If you've visited the Trouts Frisco shop over the past couple months, you've undoubtedly run into our new Assistant Manager Harlan Kimball. Harlan is an east coast kid who has made his home in Colorado after graduating from DU. Harlan is angler after my own heart as he loves fishing big dry flies and big streamers through Summit County! Join me in welcoming Harlan to the crew and say what's up to him next time you swing by the Frisco location!
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?
The first memories I have fishing were trolling Kast-masters and eels behind my dads old Hobie Cat for stripers and blues. Cape Cod has some of the best striper fishing in the country and we decided that a sailboat wasn't the best way to target these fish. So, eventually, we upgraded to a small Boston Whaler that let us access more water and bigger fish. For many summers I commuted to work on that Whaler and fished any chance I could get.
I wasn't introduced to Colorado fly fishing until I moved here to attend DU. Any chance I could get before, during and after class were spent learning the sport of fly fishing. Partying was fun and all but something about waking up at 5 AM to rip a streamer through a new run got me all riled up. Exploring new rivers around the state and meeting interesting new people is what keeps me going back to the river every weekend.
Trouts: Describe your perfect day on the water?
My perfect day on the water isn't too specific. All I need are a few beers, some good laughs, and some chubby eaters.
Trouts: If you could only fish one fly in Colorado for the next 365 days, what would it be and why?
If I chose one fly for the whole year it would have to be the Cream Gonga. It's just a sexy fly.
Trouts: Favorite place you've ever fished?
Cape Cod is still my favorite place to fish. You can be fishing with no one in sight for miles but Humpback whales and Great Whites will be sure to keep you company.
Trouts: Favorite river in Colorado?
The Eagle River has been my favorite river for a few months, but it changes quite often. The Eagle offers lots of different types of fishing. From throwing hoppers and streamers to undercut banks, to placing delicate dry flies to pods of rising trout. You can get a full-days worth out of that river.
Trouts: Destination to dream about?
I don't know much about Golden Dorado but the places they are found and the aggressiveness makes me want to give it a go.
Trouts: What is the best piece of fishing advice you've ever been given?
The best piece of fishing advice I've ever heard is to "just do it."
Trouts: When not fishing, what are we most likely to find you doing?
If I'm not fishing you can probably find me going a little too fast on skis or hitting shanks on the golf course.