With the move to the new and bigger shop, there are a lot of masked faces around the shop these days and we wanted to familiarize you with the team. Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be "introducing" you to some of the more familiar faces around the shop. Today, we're talking with the one and only - Jack Wickman.
A Denver native, Jack Wickman, has been part of the Trouts team for a couple of years and while he's shown us Antero Reservoir and Hopper Fishing in video form, we wanted to officially introduce him on the blog. If you've visited the shop over the past couple of years, chances are Jack has helped you navigate your way through the old and new shops. With all that in mind, we wanted to give you the opportunity to get to know Jack. Without further adieu, let's see what makes Mr. Wickman tick on the water.
Trouts: Let's start this from the top- how did you get your start fly-fishing and what keeps you heading back to the river every chance you get?
JW: I began fly fishing at the age of 9 on the Bighorn River in Southern MT. My grandpa Bob, otherwise known as “Papa” to me, has fished the river since it opened to the public in the 80’s. The Bighorn has always been considered ‘his place’, so he introduced all the anglers in my family to the sport of fly fishing on this world-famous river. Memories, friendships, and the endless search for trout keeps me coming back.
Trouts: Describe your perfect day on the water?
JW: Getting out there not too early, but not too late. This day is preferably spent with friends and the drift boat in tow. The Yeti should also be properly packed with sandwiches and a few beers. Just add water!
Trouts: If you could only fish one fly in Colorado for the next 365 days, what would it be and why?
JW: Without any doubt, this would have to be a #10 pheasant tail. The fly represents a variety of forage and is downright deadly on just about any piece of water here. It’s a tough fly to beat when tied on a strong hook with a big tungsten bead.
Trouts: Favorite place you've ever fished?
JW: Buffalo, New York. Cap. Ryan Shea, my great friend & owner and operator of Brookdog Fishing Co, introduced me to the region a few years ago. The fishery is incredibly diverse and contains some serious treasures. I’ve been lucky enough to find gigantic brown, rainbow, and lake trout here- need I say more?
Trouts: Favorite river in Colorado?
JW: Tough question, but it would have to be the Blue.
Trouts: Destination to dream about?
JW: I’ve always dreamt of traveling to Tierra del Fuego. Both the landscape and the sea-run brown trout are equally breathtaking.
Trouts: What is the best piece of fishing advice you've ever been given?
JW: You can’t catch them from the couch.
Trouts: When not fishing, what are we most likely to find you doing?
JW: You can find me on the links, at the skatepark, or spending time with friends and family.