It’s safe to say I was hooked on fishing at a very young age. Regular weekend and holiday fishing trips with my dad are still very fond memories. My passion for fishing led to an educational path that would allow me to work with fish. A Fish, Wildlife & Recreation technical diploma and a BSc in freshwater ecology set me up for a 30 year career as a fisheries biologist managing small lake recreational fisheries for the province of BC. It truly was the best job in the world!
My growing interest in fly fishing lakes led to a secondary career that started with writing magazine articles and making presentations to fly fishing clubs to teaching weekend seminars. I have written for such magazines as Fly Fusion, Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod & Reel and Fly Fishing & Tying Journal. I have also authored or co-authored several books on fly fishing and fly tying and produced several instructional videos. For the past 25 years I have made many appearances on TV fishing shows including BC Outdoors Sport Fishing, Sport Fishing on the Fly, West Coast Sporting Journal and The New Fly Fisher. I have also developed a stillwater guiding business which has been well received by both new and experienced fly fishers.
I have been tying flies since 11 years of age. My fascination with aquatic entomology has certainly played a role in the flies that I have developed for fishing stillwaters. In 2014 I received a lifetime achievement award by Fly Tyer Magazine.
My favourite fishing haunts are the many trout lakes surrounding my home city of Kamloops but I also make regular forays to lakes in other regions of the province. I also enjoy fishing rivers for trout and steelhead with both single and double hand rods. Through my angling career I have had the opportunity to visit some great tropical saltwater fly fishing destinations as well as some incredible fisheries in Canada’s northern territories. These are always special trips that offer lasting memories.
I have been fortunate in developing professional affiliations within the fly fishing and boating industries including Scientific Anglers Fly Lines, Sage Fly Rods, Islander Reels, Montana Fly Company, and Yamaha Motor Canada. I am very pleased to now be associated with Marlon boats.
After 40 years of fly fishing I still enjoy each and every day on the water. There is not a day when I do not learn something and that is what keeps me coming back for more.
Overall I have been really pleased with it as it truly is a super stable fishing craft and ideal for lake fly fishing. I definitely see a lot of Marlons out on the water. I put a 20 yamaha on mine and I definitely could have just gone with a 15 as this boat flies on the water. ~Brian Chan