Holder which is a cool little belt clipped rod holder that comes in handy for any angler!
Bruce is the office manager at Grand Teton Fly Fishing in Jackson Hole, WY.
Manuel Alcedo Jordan
I met Manuel in Lima, Peru and we had a great conversation about fishing the Peruvian waters.
John is the author of several books on fly fishing including Slack Line Strategies for Fly Fishing.
Lusaka Zambia is a manager at Chaminuka Park in Zambia.
Jill is an avid anger, dog lover, and advocate of experiencing the outdoors in any way possible!
Jim is the founder and CEO of Yellowdog Flyfishing Adventures which arranges flyfishing trips to exotic locations around the globe.
Alex is a longtime employee for Patagonia River Guides, managing their operations in San Martin, Argentina.
Curtis lives in Mt.
I met Murray in Te Anau, New Zealand.
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.
Alex is the owner of Angelhaus Koss which is one of the few remaining family run small fishing shops left in Berlin.
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.
Ted is a writer, angler, and teacher, which led to an interesting conversation about fishing, life, and literature.
Rodolfo lives in San Bartolo in the Lima Province of Peru and is an avid angler.
Jim is the author of the award-winning book, Salmon without Rivers: A History of the Pacific Salmon Crisis.
From stories about serving in the United States Army during World War II to getting pulled out of a hunting camp by the Forest Service to help fight a fire, this was a very interesting conversation.
Annette grew up in one of the most prominent angling and fly fishing families in the world.
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.
Bud Lilly 2014-10-16
Bud is a legend in the angling world.
I met Jim in Hamilton, Montana at his shop, Freestone Fly Shop.
Nick Lyons is an author, publisher, scholar, environmentalist and one of the kindest and most generous people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.
AD Maddox is one of the leading angling artist working in the field today.
Jorge Benavides Malaga
Jorge has been fishing the waters of Peru for years, and his knowledge and experience is apparent in this oral history.
Adriano is an artist of many talents.
Craig and Jackie Mathews
Craig and Jackie Mathews are the founders of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, MT.
Richard is an avid fly fisher and founder of California Trout, a non-profit organization focused on ensuring the longevity of wild fish in California.
Mario grew up fishing in East Germany and has witnesses the changes since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the creation of the European Union.
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 Billings, Montana.
Tom is a rancher, writer, and lifelong angler.
Bear is a lifelong angler, guide, and casting instructor.
Pedro is a boat captain and fishing guide in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Gregg is one of the most enthusiastic supporters of all of our efforts in the Trout and Salmonid collections at MSU-Bozeman.
Isaias is a photographer, artist, and angler living in Argentina and we had a great conversation about art and fly fishing--two practices that share more in common than one might think.
Dragolslav is a musician, angler, fly tier, and owner of Hemingway’s Fly Fishing based out of Serbia.
Steve is the former Supervisory Fishery Biologist at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Roberto Olascoaga Moran
Roberto and I met in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and we had a great conversation about fishing Mexican waters.
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.
Fred has been a dedicated angler since he was a young man and he turned that passion into a career when he worked on Montana’s waterways for Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.
Hazel and I met at her home in Portland, Oregon where we had a great conversation about her life in the United States, her love for fishing, and about her late husband, Selvester Nemes--an expert fly tier, angler, and angling author.
Rich is an avid angler and has decades of fly tying experience.
Tom and Celia O'Connor
Tom and Celia are long-time residents of Bozeman, Montana, avid anglers, and founders of the organization, Warriors and Quiet Waters.
Mas is a Japanese American that was held in the Manzanar internment camp during World War II for three and a half years.
Alfred is a splitcane bamboo rod maker and retired construction worker.
Chris is a Sales and Marketing Manager at a company called Specialized Aquatic Feeds based in Hermanus, South Africa.
Richard has been involved in the business of fly fishing since he was a child.
Sanjeev is better known locally as the snake-man.
Yunus lives in Zambia and runs a fishing shop and a pet store.
Ann Patterson was a great conversation.
Joe is an artist specializing in wildlife art.
Marcelo is the founder of Untamed Angling, a guiding business in the Amazon that works closely with indigenous tribes in an effort to stop the deforestation and mining of their tribal lands and to support their local economies in the present and the future.
Leigh is an author, avid sportsman, and Chairman of the Orvis Company.
Dave is a longtime member of Fly Fishers Federation and avid fly fisher and tier.
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.
Ian Pett is a supporter of the Mahseer Trust, a world traveler, and an all-around well informed man, and on top of this, he is an angler.
Ringo is the manager of the Nsobe Game Camp in Zambia and we had a great talk about the fish in their farm and how the camp runs.
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.
Carlos Francisco Medina Ramirez and Helena Perdomo DeMedina
Helena and Carlos told me some very interesting things about living, and fishing, in Bogotá, Columbia.
I met Jure in Ljubljana, Slovenia and we had a great conversation about fisheries management and where one finds their passion for angling.
Charles is a British angler and author.
Rance was born and raised in Montana with a fly rod in his hand.
It is difficult think of anyone who can compare to Nat’s commitment to protecting the environment.
Former president of the Golden Gate Casting and Angling Club, George has been an avid angler since he was a child.
Ted worked as an attorney for the US Environmental Protection Agency for most of his career and was instrumental in helping to protect against challenges to laws protecting our wild areas.
Bobby Sadpal Sighn
Bobby is an acclaimed guide, angler and naturalist.
Scott has a laid back, funny kind of personality that instantly puts one at ease.
Karnvir Saran Das
Karnvir is the owner and manager of Mahaseer Fishing Camps in the Village of Jhargoan, India.
I met Steve in Te Anua, New Zealand and we had a great conversation about Steve's passion for angling and his work as a fishing guide in New Zealand.
Leonard Troncosco Schneider
Leo has been a guide for Patagonia River Guides since 2010, and the charisma and knowledge of the local area that makes him a great guide is apparent in this video.
Jim is an author of several books on fly fishing, fly patterns, and hatches including the Hatch Guide for Western Streams.
Geofrey Sdinko and Henry Tinkasimmone
Geofrey and Henry guided me on Lake Victoria and we had a great discussion about fishing on the lake.
Alberto Salimas Sedo
Alberto is an accomplished angler and a very interesting man.
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.
Travis is the co-owner and operator of Patagonia River Guides, an adventure and guiding company located in Argentina.
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.
Ron and his wife, Vanessa, own and operate Chocolate Lab Expeditions, a guiding and expedition business based in San Martin de los Andes, Argentina.
Vanessa was born and raised in San Martín de los Andes, Argentina and now owns an outfitting and guiding business, Chocolate Lab Expeditions, with her husband, Ron, in the town she grew up in.
Bruce is a retired chemist, angler, and author.
Richard is the author of Sea Run Cutthroat Trout and Fly-Fishing Inshore Saltwaters for Pacific Salmon.
Ritish is biologist, naturalist, conversationalist, and eco-tourism guide.
Tom Sutcliffe, Dr
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.
Uli is the Sergeant at Arms for his local fly fishing club in Berlin.
Marco and I met outside of Bogotá, Columbia at an ecological trout fishing park and we had a great conversation about trout and ecology.
Tucker is a guide, fly tier, and casting instructor and owner of Trouts Fly Fishing shop in Denver, CO.
Gerrie Van der Merwe
Gerrie is the founder of Lunsklip Fisheries and Trova Trout which are trout farms in South Africa raising Golden, Brown and Rainbow Trout.
Warren is a professor at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and teaches a class on fly fishing.
I met Alex in Budapest at the European Tackle Dealers Expo.
Amit is the Deputy Director of Jim Corbett National Park and Tiger Reserve.
I met Gaston in Peru and we had a great conversation.
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.
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.
I met Neil in Dunedin, New Zealand at the Otago Fish and Game Council's office.
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.
Living in southern California, Bill is an accomplished angler, angling author, and artist, carving depictions of trout and other fish as well as publishing books such as Hooked on Trout and Trout Tales.
Kyle is the Outfitting Manager at Trouts Fly Fishing in Denver, Colorado, as well as one of their fly fishing guides.
Martha is the current director of Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks and she is an avid angler and outdoor enthusiast, thus making this a very interesting and informative discussion.
Jason is a lifelong angler, fishing boat captain, guide, conservationist, and cheesehead!
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.
I met Monty in Dunedin, New Zealand where he works as the Otago Chairman for the Otago Fish and Game Council.
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.
Tadeusz is the founder and owner of Traper, a Polish fly fishing company.
Dorothy has been fishing and tying flies for over 7 decades.
Adam is a Wisconsin based artist who focuses on trout and wildlife art.
Additional information on interviewees:
- Dan Wenk, Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park
- A.K. Best, Author
- Dave Hughes, Author
- Bud Lilly, Author and Angling Legend