How did you initially develop a passion for the outdoors ?
I grew up on the east bench of Provo near Rock Canyon. Around my home there were gullies, mountains, rivers and cliffs to explore. It was a part of our lives, just to get out. I always loved fishing when I was a kid. I bought my first junky fly rod from ShopKo when I was 10. There was just something I loved about chasing trout.
What do you enjoy most about your time outdoors?
I love getting outside with my wife and daughter and exploring someplace new. I am amazed at how many things we find just by getting off the trail.
How much do the Utah Valley outdoors play into your daily life?
Every day I commute to Orem from Payson. I never tire of seeing the mountains on the drive north — it motivates me to get out and have fun outside. I get out and fish every chance I get on my lunch break or a quick evening outing to one of the small side canyons in the valley.
Why is Utah Valley such an outdoorsman’s paradise?
You are only minutes from doing something you like outdoors. It is true what the say about being able to ski, bike, fish and sneak in a little golf before your day is over. That is what makes Utah Valley a paradise. More people live in the valley now than when I was a kid, but I can still find solitude in minutes.
Which are some of your favorite streams to fish?
Utah Valley has so some many great spots that are close. I love to fish all the small creeks that flow out of all the canyons. American Fork Creek, Hobble Creek, Diamond Fork, Santaquin Creek just to name a few. I usually try and avoid the Provo River because of the crowds.
Why did you start an Instagram account highlighting your adventures?
I love to fly fish, and I wanted a simple way for others to see what small stream fly fishing in Utah is all about. Soon after I started my account I picked up a new method of fly fishing called Tenkara. I knew nothing about it except that it was the traditional way of fly fishing in Japan and you don’t use a reel. I soon realized the locations I was fishing were perfect for Tenkara and I started fishing this way exclusively.
What makes a great Instagram account?
I don’t have a million followers, but what I’ve learned is that a good account is specific to what you like to do. I tell people that if you don’t like looking at photos of trout then don’t follow me. I don’t put a lot of family stuff on my account because I like to keep my personal life private.
What have you learned about sharing your exploits via social media?
I love interacting with people from around the country and the world. It is really cool to know there people in Japan and Europe who love fly fishing just as much as I do. You always take for granted the scenery and places in Utah, but it’s amazing for someone in a different part of the world to see photos of Utah.
What advice do you have for those looking to build a following with Instagram?
Post lots of pics. Not too many but enough to keep people interested. “Like” other images in the same outdoor area you are in — and when you feel like it, make comments. Don’t forget to hashtag your photos.