Fly fishing guides should always remember that it can be intimidating for a novice to ply his craft under the nose of a professional. Most of us have noticed that some clients, or even just new fishing buddies, will begin the day feeling a little nervous about fishing with a so-called “pro” guide. On the other hand, when a trout bum sits at his laptop preparing to write a blog post about guiding professional outdoor writers, the roles are suddenly reversed.
In August, it was my pleasure, along with head guide Spencer Higa, to introduce two such professional writers, Dan Nelson and Kelly Bastone to a couple of our best rivers in Eastern Utah. The pair, was joined by Donna Meshke and Tom Rosenbauer, Orvis’ in-house legend who edited The Orvis News for a decade and has more than 10 fly fishing books in print or in the works. Even as I type, I’m scared to think how bad my literary back cast is looking.