The Fisherman's 5 is a new series we are running here at Epic Waters, so keep your eye out for it in the upcoming weeks. We will be asking folks who have been in the fishing industry for many years 5 questions to answer honestly. Expect to hear from guides, marketing experts, casting champions, rod and reel builders and much more. Our industry has changed a lot over the last decade and many of these people have been leading the way.
Our first guest in the fisherman 5 is Sean Johnson who lives in Bend, Oregon and has been in the fishing industry for over 25 years.
Sean and I guided together in Chile in the early 2000's and after that he spent many years as head guide at Kulik Lodge in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Currently Sean specializes in helping companies with...
Ex-plo-ra-tion - To travel (in a little-known region) for discovery. To examine (something) carefully; investigate. Doesn’t it just send chills up and down your body to relate that word to your flyfishing adventures. It does for me. I can’t help it. I once conducted an experiment. I would ask fishers if they were given a choice of two maps; one with a possibly finding a pot of gold or the other, finding new, unfished waters with a possibility of finding fish, which map would they choose. Every time it was the unfished waters. What is it about discovering something never before experienced by anyone else in history that keeps fishers (climbers, sailors and so on) on the prowl for that undiscovered treasure?
The quality of your steelheading trip is typically based on expectations. We often see anglers get so dejected from the sport that we have to put them on suicide watch, hiding all ropes, knives and pills.
To avoid depression while steelheading try to stay away from terms that can send you down the wrong path on your trip. Trust us, an excellent method to avoiding the pitfalls of steelhead depression is to follow our list of the top 5 words to never say when fishing.
The word "just" does not add real value to your catch and is a detriment to your pursuit. If you use the word with a guide it will surely tick him off. Remember, there is no rhyme or reason to which fish will bite, so try to avoid ever saying “oh ‘just' another 7lb steelhead”.
Coming into this adventure, my ultimate goal was to fish the entire country of Nepal and document what I saw.
Here is my epic journey - start to finish on one the best and most meaningful trips I have ever taken. If you love adventure fishing there is nothing more exhilerating than exploring new rivers in a foriegn country.
If you would like more information on my trip, or have some questions about Nepal in general please let me know and I will be happy to help.
From east to west I searched the Himalayas for cold water streams with a spey rod in hand. My time frame was two months and my journey started in a very remote town called Simikot of the Humla province.
Detained by the Nepali Army for not having proper...