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Salt Lake City, Utah
USA

Jac of All Trades

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Jac of All Trades

An Dinh

The first time I fished with Jac, he insisted on fishing a stretch of water that is often slogged by anglers but doesn't seem to consistently produce for most of them.  In fact, I had fished this section a few times and just gave it up as a fishless stretch.  Jac schooled me pretty good on that day.   He has a habit of walking up to the river and catching a fish on his first cast.  The worst is when this happens right after I've turned up zilch on the same water.  To makes things worse he has a habit of conjuring heavy fish up from the bottom as well.

My average fish from the Provo has gone up from  8-12 inchers on dries and droppers to regularly netting 16-20inch fish on nymphs fished deep.  And I mean deep.  Jac starts his leader at about 9 feet and may move the indicator closer to the flies in more shallow or slower water.

Jac of all trades. 

Where to begin...he's been a Captain in the Royal Dutch Air Force, has a degree in economics, managed a distillery and host of other businesses from tourism to fine furniture.

In 1971 Jac was on the road to the Pacific Northwest by car. 

"On my way through Montana I stopped in a Gibson hardware store and bought myself a white Shakespeare combination spin and fly rod, waders, vest, line and reel etc.  (Arriving at the) Umpqua river in Oregon I decided to give it a try.  My first fly-fishing experience!
After a while I kept seeing a big fish rolling in front of me, (was later told this was a Chinook salmon) had no idea what to do about it so kept casting and tangling up. There were also a lot of insects buzzing around which I of course took to be mosquitoes. In short, the only small fish I caught came up from the bottom at my feet while I was untangling and my fly hung over the water. "

"I traveled a lot for business over the years, some years in excess of 200 days, and when traveling within the US I often packed a small rod for when I could sneak out to do some opportunity fishing. Not always with great success because of time restraints and unknown water, but always fun and a great learning experience.
Never did much salt water fishing or lake fishing for that matter.

Streams are my favorite.  In these days, I exclusively fished dry flies."

"After that first Shakespeare rod, Fenwick became the rod of choice and then when their designer left for Sage their graphite rods became my favorites. I have built and bought many of their rods in line weights up to 12. The heavier weights from seven up I use for steelhead and salmon fishing. I also have a few Spey rods but since I prefer nymphing over swinging flies they do not get much use, although I use the lighter one for inland streams sometimes. Fun and far reaching!"

"Favorite Water: Streams

Love small streams in remote settings for dry fly fishing.

On larger streams such as the Provo or Weber or Madison I usually nymph fish, with the exception of streams such as the Henry's Fork or large spring creek's.

I don't streamer fish much unless it's from a drift boat into the bank which is a rare occasion. Nor do I use Wet flies much. I know I should change my attitude on this.  Similarly, I should use a dry fly and dropper more.  Every trip I plan to!

While nymph fishing I use a 2-fly on dropper bottom rig properly weighted to get down and adjust my weight often, with and without strike indicator. I fish barbless flies exclusively up to the smallest sizes.  I am not fond of bead-heads or otherwise weighted  flies. I clearly do not do much Czech nymphing.  Another attitude thing I do need to improve on!

Favorite streams:

Provo
Yellowstone waters
San Juan
Green
Uinta streams

Trinity River

Salmon river below Stanley Idaho"

If you don't recognize Jac, then you may have spotted his German short hair companion, Tess.  She's a fine fishing dog with a lot of energy that is well suited to the off trail areas of the Middle Provo.

Jac vacuums the run methodically - save some for the rest of us!

Jac vacuums the run methodically - save some for the rest of us!