How did you become a part of the Skinny Water Culture Collective?
The first time I picked up a fly rod, I whipped myself in the back of the neck and swore I'd never touch one again. As I gained knowledge and skill as a fisherman, I began to get restless while my baits soaked. Browsing through instagram in high school, I'd always see these awesome photos of fly fisherman and their catches coming from the SWC account. I became very intruiged with how someone could land these large saltwater fish with the wet noodle whip I had previously sworn against. So I decided to try it. It was a learning experience, but I started to get better and better at fly fishing. As I was really getting the hang of it, I started connecting with other fly fisherman through instagram. After posting a picture of a large jack that had almost spooled me at the beach, I gained recognition from Vince and he put my photo up on the SWC page. It was a great feeling looking at my photo alongside some of the very talented fisherman that had originally inspired me. A few days later, I was contacted by Jenn asking if I wanted to be a part of the collective. Although I wasn't too sure what it meant at the time, I was ecstatic. I soon found out through helping with various boat shows and attending events, that it was less of a collection of talented fisherman and more a family of great people with a common passion.
What are your hopes for the future of fishing?
Everyone that I've met through SWC has blown me away with kindness and selflessness. I have truly been treated as a family member by many of these great people and I plan to pay that forward. With the care and compassion of all of the SWC members, I believe we can achieve great things in the fishing community. I dream that we will preserve and carry this love, not only for the sport but also for the incredible animals that fuel our fire, to future generations.